A Conversation with Dr. Gary Lilly Gary Lilly has been an educator for 29 years. He has held a variety of roles, including teacher, curriculum specialist, technology coordinator, attendance and transportation director, and principal. He has served as a superintendent for the past 14 years. This is his fourth year serving as superintendent of the Collierville School System.
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NOMINEE NARRATIVES 2022: Entrepreneur of the Year In our final Nominee Narrative series, the Entrepreneur of the Year Nominees all share an amazing purpose and mission in the Collierville business community. Hamby Auto Concierge, Hook Point Brewing, Lost Pizza Co.- Collierville, and Simply Done Catering are all fantastic honorees for this category. Hamby Auto Concierge Mike Hamby has been in the car business his entire career. He took on the role of being an ‘Auto Concierge’ for people in the community a few years ago and has taken off ever since. Joy and respect are some characteristics every [...]
NOMINEE NARRATIVES 2022: Health Care Provider of the Year The Health Care Provider of the Year Nominees Eye Specialty Group Eye Specialty Group has “been in the Memphis community for 54 years, but moved to Collierville seven years ago,” explains Thomas Brown, CEO of the company. This location has been successful ever since. “We are able to serve a population not in Memphis with this location, explains Thomas. For example, there is better access to those in Lakeland in Northern Mississippi. Care in this area is vitally important as Memphis is part of the ‘glaucoma belt,’ an eye [...]
NOMINEE NARRATIVES 2022: Spirit of Collierville The Spirit of Collierville Nominees all embody a deep sense of community involvement. Alston Construction, Collierville Funeral Home, Southern Security Federal Credit Union, and State Farm-Joe Sarrio all understand the importance of giving back. Alston Construction Alston Construction is a nationwide company whose reach stretches from coast to coast. The company prides itself on excellent client relationships (almost 80% of its work comes from repeat clients) along with its outstanding projects creating, refurbishing, and extending buildings from its 23-nationwide office network. As a national company, they impacted 30+ charitable organizations and donated [...]
A Conversation with Jimmy Turner Jimmy Turner, along with his wife Mary, is the owner of Christian Brothers Automotive – Collierville. He is a graduate of Ole Miss University following in his brother’s footsteps. He has done several things in his career, including personnel and safety management in manufacturing, commercial laundry management, franchise owner support for a ServiceMaster brand and, presently, owner of Christian Brothers Automotive- Collierville. He’s lived in Collierville for over 25 years and is very involved with the community as past president of the Rotary Club of Collierville and current Chairman of the Chamber’s [...]
The Drayage Meeting with Katie George Hooser Hooser is Chief Marketing Officer of IMC Companies, the largest marine drayage company in the US The Chamber’s February Monthly Meeting welcomed Chief Marketing Officer Katie George Hooser of IMC Companies. The meeting kicked off with its typical three-part introduction. First, Pastor Sam Nichols of Collierville First Baptist Church thanked everyone for attending on such a dreary day. Second, Eddie Bromley of Collierville United Methodist delivered the invocation. And, finally, Alderman Missy Marshall led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Afterward, Mark Heuberger, President and CEO of the Chamber, took the [...]
NOMINEE NARRATIVES 2022: NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR We are excited to share more information about this year’s Business Award Nominees with our nominee narratives series. The first stories are those of the nonprofit nominees: The Collierville Balloon Festival, Collierville Citizen’s Police Association, Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief, New Day Children’s Theatre, and Page Robbins Adult Day Center. These five organizations are true bright spots in our community. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the nominees, as each expresses a fond appreciation for all nonprofits in the community. They couldn’t do what they do without each [...]
A Conversation with Chief Dale Lane Chief Dale Lane has over 34 years of public safety experience, 18 of those in senior leadership/command positions in law enforcement, emergency management, and transportation. Chief Lane began his career in 1987 as a patrol officer with the Millington Police Department. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Memphis Metropolitan Association of Chiefs of Police, and the FBI National Academy Associates. Chief Lane holds a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Crichton College, [...]
Introducing our 2022 Excellence in Business Awards Keynote Speaker Ermal M. Faulkner is the Director of BlueOval City & EV Sites for Ford Motor Company Ermal M. Faulkner is currently Director, BlueOval City & EV Sites Ford Motor Company. He has been with Ford since June 1992 and started as the Director of BlueOval City & EV Sites in May of 2022. Before becoming Director, BlueOval City & EV Sites, Ermal was the Director, Global Material Cost from May of 2018 to May of 2022. Prior to Ermal’s Global Material Cost role, Ermal was the Director, Global Powertrain Components [...]
A Conversation with Katie George Hooser Katie George Hooser is the Chief Marketing Officer for IMC Companies, the largest marine drayage company in the United States. In her role, Katie oversees the company’s brand, public relations, digital marketing and events. She also leads the National Driver Recruiting Department for IMC Companies and is responsible for sourcing and qualifying truck drivers. Katie created the marketing department at IMC and its original brand including the logo, websites, and identity materials. Prior to this, Katie served in a sales role for Intermodal Cartage. Katie has an undergraduate degree from Emory University and [...]