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.  

Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE)

Reid Dulberger

Reid Dulberger

President/CEO

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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).

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John Lawrence

John Lawrence

Senior Economic Development Specialist

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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.
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Emmett ("Trey") McKnight

Emmett ("Trey") McKnight

Economic Development Specialist

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Emmett ("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.
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Carmen Franklin

Carmen Franklin

Senior Administrative Assistant

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Carmen Franklin

Senior Administrative Assistant

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

Stefanie Barrett

Marketing Specialist

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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.
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Nora Boone

Nora Boone

Marketing & Communications Director

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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.
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Tracy Buckley

Tracy Buckley

Manager, Economic Development Programs

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Tracy Buckley

Manager, Economic Development Programs

Tracy Buckley manages project compliance and back office responsibilities associated with EDGE's PILOT, TIF, and ICED Loan programs. Ms. Buckley also provides administrative assistance with the Foreign Trade Zone 77 program. She holds a Master of Arts in City and Regional Planning along with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.
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International Port of Memphis

Randy Richardson

Randy Richardson

Vice President Port and Industrial Properties/Executive Director, Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission

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Randy Richardson

Vice President Port and Industrial Properties/Executive Director, Memphis & Shelby County Port Commission

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, Pidgeon Industrial Harbor, and Pidgeon Industrial Park. 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.
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Chris Ervin

Chris Ervin

Crew Person

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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.

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Eric Harris

Eric Harris

Crew Person

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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.
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Amber Shepheard

Amber Shepheard

Office Manager

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Amber Shepheard

Office Manager

Amber Shepheard has more than twelve years of administrative experience in both corporate and governmental relations. Ms. Shepheard earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Memphis.  

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Sam Small

Sam Small

Operations Manager

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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.
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Mark Summerford

Mark Summerford

Crew Chief

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Mark Summerford

Crew Chief

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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Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACWorkforce)

Pauline Vernon

Pauline Vernon

Interim Executive Director

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Pauline Vernon

Interim Executive Director

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.
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John Churchill

John Churchill

Vice President, Business Services

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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.
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Cassandra Brown

Cassandra Brown

Project Accountability Manager

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Cassandra Brown

Project Accountability Manager

Ms. Brown provides support to partners of GMACWorkforce's MOVE-HIRE program in an effort to enhance services offered and ensure program compliance that progress is appropriately captured and documented. Ms. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Ashford University.
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Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Director of Finance and Administration

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Jerry Johnson

Director of Finance and Administration

Mr. Johnson is responsible for managing the contracts and financial management reporting system of GMACWorkforce and serves as the primary liaison to external auditors and the finance committee of the Board of Directors. He has an extensive background in corporate finance and accounting. Mr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting from Tennessee State University. He is also a graduate of The New Memphis Institute Fellows program, City of Memphis Emerging Leaders Program, and Harvard Business School Summer Venture in Management Program.
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Alan Gumbel

Alan Gumbel

Director of Grants and Special Initiatives

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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.
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Danielle Schonbaum

Danielle Schonbaum

Manager, Continuous Improvement and Evaluation

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Danielle Schonbaum

Manager, 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.
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Katina Williams

Katina Williams

Administrative Assistant

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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.
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VeLecia Young

VeLecia Young

Business Services Manager

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VeLecia Young

Business Services Manager

Ms. Young works to support and coordinate business services with GMACWorkforce partners and stakeholders.  Ms. Young received her Bachelor of Health Care Administration from Belhaven University, Jackson, MS and her Master in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership at Bethel University, McKenzie, TN.   

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Arkansas State University - Midsouth Staff Working in Conjunction with GMACWorkforce

Gerald Joyner

Gerald Joyner

Manager, Career Pathways Development and Navigation

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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.
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Tonya Starks

Tonya Starks

Manager, Accountability and Administration

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Tonya Starks

Manager, Accountability and Administration

Ms. Starks received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management at David N. Myers University and a Master of Arts in Human Resources at University of Phoenix, Memphis, TN. She is working towards earning a Doctorate of Business Administration at North Central University, Prescott Valley, AZ, focusing her research on workforce.
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