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)

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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Trey McKinight

Trey McKinight

Economic Development Specialist

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Trey McKinight

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 and State of Tennessee.  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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Keisha Oliver

Keisha Oliver

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Keisha Oliver

Director of Marketing & Communications

Keisha Oliver manages EDGE’s marketing, communications, and media relations efforts. She has 14 years of experience gained through television news production and public relations work. She is a Memphis native and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University

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Stefanie Barrett

Stefanie Barrett

Brand Manager

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Stefanie Barrett

Brand Manager

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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Adrienne Johnson

Adrienne Johnson

Director of Research

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Adrienne Johnson

Director of Research

Adrienne Johnson manages data intelligence identifying economic trends to assist with policy making and support business recruitment. Prior to joining EDGE, she served as Vice President of Research for the Greater Memphis Chamber and a part-time economic research instructor for the Council for Council for Community and Economic Research. Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Tennessee Tech University as well as a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis.

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Marjorie Shaw

Marjorie Shaw

Manager, Economic Development Programs

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Marjorie Shaw

Manager, Economic Development Programs

Marjorie Shaw assists with project compliance and updates associated with EDGE’s PILOT program.  Ms. Shaw also provides administrative support with the EDGE TIF, ICED Loan, and Foreign Trade Zone 77 programs.  She holds an International Master of Business Administration from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Memphis.

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Hannah Borstad

Hannah Borstad

Economic Development Programs Assistant

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Hannah Borstad

Economic Development Programs Assistant

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Carmen Franklin

Carmen Franklin

Office Manager

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Carmen Franklin

Office Manager

Carmen Franklin has more than 29 years of experience as an Office Manager.

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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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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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Jon Wayne Hall, II

Jon Wayne Hall, II

Crew Person

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Jon Wayne Hall, II

Crew Person

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