Kirk Whalum, President and CEO of Soulsville Foundation, and 2010 Who's Who pick
Elvis may have left the building, but our city still has plenty of talented people who are keeping Memphis in the national spotlight.
This year's "Who's Who" represents the best and the brightest we have to offer — entrepreneurs, politicians, business leaders, sports stars, and of course musicians. Each year, it becomes even harder to whittle down the list to 100 or so movers-and-shakers, but we think the following pages will give a fairly good idea of the incredible range of people who have decided to call Memphis home.
In addition to the regular "Who's Who" that begins on page 40, and a selection of "Out-of-Towners" assembled on page 85, we begin with our "Hall of Fame" — those well-known Memphians who have been named to our "Who's Who" every year since the select list premiered in 1984.
HALL OF FAME
Nine Memphians named to every "Who's Who" since 1984.
As chairman and CEO of Belz Enterprises, Belz heads one of the South's largest real estate and development firms. A pioneer in the factory outlet mall concept, the firm is among the largest nationally in that arena. Belz is a longtime booster, activist, and participant in downtown development, probably best known for bringing back The Peabody hotel. The driving force behind Peabody Place, a two-million-square-foot mixed-use development stretching for eight blocks downtown and one of the largest single historic renovation projects in the U.S. The development includes The Peabody and Hampton Inn and Suites, the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, AutoZone corporate headquarters, apartments, offices, shops, and restaurants. Belz has been working with the Memphis Housing Authority and Henry Turley Company to develop Uptown, which included demolition of the Hurt Village housing project and redevelopment of approximately 1,000 new single-family and multifamily units near St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Also partnered with Turley in Harbor Town, South Bluffs, and other downtown projects. Total property holdings include more than 25 million square feet of developed property and more than 30 shopping complexes. Among many other regional and national awards, Belz has received the Leadership Memphis Community Leadership 2000 Award, the 2003 Master Entrepreneur Award of the Society of Entrepreneurs and Junior Achievement of Memphis, the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center City Commission, and the Kether Shem Tov Award from the Orthodox Union, one of the highest honors bestowed upon members of the worldwide Jewish community.
Lured to Memphis from his native Arkansas by producer Willie Mitchell in the 1970s and racked up seven top-10 soul hits in a three-year stretch. Turned to gospel music after a religious conversion in 1973. Became an ordained preacher and founded the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Whitehaven, where he serves as pastor. Age 62. Multiple Grammy Award winner. Member of the Rock-and-Roll, Gospel, and Songwriters Halls of Fame. In 2003, had albums listed in Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time and released his first new album of secular music in decades: I Can't Stop, produced by Willie Mitchell. Performed at the White House in 2006. Last year, released a new album, Lay It Down, with sympathetic production from drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of the hip-hop band The Roots, that pairs Green in duets with neo-soul stars John Legend and Corrine Bailey Rae.
Mayor of Memphis from 1992 until his resignation in 2009. Had already shocked Memphians by announcing himself a candidate for Congress in the 9th District Democratic primary, opposing incumbent Steve Cohen, whom he had supported previously. In well-heeded interview in Memphis Flyer had gone so far as call Cohen an "***hole." Herenton, 70, was slow to develop a campaign, however, and pulled out of a scheduled TV debate on grounds of "bias" on the part of scheduled panelists Norm Brewer and Otis Sanford. Early polls showed him trailing Cohen. Meanwhile, a Supreme Court decision against "honest services" prosecutions seemed to have taken the former mayor off the hook on possible conflict-of-interest issues the FBI had been investigating. Though his mayoral career had acquired tarnish from this and from allegations of cronyism, Herenton had won himself a seemingly secure place in Memphis history by becoming the first elected black mayor in 1991 and by winning five consecutive mayoral elections.
J.R. "PITT" HYDE
Founder of AutoZone, one of three Fortune 500 companies with its headquarters in Memphis. After a successful career in business and following his retirement in 1997, Hyde, 68, has become one of the leading philanthropists in the city. He and his wife, Barbara, are active in civic affairs and key supporters of education reform in both the district and at the state level. Hyde was instrumental in the founding of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Memphis Tomorrow, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Hyde is a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies and helped bring the NBA team to Memphis.
JERRY LEE LEWIS
Native of Ferriday, Louisiana. Came to Memphis in the 1950s to record for Sun Studios. Shot to fame with blockbuster hits "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire." First inductee into Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys. Will turn 75 on September 29th. Resides in Nesbit, Mississippi, in a ranch house with a piano-shaped pool. Ventures out for a yearly appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival. Performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on the Fourth of July 2008.
IRA A. LIPMAN
Founder and chairman of Guardsmark, LLC, one of the world's largest security services companies, which operates in 400 cities worldwide with 19,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $543 million. The 1996 recipient of American Business Ethics Award. In 1997, founding chairman of Memphis Shelby Crime Commission. Recipient of 2002 Stanley C. Pace Award for Leadership in Ethics, from the Ethics Resource Center. The 2002 recipient of Corporate Citizenship Award, presented by the Committee for Economic Development. Age 69. Author of How to Protect Yourself From Crime, in its fourth edition, published by Reader's Digest. First chairman of the ethics committee of the board of governors of United Way of America. Honorary life chairman and former national chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Executive committee member and trustee of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the international human-rights organization. Chairman emeritus of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and 2004 recipient of the Wharton School Dean's Medal. Member of Business Executives for National Security and board member of Ligue Internationale des Sociétés de Surveillance.
Founder and executive producer of Playhouse on the Square, Memphis' only resident professional theatre company, now in its 40th season, and Circuit Playhouse. Also created Pay What You Can Night at Playhouse and Circuit, and the new TheatreWorks near Overton Square, a performance space for alternative theatre and dance. Age 63. Helped develop Arts Memphis (formerly the Arts Council) Arts Access Program, which provides food stamp recipients with free tickets to arts events. Started an after-school acting program for children and has had 33,000 students emerge from his numerous outreach programs. Past recipient of the Memphis Rotary Club's Outstanding Community Service Award, the State of Tennessee's Distinguished Achievement Award in Theatre, and the Gordon Holl Outstanding Arts Administrator Award. Playhouse recently opened its new $15 million Theatre and Arts Complex at the corner of Cooper and Union and completed renovations on its old facility, which has become the new Circuit Playhouse at 51 South Cooper.
Chairman, founder, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, the world's largest express transportation company, and a vital economic engine in the Memphis region. Smith, 66, is a leading business voice in efforts to revolutionize energy policy with legislation to support production of electric vehicles in the U.S. and lessen reliance on imported foreign oil. Smith is a board member for the Council on Foreign Relations, co-chair of the Energy Security Leadership Council, named to the Aviation Hall of Fame, and winner of the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. He and wife, Diane, recently contributed $10 million to support construction of the Teton Trek exhibit at the Memphis Zoo. FedEx reported net income of $419 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010, compared to a net loss of $876 million in the same quarter last year. FedEx has approximately 30,000 employees in the Memphis area, and is regularly included in surveys for the World's Most Admired Companies and the 100 Best Companies to Work For.
PAT KERR TIGRETT
Chairman and CEO of Pat Kerr, Inc., a couture design firm, specializing in bridal couture and baby couture. Her designs have been featured in prominent retail windows (Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel) as well as in numerous books and magazines, including Martha Stewart Weddings, the Tiffany Wedding Book, and The Plaza Hotel Wedding Book. Lived in London for 20 years developing an extensive private royal collection containing gowns from Princess Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Queen Victoria, and King George III. Widow of international financier, John Tigrett; mother of Kerr Tigrett. Spearheaded such civic celebrations as the lighting of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, the groundbreaking "Big Dig" party for The Pyramid, and the inaugural Northwest/KLM flight to Amsterdam. Founder of The Blues Ball, The Jingle Bell Ball, and The Nutcracker Ball benefiting Memphis music, children, and the arts. Serves on (current and past) boards of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission, the University of Memphis, Memphis Rock 'N' Soul Museum, Memphis Film and Tape Commission, Leadership Memphis, Memphis Orchestral Society, The Orpheum Theatre (Memphis Development Foundation), and NARAS. Chairman/CEO of Celebrations! upscale lifestyle events company. Neiman Marcus started her as a designer 30 years ago, and she will celebrate this milestone anniversary presenting her collection and lecturing in numerous cities throughout the United States in 2010.
