Who's Who 2010

Our annual guide to the Memphis names (and faces) you need to know.




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GWYN FISHER

Executive director of MPACT Memphis, a nationally and internationally recognized organization dedicated to engaging and supporting Memphis' diverse young professionals. A former attorney, served as law clerk to a federal judge for four years. Received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Scripps College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis. Has published in legal journals and is currently a contributing author to Smart City Memphis, focusing on the role of young professionals as catalysts for effective city growth and economic development. Named one of Memphis' "Top 40 Under 40" by the Memphis Business Journal. A participant in the British Council Transatlantic Network (TN2020), and invitation-only consortium of the top young professionals from Europe and North America.

 

 

SHEA FLINN

First-term city councilman after 2007 victory in tight multi-candidate race for the Super-District 9, Position 2 seat, the 37-year-old Flynn, a Democrat, in recent years has formed half of a city/county governmental team of sorts with father George Flinn, a Republican county commissioner from 2004 to 2010 and a 2010 contender for Congress in the 8th District. An attorney (whose legal briefcase was inherited from the late U.S. Senate legend Richard Russell of Georgia, a great uncle) Rhodes College graduate Flinn won his council race after serving a highly activist interim term in the state Senate. Has increasingly focused his attention on school funding, establishment of a Midtown zoning overlay, and revision of the council's budgetary process.

 

 

STEVE GAINES

Since August 2005, pastor of the approximately 30,000-member Bellevue Baptist Church, one of the largest Southern Baptist congregations in the country. Took a post held for 32 years by the late Adrian Rogers. Prior to his appointment, served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Gardendale, Alabama. Has held positions with the Southern Baptist Convention, including president of the SBC Pastors' Conference in 2005. Age 52. Received both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Publications include Morning Manna, a collection of devotional readings. In June 2010, Bellevue drew attention for prohibiting a gay woman from coaching in the church's athletic leagues, a decision Gaines upheld.

 

 

BILL GIBBONS

After years of being touted for higher office, the district attorney general for Shelby County started his bid for the governorship in 2009. Consistently re-elected D.A. after his 1996 appointment by former governor Don Sundquist, the former city councilman and Shelby County commissioner made public safety the linchpin of his gubernatorial bid. By organizing a number of raids on drug houses and sexually oriented businesses throughout his career, Gibbons was able to boast some undisputed success in high-profile prosecutions. The 60-year-old Gibbons rose from an impoverished Arkansas background to become a key aide to several GOP luminaries in Tennessee before entering politics in his own right.

 

 

LARRY GODWIN

Director of Memphis Police Services since 2004, making him the longest-serving director under tenure of Mayor Willie Herenton, who told the media, "I finally found a crime fighter." Earned much attention for "Blue C.R.U.S.H" initiative, focusing on guns, gangs, and drugs. Vietnam veteran. Native of Borger, Texas, but raised in Memphis. Served as vice-president and president of the board of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, and as chairman of the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition. Recipient of the 2009 Dunavant Public Servant Award. Founding Member of Operation Safe Community. Founding member and current president of the Memphis Police Foundation.

 

 

MICAH GREENSTEIN

Senior rabbi of Temple Israel, Tennessee's oldest and largest synagogue. A two-time president of the Memphis Ministers Association and presently sits on the executive committee of the National Civil Rights Museum. Greenstein served as president of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis and teaches future area ministers at Memphis Theological Seminary. The only rabbi selected as principal speaker for Major State Day at the Washington National Cathedral and the first rabbi to preach at the Calvary Lenten Series. A Memphian since 1991, Greenstein has served on the boards of United Way, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and St. Mary's Episcopal School. Before entering rabbinical school, was a Cornell National Scholar and named a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a master's degree in public administration.

 

 

WILLIE GREGORY

Director of community and business Investment for Nike, Inc. since 1993, he can boast more than 20 years' experience in sports, community and business investment, as well as marketing and sales experience. Native Memphian, named the 2010 President of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Alumnus of Booker T. Washington High, Mississippi Valley State, and the University of Memphis. Recipient of several awards, including The 100 Black Men Honoree, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Florence Howard Award, Nike's African American Network Person of the Year, LeMoyne-Owen College's Beacon of Hope Award, and Memphis City Schools 2007 Hall of Fame inductee.

