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2012 Young Memphians at Interim. Photo by Troy Glasgow.We want to hear from you!  It’s time to send in your Young Memphis nominations. If you know someone under 40 who is blazing a trail of success in their work at a non-profit or corporation that is a Greater Memphis Chamber member, let us know!

Our last two Young Memphis issues of Memphis Crossroads Magazine have been a huge success!  The Young Memphians chosen will be featured on the cover of the upcoming summer issue and each will have a full page inside the issue as well.

In the comment section below or via email, give me your nominee’s name, place of work, contact information and a sentence or two on why you they should be a Greater Memphis Chamber Young Memphian. The deadline is Wednesday, April 10th. Ready…set….go!

If you’d like to buy an ad in this very popular issue, contact Tunga Lee by May 1st: or call 901-543-3571.

--Christina Meek
Posted: 4/2/2013 10:36:52 AM | with 17 comments
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Morgan Hardison
I am more than pleased to nominate Kiersten Bagley. She serves as the PR & Social Media Manager at Howell Marketing Strategies. Taking a unique approach, she leveraged social media platforms in order to meet and gain her employment with Howell Marketing Strategies and currently maintains the websites of several clients. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mid-South Spay Neuter Services and is a provisional member of the Junior League of Memphis. Kiersten is also member of the Board of Directors of the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and is active in the Memphis chapter of the Social Media Club. Previously, she worked as the Public Relations Director for C.A.R.E. No-Kill Animal Rescue in Springfield, MO and continues to volunteer with C.A.R.E. in online marketing and public relations efforts. She is quickly making a name for herself in the Greater Memphis area, and is a true example of the leadership and determination our youth should strive for in their careers.
4/11/2013 12:37:27 PM

Christina Trask
Sarah Petschoneck with Vounteer Odyssey!!!!
4/10/2013 4:40:59 PM

Anna Ellis
Joseph Delisi, of Chartwell Financial Group and Delisi & Associates is an outstanding young Memphian. He is a superior financial advisor, and talented nationally acclaimed public speaker. Joseph is very active within his church family, and is involved with the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
4/10/2013 4:19:40 PM

beth g sanders
I nominate Sarah Petschonek, for her tireless volunteer work, both in Memphis and across the country. She has highlighted worthy charitable organizations, and encouraged a spirit of service and voluntarism that can only elevate our city.

Sarah has brought attention to the hard-working nonprofit workers who rarely get recognized for their often thankless work. She is a bright, personable and winsome young woman with a Ph.D., who has devoted most of her waking hours to this cause.

Her newest effort, Volunteer Odyssey, encourages Memphis professionals or those who are in job transition, to take a week and volunteer each day, then blog about the experience.

It's great to see young, smart Memphians with such a passion to give back to our city.
4/10/2013 3:04:38 PM

Kim Byrd
I would like to nominate Patrick “Trey” Carter, III, 30, who is taking Memphis by storm. When he returned from college in 2006, his goal was set to become a social entrepreneur which means that whatever success he achieves professionally in business must benefit the community in a positive way. This is a “wow” statement and he has made that goal a reality in the many ways in which he has gone about participating in many activities to improve Memphis. He has been selected by Mayor Luttrell for the Shelby County 911 Board as Treasurer to manage the $21M working capital and investments. Trey is also Co-Chairman of Shelby County Housing Authority which manages the monthly expenditures of the Section 8 program. Additionally he serves on Shelby County Mayor’s Young Professional Council, he is a Leadership Memphis graduate, a graduate of the Emerging 200 Entrepreneurship Graduate Program and Vice President & co-founder, Memphis Urban League Young Professionals.

In his profession Trey is Vice President of Olympic Staffing, a temporary employment agency and is the co-founder, with his sister, of Olympic Career Training Institute (OCTI), an adult vocational school. OCTI has the distinction of being Workforce Investment Network (WIN) certified and has a 90% placement rate.

He is a businessman extraordinaire who loves his city and shares his expertise in many different ways to keep Memphis moving in the direction. He wants to make Memphis attractive for others to choose to come and live and an even greater place for those who call it home.

Trey is definitely a young man on the move and has earned the right to be recognized as one of the outstanding young Memphians who is making a difference in our great city.
4/10/2013 2:57:53 PM

Christina Meek
Thanks to everyone for their nominations! I've added them to our list for consideration.
4/10/2013 9:03:13 AM

Janice Frazier-Scott
I would like to nominate Mychal Scott, the founder of I Am Memphis, as a Young Memphian. Mychal returned to Memphis after attending Middle TN State University with a dream to unite Memphis. Through his organization, he has brought together Memphis musicians, artists, and others in the arts to make a positive impact on the community. He received the key to the city from Mayor Wharton in 2012 because of the positive impact he is making on the city. In addition, he was one of the planners of the recent Heart of Memphis event which was developed to counter the KKK march/rally that was held in Memphis on 3/30. Mychal is only 25 years old but is committed to making Memphis one of the top places to live and work in the United States.
4/9/2013 1:19:04 PM