Appointed in 2009 as superintendent of Shelby County Schools, the fourth-largest school system in Tennessee. Has held several positions with the system in his 26-year career, including teacher, principal, and administrator. During his 11-year tenure as Houston High principal, the school developed a reputation for academic excellence, its fine arts program gained state and national recognition, and it won "Best of the Preps" award in athletics for 10 straight years. While at Houston, Aitken was named 2008 State Principal of the Year by the Parent Teacher Student Association, Administrator of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Student Councils, and received the A.F. Bridges Award for Principal of the Year. Holds bachelor's degree from Henderson State University and master's from the University of Memphis. Oversees a system with more than 47,000 students, 52 schools, and a $358 million budget. The county school system is one of three of Tennessee's 136 systems to make all "A's" on the last three Tennessee Report Cards.
The "Cadillac Cowgirl," well-known singer and songwriter. Nominated more than a dozen times in the songwriting, female vocalist, and community service categories of the Premier Player Awards, and was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in 2002 and 2003. Has appeared in movies and videos with Harvey Keitel and Bridget Fonda. At one time was endorsed by Gibson Guitars, played drums with bluesman great Willie Cobbs, and served a memorable stint as the Tennessee Triple Threat with Duane Jarvis and Phil Lee. Has sung backup on stage or in the studio with Todd Snider, Keith Sykes, Mark Lindsay, Reba Russell, Barbara Blue, Jay Ruffin, Wanda Jackson, and Cory Branan. A deejay on WEVL in Memphis, her Monday-afternoon drive show CarTunes has been on the air since 1996. Newest record, Shine, was recorded at Sun Studios and went to #25 on the National Americana Chart.
CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare with responsibility for Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Bartlett, as well as the system's ambulatory surgery center, five sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, and a senior health-care center. Also serves as president and CEO of Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis. Earned a bachelor's degree in management from Purdue, a master's in business administration from Columbia, and a master's in public health from Columbia. Sits on the boards of the Mid-South eHealth Alliance, the Tennessee Alzheimer's Association, St. Louis Church Parish Council and St. Louis School Board, and the Hospital Wing (Memphis Medical Center Air Ambulance Service, Inc.).
President and CEO, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Has been with hospital since 2007. Helped oversee Le Bonheur's $100 million fund-raising campaign and completion of a new $340 million hospital. Received the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions Advocacy Award in 2008. Named Communicator of the Year by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America in 2009. Named YWCA Woman of the Year (Cleveland, Ohio) in 2005, and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow in 2008. Is also a registered nurse. Board member, Ballet Memphis and the Urban Child Institute. Member, Memphis Women's Forum.
Defense attorney known for tackling high-profile — even notorious — criminal cases. A current client is Thomas Pate, accused of murdering his wife, Micah. Past clients have included Jeffrey Scott, convicted of murdering his wife, a Bolton High School teacher; and Chris Jones, a former sheriff's deputy, convicted of killing a restaurant deejay. Both clients were found guilty of second-degree murder. In 2007, Ballin worked with lead counsel Steve Farese to convince a jury to find Mary Winkler, who killed her preacher husband, guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Partner in downtown law firm of Ballin, Ballin, and Fishman. Lifelong Memphian, earned his juris doctorate from the University of Texas. Has performed pro bono work for Save Libertyland.
President and executive director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, a broad-based public-private alliance focusing on the growth of biosciences in the Memphis region. Specializes in developing the infrastructure, work force, research, and entrepreneurship necessary for a thriving bioscience economy. Spearheading the construction of the UT-Baptist Research Park, an urban revitalization project that will consist of 1.2 million square feet of laboratory, research, education, and business space. Previously held executive roles at International Paper and Hewlett Packard, including co-founding of Sparcom Corp., an engineering software company. Holds B.S., Ph.D., and M.B.A. degrees. Co-founded Tennessee's first charter school, the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, targeting inner-city children in grades 6-12.
Publisher, The Daily News Publishing Co., since 2003. Attended Connecticut College and Columbia University. Produces The Daily News, The Memphis News, real estate information service Chandler Reports, and a community newspaper in Nashville, the Westview. Worked in publishing in New York and Connecticut before moving to Memphis. Previously held various positions at Towery Publishing. Author of the novel Shimmer.
Local historian and documentarian. In 1988 founded The Willy Bearden Company, producing films and museum exhibits on such diverse subjects as Horn Island, blues music, the cotton industry, Victorian Village, and the Biloxi lighthouse. Has written and produced several "Memphis Memoirs" documentaries for WKNO-TV on Overton Park, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis garage bands, and Shelby Farms. Has published illustrated books on Overton Park and the cotton industry as part of Arcadia Press' "Images of America" series. Latest project: the film One Came Home, which he describes as "a realistic story of delivery and redemption." First job: handing out flyers for tiny theater in hometown of Rolling Fork, Mississippi.
Founder and executive director of Streets Ministries, which provides Christian ministry, guidance, after-school activities, and other services to the youth of the housing projects across the city. In neighborhood with easy access to drugs and high rates of teen pregnancy, Streets Ministries provides a safe haven for students at its modern facility on Vance near downtown. Bennett, a graduate of the University of Memphis with a master's degree in counseling, founded Streets in 1987 with little more than a vacant building, a van, and a basketball and goal. The dedication of Bennett and his wife, Debbie, has drawn national media attention. With recent acquisition of land in northeast Memphis, Streets will soon serve diverse community there. In 2010, the organization received $1 million donation from former U of M basketball coach John Calipari.
CHARLES "CHUCK" BRADY
President/CEO of the Memphis Zoo since 2003. Responsible for overseeing all renovations and expansions at the facility since the late 1980s. Active in conservation efforts for various species and currently serves on the boards of the Giant Panda Conservation Foundation and the Jaguar Conservation Fund. Played a key role in negotiations with the Chinese government that brought a pair of giant pandas to the zoo in spring 2003. Holds Ph.D. from Ohio University.
Writer and director of Oscar and Sundance award-winning movie Hustle & Flow, filmed in Memphis; followed it with Black Snake Moan, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Ricci. Age 36. First garnered national attention with The Poor & Hungry, which won the Best Digital Feature award at the 2000 Hollywood Film Festival and was acquired by the Independent Film Channel. Received the Governor's Award in 2005 from the Tennessee Film Commission for his contributions to the area's film industry. Recently wrapped $5 Cover, a group of webisodes for MTV/Viacom's online and new media division centered around Memphis' rock-and-roll scene. Currently, Brewer is in pre-production on the remake of Footloose for Paramount Pictures. Also developing Mother Trucker, an original screenplay for New Regency Pictures.
Tournament director since 1999 of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament. Managed transition when title-sponsor Stanford Financial fell under government scrutiny in winter of 2009. Oversaw redesign of Southwind's TPC course in 2005; also involved in development of FedEx Cup points system to determine year-end PGA Tour champion. Total purse at 2010 event was $5.6 million. Age 57. Has been part of tournament for more than 40 years. Received 2003 Charles Thornton Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Memphis. Chairman of Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce, 1999.
Upon becoming superintendent of Memphis City Schools in mid-2008 was preoccupied by the continuing dispute, still in litigation, between city, county, and state governments over the issue of funding for MCS. As a result, his first initiatives were relatively modest, though they included innovative approaches to school security and health care. Cash, 55, was previously head of accountability for the Miami/Dade County Public Schools in Florida. The mayor's public disparagement of the applicants was yet another hurdle for the new superintendent to overcome, along with the funding conundrum, the system's history of academic under-achievement, and the unresolved issue of city/county consolidation.
Newly appointed music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The first woman to win the Malko International Conductors Competition (2005), she recently concluded a highly successful tenure as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony. In 2002, was unanimously selected music director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon, the oldest of its kind and the model for many of the youth orchestras in the United States. During her five-year tenure, she led its sold-out debut in Carnegie Hall, received an ASCAP award for innovative programming, and developed new and unique musicianship programs for the orchestra's members. She was honored with a Sunburst Award from Young Audiences for her contribution to music education. Holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan and was the first student in New England Conservatory's history to receive double master's degrees simultaneously in violin and conducting.
Chairman-elect of the Shelby County Commission for 2010-2011. Chism's decades-long influence as a political broker transcends his base in Memphis' inner city. Age 70. His annual summer picnic in South Memphis is an obligatory stop for candidates and politicians. Longtime president of a Teamster's local and an organizer for the union, got his political start as liaison with candidates at election time. A major ally of such diverse figures as Willie Herenton, Harold Byrd, and Jim Strickland, he has been a prominent spokesperson on the commission for issues affecting African Americans and workers' rights. A former chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, he is a staunch advocate of exploiting the party's current majority on the commission. An entrepreneur and businessman in his own right, served a term as interim state senator and has been a member of several local boards and commissions, both governmental and private-sector.
