The EDGE staff is committed to making a positive impact on Memphis and Shelby County.  Working with city, county, and state officials along with development partners, EDGE staff help plan, manage, and implement development projects throughout Memphis and Shelby County.  

Reid Dulberger, President/CEO

Mr. Dulberger has almost 30 years of experience in local economic development, having served with public and private entities in New York, Ohio, and Tennessee.

In 2011, Mr. Dulberger was appointed to be the first President/CEO of EDGE. He concurrently serves as the Chief Economic Development Officer for the City of Memphis and for Shelby County Government.

From 2008 through 2011 Mr. Dulberger coordinated a Memphis/Shelby County, five-year, public-private economic development partnership known as MemphisED.  Part of the broader Memphis Fast Forward initiative, MemphisED worked with 17 partner organizations engaged in various aspects of local economic development, including business retention/attraction/start-up, tourism, minority business development, talent attraction/retention, and innovation/entrepreneurship.  Before coming to Memphis, Mr. Dulberger led local economic development efforts for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber (OH) and the City of Syracuse (NY).  His work experience also includes policy analysis for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Energy, both in Washington, DC.

Mr. Dulberger holds a Master of Science degree in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Master of Arts degree in Government from Georgetown University.  He earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida International University.

Mr. Dulberger holds two industry certifications – as a Certified Economic Developer (International Economic Development Council) and an Economic Development Finance Professional (National Development Council).

Randy Richardson, Vice President Port and Industrial Properties

Mr. Richardson has more than 25 years of experience in industrial, economic, and environmental development for the International Port of Memphis.  He oversees all port activities along with maintenance and protection of McKellar Lake/Presidents Island Complex and the Pidgeon Industrial Harbor.

Mr. Richardson serves on several civic and community boards including the National Waterways Conference, the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., the Memphis Plywood Company, and the Board of Inland Rivers, Ports, and Terminals (past Board Chair).  He serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Area Maritime Security Committee – Memphis and the Basin Chairman for the Lower Mississippi River.  Mr. Richardson is also a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Presidents Island Industrial Association.

Mr. Richardson holds a Master of Arts degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   

John Lawrence, Senior Economic Development Specialist

With 20 years of experience in economic and community development, Mr. Lawrence administers countywide business attraction and expansion programs, related tax incentives and loans for EDGE. He also continues to manage special research projects.  Mr. Lawrence joined EDGE in 2012 to coordinate the Memphis and Shelby County Regional Economic Development Plan, a Brookings Institution Metropolitan Business Planning initiative.  This work led to the creation of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, Metro Memphis Export Alliance, and other industry specific initiatives.

Prior to joining EDGE, Mr. Lawrence served as Interim Program Manager for Livable Memphis, Executive Director for the Memphis Airport Area Development Corporation, President of Downtown Jackson Partners, Director of Planning & Business Development for the Memphis Center City Commission, and Market Analyst for Trammell Crow Company.  

Mr. Lawrence holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Memphis.  

Trey McKnight, Economic Development Specialist

Trey McKnight has extensive sales and marketing experience in both the public and private sectors, having worked with an international pharmaceuticals company along with the City of Memphis.  At EDGE, Mr. McKnight is responsible for managing business relationships with companies looking to expand or relocate to Memphis and Shelby County. One of Mr. McKnight’s main responsibilities is managing the EDGE Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program.  

Mr. McKnight earned a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management & Marketing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  

Nora Boone, Marketing & Communications Director

Nora Boone leads EDGE’s comprehensive marketing plan and oversees corporate communications.  Mrs. Boone has a diverse background in corporate and not-for-profit marketing and communications. She holds a Master of Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Georgia.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rhodes College.

Stefanie Barrett, Marketing Specialist

Stefanie Barrett provides graphic design and marketing support for EDGE with more than 20 years of industry experience.  Prior to joining EDGE, Mrs. Barrett served as Principal Owner of Barrett Creative, a full service graphic design and marketing firm.  Mrs. Barrett earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Memphis.

Gaye Gammill Davis, Office Manager

Gaye Gammill Davis is the Office Manager for the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission. Her duties include administration of port leases and permits, processing accounts payable and receivable, preparing monthly financial reports, and general office functions. Mrs. Davis attended the University of Mississippi.

Carmen Franklin, Senior Administrative Assistant

Carmen Franklin has more than 29 years of experience as an Executive Assistant.

Chris Ervin, Crew Person

Chris Ervin works with the Port of Memphis Crew Chief and others to clean and keep in an orderly condition the properties under the jurisdiction and control of the Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission.

Eric Harris, Crew Person

Mr. Harris works with the Port of Memphis Crew Chief and others to clean and keep in an orderly condition the properties under the jurisdiction and control of the Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission.

Danielle Schonbaum, Manager of Continuous Improvement and Evaluation, GMACW

Danielle Schonbaum works with the Greater Memphis Community Colleges and program evaluators to ensure that program progress is being properly documented while striving to enhance the program to better serve all constituencies. Prior to joining Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce, Ms. Schonbaum worked in financial services for more than twenty years as a portfolio manager and credit analyst.  With her combined experience in the business and non-profit sectors, Ms. Schonbaum is able to view workforce development from both the employers’ and students’ perspectives.

Sam Small, Operations Manager

Sam Small is responsible for directing and coordinating the planning, organization, integration, and completion of projects on Presidents Island, Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, and the Defense Depot. Mr. Small works with local, state, and federal agencies and legislative bodies to coordinate environmental and construction permitting and inspections processes on the Port of Memphis properties.

Mr. Small earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Murray State University.

Mark Summerford, Crew Chief, Port of Memphis

Mark Summerford works under the direction of the Operations Manager and supervises crew members to clean and keep in an orderly condition the properties under the management, jurisdiction and control of the Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission.

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