Memphis ad agency executive Jerry Ehrlich received the 2020 Silver Medal Award from the American Advertising Federation Memphis. The award honors creative excellence, social responsibility, and contributions to the industry and the community.

Ehrlich has been at it for more than three decades. He leads The Brand Squad, an award-winning, full-service agency with a flexible, virtual workforce, which he founded in 2008. Previously, he was CEO and partner in two other Memphis agencies. A graduate of Christian Brothers High School and UT Knoxville, his first job after college was with Memphis ad man John Malmo.

“I’m grateful for my mentors in life and in business. I’ve tried to emulate them, help others and foster life-long learners,” says Ehrlich.  “Advancing technologies, emerging platforms, the aging and changing demographics of America mean consumer preferences are evolving constantly. You’ve got to keep learning to stay relevant.”

Ehrlich established The Brand Squad nearly 11 years ago. In the wake of the Great Recession, he anticipated clients would want more efficiency and better returns on marketing investments. And he expected seasoned, best-in-class researchers, writers, art directors, media buyers and strategists would be open to coming together and working virtually on their schedules. The model benefits clients by matching them with a talented custom squad that best fits their industry, objectives, audiences and budget.

Join us as we honor the top bosses of 2020

Memphis is graced with tremendously talented, inspiring executives in charge of their companies and organizations and these exceptional leaders are setting standards of success in healthcare, banking, and construction.

> Dr. James Downing, president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, oversees an organization that blends clinical care with scientific research using a nonprofit operational model. He created a $7 billion, six-year strategy for accelerating cures for cancer and other childhood diseases.

> George Hernandez is CEO of Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics and executive director of the Campbell Foundation. He is overseeing construction of a new 120,000 square-foot four-story medical facility, equipped with more physical therapy and imaging suites, eight new outpatient surgery rooms, and state-of-the-art medical technology while creating 185 new jobs over the next three years.

> Will Chase is president, CEO and founding board member of Triumph Bank (founded 2005) and has 37 years of commercial and retail banking experience in the region, with a focus on building relationships within the community.

> Briggette Green, managing member of TopCat Masonry Contractors, a first generation, family owned and operated company, has co-founded TAP Apprenticeship Program with two other construction companies in order to bring awareness and help prospects earn a living wage while developing a life-long skill set.

Our awards breakfast will honor these four CEOs and will include remarks by Jack Soden of Elvis Presley Enterprises, one of the winners from last year.

The presenting sponsor of CEO of the Year is eBiz Solutions. A breakfast honoring the leaders will be on February 20, 2020 at Hardin Hall at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Tickets are $25 per person and include breakfast. Tables of 10 are available for $200, a savings of 20 percent. Get tickets here.


> The question of whether — or how — Shelby County government should reinforce and expand MATA remains unresolved. Read Jackson Baker’s story in the Memphis Flyer here.

> The terminal makeover at MEM will mean a tight parking situation for airlines. Read Bill Dries’ story in the Daily Memphian here.

> Minority- and women-owned construction firms getting work at St. Jude. Read Jason Bolton’s story in the Memphis Business Journal here. 

> What would it be like if Memphis and TVA split?  Read Samuel Hardiman’s story in The Commercial Appeal here.


> Need to know what to do this weekend? Check out Memphis magazine’s Five Things To Do This Weekend here.

Let’s Brunch Memphis, hosted by the Memphis Flyer, is Saturday, March 28th, from 12pm-3pm at Beale Street Landing. More info here.


Who’s getting promoted? Who’s closing big deals? Who’s getting awards? Inside Memphis Business magazine’s Hot Sheet has the latest on milestones in Memphis.

New Memphis added three members to its team: Christina Herrera (director of leadership programs), Laura Beth Davis (director of development), and Nikki Lekhy (programs manager).

> The Southern College of Optometry appointed George Miller as vice president of institutional advancement.

Echelle Jobe Rutschman, head of communications for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, was elected to the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows.

Eclectic Eye expanded its team with the additions of Celina Aur (doctor’s assistant) and Morgan Warnsley (eyewear architect).

Data Facts promoted Julie Henderson to vice president, background screening sales.


Inside Memphis Business magazine publishes a list of local Power Players every year. These are the movers and shakers in more than 30 categories who get things done in their respective fields. The April issue of IMB in Memphis magazine will have the complete list. 

This week’s Power Player is Cindi Gresham, president, Boyle Insurance Agency, Inc. Provides insurance for all lines of personal and business needs including industry programs for senior care, professional liability, contractors, apartments and condominiums, nonprofit organizations. Certified Insurance Counselor. Member, Professional Insurance Association (PIA), Independent Insurance Agents of America, Insurors of Tennessee, Insurors of Memphis, National Association of Casualty & Surety Agents, Memphis Area Homebuilders Association and the National Association of Professional Women. 2017 Insuror of the Year.

For the complete list of Inside Memphis Business Power Players, go here.

“We have made a more than 20 percent [MWBE participation goal] on every [large scale] job we’ve done that I’ve been part of.”

— John Curran, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s director of design and construction, on its commitment to minority contractors.  Quoted in the Memphis Business Journal.