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From Baseball Cards to the Memphis Startup Scene: David Waddell Capitalizes on an 'Obsession with Investing'

President, CEO and Chief Investment Strategist David Waddell, of Waddell and Associates often faces misperceptions about investment professionals.
“I want Waddell and Associates to be recognized as an ultra-high-quality, trustworthy business that helps people navigate the choppy seas between here and what they hope to have in their futures,” he said.
Posted: 2/23/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Member Spotlight: The Orpheum Theatre

Member The Orpheum Theatre Group holds an important place in both Memphis past and future. The iconic landmark stands at the corner of Main and Beale and plays a crucial role in our community's art scene. Check out the video below with Brett Batterson, the President & CEO, and scroll below for a fun Q&A.
Posted: 2/22/2017 11:35:52 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is in the middle of its 100th birthday celebration and Emily Neff is determined to make it unforgettable. The museum’s executive director will tell you it’s one of the region’s great cultural assets and she wants the entire community involved. 
Posted: 2/21/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Board of Governor Spotlight: Trustmark

The Greater Memphis Chamber Board of Governors serves as an additional leadership base for the Chairman's Circle and Board of Directors. Members of this level interact with the top members of the Memphis Business Community. View the full list of Board of Governors members here. Each issue of Memphis Crossroads, we highlight one of our BOG members, and today we're introducing you to Gene Henson, Regional President - Memphis/North MS - for Trustmark Bank.
Posted: 2/16/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Dr. David Stern became Executive Dean and Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2011 and it’s been full-speed ahead ever since.

“I came to make an impact on the city in health and wellness, especially for the disadvantaged,” he said. As head of the College of Medicine, Dr. Stern oversees its clinical, education and research missions and is focused on bringing wellness to the city.
Posted: 2/13/2017 11:25:06 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Landmark Training Development Company

Mike and Karen Minnis are not those people who say, “We ought to do something.” They’re the ones who do it. Their Landmark Training Development Company grew from a desire to work with at-risk urban youth and to address what the USDA calls food deserts: urban areas where it’s difficult to buy affordable or quality fresh food. Their Orange Mound operation includes a food pantry, an urban outreach center, the Landmark Farmers Market and gardens that turn out two tons of produce annually.
Posted: 2/7/2017 10:21:23 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Signal Flow PR

Memphis music is recognized worldwide, but even legends sometimes need a push. Elizabeth Cawein’s Signal Flow PR agency pushes hard by providing publicity, marketing and branding for area musicians since 2011. Making money in the music business is tough, but Cawein knew that when she started her enterprise after working at the former Memphis Music Foundation. 
Posted: 1/31/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

Board of Advisor Spotlight: Workbay

In each issue of Memphis Crossroads, we highlight a Board of Advisor level member, showcasing their important role in the Chamber as well as the business community. Mary Hayes, CEO of Workbay shares why her company is part of the Chamber as well as some benefits of doing business in Memphis.
Posted: 1/26/2017 9:53:10 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Direct Home Quote

Chris Harkins declared: “The old ways are going to go down hard.” The young entrepreneur was so frustrated with trying to hire home improvement contractors that he decided to turn the system on its head. His Direct Home Quote business is taking care of roofing, windows, siding, asphalt and tree removal needs with less hassle. It’s straightforward — go to, order what you want, get a quote within 24 hours and, if you like it, give the go-ahead. DHQ is a one-stop shop responsible for the entire project — getting the installer, scheduling it and guaranteeing the work. 
Posted: 1/24/2017 12:12:50 PM | with 0 comments

Member Spotlight: DittyTV

Member DittyTV is passionate about connecting fans with the Americana and Roots music scene. Their 24/7 television network features live concerts, events, music videos, artist interviews and more AND they're based right here in Memphis, Tennessee. Check out the video and Q&A with COO and below then be sure to click through and watch some DittyTV yourself!
Posted: 1/18/2017 9:51:18 AM | with 0 comments

GMACWorkforce Connects the Dots to Jobs for the Memphis Workforce

It takes a network to get a job, said Dr. Glen Fenter, president of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce). They have built a networked environment to share information among all workforce stakeholders and the job seekers they serve. Built on the Workbay platform developed by Mary Hayes, president of Memphis-based Workbay LLC, this common database and mobile app will roll out this fall to make job seeking, job training and job recruitment easier to access.
Posted: 1/12/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments

10 TO WATCH: Elvis Presley Enterprises

Elvis Presley Enterprises is upping the ante to make Graceland bigger and better. October saw the opening of The Guest House at Graceland, a full service, 450-room $92 million hotel. In March, a new $40 million, 220,000 square-foot visitor complex will open, replacing the existing 47,000 square-foot facility.
Posted: 1/10/2017 11:15:04 AM | with 0 comments

"Rockstar Entrepreneur" Finds Sweet Spot in the Memphis Startup Scene

Kayla Rodriguez Graff thrives on activity, and these days the young entrepreneur is on fire. 
Her considerable energies are focused on her work as COO of a startup with a cool product and her passion for Memphis, blended in with her recent marriage and membership in SoundCheck, where she recently joined the leadership team.
Posted: 1/5/2017 2:01:41 PM | with 0 comments

The Huttons Invest in Workforce at Moore Tech

Henry A. Hutton and Thomas Hutton, Jr. have their sights set on taking care of business for Memphis. 
Posted: 1/3/2017 2:08:11 PM | with 0 comments

Brea Bowers Puts Progress Over Perfection to Reach Her Goals

At 27, Brea Bowers already has an impressive list of career achievements and community contributions on her resume.
Posted: 12/20/2016 1:39:01 PM | with 0 comments

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