The Greater Memphis Chamber Announces New SoundCheck Leadership

Release date: 8/19/2015

The Greater Memphis Chamber announces the Executive Committee members for the second year of SoundCheck, the Chamber’s Young Professional Council. SoundCheck launched July 2014 gaining 100 members in the first six months and has grown to more than 200 members at the start of the second year. 

The committee members include:

  • Chair: Trey Carter, OCTI Training and a Chamber Board of Director
  • Vice Chair: Anna Cardona, ETFC Architects
  • Thomas Holmes, NexStar Broadcasting
  • Schuyler Dalton, Roots Memphis Farm Academy
  • Frankie Dakin, New Memphis Institute
  • Teddy Gorman, Gorham/Schaffler Inc.
  • Brittney Rowe, Paragon Bank

“By engaging with our young professionals, the business community ensures that there’s a pipeline of leaders to continue the work to transform Memphis,” said Phil Trenary, President & CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber. “These new leaders are a knowledgeable group of young professionals and we look forward to working with them on the business community’s priorities and how SoundCheck members can participate with us on those fronts.”

SoundCheck, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, The Commercial Appeal and new Title sponsor, Southwest Airlines, is a membership-based Young Professionals Council with membership levels ranging from $25-$250 per year. The Council offers young professionals access to top business leadership and resources to enhance their careers. The top membership level engages with the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and their economic development initiatives. The Chairman’s Circle is a group of more than 100 business leaders in Memphis who work to transform Memphis into a world-class city.

“I’m honored to serve as Chair for SoundCheck and look forward to working with the other executive committee members,” said Trey Carter, President of OCTI Career Training and Chair of SoundCheck. “SoundCheck has opened doors for me with the movers and shakers of the business community and provides a way for our voice to be heard on the policies and priorities of the business community.”

Some highlights from SoundCheck’s first year include:

  • Seven Chairman’s Circle members hosted SoundCheck members at their office for open discussions: Duncan Williams, Richard Smith, Jonathan Epstein, Larry Jensen, Andy Cates, Jonathan Epstein and Spence Wilson, Jr.
  • Participated in a discussion with noted economist Joe Cortright on talent attraction
  • Invited to Chairman’s Circle moon mission committee meetings on Memphis Clean by 2019
  • Brought in guest speakers who ran workshops on career-related topics
  • Worked towards launching three new outlets to promote Memphis’ livability and opportunities to young professionals in Memphis and beyond
  • Invited to join Chairman’s Circle members at City Council meetings where topics were discussed that were important to the business community

Find out more at here or contact Program Director, Christina Meek.

The Greater Memphis Chamber has been the lead economic development organization for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.