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2015 Young Memphis: Brent Hooks, Allworld Project Management

The following is a feature from the previous issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine. Click here to view the full issue.

Young professionals see a future in Memphis – their future. They believe in what Memphis is and what it is becoming. They want to be a part of what others are doing and to offer their talents, energies and dreams to make the city an even better place to live. They talk of loving Memphis, and the ways this city draws them are as diverse as Memphis’ population. Perhaps, in a word, they picked Memphis because of opportunity. Career opportunities. Opportunities to play and relax. Opportunities to connect with family and peers. Opportunities to make a difference.

And making a difference is key, as this generation prioritizes following their passions and leaving the world a better place. Memphis offers plenty of ways to connect with their peers and create transformational change in their community. There’s SoundCheck, the Young Professionals Council of the Greater Memphis Chamber, which connects these YPs with experienced business leaders and involves them in critical issues facing Memphis. There’s also leadership programs like Embark by New Memphis Institute and the FastTrack Program by Leadership Memphis. And that’s only the beginning.

The 10 featured work as entrepreneurs, professionals, nonprofit employees and creative types. But their jobs aren’t the only way they put their mark on the city. They put energy into causes like homelessness, education and civil rights. While sometimes their jobs and what’s dear to their hearts overlap, volunteerism is strong among these young professionals. They look outside of themselves and reach out to help others. While they are making lives for themselves, they are making life better for others. Memphis is in good hands with these young leaders on deck.




Brent Hooks, 25, learned early that the spirit of entrepreneurship in his family was about giving, not getting. Relatives like his mother and grandmother introduced him to the world of business, and he selected accounting and finance to study at the University of Memphis, not only because he was skilled in numbers, but because he knew he could help others with it.

Hooks is an accountant and associate project manager at Allworld Project Management, a professional services firm currently helping create a digital map of the city’s sewer system. He also is on the advisory board of two nonprofits, one named for his late uncle, civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks. The young Hooks is also spearheading, Why Vote Memphis, an initiative to motivate millennials to be politically active. Memphis was an obvious place to make a life. While the family legacy was important to him, the progressive change he saw in Memphis – evidenced by projects like the Main to Main multimodal connector - fueled his choice. He knew he could leave a mark here, too. “I can leave my imprint on Memphis,” he said, “like the great Memphians who pioneered before me.”

Story by: Toni Lepeska
Photo by: Troy Glasgow
Posted: 10/13/2015 12:55:44 PM | with 0 comments
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