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Chairman’s Circle Spotlight:
Carolyn Hardy

“The Chairman’s Circle allows me to be an active partner, engaged in Memphis’ ‘rebirth’ waking up this ‘diamond in the rough’ to drive logistics, medical device, bioscience and other initiatives to world class levels.”

– Carolyn Hardy, President & CEO, Chism Hardy Investments

Chairman's Circle

Leading the way

The Chairman’s Circle of the Greater Memphis Chamber is a group of visionary, civic-minded business leaders committed to moving Memphis forward. We have a clear and focused growth agenda designed to create more economic prosperity and improve the quality of life in the Greater Memphis region.

Moon Missions & Initiatives

The Chairman’s Circle leads initiatives to address some of the most significant civic challenges impacting our membership and community. These are just a few of the projects the Chairman’s Circle has taken on since its founding in 2014.


  • Chair: David Waddell, President & CEO, Waddell & Associates


  • To create a single front door to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Greater Memphis area by directing and coordinating existing resources, as well as developing and leading new programs in key strategic sectors. Epicenter Memphis was launched in March of 2014 from this moon mission.
EPIcenter - Chairman's Circle


  • Chair: Robin Smithwick, Diversified Trust


  • To develop the Green Spaces in the Mid-South to attract and retain talent, fortify our tax base, bolster tourism, and improve community wellness and quality of life. This moon mission supports the efforts of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan.
Green Spaces - Chairman's Circle


  • Chair: Frank Ricks, LRK, Inc.


  • To promote a long range vision for Memphis that guides current and future development in a framework that focuses on effective implementation. This moon mission supports the efforts of Memphis 3.0.
Long Range Plan - Chairman's Circle


  • Co-Chair: Larry Jensen, President & CEO, Commercial Advisors


  • To ensure all children ages 0-12 months through Pre-K have the opportunity to receive quality education. These efforts are conducted in coordination with the work of Kathy Buckman Gibson and Seeding Success.
Pre-K - Chairman's Circle


  • Co-Chairs: Spence Wilson, Jr., Kemmons Wilson Companies, Jonathan Epstein, Running Pony, Andy Cates, Colliers International


To rid the city of trash and blight through education and engagement in our community by activating all 28 neighborhood zones by 2019. This moon mission partners with Clean Memphis, Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. (NPI), DCA, and other local partners.


Who is the Chairman’s Circle? See our current list.

Join the Chairman’s Circle

If you are interested in becoming a Chairman’s Circle member, contact Rob Recker at rrecker@memphischamber.com or 901-543-3513.

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