Elected to Memphis City Council in November 2007 and chair of council for much of 2009-10. Regarded as political moderate with penchant for mediating between black and white blocs and facilitating compromises to controversial measures. Age 47. Special assistant to the office of district attorney general, with oversight of juvenile crime, truancy, and mentoring programs. Past president of Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch and University of Memphis Rebounders, and member of numerous local governing boards. Former president of the National Convocation of Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Holds bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Memphis.
REGINALD W. COOPWOOD
President and CEO, Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The Med). Named to position in March 2010. Has an M.D. from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. The Med is anchored by Centers of Excellence in Trauma, Burn, Wound, Neonatal Intensive Care, and High-Risk Obstetrics. The regional hospital also includes the only Level 1 Trauma Center and Regional Burn Center in a 150-mile radius of Memphis. As CEO of Nashville General Hospital, Coopwood was named by BusinessTN magazine to Top Hospital Operators in Tennessee list in 2007 and 2009. Winner in 2005 of the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center's Excellence in Health Award.
Since 1985, president of the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority operating Memphis International Airport, the world's number-one air-cargo airport and facilitator of $28.6 billion in economic activity and one in three jobs in the Memphis region. Career milestones include initiating Memphis' first nonstop international passenger service to Europe, expansion of the World Runway to increase international flights, and a $400 million terminal improvement and expansion project. Age 63. Inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005. Past chairman of the 4,000-member American Association of Airport Executives and recipient of FAA's Airport Manager of the Year honor.
Executive director of MIFA (Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association), a 42-year-old, nonprofit, social services agency. Since 1988, Craddock has worked for MIFA and organizations under its umbrella. Has degrees in urban anthropology and law from the University of Memphis and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. MIFA sustains the independence of seniors, addresses the needs of families in crisis, and leads efforts to equip urban youth for success. Craddock oversees an $11 million budget, 160 employees, more than 4,000 volunteers, and actively works to forge partnerships that can address emerging issues.
Few people love Memphis more than Kerry Crawford. As social media specialist at the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, she's the voice behind the "I Love Memphis" blog, where she chronicles the best of Memphis food, music, events, and culture. When not blogging, spends her time helping tourists and locals find hidden gems in Memphis through social networking. In 2010 named one of the 20 most influential Memphians under 30 by the Memphis Flyer. Native Memphian, with a degree in public relations and journalism from Ball State University. Age 25. When not working, laces up her skates for Memphis Roller Derby's Women of Mass Destruction team, where she's also the league's public relations director.
Executive director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic, one of the oldest annual postseason games in college football. Contest features teams representing Conference USA and the Southeastern Conference. Impact of game estimated at between $17 million and $20 million. Kickoff of 2009 event scheduled for mid-day on New Year's Eve. Age 63. Former president of the Colorado Rockies major-league baseball team and former general manager of the Memphis Showboats of the USFL football league.
Chef of award-winning Iris Restaurant, which he opened in 2008. Voted by Memphis magazine readers "Best Restaurant," "Best Service," and "Best Chef." Named a James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast. Graduated from Culinary Institute of America at the top of his class, studied both in Spain and France. The majority of his culinary education, however, came under the direction of award-winning chef John Besh. Named one of Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chefs for 2009." English's restaurant was also voted "Best Restaurant" and "Best Chef" by the Memphis Flyer, "Editors Choice: Best Restaurant" by At Home Tennessee, "Best Bet Outside of Louisiana" by Louisiana Life Magazine, and "Hot New Restaurant" by Delta magazine.
World-class Memphis-based soprano diva, who won the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in 1985 shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois. Made her debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1989 as Mimi in La Boheme opposite Placido Domingo and since then has performed in the world's premier opera houses. Career highlights include performances at Bologna, London's Covent Garden, Barcelona, and with the New York Philharmonic. As one of "The Three Sopranos" (with Cynthia Lawrence and Kathleen Casselo), has toured Europe and frequently sang with Luciano Pavarotti. In 2007, recorded a CD of rock and jazz classics, which included songs by Led Zeppelin. Most recently contributed to the album Aristocrunk by Memphis rappers Lord T and Eloise.
NATHAN L. ESSEX
Became president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, the state's largest community college, after coordinating the merger of Shelby State Community College and State Technical Institute at Memphis in 2000. Holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Previous experience includes area head of leadership and planning at the University of Alabama and dean of the college of education at the University of Memphis. Was named Distinguished Administrator of the Year at U of M, College President of the Year by Alpha Beta Gamma international honor society, and the University of Memphis Society's Educator of the Year. Received Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keepers of the Dream Award and the Educational Freedom Award, and the Hobson Goodlow Foundation Phi Beta Sigma African American Male Image Award. Has written nine textbooks and numerous publications in national journals. Serves on eight boards representing various organizations in the community and is president of the Community College Council and Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association.
Director and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Also holds the St. Jude Endowed Chair of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee — Memphis. For more than 30 years, Evans' groundbreaking research has focused on the pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents in children, for which he has received three consecutive NIH MERIT Awards from the National Cancer Institute. Received bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee — Memphis, and spent a sabbatical year at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Has written more than 300 articles and edited several textbooks and scientific journals; recognized by Institute for Scientific Information as a "Highly Cited Scientist" because citations of his publications are among the top 1 percentile of scientists worldwide in his field. Was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002. Serves as vice chair of Rhodes College board of trustees, member of the board of directors for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, on board of Scientific Counselors for the National Cancer Institute of NIH, chairs board of Tennessee Technology Corporation, and is a member of Memphis Tomorrow.
Executive director of MPACT Memphis, a nationally and internationally recognized organization dedicated to engaging and supporting Memphis' diverse young professionals. A former attorney, served as law clerk to a federal judge for four years. Received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Scripps College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis. Has published in legal journals and is currently a contributing author to Smart City Memphis, focusing on the role of young professionals as catalysts for effective city growth and economic development. Named one of Memphis' "Top 40 Under 40" by the Memphis Business Journal. A participant in the British Council Transatlantic Network (TN2020), and invitation-only consortium of the top young professionals from Europe and North America.
First-term city councilman after 2007 victory in tight multi-candidate race for the Super-District 9, Position 2 seat, the 37-year-old Flynn, a Democrat, in recent years has formed half of a city/county governmental team of sorts with father George Flinn, a Republican county commissioner from 2004 to 2010 and a 2010 contender for Congress in the 8th District. An attorney (whose legal briefcase was inherited from the late U.S. Senate legend Richard Russell of Georgia, a great uncle) Rhodes College graduate Flinn won his council race after serving a highly activist interim term in the state Senate. Has increasingly focused his attention on school funding, establishment of a Midtown zoning overlay, and revision of the council's budgetary process.
Since August 2005, pastor of the approximately 30,000-member Bellevue Baptist Church, one of the largest Southern Baptist congregations in the country. Took a post held for 32 years by the late Adrian Rogers. Prior to his appointment, served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Gardendale, Alabama. Has held positions with the Southern Baptist Convention, including president of the SBC Pastors' Conference in 2005. Age 52. Received both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Publications include Morning Manna, a collection of devotional readings. In June 2010, Bellevue drew attention for prohibiting a gay woman from coaching in the church's athletic leagues, a decision Gaines upheld.
After years of being touted for higher office, the district attorney general for Shelby County started his bid for the governorship in 2009. Consistently re-elected D.A. after his 1996 appointment by former governor Don Sundquist, the former city councilman and Shelby County commissioner made public safety the linchpin of his gubernatorial bid. By organizing a number of raids on drug houses and sexually oriented businesses throughout his career, Gibbons was able to boast some undisputed success in high-profile prosecutions. The 60-year-old Gibbons rose from an impoverished Arkansas background to become a key aide to several GOP luminaries in Tennessee before entering politics in his own right.
Director of Memphis Police Services since 2004, making him the longest-serving director under tenure of Mayor Willie Herenton, who told the media, "I finally found a crime fighter." Earned much attention for "Blue C.R.U.S.H" initiative, focusing on guns, gangs, and drugs. Vietnam veteran. Native of Borger, Texas, but raised in Memphis. Served as vice-president and president of the board of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and as chairman of the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition. Recipient of the 2009 Dunavant Public Servant Award. Founding Member of Operation Safe Community. Founding member and current president of the Memphis Police Foundation.
Senior rabbi of Temple Israel, Tennessee's oldest and largest synagogue. A two-time president of the Memphis Ministers Association and presently sits on the executive committee of the National Civil Rights Museum. Greenstein served as president of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis and teaches future area ministers at Memphis Theological Seminary. The only rabbi selected as principal speaker for Major State Day at the Washington National Cathedral and the first rabbi to preach at the Calvary Lenten Series. A Memphian since 1991, Greenstein has served on the boards of United Way, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and St. Mary's Episcopal School. Before entering rabbinical school, was a Cornell National Scholar and named a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a master's degree in public administration.
