Memphis Tomorrow is an association of chief executive officers of Memphis' largest enterprises. Our purpose is to bring top business leaders together with government and civic leaders to foster economic prosperity for all who live in our community.
The organization was founded in 2001 by Pitt Hyde, founder of AutoZone, and Dean Jernigan, founder of Storage USA. It operates through the direct participation of its CEOs, and typically plays a role of convener, long-range planner, and facilitator of 'breakthrough' solutions. As a “do-tank”, the organization emphasizes action and results grounded in research and facts.
Our initiatives are focused in those areas which directly impact economic growth and opportunity, including: human capital development, industry development, and public safety.
Each CEO participates on a committee or task force in one of our focus areas, and is also a member of the board of directors. The committees build diverse coalitions and work closely with partner organizations to plan and implement solutions.
The important role of partner organizations in Memphis Tomorrow's work is difficult to overstate. Memphis Tomorrow engages their help in the planning stages of our work, and then supports them in implementing programmatic and operational solutions. Typically that support includes financial support, advocacy for a joint agenda, and strategic support through MT board members and staff who become members of the partner board of directors.
See Resources for more on our partner organizations.