2019 Directors And Officers Announced

Memphis in May International Festival announced tonight that Barry Alan Yoakum, FAIA, will serve as the Board Chair for the 2019 festival.  The 2018 Board Chair, Kristen Wright, officially passed the gavel at the organization’s Annual Meeting at the Memphis Botanic Gardens.

As principal and copartner of archimania, Yoakum was elected to the College of Fellows American Institute of Architects in 2010 for his contributions to design, an honor which places him in the top one percent of all U.S. architects.  Recognized as a leader in the field of collaborative design, Yoakum is also a Legacy LEED Accredited Professional, due to his advanced depth of knowledge in sustainable building practices. His work has received numerous design awards, including AIA national, regional, and state components, and has been recognized by Architect Magazine, Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Dwell Magazine, and Residential Architect. Additionally, he has garnered national attention from CNN, PBS, and The New York Times, with his current home featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal.

“Barry is a lifelong Memphian who is passionate about the City of Memphis and the Memphis in May Festival, so it is only fitting that he should be Board Chair this year, when we break from tradition and honor the City of Memphis and Shelby County in our month-long salute,” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May.

In addition to serving on the board of Memphis in May, Yoakum was a charter member of the Board of Advisors for The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, is a past board vice chair of Hattiloo Theatre and past president of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Memphis.  

“I am honored to be the 2019 Board Chair of Memphis in May, not only because 2019 is Memphis’ 200th anniversary, but because for the first time in the history of Memphis in May, we are honoring our own city and showcasing Memphis’ accomplishments,” said Yoakum. “This is an exciting opportunity to be able to share with the world why Memphis is so unique, and to be able to help others see it the way we do.”

Board Officers for 2019 include Chair-elect Charles Ewing, President and CEO of Ewing Moving and Storage; Vice Chair Leigh Shockey, CEO of Drexel Chemical; Treasurer Stacy McCall, CEO and President of ServiceMaster by Stratos, and Secretary Austin Baker, President of HRO Partners.

Additional board members are local philanthropist Susan Arney; Shannon Brown, SVP and Chief HR & Diversity Officer of FedEx; Doug Browne, President of Peabody Hotels and Resorts; John Carroll, executive director of City Leadership, Jinliang Cai, VP of International Business Development at the Greater Memphis Chamber; Wei Chen, CEO of Sunshine Enterprises; Kim Denbow, representing Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Ken Moody, representing City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Lenoir Owens, representing Memphis in May Volunteer Committees, Bathsheba Sams, VP of HR Operations at International Paper; with John Farris of the Memphis River Parks Partnership and Kristen Wright, EVP AutoZone serving as ex-officio members. Councilman J. Ford Canale of the Memphis City Council and Prince Chambliss with the City of Memphis Attorney’s office serve as board liaisons.   

2019 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Beale Street Music Festival: May 3-5, 2019
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 15-18, 2019
Great American River Run: May 25, 2019
Celebrate Memphis: May 25, 2019

About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs in 2018 contributed more than $137.7 million annually in economic impact to the community, fostered civic pride, promoted awareness of Memphis’ heritage, and built international relationships and understanding through education. 
Memphis in May is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 206 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and has been named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For.  The Beale Street Music Festival was named one of the World’s Top Festivals by Fest300 and made Forbes’ list of “5 Underrated Music Festivals You Should Attend.”  In 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May specifically because of the Memphis in May events.

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