Ernest Strickland Named VP of International & Business Partnerships

Release date: 2/20/2015

MEMPHIS, TN—Ernest Strickland has been promoted to vice president of international & business partnerships for the Greater Memphis Chamber, effective immediately. In that capacity, Strickland will oversee the Chamber’s Councils, including International, Manufacturing and Logistics.  He will continue to grow the Chamber’s International Development program with renewed interest in attracting business opportunities for Memphis from China.  Strickland has been with the Chamber for eight years, serving in a variety of roles, most recently as director of economic development, with emphasis on international business.

“Since joining the Chamber, Ernest has had the opportunity to experience this organization from many angles – from sales to workforce development.  With this perspective, Ernest truly understands the objectives and needs of our membership,” said Phil Trenary, President & CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber.  “He will be able to align our three councils with consistent goals and messaging, while at the same time strengthening the overall program.”

“I’m excited that this new position will give me the opportunity to enhance Chamber offerings for our members,” said Strickland. “Having synergy between the international business, manufacturing and regional logistics councils enables us to find ways for them to work together more.”

As a native Memphian and proud father of four children, Strickland is passionate about growing Memphis’ economy and that includes investing in his community through civic duties such as, serving as the former Board of Directors Chairman for the Downtown Memphis Commission, Memphis World Trade Club – Past Board Member and trade organization Business Retention Expansion International (BREI) – Past Board Member. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies from University of Memphis and a Master’s Degree from Bethel University’s Executive MBA program.  

For 175 years, the Greater Memphis Chamber has been the lead economic development organization for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,400 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.