Who's Who 2010

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




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CHRIS PECK

Editor of The Commercial Appeal, one of the largest newspapers left in the dwindling E.W. Scripps chain. Peck and publisher Joe Pepe have overseen a newspaper makeover that has trimmed subscribers, shrunk the size of the paper, established an Internet presence, reduced the news staff, and increased the percentage of the print paper devoted to local news, letters, and comment. Peck himself writes a weekly column in the Sunday newspaper, sounding off on such hot-button issues as handgun carry permits, crime, and political corruption. The CA was named in 2009 as the best large daily newspaper in Tennessee by the Tennessee Press Association. Peck, 59, got his start working for his family's newspaper in Wyoming. Graduated from Stanford University and came to Memphis in 2003 after retiring as editor of the Spokane, Washington, Spokesman-Review.

 

 

MATTHEW PEPPER

Hired in March 2010 as the new administrator of animal services after investigations revealed poor conditions and policies at the Memphis Animal Shelter, which resulted in the termination of several employees, including the director. Will oversee shelter's move to new, enlarged facilities next year. Previously served as director of animal services in Shreveport, Lousiana, and has successfully held various management positions in the field of animal care and control in Michigan and Wisconsin. A 1999 graduate of Michigan's Grand Valley State University with a degree in wildlife biology. Has served on the board of the National Animal Control Association, the Louisiana Animal Control Association, and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers.

 

 

ARNOLD PERL

Has served as chairman of the Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority for 14 years. Secretary and counsel for the Greater Memphis Chamber and chairman of its Regional Logistics Council. Other leadership positions include chairman emeritus of Commissioners Committee, Airport Council International, and past chairman of New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority, which oversaw the construction — on time, on budget — of FedExForum. Recipient of 2005 Communicator of the Year Award from the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Inducted into Airport Minority Advisory Council's Hall of Fame in 2006. Recipient of the 2006 Diversity Memphis Humanitarian Award. In 2007, decorated by the Government of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, the second highest honor conferred upon any civilian leader. Co-author with FedEx's Tom Schmitt of the highly acclaimed management book Simple Solutions: Harness the Power of Passion and Simplicity To Get Results. Attorney and partner of the Memphis office of Ford & Harrison LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. Named in Best Lawyers in America each year it has been published (25 years).

 

 

STEPHEN PIKE

Director of museums for the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums, which includes Memphis Pink Palace Museum, Crew Training International IMAX Theater, Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Magevney House, Mallory-Neely House in Victorian Village, and Coon Creek Science Center. New strategic plan will bring full-dome video to planetarium and a science center focused on health, nutrition, and wellness to Memphis area. Former executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Previously assistant director of the Smithsonian National Associates Program in Washington, D.C. Age 61. Awarded a doctoral fellowship in English at Temple University.

 

 

LARRY PORTER

First-year head football coach at the University of Memphis; 22nd coach in program's history. Earned reputation as one of country's top recruiters during stint at LSU, where he helped build the 2007 national champions. Also served as assistant at UT-Martin, Arkansas State, and Oklahoma State. Age 38. Graduate of U of M, where he led Tigers in rushing for three straight seasons (1991-93). One of only seven Tigers to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in his career. Primary focus as assistant was running backs. Named National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com in 2007 and 2009. Native of Jackson, Mississippi.

 

 

DOROTHY GUNTHER PUGH

Founder and artistic director of Ballet Memphis, which completed its 23rd season in April with a nationally acclaimed company of 16 professional dancers. Graduate of Vanderbilt University. Under her leadership, Ballet Memphis has achieved national prominence, cited by the Ford Foundation as an "exemplary arts institution" and "national treasure." Company has performed to glowing reviews in New York and Paris, and will appear this summer at the Kennedy Center. Lauded by the Ford Foundation Monograph and the Stanford Social Innovation Review for the Memphis Project series. Honored as a Woman of Achievement and an Outstanding Arts Administrator by the Tennessee Art Commission, and recipient of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore initiatives for redefining mid-size ballet companies in the nation. The combined programs of Ballet Memphis — dance company, ballet school, educational enrichment, and Pilates Centre — serve 75,000 people annually.

 

 

SHIRLEY RAINES

President of the University of Memphis since July 2001, the seventh in the school's history and the first woman to hold the position. A past chair of the board of directors of the Memphis Regional Chamber, and the first woman to hold that title. The West Tennessee native returned to Memphis from the University of Kentucky, where she was vice chancellor for academic services and dean of the college of education. An expert in teacher education, having written or co-written 14 books and numerous journal articles. Raines holds a doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed the Management Development Program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Past president of the Association for Childhood Education International. Her strengths in development, fund-raising, and government affairs have led to interdisciplinary research and building of corporate partnerships, as reflected in the FedEx Institute of Technology.