Director of community and business Investment for Nike, Inc. since 1993, he can boast more than 20 years' experience in sports, community and business investment, as well as marketing and sales experience. Native Memphian, named the 2010 President of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Alumnus of Booker T. Washington High, Mississippi Valley State, and the University of Memphis. Recipient of several awards, including The 100 Black Men Honoree, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Florence Howard Award, Nike's African American Network Person of the Year, LeMoyne-Owen College's Beacon of Hope Award, and Memphis City Schools 2007 Hall of Fame inductee.
President and CEO of the Memphis Development Foundation, which operates the Orpheum Theatre. During his tenure the Orpheum has undergone two major renovations, the first in 1983 and again in 1997 for a total expansion of $20 million. Holds degrees from the University of Nebraska and the University of Miami. Served four years on the Memphis City Council and ran for mayor in 1979. President of the Independent Presenters Network, a consortium of over 100 theaters across North America and Japan which present touring Broadway productions and concerts in their communities. As a producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, received a personal Tony Award in 2003 and another in 2005 for Spamalot. In 2010, Pat received a third Tony for the musical Memphis. Author of The Orpheum: Where Broadway Meets Beale, a history of the Orpheum Circuit and the Orpheum in Memphis.
BRYCE D. HAUGSDAHL
President, United Way of the Mid-South. Was appointed to position in 2010 after 38 years with the United Way system in five cities, where he has raised over $557 million for over 1,000 charitable organizations. Completed the Human Services Executive Management Program, Harvard University. Has increased annual amount raised from $10 million in 1983 to $25.6 million in 2009, and the number of charitable organizations funded in the Mid-South increased from 44 to 105. Chairman of the board, United Ways of Tennessee. Member, Kiwanis Club of Memphis. Supports Leadership Memphis and Task Force on Homelessness.
Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court since 2008, the first woman to hold that position. A native of McDonald, Pennsylvania, received B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh and Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University. Age 60. Moved to Memphis in 1980s, served as editor of the Memphis Bar Forum, chair of Tennessee Bar Association Commission on Women and Minorities, and secretary of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, among numerous other honors. A founding member of the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women. Elected Circuit Court Judge in 1990 and appointed to state Supreme Court by Governor Don Sundquist in 1996. Retained by state voters in 1998 and 2006. Was strenuous public advocate in 2009 of retaining Tennessee Plan for election and retention of judges.
JAMES L. HOLT
Since 1998, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival, one of the nation's leading civic festivals and Memphis' largest annual public event. During his 12-year tenure, the organization has attained financial stability and developed assets in excess of $3 million. Under his management, MIM has been the recipient of 90 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association, including multiple Gold Pinnacle Awards and an award from the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Age 51. Previously spent 17 years promoting and managing concerts and events. A Certified Festivals and Events Executive, Holt serves on the board of the International Festivals & Events Association. Previously served on boards of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Before joining MIM, spent two decades in the entertainment promotion and management business in Memphis and Nashville.
Executive director of the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Previously served as executive director of the UrbanArt Commission since its inception in 1997, overseeing public art projects including the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Age 40. Was associate curator at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and a curatorial fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Recipient of the 2005 Ellida Fri Leadership Award presented by the YWCA of Greater Memphis, a 2003 recipient of Memphis Woman magazine's "50 Women Who Make A Difference," a 2002 recipient of the Center City Commission's Vision Award, and one of the 2001 Memphis Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40." In 2010 was listed in Memphis Business Quarterly's Power Players.
President of the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation and the director of the J.R. Hyde Sr. Foundation, both dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Memphis area. Known for her advocacy and involvement in public education reform, she has led numerous efforts to bring innovative education initiatives to Memphis, most notably KIPP Academy, Teach for America, and New Leaders for New Schools. Age 48, born in California and raised in Atlanta. As a founding member of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, she is leading the master planning efforts to transform Shelby Farms into a world-class park for the twenty-first century. Other philanthropic efforts include serving as a Trustee for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Leadership Academy, and St. Mary's Episcopal School.
Executive director of Indie Memphis since 2008 (the first full-time director for the annual film festival). Over his two years at the helm, the festival has realized an 80 percent increase in attendance, to more than 7,200. The event was recognized in 2009 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and named among the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" by MovieMaker magazine. Has served on film-festival juries, including the Slamdance (Park City, Utah), South by Southwest (Austin, Texas), and the Biografilm Festival (Bologna, Italy). Has run independent film festivals since 1999, when he co-founded the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham.
President of Summitt Management Corporation, an entertainment consulting firm. Owner and limited partner of NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. Age 62. Founder of the annual Southern Heritage Classic, a weekend of events climaxed by the football matchup between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. Played annually the second Saturday in September at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the game has averaged more than 50,000 in attendance since first held in 1990. A 1971 graduate of Memphis State University. Recipient of the 2010 Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Memphis.
The face and voice of Memphis tourism. As president and CEO of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, directs an $8 million budget, with offices in Memphis, Washington, D.C, and London, and three visitor centers in Shelby County. Dedicated to promoting Memphis' international reputation in the travel industry. Developed "50 Years of Rock 'N' Roll" and "50 Years of Soul" into worldwide campaigns. At home, co-founder of the Bridges Kick Off Classic and a key player in keeping the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Memphis native, U of M graduate, and tireless booster of Memphis sports, music, and entertainment. Age 53.
Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art since 2008. Holds a bachelor's in fine arts from Harvard University and MBA degree with a concentration in not-for-profit and museum management from the Mason School of Business at The College of William & Mary. A 2008 alumnus of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute and a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, he served as executive director of the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia from 2002 to 2008. Since Kitchin's arrival, the Brooks has presented such exhibitions as "The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, 1963-2000," "Venice in the Age of Canaletto," and "Who Shot Rock & Roll: 1955-Present," which runs through September 26th.
Eclectic singer, songwriter, and bass player moved to Memphis from Nashville in 1999 as one half of the country/rockabilly duo The Gabe & Amy Show. Went solo in 2006 with debut album The World Is Not My Home on local label Archer Records. Followed it up in 2007 with the critically acclaimed Anchors & Anvils, recorded with legendary local producer Jim Dickinson. Last year, released EP, Died of Love. Has appeared on Conan O'Brien and performed at Royal Albert Hall, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and other major venues. Also enjoying a burgeoning film career, appearing as rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson in the filmed-in-Memphis Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and garnering a speaking role in Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan. Re-teamed with Brewer as one of the lead performers in his 2009 MTV series $5 Cover.
PATRICK LAWLERSince 1980, chief executive officer of Youth Villages, one of the nation's largest private providers of services to children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families. Serves more than 15,000 children and families across 11 states, employs more than 2,300 counselors and staff, and has annual revenues of more than $130 million. Produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home two years after completing a Youth Villages program. In 2006, Lawler was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. After a case study in 2009, Harvard Business School began using Youth Villages as part of a course in effective nonprofits. Also in 2009, the White House cited the organization as an example of "effective, innovative nonprofits." In 2010, Youth Villages was named one of the "Top 50 Nonprofits to Work for" by The Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group. Lawler holds a master's degree in counseling from the University of Memphis.
Native Memphian, appointed executive director of Memphis Housing Authority in February 1999 and director of city's Division of Housing and Community Development in December 1999. In 2010, after five years of negotiations with Bass Pro Shops, Inc., won a 20-year lease agreement (subject to approval by city council) to turn The Pyramid into a huge outdoors retail store. Also led the way in procuring over $200 million in competitive federal grants to help revitalize Memphis' inner city. Developed the city's first strategic housing plan along with several major affordable housing initiatives such as the Housing Trust Fund, the Equity Fund, the Down Payment Assistance Program, and the Housing Resource Center. Created The RISE Foundation and The Renaissance Business Center. The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business Administration have nationally recognized his housing initiatives. Holds a bachelor's degree from LeMoyne-Owen College and a master's from the University of Chicago.
Executive producer of Theatre Memphis since 2004. During her tenure, season and single ticket sales have increased 25 percent. In 2009, two musicals were extended because of sold-out houses. Litch assumed her current role with a long list of nonprofit work behind her. She served on the boards of the Memphis Orchestral Society, Theatre Memphis, and the MIFA Development Board. Prior to Theatre Memphis, she was the director of development for the Brooks Museum. She has degrees in mathematics (Eastern Kentucky University) and guidance counseling (University of Kentucky). Occasionally appears in TM productions herself, sequined and singing away.
