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Introducing: The Chamber Councils



One of the easiest ways to maximize your membership also happens to be the most overlooked: Join a council. The Greater Memphis Chamber leads five different councils, each focused on specific groups and industries. The councils exist to provide resources, help grow your company and advocate for your business interests in the public realm. Review each below to discover where you can get more involved:


Small Business Council

Led by a Steering Committee, the mission of the Small Business Council is to serve as the advocate for business by encouraging, supporting, recognizing and being a resource that enriches business practices within our community.

“I was looking for an organization that would listen to the needs of small business owners, providing support and direction through education, networking events and other programs. I have found that the Chamber has the best interests in mind for all of its members.”
-Susan Mealer, Co-Owner, Answering Advantage

Chairman of the Steering Committee: Judy Bell, Judy Bell Consulting
Chamber Contact: Amanda Edmundson


International Business Council

The International Business Council, serving the Greater Memphis Chamber, is committed to act as advocates and strategist to grow the Memphis region’s international community and economy.  

“The Greater Memphis Chamber through the International Business Council has provided valuable support to Medtronic for the past several years. Such support has been instrumental in allowing us to expand our business in key markets throughout the world, by helping us initiate or enhance our collaboration with key global institutions and decision-makers.”
-Jose Angel Rodriguez, Global Finance, Business Development & Strategy, Medtronic, Inc.

Chairman: David Radiloff, Mueller Industries
Chamber Contact: Ernest Strickland


Manufacturing Council

The mission of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Manufacturing Council is to provide a forum for area manufacturing companies to receive updates and discuss the impact of new and existing environmental regulations, share potential impact of regulatory changes, and strategically align area workforce and education resources that support manufacturing businesses. 

“Our goal is to maximize our local, unique comparative advantages in the manufacturing sector, which will lead to increasing jobs, payrolls and capital investment in the Memphis region. We’ll do this by addressing important issues, such as workforce development, regulations and strategic planning.”
-Gary Edwards, American Yeast Corporation

Chairman: Gary Edwards, American Yeast Corporation
Contact: Andre Dean


Regional Logistics Council

The mission of the Regional Logistics Council is to serve as an alliance with private companies in the logistics industry to enhance the logistics Industry and increase jobs, wages, and capital investment in the Memphis Region by addressing infrastructure, workforce development, marketing, and strategic planning.

“The Regional Logistics Council works with local, state and federal agencies on current and future infrastructure needs of the Greater Memphis Area in the area of roads, river, runways and rail that will keep Memphis and the Mid-South as the first choice as America’s Distribution Center.”
-Neely Mallory, III, Mallory Alexander International Logistics

Chairman: Neely Mallory, III, Mallory Alexander International Logistics
Chamber Contact: Andre Dean


SoundCheck: Young Professionals Council

The mission of the Young Professionals Council is to make Memphis great for the city's next generation of business leaders by participating meaningfully in shaping the policies and developing the strategies that will grow our Memphis economy, and by doing so, will secure their own financial future in this community.

“Soundcheck is vital to the future of Memphis. It serves as an incubator for future leaders which are the successors of our great city.  As a business owner and young professional, I want to be a part of growing Memphis’ economy.”
-Trey Carter, OCTI Training

Chairman: Kerry Hayes, doug carpenter & associates
Chamber Contact: Christina Meek


The 2014 Councils Golf Invitational

All the Councils will come together on November 3, 2014 for networking and chip shots at the 2014 Councils Golf Invitational. It’s an exclusive opportunity for council members to entertain prospective clients, reward top employees or become familiar with other councils. Click here to learn more about the invitational and register today.


Posted: 10/8/2014 3:13:31 PM | with 0 comments
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