 

 

PAT HALLORAN

President and CEO of the Memphis Development Foundation, which operates the Orpheum Theatre. During his tenure the Orpheum has undergone two major renovations, the first in 1983 and again in 1997 for a total expansion of $20 million. Holds degrees from the University of Nebraska and the University of Miami. Served four years on the Memphis City Council and ran for mayor in 1979. President of the Independent Presenters Network, a consortium of over 100 theaters across North America and Japan which present touring Broadway productions and concerts in their communities. As a producer of Thoroughly Modern Millie, received a personal Tony Award in 2003 and another in 2005 for Spamalot. In 2010, Pat received a third Tony for the musical Memphis. Author of The Orpheum: Where Broadway Meets Beale, a history of the Orpheum Circuit and the Orpheum in Memphis.

 

 

BRYCE D. HAUGSDAHL

President, United Way of the Mid-South. Was appointed to position in 2010 after 38 years with the United Way system in five cities, where he has raised over $557 million for over 1,000 charitable organizations. Completed the Human Services Executive Management Program, Harvard University. Has increased annual amount raised from $10 million in 1983 to $25.6 million in 2009, and the number of charitable organizations funded in the Mid-South increased from 44 to 105. Chairman of the board, United Ways of Tennessee. Member, Kiwanis Club of Memphis. Supports Leadership Memphis and Task Force on Homelessness.

 

 

JANICE HOLDER

Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court since 2008, the first woman to hold that position. A native of McDonald, Pennsylvania, received B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh and Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University. Age 60. Moved to Memphis in 1980s, served as editor of the Memphis Bar Forum, chair of Tennessee Bar Association Commission on Women and Minorities, and secretary of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, among numerous other honors. A founding member of the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women. Elected Circuit Court Judge in 1990 and appointed to state Supreme Court by Governor Don Sundquist in 1996. Retained by state voters in 1998 and 2006. Was strenuous public advocate in 2009 of retaining Tennessee Plan for election and retention of judges.

 

 

JAMES L. HOLT

Since 1998, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival, one of the nation's leading civic festivals and Memphis' largest annual public event. During his 12-year tenure, the organization has attained financial stability and developed assets in excess of $3 million. Under his management, MIM has been the recipient of 90 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association, including multiple Gold Pinnacle Awards and an award from the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Age 51. Previously spent 17 years promoting and managing concerts and events. A Certified Festivals and Events Executive, Holt serves on the board of the International Festivals & Events Association. Previously served on boards of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Before joining MIM, spent two decades in the entertainment promotion and management business in Memphis and Nashville.

 

 

CARISSA HUSSONG

Executive director of the National Ornamental Metal Museum. Previously served as executive director of the UrbanArt Commission since its inception in 1997, overseeing public art projects including the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Age 40. Was associate curator at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens and a curatorial fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Recipient of the 2005 Ellida Fri Leadership Award presented by the YWCA of Greater Memphis, a 2003 recipient of Memphis Woman magazine's "50 Women Who Make A Difference," a 2002 recipient of the Center City Commission's Vision Award, and one of the 2001 Memphis Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40." In 2010 was listed in Memphis Business Quarterly's Power Players.

 

 

BARBARA HYDE

President of the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation and the director of the J.R. Hyde Sr. Foundation, both dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Memphis area. Known for her advocacy and involvement in public education reform, she has led numerous efforts to bring innovative education initiatives to Memphis, most notably KIPP Academy, Teach for America, and New Leaders for New Schools. Age 48, born in California and raised in Atlanta. As a founding member of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, she is leading the master planning efforts to transform Shelby Farms into a world-class park for the twenty-first century. Other philanthropic efforts include serving as a Trustee for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Leadership Academy, and St. Mary's Episcopal School.

 

 

ERIK JAMBOR

Executive director of Indie Memphis since 2008 (the first full-time director for the annual film festival). Over his two years at the helm, the festival has realized an 80 percent increase in attendance, to more than 7,200. The event was recognized in 2009 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and named among the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" by MovieMaker magazine. Has served on film-festival juries, including the Slamdance (Park City, Utah), South by Southwest (Austin, Texas), and the Biografilm Festival (Bologna, Italy). Has run independent film festivals since 1999, when he co-founded the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham.

 

 

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