Sheriff of Shelby County from 2002 to 2010, became Republican nominee for Shelby County mayor in 2010. Comes from a background and a family tradition in corrections administration at federal and county levels. Fought hard in 2009 against planned budget cuts and won continued commission support for intergovernmental crime-control efforts. As mayoral candidate and as sheriff, the 63-year-old Luttrell has featured a largely non-partisan politics of consensus. Major accomplishment has been getting the Shelby County jail released from federal scrutiny because of substandard conditions. In mayor's race held to middle-of-the-road positions in an effort to maintain the crossover vote he consistently obtained as a sheriff's candidate.
Founder and producing artistic director of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, which this past season produced A Midsummer Night's Dream and the all-female Julius Caesar. TSC's third season will include Othello in the fall, the Dream concert with IRIS in February, and Romeo & Juliet in the spring. Spent 15 years with Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts, where he served as associate artistic director and director of communications. Has performed in and directed more than 200 plays, musicals, films, and commercials. A published poet, also teaches Shakespeare master classes around the country. Honored by the Germantown Arts Alliance with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts. Age 43. Graduate of Germantown High School and Temple University.
President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber, our community's leading economic development organization. In 2008, in spite of the economic downturn, the Chamber generated more than $500 million in capital investments and helped create close to 3,000 new jobs. The Chamber also assisted with 43 relocation and expansion projects in Memphis and Shelby County. Moore represents the Memphis business community nationally by participating on the Committee of 100 for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and in the innovative program CEO for Cities. On behalf of the Chamber, Moore recently accepted three Gold Addy Awards, one Silver Addy Award, and two Judges' Choice Addy Awards. He also led the Chamber to receive the 2009 Diversity Memphis Award of Excellence. Earned a business degree from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
Unanimously chosen by the Center City Commission's board of directors to serve as the organization's new president (replacing Jeff Sanford, who retired) in May. Served as chairman of the CCC board from 2007 to 2009. Received law degree from Vanderbilt, served on A C Wharton's transition team, and is a stockholder at Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, PC. Age 36. Native Memphian, graduate of Memphis University School.
DR. SCOTT MORRIS
Founder and executive director of the Church Health Center, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured people and their families. Age 56. Master of divinity degree from Yale University, M.D. from Emory University. Board-certified family practitioner and ordained United Methodist minister. Thanks to financial support from the faith community, and the volunteer help of doctors, nurses, dentists, and others, the Center has grown to become the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the country. Currently, the Center cares for more than 55,000 patients of record without relying on government funding. Author of Relief for the Body, Renewal for the Soul and editor of two books of sermons.
University of Memphis law professor and member of the Shelby County Commission since 2006, the multitasking, limerick-fancying Mulroy has been an advocate of numerous electoral reforms ranging from voting-machine upgrades to instant runoff voting. An artful debater, Mulroy provides the body's Democrats with a swing vote and with lucid commentary based on his legal background. In mid-2009 launched the initiative that led to the first anti-discrimination resolution in local government history covering gays, lesbians, and the transgendered. Brokered sale of "Zippin' Pippin" ride to Green Bay, Wisconsin. His 2010 confrontation with an aggressive panhandler became a YouTube staple. Native of Brooklyn and a former attorney with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, Mulroy, 46, is considered a likely future candidate for higher office.
PATRICK AND GINA NEELY
Hosts of television hits Down Home with the Neelys and Road Tasted with the Neelys on the Food Network, co-owners of Neely's Bar-B-Que (two locations in Memphis and one in Nashville), and authors of the bestselling cookbook Down Home with the Neelys. Their flagship show — the Food Network's highest-rated series debut when it aired in February 2008 — is filmed in the Neelys' Memphis home and now airs seven days a week. In addition to their restaurants, the Neelys sell barbecue and other products online and in grocery stores across the U.S. Pat is a board member of the Greater Memphis Chamber and the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, is a former chairman of the board of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was named 2007 Restaurateur of the Year by the Memphis Restaurant Association (MRA). Gina is on the steering committee for the Women's Empowerment Summit for the Memphis Housing Authority, and is a member of MRA and the Dreamers Club for the National Civil Rights Museum.
Dr. WILLIAM NOVICK
Founder and medical director of the International Children's Heart Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the care of children with congenital heart defects in destitute countries since 1994. Has taken surgical teams to 23 countries and operated on more than 4,000 children. In 1998, performed the first open-heart surgery in Bosnia, and in 1999, was operating in Belgrade when NATO bombing began during the Kosovo conflict. Has been awarded three presidential medals since 2002 and was awarded the Frederique Constant Passion Award in 2007. Featured in the 2003 Oscar-winning documentary Chernobyl Heart, and invited to speak to the General Assembly of the United Nations about the effects of the Chernobyl radiation disaster. Age 55. Endowed Professor of Surgery and International Child Health at the University of Tennessee — Memphis. Received cardiac training from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Head men's basketball coach at University of Memphis. At age 33, sixth-youngest coach in NCAA Division I. Led Tigers to record of 24-10 in his first year at the helm; Tigers lost to Ole Miss in second round of NIT. Served one season as assistant to John Calipari after cutting teeth over six years under Hall of Famer Lute Olson at University of Arizona. Known as a tireless recruiter, will welcome one of the top freshman classes in the country for 2010-11 season, one that includes three top-15 recruits (Jelan Kendrick, Will Barton, and White Station High School alum Joe Jackson). Member of Arizona's 1997 national championship team.
Editor of The Commercial Appeal, one of the largest newspapers left in the dwindling E.W. Scripps chain. Peck and publisher Joe Pepe have overseen a newspaper makeover that has trimmed subscribers, shrunk the size of the paper, established an Internet presence, reduced the news staff, and increased the percentage of the print paper devoted to local news, letters, and comment. Peck himself writes a weekly column in the Sunday newspaper, sounding off on such hot-button issues as handgun carry permits, crime, and political corruption. The CA was named in 2009 as the best large daily newspaper in Tennessee by the Tennessee Press Association. Peck, 59, got his start working for his family's newspaper in Wyoming. Graduated from Stanford University and came to Memphis in 2003 after retiring as editor of the Spokane, Washington, Spokesman-Review.
Hired in March 2010 as the new administrator of animal services after investigations revealed poor conditions and policies at the Memphis Animal Shelter, which resulted in the termination of several employees, including the director. Will oversee shelter's move to new, enlarged facilities next year. Previously served as director of animal services in Shreveport, Lousiana, and has successfully held various management positions in the field of animal care and control in Michigan and Wisconsin. A 1999 graduate of Michigan's Grand Valley State University with a degree in wildlife biology. Has served on the board of the National Animal Control Association, the Louisiana Animal Control Association, and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers.
Has served as chairman of the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority for 14 years. Secretary and counsel for the Greater Memphis Chamber and chairman of its Regional Logistics Council. Other leadership positions include chairman emeritus of Commissioners Committee, Airport Council International, and past chairman of New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority, which oversaw the construction — on time, on budget — of FedExForum. Recipient of 2005 Communicator of the Year Award from the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Inducted into Airport Minority Advisory Council's Hall of Fame in 2006. Recipient of the 2006 Diversity Memphis Humanitarian Award. In 2007, decorated by the Government of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, the second highest honor conferred upon any civilian leader. Co-author with FedEx's Tom Schmitt of the highly acclaimed management book Simple Solutions: Harness the Power of Passion and Simplicity To Get Results. Attorney and partner of the Memphis office of Ford & Harrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. Named in Best Lawyers in America each year it has been published (25 years).
Director of museums for the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums, which includes Memphis Pink Palace Museum, Crew Training International IMAX Theater, Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Magevney House, Mallory-Neely House in Victorian Village, and Coon Creek Science Center. New strategic plan will bring full-dome video to planetarium and a science center focused on health, nutrition, and wellness to Memphis area. Former executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Previously assistant director of the Smithsonian National Associates Program in Washington, D.C. Age 61. Awarded a doctoral fellowship in English at Temple University.
First-year head football coach at the University of Memphis; 22nd coach in program's history. Earned reputation as one of country's top recruiters during stint at LSU, where he helped build the 2007 national champions. Also served as assistant at UT-Martin, Arkansas State, and Oklahoma State. Age 38. Graduate of U of M, where he led Tigers in rushing for three straight seasons (1991-93). One of only seven Tigers to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in his career. Primary focus as assistant was running backs. Named National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com in 2007 and 2009. Native of Jackson, Mississippi.