 

 

ZACH RANDOLPH

Power forward for NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. In 2010, became only the second All-Star in franchise history by averaging a team-leading 20.8 points and 11.7 rebounds (third in the NBA). In first season with team, pulled down 950 rebounds, shattering the Grizzlies' single-season mark by more than 100 rebounds. His 57 double-doubles (10 points, 10 rebounds) ranked second in the NBA. Age 29. Nicknamed "Z-Bo." Off-the-court trouble has followed Randolph in previous NBA stops (Portland, New York, Los Angeles). A house and car owned by Randolph in Indianapolis were connected with drug-traffic allegations in May.

 

 

STEPHEN REYNOLDS

Since 1994, president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care, employer of more than 12,000 in the Mid-South. Recently played key role in garnering support for the Baptist Trinity Hospice House, the Memphis area's first residential hospice, scheduled to open fall 2010. Past chair of the Healthcare Institute, a national think tank of leading health-care CEOs. Currently chairman-elect of The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and serves on the boards of the University of Memphis, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, University of Tennessee Development Council, and Memphis Tomorrow, and is the national board secretary for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Has served as chair of the National Committee of Quality Health Care, the Tennessee Hospital Association, and the Memphis Regional Chamber, among other organizations. Received the B'nai B'rith International Health Leadership Award and the Tennessee Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award and was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. Earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University and a master's from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Union University.

 

 

BILL RHODES

Chairman and CEO of AutoZone, Inc. Holds an accounting degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Oversees the nation's leading retailer and a leading distributor of auto parts and accessories with more than 4,400 stores in the United States and 200 stores in Mexico. Civic engagements include chairman of Memphis Tomorrow, treasurer of the National Civil Rights Museum, and board member of Youth Programs, Inc. Professionally, is chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association and board member of the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality.

 

 


LOREN ROBERTS

Professional golfer and 2009 winner of the Schwab Cup, given to the top player on the Champions Tour. Since joining the Champions Tour in 2005, has won four majors, including the Senior British Open in 2006 and 2009. Age 55. Native of San Luis Obispo, California, moved to Memphis in 1992. Won eight tournaments on PGA Tour; finished in top-five at Masters twice and was runner-up at 1994 U.S. Open. Career earnings of more than $25 million. Set record in 2009 by playing Memphis PGA event for the 25th time. Nicknamed "Boss of the Moss" for putting prowess.

 

 

BEVERLY ROBERTSON

President of the National Civil Rights Museum since 1997 and a principal at Trust Marketing and Communications Consortium since 1992. In 2007 the museum was featured in National Geographic's Young Explorer magazine, and recognized in Budget Travel as one of the top 15 "Places Every Kid in America Should Visit Before Turning 15." Formerly served as marketing communications director for Holiday Inn Worldwide, beginning her 19-year career there as a reservations agent. University of Memphis graduate; studied executive development training program at the University of Pennsylvania. Has been featured in Essence, The New York Times, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Dollars & Sense, and Redbook. Featured on CNN's 2009 series Black In America; interviewed at length by host Soledad O'Brien.

 

 

JAMES "JAY" ROBINSON III

CEO of Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Appointed to the position by VA Secretary Eric Shineski in October 2009. Has a bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Georgia, Psy.D from Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology. Notable projects include serving as secretary of Veterans Affairs' efforts to zero out homelessness among veterans. Serves in leadership roles on numerous VA committees including the Secretary's Committee for the Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill and the Business Process Improvement Committee. Has received several commendations and awards for Excellence in Leadership through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Member, American College of Healthcare Executives.

 

 

GAYLE ROSE

Chairman of the Rose Family Foundations private charity. In 2005 named one of Tennessee's 100 Most Powerful People by BusinessTN magazine. Also received the Economic Excellence and Equity Award from Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Rose is most well-known for landing the NBA Memphis Grizzlies basketball team. Co-founder of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Internationally recognized in 2007 with the Changing Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women's Funding Network. In 2008, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by Diversity Memphis. Rose received degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in music and business and a master's in public administration from Harvard University where she was named a Distinguished Littauer Fellow in 1985. Principal owner and CEO of Electronic Vaulting Services (EVS) Corporation, a data protection company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to joining EVS, Rose served as managing director of Heritage Capital Advisors, LLC, a private equity, corporate advisory, and asset firm with offices in Atlanta and Memphis.

 

 

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