The Greater Memphis Chamber Names 2016 Board of Directors

Release date: 12/7/2015

Memphis, Tenn. – The Greater Memphis Chamber officially announces its Board of Directors for 2016 which were unanimously approved by the current board of directors. New members of the Officers of the Board include Richard Smith, the Vice President of Global Trade Services at FedEx Express who will serve as Vice Chair and Douglas Scarboro, the Vice President and Regional Executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will serve as Vice Chair of Finance and Treasurer. Carolyn Hardy was announced as the Chairman and Lodie Biggs remains the Secretary and General Counsel.  

“The Chamber is fortunate to have this outstanding group of men and women serve on our board of directors. As we increase our efforts towards breaking the cycle of poverty and growing our middle class, we’re thankful to have these passionate Memphians helping us lead the charge towards a more prosperous Memphis,” said Phil Trenary, President & CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber.

“I’m excited to work with this group of young leaders in the upcoming year, rolling up our sleeves and working together to make Memphis the city we all know it can be,” said Carolyn Hardy, President & CEO, Chism Hardy Investments, LLC and the 2016 Chairman of the Board for the Chamber.

2016 Greater Memphis Chamber Board of Directors

Chairman: Carolyn Hardy, President & CEO, Chism Hardy Investments, LLC
Vice Chairman: Richard Smith, Vice President of Global Trade Services, FedEx Express
Secretary/General Counsel: Lodie V. Biggs, Shareholder, Baker Donelson
Vice Chair of Finance/Treasurer: Douglas Scarboro, Vice President & Regional Executive of the Memphis branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
President & CEO: Phil Trenary

Calvin Anderson, SVP of Corporate Affairs & Chief of Staff, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
David Archer, President & CEO, Saint Francis Healthcare
Greg Barnes, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP
Otha Brandon, Director of Government Affairs, Comcast Cable
Scott A. Brockman, President & CEO, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Doug Browne, Vice President of Peabody Hotel Group, General Manager of Peabody Memphis
Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director, Latino Memphis
Patrick “Trey” Carter, President, Olympic Career Training Institute
Andy Cates, CEO, Colliers International
Darrell T. Cobbins, Principal Broker, Universal Commercial
Nancy Coffee, President & CEO, New Memphis Institute
Jerry Collins, President & CEO, MLGW
Dr. Reginald Coopwood, President & CEO, Regional One Health
Dianne Dixon, President, National Association of Women Business Owners and Principal/Architect, Clark Dixon Architects
Dr. Tracy Hall, President, Southwest Tennessee Community College
Charles Hill, Attorney, Glankler Brown, PLLC
Jason P. Hood, Executive Vice President/Chief Legal Officer, Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
Bruce B. Hopkins, President, West Tennessee Region, First Tennessee Bank
Odell Horton, Jr., Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
Laurita Jackson, 1Source Office and Facility Supply
Kevin Kane, President & CEO, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau
Les Dale, Past Chairman of the Board, 1990 & 1991
Jason Little, President & CEO, Baptist Memorial Health Care
Neely Mallory, President, Mallory Alexander International
David C. May, West Tennessee Area President, Regions Financial Corporation
Brent Melancon, Vice President of Sales, Medtronic
Ray Pohlman, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, AutoZone
Elizabeth Rouse, President & CEO, ArtsMemphis
David Rudd, President, University of Memphis
Richard Shadyac, President, ALSAC
Leigh Shockey, CEO, Drexel Chemical
Jack Soden, CEO, Elvis Presley Enterprises
Lee Still, SVP Business Banking Team Leader, SunTrust Bank
Blair Taylor, President, Memphis Tomorrow
Charlie Thomas, III, Regional Director of External Affairs, AT&T
Dr. Michael Ugwueke, President & CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
David Waddell, President & CEO, Waddell & Associates
Laura S. Whitsitt, Divisional SVP of Research & Emerging Technologies, Smith & Nephew
Duncan F. Williams, President, Duncan-Williams, Inc.
Roby Williams, President, Black Business Association of Memphis
Spence Wilson, Jr., Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies
Luke Yancy, President & CEO, Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum
Jason Yarbro, Firm Chairman/Public Finance & Incentives Group, Butler Snow
For more than 175 years, 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 2,300 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.