Quinest Bishop
Nominee: Edward Bogard
Place of Work: SoGiv
Contact info: -

It is my pleasure to nominate Edward Bogard, founder of SoGiv. SoGiv is a local non profit striving to be the ultimate giving organization in the world. Through donated time and design, Edward has put together a group of volunteers across the Greater Memphis community providing charity work, such as feeding the homeless during the holidays, mentoring to troubled youth, sponsoring children in need, and providing better medical care and nourishment through various well known organizations. I feel Edward is a well deserved candidate for Greater Memphis Chamber Young Memphian.
4/8/2013 1:21:52 PM

Chanice Summerville
I would like to nominate Cynthia Daniels, President of Memphis Urban League Young Professionals. There are few people who can match the drive and enthusiasm for social and community organizing that Cynthia Daniels has. Cynthia joined Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) because it gave her opportunities to serve her community and help others. Her work in the organization has led to her ascension to President of MULYP within two year’s time. On December 3, 2011, Cynthia was honored at the Agent of Change Awards with the “MULYP Member of the Year” award for her efforts within the organization.
4/6/2013 1:49:40 PM

Jimmy Sanders
Patrick Cater
President – Olympic Career Training Center

It’s with the highest pride of life that I nominate Patrick H. Carter “Trey Carter” for Young Memphian! For over a decade he has dedicated himself to serving the greater Memphis community by; creating jobs, learning centers and mentoring young emerging entrepreneur to do the same. His can do attitude has made him loved by all who know him. His passion for greatness and commitment to Memphis vision keeps him seeking bigger and better opportunities daily. Trey is a true city ambassador; after all I relocated here to start my business after hearing him talk so much about the GREAT City of MEMPHIS!!

Have An Achieving Day!

Jimmy Sanders Jr.
CEO & Founder
Dreamer Pushers International
4/5/2013 11:03:49 PM

Lissa Stoddard
Jay Philpott deserves your consideration as a Greater Memphis Young Memphian. Serving as Director of Advancement for St. George's Independent School, Jay is eager to jump in and serve his community. His enthusiastic and creative support of the Greater Memphis community is evident. Memphians that have worked alongside Jay see his driven, hard working, honest, and dependable nature. Jay is a life long learner, genuinely interested in moving Memphis forward!
4/5/2013 11:08:07 AM

Catherine Joyce
’d like to nominate Katie Midgley as a Greater Memphis Chamber Young Memphian. In the world of nonprofits, Katie is “Kid-Phenom.”

Katie came straight to Memphis from graduate school to take a job at The Urban Child Institute where she conducted research on child well-being. Over the two years she was with UCI, she authored several dozen public policy issue briefs and gave a similar number of talks to groups around the County on issues facing young children in the Mid-South.

Katie was hired away from UCI by the Plough Foundation, where she has been working on aging. In both of these positions, Katie has been motivated by the question of what it would take to make Memphis the American city recognized for its compassion and care for our most vulnerable populations.

In addition to her day job, Katie serves on a number of boards for area non-profits, including Wolf River Conservancy and Shelby County Books from Birth, where she chairs the Marketing and Outreach Committees, respectfully.

Frankly, the thing that’s most surprising to me about Katie is that she has managed to do all this before turning 30. … Makes me tired!

In short, I believe she deserves recognition as one of the young professionals making a difference in Memphis.
4/5/2013 10:16:31 AM

Adina Sparks
Todd Miller is a driven, young Memphian business man. He makes us feel like we are "the only client" he has, and that says it all!
4/4/2013 10:32:11 AM

Don Kopcial
I would like to nominate Jessica Grammer. An energetic fireball who has carved out a niche for herself in the Memphis business social media and marketing scene. She has has worked with our company Graphic Systems, Inc. in that respect prior to her current position in the Memphis office of KBM Group. Jessica has a love of people and what she does and is great at teaching and helping businesses to get up to speed in the ever changing social media field. see for more info.
Thanks, Don Kopcial
4/4/2013 10:08:22 AM

Tommy Santora
The law firm of Adams and Reese would like to nominate Memphis Office Partner Jay Campbell for a Young Memphian because at the age of 32, Jay is a successful transactions attorney at one of the largest law firms in the Gulf South. Jay practices in middle-market mergers and acquisitions and middle-market corporate finance, including corporate lending and corporate equity formation, and he has been named among the Mid-South Rising Stars® in Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities and Corporate Finance Law.
4/4/2013 9:40:03 AM

Kenny Hooks
As his mentor I nominate Kenny Hooks to the Young Memphians Council. At age 25 he has already commited 7 years of his life to being a trailblazer at Verizon Wireless. He has soared above his peers in both his positions as business account executive and regional sales operations coordinator. He specializes in business to business solution selling and has a loyal client list that consists of local chamber businesses. He volunteers regularly and always has something positive to say. I recommend him.

Thank You.
4/3/2013 4:13:13 PM

Ashley Jacks
I would like to nominate Mathis Young, owner of Aussie Pet Mobile of Memphis. He should be a Young Memphian because he started his business from scratch at age 27 in 2008 with no employees and one van to 5 employees and five vans today. He is also very active in his community.
4/2/2013 12:04:44 PM

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