VOL. 126 | NO. 229 | Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tutor’s Skirkle Connects Consumers, Businesses
By Taylor Shoptaw
Nick Tutor is founder of Skirkle, a membership-card program that offers exclusive discounts and deals at locally owned businesses.
(Photo: Lance Murphey)
Education: Bachelor of Professional Studies – Medical Sales, University of Memphis.
Work Experience: Medical device sales representative for Biomet Inc. after graduating college. A couple of years later, I decided to start a web and graphic design company. Then I founded Skirkle in 2009.
Family: Dad, mom, younger brother and sister; we all live in the Memphis area.
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I love writing music; I sing and play guitar, and I’ve written and finished more than 30 songs. I actually won the Mr. U of M competition back in college by performing one of my originals.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My father, Terry Tutor. He is absolutely my best friend, and he has led by example in all areas of life for as long as I can remember.
What led you to start your own business? I am an entrepreneur at heart who’s been blessed with a really creative brain. I think it was just inevitable.
What is Skirkle? Skirkle is a membership-card program designed to help consumers save money on all of their daily retail purchases by giving them access to exclusive discounts and deals to hundreds of locally owned businesses. In addition to consumer savings, Skirkle offers free advertising to local businesses and can provide robust data to help businesses design an efficient marketing plan. Skirkle also supports the community by donating a minimum of 20 percent of card sales to local charities, and it offers fundraisers to local groups and nonprofits in the greater Memphis area.
What are your goals for Skirkle? For Skirkle to have a significant impact on the city of Memphis, by stimulating the local economy and raising the bar for community involvement. And once successful, I want to take the Skirkle business model and repeat the process in cities all across the country.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments? The epiphany I had during the summer of 2010; I realized that everything I intend to accomplish with Skirkle may only be the tip of the iceberg. I plan to stimulate the local economy, consistently give back to the community and help consumers save money. … But I’ve acknowledged that Skirkle might simply be a tool used to accomplish some greater, unknown good. And whatever it is, whether I’m fully aware of it or not, I’m happy to be a part of it.
What do you most enjoy about your work? The people I get to work with; having experienced both ends of the spectrum, I have really enjoyed the complementing talents, creative minds and huge hearts of everyone that makes up the Skirkle team.
Dr. Scott Johnson has joined the Cardiovascular Center on the campus of Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. Johnson previously worked at Sparrow Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery in Lansing, Mich.
The department of family medicine at UT Medical Group Inc. has added six new physicians to its 1301 Primacy Parkway office at St. Francis Hospital. They are Dr. Beth Choby, Dr. Jennifer Goodfred, Dr. Muneeza Khan, Dr. Kent Lee, Dr. Sarah Bendel and Dr. Subha Rajan.
Don A. Sloan has joined Chris Woods Construction as an estimator and project manager. Sloan has 40 years of experience in the construction industry.
C. Thomas Cates and Jef Feibelman of Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC have been included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Cates was named Memphis Best Lawyers Litigation – Real Estate Lawyer of the Year. Feibelman was named Memphis Best Lawyers Litigation – Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year.
Reneé S. Frazier, chief executive officer of Healthy Memphis Common Table, has received the National Association of Health Service Executives’ Senior Health Services Executive of the Year Award.
R. Grattan Brown Jr. and Amy F. Dudek, attorneys with Glankler Brown PLLC, have been named fellows of the Memphis Bar Foundation. Brown concentrates in the areas of corporate, banking and commercial law. Dudek represents clients in state and federal court in commercial, insurance and employment litigation cases.