Who's Who

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Our annual guide to the city's movers, shakers, and other news-makers. 

Every year we publish a special issue of Memphis magazine: a far-reaching guide to our city, designed to appeal to newcomers and longtime residents alike. And every summer, when we look back on the previous year's edition, we are struck by the changes that have occurred here since then. 

Where to begin? The past year saw demonstrations and arrests as the city finally removed the statues of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest from two parks – actions that made national headlines. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art declared it would abandon its iconic building in Overton Park and erect a larger building, possibly downtown. Its park neighbor, the Memphis College of Art, announced it would close after 80 years. Another iconic building faces an uncertain future, as The Commercial Appeal announced it was moving from its longtime home on Union Avenue. And our two major basketball teams – the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers – hired new coaches in hopes of turning their seasons around. 

Meanwhile, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare celebrated its 100th birthday, marking the occasion with major expansions on both hospital campuses. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center opened a state-of-the-art patient simulation center. Downtown saw major new construction just about everywhere, most notably at Central Station, where developers have begun work on a new upscale hotel and multi-screen theater. In Germantown, Campbell Clinic unveiled plans for a brand-new facility that would almost double the size of its present campus. For that matter, after some 30+ years in the South Main district, our own company relocated to new quarters in the heart of downtown. 

With all this change in the air, and much more to come, it's always a challenge to name 100 or so Memphians who have made the most impact here. Here you'll find our selection of Who's Who: "movers, shakers, and other news-makers." We hope you'll agree with our choices. 

Who's Who 2018: Canine