VOL. 129 | NO. 151 | Tuesday, August 5, 2014
I Choose Memphis: Tim Young
Special to The Daily News
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Tim Young
Job title and company: AutoZone - Director, Field Human Resources
Length of time living in Memphis: 5 years
Life history: I grew up in Los Angeles, and went to college at Sonoma State University, in the beautiful wine country of Northern California. Being from Los Angeles, I was most attracted to Northern California because of the friendly, laidback people, the cool clean air, and the constant smell of evergreen trees. After college, I remained in the Bay Area and worked in human resources positions, for several national and local organizations; Taco Bell, Target, Sonoma State University and Cost Plus World Market. Although most of my life was spent in California, over the last 8 years I lived a somewhat nomadic life, moving from Oakland to Chicago, then to Orlando, and ultimately landing here in Memphis. I came to Memphis after accepting a director of HR position with AutoZone, and I am very happy with that decision.
Memphis’ most underrated trait? Accessibility! Everything in this city is accessible. Having lived in larger cities, I realize how tough it can be build personal and professional networks, and get tickets to first-rate events. Where else can you run into the mayor or members of the City Council at a restaurant, local business leaders and TV and radio personalities jogging along the river, and easily get last-minute tickets to see top musical artists and a playoff-caliber NBA team? Only in Memphis!
What do you find surprising about Memphis? That the people of Memphis are genuinely warm and friendly. Prior to moving to Memphis, I did a lot of networking and online research about the city. For the most part, it seemed the people of Memphis were unhappy and disgruntled, which made me apprehensive about the move. However, after making the move, I’ve found the people of this city to be warm, inviting and willing to help others in the community. I live on Mud Island and have great neighbors who look out for and assist one another.
Who are your local role models or mentors? Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is a very strong leader and role model. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with him on several occasions, and he is really smart, approachable, engaging and works really hard to bring the city together.
Greatest opportunity for Memphis? To find ways to advertise and expose others to the positive aspects of this city. There is a lot of history in this city, not all of which is positive; however, it is a city that has great historical significance. The civil rights and musical history alone makes for a good learning experience, so others need to be aware of that.
Fondest memory of Memphis? My daughter moving to Memphis. As a high school senior in Oakland, Calif., my daughter, Tiana, decided to attend the University of Memphis. I was really excited about the prospect of her joining me and my fiancée, Joy, in Memphis and getting an opportunity to experience the great things this city has to offer.
What is your favorite local restaurant? I’m going to cheat on this one. … First off, Memphis has some of the best locally owned restaurants in the country. There are several Downtown that I like, most notably Majestic, Felicia Suzanne’s and Pearl’s Oyster House. However, I have to say Evelyn & Olive, a Jamaican/Southern restaurant on Madison, has my attention right now.