Linn Sitler AKA the “Deal Maker” Talks to Collierville Chamber

For decades, colleagues have called Linn Sitler the “deal maker.” As the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner, Sitler has brought movies like The Firm, Great Balls of Fire! and Walk the Line to Memphis. Her newest project is the Memphis-based reality comedy Buried by the Bernards.

She told the stories behind these films at the Collierville Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Network hosted at Thomas Meat & Seafood Market on Thursday, Mar. 26, 2021. “If I sound excited, it’s because I am overjoyed to be out in the community again,” Sitler laughs. The pandemic has presented challenges for the Shelby County Commission. Though, as Sitler mentioned, they have thought outside of the box, creating public service announcements to assist in the COVID recovery effort.

Looking forward, Sitler discussed the importance of the film commission in creating jobs, supporting the hospitality industry and boosting tourism in the Greater Memphis Area. “Collierville is home to a few Hallmark movies. Time and time again, the Town Square attracts people looking for a film location,” Sitler notes.

Sitler also discussed her support and partnership with the Miss Tennessee competition. Colene Trent, Executive Director of Miss Tennessee, took a brief moment today to share the podium with Sitler. “Miss Tennessee provides over $100,000 in college scholarships to young women every year. Thanks to Miss Tennessee I was able to pursue a PhD in Economics,” Trent smiles. Calling on business leaders, Trent discussed different ways the community can support the nonprofit as it hosts its first competition in Memphis. For donation inquiries, people can contact Trent at

Women’s Leadership Network is a monthly event sponsored by First Horizon that brings together women business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the Greater Memphis Area. There’s always a lunch followed by a speaker who talks about their career and life experience. This is a great opportunity for women to share their stories, and we find that people often leave feeling inspired and like they have learned something that will help them in their future endeavors.

View the March Women’s Leadership Network photo gallery here.

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