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Every year, Inside Memphis Business magazine honors four CEOs who have proven to be exemplary in their fields, leading their companies to success on local, regional, national, and international stages.

Nominations for the 2019 CEO of the Year awards are open for another two weeks. Memphis is graced with tremendously talented, inspiring executives in charge of their companies and organizations, and we want to hear from you about the best in the business. Email your nomination to [email protected] and include the CEO’s resume and a description of why he or she should get the award: vision, achievements, business philosophy, employee relations, management style, special qualities.

We give out four awards in categories according to the number of employees in the companies: 1-50, 50-200, 200-1,000, and 1,000 and up, so include that information as well. The deadline for CEO of the Year is next Friday, November 16. When the nominations are in, an impartial panel will consider the nominees and pick one for each category. Each will be notified and interviewed for the February/March 2019 issue of IMB — and each will appear on the cover of the magazine. A breakfast in late January will honor the four CEOs.


– Hyde Family Foundation has committed an additional $5.2 million to advance the transformation of the Memphis riverfront. The gift to the Memphis River ParksPartnership will support the redesign of the riverfront from bluff to bank between Carolina and Beale Street, including Tom Lee Park. Memphis River Parks Partnership will also use this grant to support a new staff position, the Hyde Fellow in Community Engagement. This new gift will advance the $70 million capital campaign underway to advance the Memphis Riverfront Concept. This new gift brings the Hyde Family Foundation’s investment in the Memphis riverfront to $6.265 million since 2016.  Almost $32 million is committed to the campaign in this early stage.

– In its fourth year in Greater Memphis, the Real Men Wear Pink campaign raised more than $240,000 in October to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer. The local effort ranked third nationally among 245 campaigns across the U.S. Daniel Weickenand, CEO of Orion Federal Credit Union, was the Memphis campaign’s top fundraiser, raising more than $43,000 to support the American Cancer Society and those impacted by breast cancer. His total placed him ninth in the nation among 3,600 Real Men. Weickenand was one of 27 Memphis-area leaders who raised donations.

– AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million. The vast majority of travelers, 48.5 million, are planning a road  trip for the holiday.


– The Daily Memphian reports that a collaboration of business leaders and local government is proposing changes to the economic development process, which includes a new joint venture to oversee how the Greater Memphis Chamber and the EDGE board recruit new jobs. Read it here.

– The jobless rate in Memphis went up to 4.3 percent in September from 3.9 percent a year ago. Tuesday’s jobs report Tuesday marks the first increase in the unemployment rate in any September since 2013. Read the story in The Commercial Appeal here.

– West Memphis may see a new hotel and convention center. An amendment to legalize casinos in four Arkansas counties, including Crittenden County, was affirmed by voters this week. Read the story in the Memphis Business Journal here.


Inside Memphis Business magazine has long been running the Hot Sheet feature of promotions and achievements in local business. We’re now running it in our weekly Tip Sheet email blast to keep the info more current.

– The Public Relations Society of America Memphis Chapter recently held its 2018 VOX Awards to recognize some of the best contributions by public relations specialists. DCA won “Best in Show” for the Memphis Greenspace removal of Confederate statues, while Morris Marketing Group’s Valerie Morris won “Executive of the Year.” The full list of winners can be read here.

– Best Lawyers recognized FordHarrison LLP and Stites & Harbison, PLLC as two of 2019’s “Best Law Firms” in Tennessee.

– DCA hired Erin Mosher (pictured) as art director. Her skill set brings a new range of in-house video and photography capabilities to the firm.

– The Hyde Family Foundation announced a $5.2 million commitment to support the riverfront transformation project. The gift will kick off the $70 million capital campaign and also go toward the support of a new staff position with the Hyde and riverfront partnership.

– The Seam made two new additions with the hires of Kierston Hill as technical analyst, and Willow Grant as software engineer.

– inferno has promoted Jennifer Johnson and Casey Kennedy to art director.


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. IMB’s April issue has the complete list. We also publish individual categories in other issues throughout the year, and we feature individual Power Players in our weekly Tip Sheet.

This week’s Power Player is James Beaty, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics. M.D., UTHSC. Board certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Board chairman, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Board member, Campbell Foundation, UT-Campbell Clinic. Former chief of staff, Campbell Clinic; Former Director, Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship. President of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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