DOROTHY GUNTHER PUGH
Founder and artistic director of Ballet Memphis, which completed its 23rd season in April with a nationally acclaimed company of 16 professional dancers. Graduate of Vanderbilt University. Under her leadership, Ballet Memphis has achieved national prominence, cited by the Ford Foundation as an "exemplary arts institution" and "national treasure." Company has performed to glowing reviews in New York and Paris, and will appear this summer at the Kennedy Center. Lauded by the Ford Foundation Monograph and the Stanford Social Innovation Review for the Memphis Project series. Honored as a Woman of Achievement and an Outstanding Arts Administrator by the Tennessee Art Commission, and recipient of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore initiatives for redefining mid-size ballet companies in the nation. The combined programs of Ballet Memphis — dance company, ballet school, educational enrichment, and Pilates Centre — serve 75,000 people annually.
President of the University of Memphis since July 2001, the seventh in the school's history and the first woman to hold the position. A past chair of the board of directors of the Memphis Regional Chamber, and the first woman to hold that title. The West Tennessee native returned to Memphis from the University of Kentucky, where she was vice chancellor for academic services and dean of the college of education. An expert in teacher education, having written or co-written 14 books and numerous journal articles. Raines holds a doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed the Management Development Program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Past president of the Association for Childhood Education International. Her strengths in development, fund-raising, and government affairs have led to interdisciplinary research and building of corporate partnerships, as reflected in the FedEx Institute of Technology.
Power forward for NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. In 2010, became only the second All-Star in franchise history by averaging a team-leading 20.8 points and 11.7 rebounds (third in the NBA). In first season with team, pulled down 950 rebounds, shattering the Grizzlies' single-season mark by more than 100 rebounds. His 57 double-doubles (10 points, 10 rebounds) ranked second in the NBA. Age 29. Nicknamed "Z-Bo." Off-the-court trouble has followed Randolph in previous NBA stops (Portland, New York, Los Angeles). A house and car owned by Randolph in Indianapolis were connected with drug-traffic allegations in May.
Since 1994, president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care, employer of more than 12,000 in the Mid-South. Recently played key role in garnering support for the Baptist Trinity Hospice House, the Memphis area's first residential hospice, scheduled to open fall 2010. Past chair of the Healthcare Institute, a national think tank of leading health-care CEOs. Currently chairman-elect of The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and serves on the boards of the University of Memphis, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, University of Tennessee Development Council, and Memphis Tomorrow, and is the national board secretary for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Has served as chair of the National Committee of Quality Health Care, the Tennessee Hospital Association, and the Memphis Regional Chamber, among other organizations. Received the B'nai B'rith International Health Leadership Award and the Tennessee Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award and was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. Earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University and a master's from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Union University.
Chairman and CEO of AutoZone, Inc. Holds an accounting degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Oversees the nation's leading retailer and a leading distributor of auto parts and accessories with more than 4,400 stores in the United States and 200 stores in Mexico. Civic engagements include chairman of Memphis Tomorrow, treasurer of the National Civil Rights Museum, and board member of Youth Programs, Inc. Professionally, is chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association and board member of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality.
Professional golfer and 2009 winner of the Schwab Cup, given to the top player on the Champions Tour. Since joining the Champions Tour in 2005, has won four majors, including the Senior British Open in 2006 and 2009. Age 55. Native of San Luis Obispo, California, moved to Memphis in 1992. Won eight tournaments on PGA Tour; finished in top-five at Masters twice and was runner-up at 1994 U.S. Open. Career earnings of more than $25 million. Set record in 2009 by playing Memphis PGA event for the 25th time. Nicknamed "Boss of the Moss" for putting prowess.
President of the National Civil Rights Museum since 1997 and a principal at Trust Marketing and Communications Consortium since 1992. In 2007 the museum was featured in National Geographic's Young Explorer magazine, and recognized in Budget Travel as one of the top 15 "Places Every Kid in America Should Visit Before Turning 15." Formerly served as marketing communications director for Holiday Inn Worldwide, beginning her 19-year career there as a reservations agent. University of Memphis graduate; studied executive development training program at the University of Pennsylvania. Has been featured in Essence, The New York Times, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Dollars & Sense, and Redbook. Featured on CNN's 2009 series Black In America; interviewed at length by host Soledad O'Brien.
JAMES "JAY" ROBINSON III
CEO of Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Appointed to the position by VA Secretary Eric Shineski in October 2009. Has a bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Georgia, Psy.D from Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology. Notable projects include serving as secretary of Veterans Affairs' efforts to zero out homelessness among veterans. Serves in leadership roles on numerous VA committees including the Secretary's Committee for the Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill and the Business Process Improvement Committee. Has received several commendations and awards for Excellence in Leadership through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Member, American College of Healthcare Executives.
Chairman of the Rose Family Foundations private charity. In 2005 named one of Tennessee's 100 Most Powerful People by BusinessTN magazine. Also received the Economic Excellence and Equity Award from Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Rose is most well-known for landing the NBA Memphis Grizzlies basketball team. Co-founder of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Internationally recognized in 2007 with the Changing Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women's Funding Network. In 2008, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by Diversity Memphis. Rose received degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in music and business and a master's in public administration from Harvard University where she was named a Distinguished Littauer Fellow in 1985. Principal owner and CEO of Electronic Vaulting Services (EVS) Corporation, a data protection company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to joining EVS, Rose served as managing director of Heritage Capital Advisors, LLC, a private equity, corporate advisory, and asset firm with offices in Atlanta and Memphis.
SUSAN M. SCHADT
President and CEO of ArtsMemphis since 2002. Native Memphian whose priorities include increasing funding to arts groups and broadening arts education and outreach in the community. Her most significant accomplishment is the historic Memphis for the Arts endowment campaign, which raised $27.6 million. Schadt spearheaded the successful rebranding of ArtsMemphis (formerly the Arts Council) in 2007, which increased the organization's presence as the premier fund-raiser for the arts in Memphis. In the same year, Schadt and her team launched an ongoing Audience Development Initiative in partnership with the Assisi Foundation for some 40 nonprofit cultural organizations, culminating in the creation of a community-wide interactive arts calendar. In 2005 partnered with Ducks Unlimited to launch the historic and ongoing Conservation Through Art initiative, raising over $2 million thus far to support wildlife conservation, local arts groups, and free community events. In 2008, Schadt was executive editor of First Shooting Light, a photographic journal published by ArtsMemphis that was highly acclaimed by Barron's, MarketWatch, Garden & Gun, and many other publications. Currently serves on the Riverfront Development Corporation board of directors and completed a six-year board position on the Americans for the Arts Leadership Council for United Arts Funds. In 2006, attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education program on Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.
Senior Vice President, FedEx Solutions, and currently in his second term as Chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber. Built from scratch FedEx Solutions — often called the "secret weapon" of the company. The native of Biberach, Germany, has been in Memphis 11 years and was named in the 2010 MBQ Power Players and the BusinessTN "Power 100." In his capacity with the chamber, Schmitt leads Memphis Fast Forward, the largest economic development initiative in Memphis' history. He's a frequent speaker at CEO-level conferences around the world. In June 2010, Schmitt received the Mid-South Minority Business Council's "Community Spirit" award. He's also a member of the executive board of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.
President of the board of directors for Greater Memphis Greenline, devoted to developing an integrated multi-use trail system in Memphis and Shelby County. First phase of development — to include a trail for cyclists and pedestrians that leads from East Memphis to Shelby Farms — is expected to be open by fall 2010. Founding board member of Greening Greater Memphis. Associate professor of biochemistry at UT Health Science Center (1974-85), where he was president of Sigma Xi, the Society for Scientific Research. Became financial advisor in 1986. Helped form CommonSense, Inc., which spearheaded the local recycling movement.
Appointed director of The Dixon Gallery and Gardens in 2007. Started museum career in 1988 at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1998, became curator of American art at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. During his tenure at the Dixon, has launched cultural collaborations with Ballet Memphis, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Playhouse on the Square. On board of UrbanArt Commission and on selection committee for Rhodes College downtown mural project. Instituted pay-what-you-can Tuesdays at the Dixon, a host of family-oriented education programs, and initiated restoration of Dixon's Woodland Garden. An exhibition, based on his book Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era, opened in July 2009.
President and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare since 2001. Company consists of six adult hospitals and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, employing more than 10,000 in the Memphis region. Prior to joining Methodist in 1990 as executive vice president, served as president of the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Currently sits on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, University of Memphis Board of Visitors, and Foundation for Evangelism. Served as the 2005 board chairman of the Memphis Regional Chamber. Received the Corporate Leadership Award from Memphis' Corporate Volunteer Council in 2004 and the Alexis de Tocqueville Leadership Award from the United Way in 2005. Received the 2007 Meritorious Service Award from the Tennessee Hospital Association.
