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VOL. 126 | NO. 17 | Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Adrienne Johnson Promoted at the Greater Memphis Chamber

By Taylor Shoptaw

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Adrienne Johnson has been promoted to director of research for the Greater Memphis Chamber.


(Photo: Bob Bayne)

Hometown: Rockford, Ill.
B.S., Business Administration, Tennessee Tech University, 2000
My mother still lives in Rockford, Ill., and my father lives near Columbia, S.C. I have an older brother who currently lives in Southern Illinois. My younger siblings (two sisters and a brother) live in other parts of the country.
Favorite quote:
“Do or do not, there is no try…” – Master Yoda
Last book read:
“Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert
Favorite music:
My iPod is of full of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Adele, Amy Winehouse and Sade.
Sports team:
The Minnesota Vikings
Activities you enjoy outside of work:
Watching football, hanging out with friends and family and playing “Words With Friends” on the iPhone
What talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could dance.
Who has had the greatest influence on you?
My mother
What drew you to the Greater Memphis Chamber?
The opportunity to learn more about local economic development and the city of Memphis were my main goals.
What will your role as research director entail?
I am responsible for ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of the data reported in requests for information by existing and relocating companies and in media inquiries; maintaining up-to-date on our website; and assisting our staff, partner organizations, membership and the public with any requests for data and Memphis information.
What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishments?
To date, being promoted to the research director at the Chamber.
What do you most enjoy about your work?
There’s never a dull moment here at the Chamber. I think the constant flow of work and the challenge of making sure it gets done is what I enjoy the most.


Matthew VanCleve has joined Pickler Law Firm as an associate. VanCleve will practice in the areas of estate planning, family law, civil dispute resolution, contracts and organizational formations.

Five attorneys have joined the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. They are Katherine M. Bogard, business litigation; Merhnaz Jalali, securities practice group; Kavita Goswamy Shelat, general business litigation; Emily How Walker, general commercial litigation; and Shannon L. Wiley, general commercial litigation.

Visible School has been chosen as a 2010 Passion Awards winner and received a $2,000 grant by the Servant Christian Community Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding ministries across the globe.


Ken Woodmansee has joined Rhodes College as director of communications. He has served as vice president of corporate communications at cs2 Advertising.

Vatterott College has named Christinetta Shelton as new campus director of its Appling Farms Location. Richard Zurburg has been named new campus director of L’Ecole Culinaire.

The Memphis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division has elected officers and board members. Shon Johnson was elected president and Abby Jones Webb was elected vice president/president-elect. Board members are Annie T. Christoff, Maggie Cooper, Jake Dickerson, Kristin Dunavant, Malcolm “Mackey” B. Futhey III, Nicole Grida, Irwin Magevney, David McKinney and Keisha Moses Richardson. In addition, U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo was given the 2010 Chancellor Charles A. Rond Memorial Award for Outstanding Judge of the Year.


Ryan Jones has joined Obsidian Public Relations as account executive. He previously served as public relations and communications assistant for the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

PROPERTY SALES 124 481 17,865
MORTGAGES 127 530 20,565
BUILDING PERMITS 195 891 36,836
BANKRUPTCIES 52 262 11,426