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What You Missed at the 2016 Annual Chairman's Luncheon

At this year’s Annual Chairman’s Luncheon, we celebrated the people and organizations making Memphis happen.
Here at the Greater Memphis Chamber we have been committed to moving our city forward. Workforce. Small Business. Public Policy. Exports. Supplier Diversity. These are just a few of the areas we have been focused on this year, and we had the opportunity of highlighting some of these successes at our luncheon.

1. Workforce
The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce) launched MemphisWorks, a mobile app and online tool for career navigation, training, counseling and hiring. The platform is designed to educate the workforce about high demand jobs in the Memphis area and provide access to information on obtaining the skills required for those jobs. Users can view videos of real people in job settings in the Memphis region while building their portfolio and ultimately applying for jobs.

2. International Business
Member Lausanne Collegiate School announced the creation of their first flagship independent school in Xiamen, China to open in August of 2017. Located in Southeast Asia, the school will have a total enrollment of 1,200 students from around the globe. From a business perspective, this announcement creates another connection between Memphis and this economic powerhouse.

3. Community Development
Board member Richard Shadyac, CEO of ALSAC, took the stage to accept a check from board member Doug Browne, general manager of Peabody Hotels, for the proceeds from their St. Jude-themed desserts and drinks. Afterward, he thanked the Chamber for our assistance in seeking funding for their multi-billion dollar expansion. The next day we celebrated Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Randy Boyd’s announcement of $12 million in FastTrack funding to invest in state infrastructure surrounding St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

4. Exports
Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill shared an announcement of his own at the luncheon – that Delta Regional Authority would be investing $350,000 into the creation of good-paying manufacturing jobs across the greater Memphis region. $155,000 of that money will go toward accelerating the expansion of the Metro Memphis Export Alliance, an organization led by the Chamber to increase export revenue.

5. Economic Development
This year alone the Chamber has helped create and retain over 6,500 jobs and $1.5 billion of investment in the Greater Memphis Chamber. And these aren’t even the final numbers for 2016. Evergreen Packaging, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, IKEA, plus so many others are projects our team has worked on in the past 12 months. However, one of the best moments of 2016 came when ServiceMaster chose Peabody Place for its global headquarters, bringing over 2,000 jobs to Downtown Memphis. ServiceMaster CEO Rob Gillette joined our luncheon to talk about the decision and what to expect in the coming year. Below is a video from the luncheon capturing the reaction of small business owners in the Downtown area:

And that’s not all! We also had the chance to hear from…


This list doesn't even include the amazing entertainment from Reverend Wilkins and His Three Daughters, the Garry Goin Band as well as Drake Milligan, Will Tucker & Griffin Rone of CMT's Sun Records

Thank you to everyone who attended our sold-out 2016 Annual Chairman’s Luncheon. For more photos of the event, check out our Facebook page here. If you are interested in claiming your seat for next year, please contact Tasha Livingston at or 901-543-3502. 

Photos by: Isaac Singleton

Posted: 12/19/2016 3:35:46 PM | with 0 comments
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