Commissioner of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. Holds bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's in broadcasting and film from the University of Memphis. Under her leadership, MovieMaker magazine selected Memphis as one of the "Top 10 Best American Cities to Live, Work, and Make Movies." Co-founder of the Berlin-Memphis and Shelby County Alliance. Also co-founder of the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission Production Training Program.
JOHN SMARRELLI JR.
President of Christian Brothers University. Named to position in 2009. Received bachelor's degree in biology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York; Ph.D. from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Postdoctoral work in the Department of Biology, University of Virginia. Received National Academic Advising Association Pacesetter Award in 2006 and Loyola University Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996. Board member of Greater Memphis Chamber, Leadership Memphis, and the Salvation Army. Is a member of numerous local, regional, and national university associations.
Civil rights pioneer who served as executive secretary of the Memphis branch of the NAACP from 1962 until her retirement in 1995. Refused admission to then-Memphis State University because of her race and later led successful charge to open the school to black enrollment. In 2010, received honorary doctor of letters degree from U of M. Received bachelor's degree from Spelman College and master's from Middlebury College. While heading the local NAACP, she coordinated the sit-in movement that helped open all private and public facilities to blacks, and served on the coordinating committee of the 1968 sanitation strike and 1969 school boycotts. Led charge for a black superintendent for Memphis City Schools and served six four-year terms on the Memphis Board of Education. Has received more than 200 awards and has served on numerous boards, including the National Civil Rights Museum, Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, Partners in Public Education, the Tennessee Board of Regents, and the NAACP's National Board of Directors. Is subject of 2007 authorized biography, Maxine Smith's Unwilling Pupils: Lessons Learned in Memphis's Civil Rights Classroom.
KATIE SMYTHEFounder and principal teaching artist of New Ballet Ensemble and School. Returned to Memphis in 1997 after career as a professional dancer with the Minnesota Dance Theatre and as a teacher in Los Angeles. New Ballet Ensemble trains dancers to a professional standard, regardless of ability to pay. Spearheaded a campaign to raise funds for a facility in Midtown. Has worked in partnership with Bridges USA, Girls Inc., Memphis Athletic Ministries, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Rhodes College, Opera Memphis, Memphis College of Art, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Delta Arts, and local schools. Citydance, an annual NBE summer program in its seventh year, brings inner-city children into the studio for free training. This year's graduates earned almost $200,000 in scholarships to BFA programs at NYU, Fordham, University of Arizona, and other schools. Serves on the board of the Levitt Shell, the Cooper-Young Business Association, and the City of Memphis Youth Guidance Commission.
ED STANTON III
Recommended by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen for the vacant position of U.S. Attorney of Tennessee's Western District and named to that position by President Obama in 2010. Stanton had been serving as senior counsel for Federal Express, where he was employed from 2002 to 2010. Age 38. Previously, was attorney at two local firms and served as an assistant city attorney for Memphis. Worked as member of Clinton-Gore advance team in 1996 election. Was a Democratic primary candidate for U.S. Congress in the 9th District in 2006. Son of longtime Shelby County administrator Ed Stanton Jr. A 1994 graduate of the University of Memphis, and 1997 graduate of the university's Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
BISHOP TERRY STEIB
Installed as the fourth (and current) Bishop of Memphis on May 5, 1993. Currently the Consultant for the African American Catholics Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and serves on the boards of The Catholic Extension Society, Catholic University of America, and Catholic Relief Services. Spearheaded Jubilee program that renovated and reopened several local Catholic Schools, with a mission to educate and invigorate the underprivileged, regardless of religious affiliation. A native of Vacherie, Louisiana, received theological degree from Divine Word Seminary in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. In 1984, was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and Titular Bishop.
Handily elected to city council from mid-city District 5 in 2007 after losing first bid in 2003, Strickland has evolved into council's most persistent voice for greater budgetary discipline. The frequently interviewed 46-year-old Strickland — called "Showtime" by his colleagues — has earned considerable support among moderates and conservatives alike as a likely future mayoral candidate. An advocate of enlarging recruitment area for city's first responders, led the effort to save Overton Park golf course and oversaw recommendations for legislative changes as member of the Metro Charter Commission. Graduate of the University of Memphis, where he was student body president, is former chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party and the law partner of David Kustoff, the former local Republican chairman and U.S. Attorney.
Memphis actor who took the local theater world for a ride with his creation of Sister Myotis, a God-fearing proper Southern lady devoted to saving all 8,000 members of her fictitious mega church (and anyone within earshot.) Swift — in over-the-top-drag — quickly garnered a cult-like following locally, and in July 2010 Myotis and the cast of Bible Camp took their show to New York's Abingdon Theater for what was slated to be a 22-show run, but nightly sold-out shows called for an extended run. When not spreading the word, Swift, a graduate of the University of Memphis, works at a local nonprofit.
President and CEO of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines since 1997. Company provides regional airline services for Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and US Airways, collectively operating over 1,280 daily flights and transporting more than 13 million customers annually. Directed the development of Pinnacle Airlines into one of the nation's fastest growing carriers. Named Regional Airline Executive of the Year in 2000. In 2002, Pinnacle was named Regional Airline of the Year by Professional Pilot magazine. In 2004, Aviation Week named Pinnacle one of the Top Performing Small Airlines in the World, and Aviation Business magazine awarded Trenary the 2003 Regional Airline Strategist of the Year Award. Active in civic and industry affairs such as the Transportation Industry Council, Memphis Tomorrow, Memphis Music Foundation, and the Memphis Regional Chamber.
President of Rhodes College. Established a strategic vision for the liberal arts college focusing on excellence both in the classroom and beyond the campus through student research, service, internship, and study-abroad opportunities. Facilitated new college curriculum, the move from scholarships toward fellowships, a nationally recognized student work program, and a new campus master plan centered around the Paul Barret Jr. Library, for which he secured a $35.5 million gift, the largest in the school's history. Chaired the American Council on Education, the National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program. Served on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Commission, which made recommendations to Congress to dramatically increase the number of American undergraduates studying abroad. Named one of America's most effective college presidents. Received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College.
LEIGH ANNE AND SEAN TUOHY
Portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the 2009 feature film, The Blind Side, Tuohy is an interior decorator and graduate of the University of Mississippi. She attended Briarcrest Christian School and later Ole Miss, where she met her future husband, Sean, a sports commentator and restaurateur. He played college basketball at the University of Mississippi in the early 1980s, and is best known for being the all-time assists leader in the SEC. Both reside in Memphis and own more than 80 fast-food franchises including Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Long John Silver's. Also the adoptive parents of former Ole Miss player and Baltimore Raven's first-round draft selection and starting offensive tackle Michael Oher. In addition to Michael, they have a daughter, Collins, and son Sean Tuohy Jr. Leigh Anne gave the 2010 commencement address at CBU and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university for her commitment to the less fortunate and ongoing quest to recruit others to make a difference.
Downtown real estate developer and driving force behind Fair Ground, a plan to redevelop the old Mid-South Fairgrounds in the heart of the city as a sportsplex. With Jack Belz, Turley, 69, developed the upscale Harbor Town residential and commercial center on Mud Island, the low-income and middle-income Uptown residential development north of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and South Bluffs, where he lives. Turley is a board member of Contemporary Media, the parent company of Memphis and the Memphis Flyer. A native of Memphis and graduate of the University of Tennessee, Turley is known for his plainspoken good humor, creativity, and unfailing belief in downtown and the restoration of public spaces in older neighborhoods. He is also an active political supporter of candidates as varied as Democrat U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen and Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker.
JOHNNIE B. WATSON
President of LeMoyne-Owen College since 2006. Has a bachelor's degree from Le-Moyne-Owen and master's from Indiana University. Former superintendent of Memphis City Schools. Former president of Future Teachers of America and Alpha Pi Alpha. Received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from LeMoyne-Owen College in 2001 for his contributions to education over four decades. Former chair of department of education and distinguished associate professor at Rhodes College. Board member, Bethany Homes, Literacy Mid-South, United Way of the Mid-South. Life member, NAACP, Memphis Chapter.
JUNE WADDELL WEST
In 2002 appointed executive director of Memphis Heritage, Inc., the area's largest historic preservation organization. Is currently leading efforts to save the historic buildings of Overton Square and the former Union Avenue Methodist Church at Union and Cooper. In 2009 she focused the agency's efforts to save the facade of the Cumberland Presbyterian Archives Building in Midtown after working out a compromise with Chick-fil-A. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, West spent more than 20 years in the field of gerontology, serving as head of Alzheimer's Day Services and as an official with American Senior Development Company.
