Young professionals will have a more prominent voice in local business matters thanks to the new SoundCheck council launched by the Greater Memphis Chamber
. The chamber marked the event with an official launch last week at Overton Square.
"The Greater Memphis community has seen remarkable growth and progress on so many fronts over the past several years," says Kerry Hayes, Chair of SoundCheck and PR Director for Doug Carpenter & Associates. "Sustaining--and accelerating--that progress into the future will largely be the responsibility of our region's younger professionals. We created SoundCheck to make sure that these younger voices and viewpoints are included in meaningful, strategic work to improve our city's economy, reduce our debilitating poverty level and continue making Memphis a place where professionals of any age can learn, grow and enhance their careers."
The 2014 SoundCheck leadership team consists of Hayes; Vice-chair Lisa Middlebrook, Training and Development Coordinator for Electrolux Major Appliances
; Thomas Holmes, Chair of #MemUp Team and Creative Services Director for WATN/WLMT/WJKT-TV
; Trey Carter, Chair of Growing Memphis Economy Team and President of OCTI Training
; Penelope Fisher, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at Archer Malmo
; Jay Oliphant, CPA at Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
; Elizabeth Berglund, Community Relations Director at Loeb Properties
; Brittany Fitzpatrick, Founder of MentorMe
; Dan Springer, Communications Director at Evolve Bank & Trust
; Angie Ware, Director of Corporate Relocation and Business Development at Coldwell Banker Collins-Maury
; and Brandy Sims, Senior Representative of Dream Home development at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Focal points or "moon missions" for the new group starting out include early childhood education, green space initiatives, advanced manufacturing training and a long-term plan for Memphis and entrepreneurship. SoundCheck will also have teams dedicated to Memphis publicity both locally and regionally, growth of the Memphis economy and professional development.
The new group offers three membership levels, including basic (free), which includes updates, information about opportunities and resources for development and networking; “Leader” ($25/year), with access to joining a team and to relevant reports; and "Chairman's Outer Circle" ($250/year), with access to the Chairman's Outer Circle team.
By Michael Waddell
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