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 nearly 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).
Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE)
Carmen Franklin, Senior Administrative Assistant
Carmen Franklin has more than 29 years of experience as an Executive Assistant.
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.
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.
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.
International Port of Memphis
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.
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.
Amber Shepheard, Office Manager
Amber Shepheard has more than twelve years of administrative experience in both corporate and governmental relations.
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.
Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce)
Pauline Vernon, Interim Executive Director, GMACWorkforce
Ms. Vernon has more than 10 years experience in executive leadership positions in private and public non-profit workforce development agencies in both Tennessee and California.
She has also spent more than 12 years in higher education including working as a dean with responsibility for business, industry, and technology programming. Ms. Vernon also understands workforce from the employer’s perspective having worked in the aerospace manufacturing industry managing supplier quality improvement initiatives.
Ms. Vernon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and an Ed.S. in Community College Administration from Arkansas State University.
Cassandra Brown, Project Accountability Manager
John Churchill, Vice President, Business Services
Mr. Churchill began his career in the Navy training Navy Cadets on basic flight instruments. After 20 years of military service and 24 years working with Fortune 500 companies such as Kimberly Clark, Champion Paper, and Nabisco he finished his career with industry as the Corporate Training Manager for Gerdau Ameristeel.
Before coming to the GMACWorkforce as the Vice President of Business Services, he was the Executive Director of Corporate Training and Continuing Education for Southwest Tennessee Community College.
Jerry Johnson, Director of Finance and Administration
Alan Gumbel, Director of Grants and Special Initiatives
Mr. Gumbel comes to his role as GMACWorkforce's Director of Grants and Special Initiatives GMACWorkforce with extensive experience planning, developing, managing and evaluating workforce and community economic development programs in the Mid-South and across the nation. Alan spent his early years establishing a technology transfer program for the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority before moving to Memphis and working as a policy analyst for the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission. Mr. Gumbel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emporia State University in Kansas.
Gerald Joyner, Manager, Career Pathways Development and Navigation
Mr. Joyner earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Memphis, as well as an African American Literature Certification and doctoral hours in English Literature. He is the author of two books and several scholarly journal articles that emphasize the importance of human understanding and individual culture.
Mr. Joyner has served in several academic roles such as an instructor of English at the University of Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College, and Arkansas State University - MidSouth. He helped to create and implement English curriculum for the GED examination.
Danielle Schonbaum, Manager of Continuous Improvement and Evaluation
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.
Tonya Starks, Manager of Accountability and Administration
Ms. Starks works to assist surrounding communities to develop skills of self-sufficiency and financial freedom through several GMACWorkorce programs. Ms. Starks earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management at David N. Myers University and a Masters in Human Resources at University of Phoenix. She is working currently on her Doctorate of Business Administration at NorthCentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ, focusing her research on workforce.
Katina Williams, Administrative Assistant
Katina has more than 15 years of experience working as an Administrative Assistant in Memphis. She earned her Business Administration with a concentration in Office Administration from Mississippi University for Women and Men in Columbus.