Shea Flinn Joins Chamber Staff as Sr. VP of the Chairman's Circle

Release date: 4/29/2015

Memphis, Tenn—The Greater Memphis Chamber announced that Shea Flinn will join the Chamber staff as Senior Vice President for the Chairman’s Circle effective May 4th, 2015.
“Shea has demonstrated his passion for making transformational change in Memphis and that is the core focus of our Chairman’s Circle,” said Phil Trenary, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber.  “Our team is eager to work with Shea and get him engaged with our Chairman’s Circle members.”  

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“I am honored to join the Chamber staff and work with the Chairman’s Circle on the important work they do every day to make our city better,” said Shea Flinn, Sr. Vice President, Chairman’s Circle, Greater Memphis Chamber. “After serving for seven years on the City Council, I realized that even though we had done some amazing work, there was still more to do.  The Chamber is the right place for me to continue making Memphis a better place to live and work.”
Flinn points to the pre-k sales tax referendum defeat in the fall of 2013 as a turning point for him. “When we were not able to fund pre-k through the referendum it was a wake-up call to me,” said Flinn. “The Chairman’s Circle continued to work on it and eventually found alternative resources. It made me realize they had the leadership and ability to prioritize an important initiative like this and make it happen.”
“Shea is a perfect match for what the Chairman’s Circle is doing in terms of his ability to bring people together and have them communicate on important issues,” said Duncan Williams, President of Duncan-Williams, Inc. and Co-Chair of the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle. “At the same time, he has experience with a very successful business. That combination of talent and experience is exactly what we need to grow the Chairman’s Circle and keep our community moving forward.”
Flinn served as a member of the Memphis City Council since 2007 and serves as the general counsel for Flinn Broadcasting.  Flinn graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a degree in Theater and received a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. Flinn is married with a son.

The Greater Memphis Chamber is the lead economic development agency for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.
The Chairman’s Circle is a leadership body created to engage Memphis business leaders on a variety of issues that affect Memphis and the Mid-South. The group’s intention is to cause transformational change through leadership working closely with civic partners and public officials.