Local Public Companies

Every Memphian has an investment in our city. The work we do and the priorities we make help steer — hopefully — the growth of our community. A few corporate giants make an impact both in Memphis and well beyond. You’ll find these titans and the numbers they’re measured by on the stock exchange. The individuals atop the companies must guide their companies across the perilous seas of business health and stockholder happiness. And not only are their names connected to Memphis by investors and business insiders worldwide, but they are often the names behind civic ventures that help make our city complete. Own a share in these companies and you own a share in the future of Memphis.

Chairman and CEO, MAA, Inc. The Real Estate Investment Trust has a market capitalization of $2.2 billion involved in the ownership/management of over 47,000 apartment homes located throughout the Sunbelt. Number one performing apartment REIT for shareholders over last 10 years. Named Distinguished Alumni, University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business in 2007, and Multifamily Executive of the Year in 2001 by Multifamily Executive. Board Member, Memphis Tomorrow, Youth Villages, and the Herff Trust, University of Memphis.

President and CEO, Education Realty Trust. B.A., Accounting, University of Alabama. On Board of Directors of company since January 2010. Founder and Co-Chairman, MCR Development, a private hotel construction, ownership, and management company. Former Board Member, Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., and Golden Gate National Senior Care. Former President and Chief Operating Officer, RFS Hotel Investors, Inc. Certified Public Accountant.

Chairman and CEO, Buckeye Technologies Inc. Master’s, Mathematics, Florida State University. Buckeye manufactures and distributes cellulose-based specialty products made from wood and cotton for food casing, tire cord, LCD screens, absorbent products, and automotive filtration. Chairman, Executive Committee and Board of Governors, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement. Director, American Forest & Paper Association, United Way of the Mid-South, National Civil Rights Museum, and Myers Industries Inc.

President and CEO, Fred’s Inc. With Fred’s since 2007, CEO since 2009. B.S,. Business Administration, Lenoir-Rhyne College. Oversees 660 discount general-merchandise stores, including 311 full-service pharmacies in 15 states primarily in the Southeastern U.S. Fred’s stores produced $1.8 billion in sales with over 90 million customer transactions in 2009. Supports Children’s Miracle Network, FRED’S 9/11 Hero Hat, United Way of the Mid-South, and Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

Chairman and CEO, International Paper. Has been in position since 2003. B.S., History and Economics, Denison University; MB.A., University of Michigan. Chairman, Brazil-U.S. Business Council. Board Member, United Technologies Corp. and American Forest & Paper Association. Member, Citigroup International Advisory Board, American Enterprise Institute, Moscow School of Management, and Denison University Board of Trustees.  Former Board Member, Grand Teton National Park Foundation and National Park Foundation.

President and CEO, First Horizon. B.A., Catawba College. With First Horizon since 2007, CEO since 2008. Responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the corporation’s assets and employees. Named Best CEO, mid-cap category, Institutional Investor magazine’s 2010 All-American Executive Team. Certified Public Accountant. Board Member, Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Youth Villages. Member, Board of Trustees, Catawba College.

Chairman and CEO, Thomas & Betts Corp. B.S., Economics, Rutgers University. With Thomas & Betts for 26 years. Oversees company that is a leading designer and manufacturer of electrical components used in industrial, commercial, and utility markets. Board Member, Memphis Development Foundation, Memphis Tomorrow, Lubrizol Corporation, and Council of Competitiveness. Former Board Member, National Association of Electrical Distributors.

Chairman and CEO, AutoZone, Inc. B.A., Accounting, University of Tennessee-Martin; M.B.A., 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. Chairman, Retail Industry Leaders Association. Board Member, Coalition for Auto Repair Equality. Chairman, Memphis Tomorrow. Treasurer, National Civil Rights Museum.

Chairman, President, and CEO, FedEx Corporation. Responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx operating companies. Member, Business Roundtable. Board Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Co-Chairman, Energy Security Leadership Council. Named 2010 CEO Coach of the Year, American Football Coaches Association. Received George C. Marshall Foundation Award and the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Named CEO of the Year, Chief Executive, in 2004.

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