Leadership Memphis Honors Community Leaders at Annual Luncheon

Posted by: Andrew Bartolotta at  Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Leadership Memphis Awards Luncheon on March 4 honored community leaders, organizations, and students for their exemplary leadership and civic engagement throughout the greater Memphis area at Hilton Ridgeway Hotel.


The 2015 Kate Gooch Leader of the Year Award was presented to Pat Halloran, president and CEO of Memphis Development Foundation, the operating company of The Orpheum, and alum of the 1988 Executive Program. The Kate Gooch Leader of the Year Award is named after Leadership Memphis’ first executive director, Kate Gooch. Halloran was recognized for his commitment and outstanding efforts towards creating a greater Memphis through his 35 years of service bringing more than 300 Broadway productions to Memphis.


The 2015 Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award was awarded to Brian Stephens, CEO of Caissa Public Strategy and alum of the 2009 Executive Program. The Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award honors a graduate of the Leadership Memphis Executive, FastTrack and/or Grassroots Program that demonstrates commitment and outstanding contributions in leadership to Leadership Memphis or company.


The 2015 Community Champion Award was presented to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. The Community Champion Award recognizes an outstanding organization or company for its consistent commitment to Memphis and Shelby County.


Eight distinguished students from the Leadership Memphis SUCCESS High Schools were presented with Step Up Scholar Leadership Awards:

-        Darius Stotts, Carver High School

-        Michael Stovall, East High School

-        Bettie Elston, Fairley High School

-        Briana Stewart, Hamilton High School

-        Anh La, Kingsbury High School

-        Leeza Maxey, Kirby High School

-        Dellarontay Readus, Melrose High School

-        Tyra Johnson, Trezevant High School


Henry Turley, CEO of Henry Turley Company, presented Leadership Memphis with a $25,000 check from the Turley Family Foundation for their 1:1 crowdfunding match to send 400 Shelby County high school students on local and regional college and career tours this summer.


The luncheon was emceed by Rick Trotter, in-arena voice of the Memphis Grizzlies.


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