World-renowned jazz saxophonist. Named president and CEO of Soulsville Foundation in April 2010. Toured with Whitney Houston for several years, then returned to Memphis to become the Stax Music Academy first artist-in-residence. Attended Texas Southern University, where he composed his first music. In 1998, recorded first gospel album, The Gospel According To Jazz: Chapter I. That same year he made For You, which soared to the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. In 2010, released The Gospel According to Jazz: Chapter III. Has worked with the likes of Babyface, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Al Green, and Luther Vandross. Has eight Grammy nominations and two Stellar Awards for Best Gospel Instrumental Album.
A C WHARTON
Elected mayor of Memphis in 2009 special election following resignation of Willie Herenton, winning two-thirds of the vote against a lengthy list of other aspirants. The amiable and popular 66-year-old had served previously as public defender and as Shelby County mayor from 2002 until his 2009 victory and subsequent migration to City Hall. As city mayor, showed a penchant for the kind of reassuring middle-of-the-road policies he had pursued at the helm of county government. That included regular "town hall" meetings, and in mid-2010 Wharton sponsored the first "virtual" town hall, held in four locations dispersed around the city. While still county mayor had begun a campaign to bring about city/county consolidation and appointed the Metro Charter Commission to prepare a late 2010 referendum on the subject. Significant early moves as Memphis mayor included settlement of city's lawsuit with entrepreneur John Elkington over Beale Street assets and shake-ups in such scandal-prone city departments as General Services.
Memphis rapper. Has worked with Cool & Dre, Shawty Redd, and DJ Toomp, among others. Rap style mixes the real subject matter of 8Ball & MJG with the energy and intensity of Three 6 Mafia. Signed a million-dollar deal with Polo Grounds Music/J Records. Has a string of hugely successful mixtapes and street albums — from 2000's From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game to 2009's CM2. Has sold more than 300,000 copies of his Cocaine Muzik mixtape series. His major label studio album debut, Live from the Kitchen, was released in July 2010.
Winner of 1991 Best Actress Oscar for her role as deranged fan in Stephen King's Misery. Began acting career at White Station High School. Age 62. Made film debut in 1971's Taking Off. Received Oscar nominations for Primary Colors and About Schmidt. Emmy nomination for HBO series Six Feet Under. Also known for her roles in Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, and Revolutionary Road. In 2009 played the part of Michael Oher's tutor in the Oscar-winning blockbuster The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock as Memphis mom Leigh Anne Tuohy. In 2010-11 Bates will star in David E. Kelley's newest legal drama, Harry's Law.
Second-term U.S. congressman and former state senator. On the heels of a bashing of Democratic primary opponent Nikki Tinker in 2008, his shepherding of an epochal apology for slavery through Congress, and his chairmanship of a Judiciary subcommittee seemed to set him up for a long reign. But then came news of the one 2010 challenger who might give him trouble — five-term mayor Willie Herenton. Polls consistently showed Cohen well ahead of Herenton, however. The 61-year-old congressman fought the 2010 race in tandem with his erstwhile district director, Randy Wade, who had become a candidate for sheriff in the Democratic primary. Consistently featured as a guest on Washington-based cable news shows, won some notoriety for remarks critical of the Tea Party movement.
One of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors. Born in Memphis and raised in Clarksville, Mississippi. Age 73. Made his acting debut at age 8 in a school play. First major role was as chauffeur Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy. Has appeared in almost 50 major films since, earning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Million Dollar Baby (2004). Distinctive voice has made him a popular choice for narration, including Academy Award-winning 2005 documentary March of the Penguins. Co-owner of Madidi restaurant and Ground Zero blues club in Clarksville. Recent films include The Dark Knight and Invictus; the latter earning him an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela. Currently filming the action film Red with Bruce Willis.
Graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996 and studied theater at Boston University. Moved to New York and landed small roles on Law & Order and Ed before moving to Los Angeles, her current residence. Appeared in 2004's Win a Date with Tad Hamilton and turned heads in 2005 in Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts. Portrayed Johnny Cash's first wife in Walk the Line, filmed in Memphis. Starred with Chloe Sevigny and Jeanne Tripplehorn in HBO series Big Love. In 2009, filmed He's Just Not That Into You with an all-star cast, which earned her a nomination for a People's Choice Award for "Breakout Movie Actress." Currently in production for Ramona and Beezus. Age 32.
Playwright whose work The Mountaintop — a fictional account of Martin Luther King's last night — won the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award, Britain's equivalent to the Tony, for best new play. The play will open on Broadway this fall. Memphis native, now living in New York City who graduated from Craigmont High School and interned at The Commercial Appeal. Went on to study at Harvard drama school and Juilliard's playwriting school, and received a degree from Columbia University. In addition to her award-winning playwright career, Hall is an actress who has appeared in television and theatre, and a journalist whose works have been published in The Boston Globe, Essence, and Newsweek.
Hailed as King of the Blues, with more than 100 albums. Came to Memphis in 1947 from Mississippi and landed at radio station WDIA. Turns 85 September 16th. Currently lives in Las Vegas. Awarded 15 Grammys, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and received Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award. Between 1951 and 1985, wrote 74 songs that made the Billboard R&B charts. Recently purchased Club Ebony, a juke joint in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. In 2008 released album titled One Kind Favor. The B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center opened in 2008 in Indianola. TIME magazine recently ranked him #3 in its list of "Best Electric Guitarists of All Time."
Born in Memphis, attended Memphis University School, and graduated from White Station High School in 1982. Served as president of his senior class and was a fixture on the high school stage. In the mid '80s, co-starred in several movies including Making the Grade and Better Off Dead, starring John Cusack. In 1986, Schneider became nationally known in the role of Dennis Blunden on the ABC sitcom Head of the Class. Career shifted direction in 1993 when he began writing and producing a string of successful television shows, such as The Amanda Show, What I Like About You, iCarly, and All That. Currently the co-president of his own production company, Schneider's Bakery, Inc, in Los Angeles. Age 44.
East High School graduate named Miss Teenage Memphis in 1966. Breakout role: Jacy in The Last Picture Show (1971). Awarded four Golden Globes for TV series Moonlighting and Cybill. Recently appeared on The L Word and Psych and in movies Another Harvest Moon and Barry Munday. Portrayed Martha Stewart in two made-for-TV movies. In 2010 joined the cast of upcoming Lifetime movie The List, in which she plays the mother of a prostitute played by star Jennifer Love Hewitt. Also a cabaret singer with five albums to her credit. Age 60.
Perhaps best-known as author of Ghost Soldiers, a nonfiction book about the rescue of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March from a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Published in 2001, the book remained on The New York Times best-seller list for 42 weeks. Graduated from Memphis University School and Yale. Started in journalism as an intern at Memphis magazine. Has been editor-at-large for Outside magazine, a correspondent for NPR, and work has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, Men's Journal, and elsewhere. Other best-selling books include Stomping Grounds: A Pilgrim's Progress Through Eight American Subcultures (1992), American Dispatches from the New Frontier (2004), and Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West (2006). Latest work is Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for his Assassin, published in April 2010 by Doubleday. The comprehensive account of James Earl Ray garnered rave reviews and earned Sides an appearance on the Colbert Report.
Acclaimed singer and songwriter, topping music charts first as a member of N'SYNC, currently as a solo artist. Age 29. Born in Millington,performed at Grand Ole Opry at age 10. Moved to Orlando and in early 1990s was cast member of the Mickey Mouse Club. In 2002, released Justified, a multiplatinum solo debut, and Future Sex/Love Sounds in 2006. Appeared in films Alpha Dog, Southland Tales, Black Snake Moan, and The Love Guru. Launched the William Rast clothing line in 2007, and opened two restaurants, Southern Hospitality and Destino, in Los Angeles. In 2008 won two Grammys for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("What Goes Around . . . Comes Around") and Best Dance Recording ("LoveStoned/I Think She Knows"). In 2009, he launched his line of 901 Silver Tequila and opened Mirimichi Lakes eco-friendly golf course in Millington.
The son of Memphis Flyer editor Bruce VanWyngarden, White Station High School graduate Andrew VanWyngarden became one of pop music's breakout stars in 2008 as the singer/songwriter/guitarist for the Brooklyn-based rock band MGMT. The band formed at Wesleyan College as a partnership with classmate Ben Goldwasser. After landing a multi-album deal with Sony/Columbia, the duo released its debut album, Oracular Spectacular, in 2008, scoring international hits with the singles "Time to Pretend" and "Kids." In 2009, MGMT settled a legal dispute with French President Nicolas Sarkozy over his unauthorized use of their song "Kids" in his campaign. A few months later Rolling Stone ranked Oracular Spectacular 18th on the top 100 albums of the decade. In 2010, MGMT received two Grammy nominations and released their new album, Congratulations, to positive reviews. The album has since reached the number-one spot on iTunes' list of top-ten albums.