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For more than 125 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.   

Rob Liddon
165 Madison Avenue  Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103

Website | Email | P: 901.759.3100





Since the company was founded, Caruthers & Associates has been engaged exclusively in property tax analysis, negotiation, and appeals. Over $300 million dollars in property tax savings for taxpayer clients on properties extending across the United States. We have achieved this accomplishment by tirelessly pursuing and obtaining the minimum legal assessments and taxes for our taxpayer clients. Our extensive experience in property tax appeals has allowed us to develop very specialized expertise and techniques in negotiating with local authorities including entering the legislative process to obtain the tax goals of our clients. We devote the same tireless scrutinization to each and every case.  

Taylor Caruthers
2075 Madison Avenue
Memphis TN 38104

Website | Email | P: 901.726.1074 




Published every business day, The Daily News offers the most comprehensive information on construction, real estate, the courts, and local business activity, all drawn each day from public records. This data includes lawsuits, court actions, business licenses, tax liens, marriage licenses, corporate charters, building permits, deeds, foreclosures, bankruptcies, new utility connections, and more.

Janice Jenkins
193 Jefferson
Memphis. TN  38103

Website | Email | P: 901.528.5270 


The 150th anniversary of the company was celebrated in 2014, spotlighting the legacy of serving customers that began when Abraham Lincoln was president.  First Tennessee is the market share leader in Tennessee. FTN Financial is a capital markets leader in fixed income sales, trading, and strategies, with average trading volumes in excess of $5 billion per day.   


Kevin Briske

Website | Email | P: 901.523.4105






Founded in 1992 by construction veterans Greg Grinder and Henry Haizlip, Grinder Haizlip Construction Company provides general construction services to the commercial, industrial and manufacturing industries in the Memphis regional area including North Mississippi, West Memphis, Arkansas and Jackson, Tennessee. As the company has grown, three longtime employees have become partners and taken ownership roles in the company: Brad Burford, Chris McDermott and Robert Nelson, all vice presidents. Grinder Haizlip's philosophy is simple: Do quality work (which means doing the right things) on time and within a client's budget. The firm owners believe in building projects for clients for the long run, earning trust and developing relationships that can endure multiple projects. Grinder Haizlip's staff ranges from structural engineers to superintendents with over 30 years of experience. Handling all concrete needs through interior finish, Grinder Haizlip has secured a reputation as a contractor to depend on.

Chris McDermott
1746 Thomas Road
Memphis, TN 38134

WebsiteEmail | P: 901.832.0265






Pickering was founded as Pickering Engineering Company in 1946 by O. L. Pickering. Located originally at 349½ North Main Street in Memphis, the firm offered civil and surveying services. Over the next forty years, the firm would add structural, mechanical, electrical, transportation, environmental, architectural and energy management services.   Our philosophy in 1946 was simple: to provide service and good work. That philosophy has withstood the test of time and continues to be the cornerstone of our business model. We are an employee-owned, family-oriented firm, offering excellent training and benefits. As a result, we have loyal, dedicated employees who take pride in going the extra mile to understand client issues and provide solutions.

Cara L. Martin
6775 Lenox Center Court, Suite 300
Memphis TN 38115

Website | Email | P: 901.729.5508


Valbridge Property Advisors proudly serves the Memphis market.  Our team of appraisers provides independent property valuation and consulting services, including advising clients on real estate business and investment decisions such as buy-sell-hold and lease-own alternatives.  Our clients benefit from the collective strength of Valbridge, one of the largest commercial real estate appraisal firms in the U.S.

Todd Glidewell, MAI
6750 Poplar Avenue  #706
Memphis, TN 38138

Website | Email | P: 901.753.6977 Ext. 202



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Created in 2003 by the Memphis Area Association of REALTORS®, the MAAR Commercial Council is committed to providing an organization specifically for the Memphis area commercial real estate community, including commercial developers, commercial brokers, commercial and affiliate brokers, property managers and other related commercial real estate professionals.  The Council organizes education and other recognition programs throughout the year, including the annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit in February and the Pinnacle Awards in April. The Commercial Council Golf Tournament benefitting Make-A-Wish Foundation® is a great way to connect to the community and colleagues in the real estate industry.

Aubrey Kobernus
6393 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38119

Website | Email | P: 901.685.2100




With our strategic location, business has a competitive advantage to economically and efficiently reach markets, clients, prospects and the unique quadramodal (river/runway/rail/roads) assets of the Memphis region. Additionally, in Collierville, access to award winning schools, safe neighborhoods, upscale amenities, escalating housing values and a desirable lifestyle is also available.  Our Industrial Development Board (IDB) is ready to explore the benefits of a PILOT with your organization. Our Town officials are poised to welcome you as our newest corporate partner. Our design and engineering staff is ready to roll up their sleeves to take your project quickly through our process. Our 46,000+ citizens are ready to welcome you to one of the most beautiful, safe and thriving towns in the nation!  

John Duncan
500 Poplar View Parkway
Collierville, TN  38017

Website | Email | P: 901.457.2213 

Associate Members



With over 145 years in business, INSOUTH Bank stands ready to fulfill our Mission as “a team committed to assisting our customers, employees, and communities in achieving their goals.”

  • We are a Company committed to addressing the needs of each market we serve.
  • We are focused on the customer and have the opportunity to provide quality products in a creative, innovative service environment.
  • We are an employee-oriented company, which is dedicated to developing the potential of each employee.
  • We are a caring corporate citizen; committed to the communities we serve

Mark Graves
5299 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38119

Website | Email | P: 901.747.5578





Martin Tate was founded  over 100 years ago and has a recognized tradition of service. We pride ourselves on our ability to handle both routine and complex, sophisticated matters for our clients in an efficient manner. With regard to our business clients, we strive not only to provide practical and sound legal advice, but to counsel our clients in everything from organizational matters to dispute resolution. With regard to our individual clients who may be navigating legal waters for the first time, our goal is to guide our clients to an understanding of the issues that they face and to a desirable resolution.  

Harry Skefos
22 N. Front St #1100
Memphis TN 38104

Website | Email | P: 901.522.9000 




Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) is a nationally recognized consulting engineering and testing firm providing integrated services in several disciplines, including geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and engineering, facilities engineering and consulting, environmental consulting, asbestos management and industrial hygiene. PSI is a leader among the nation’s independent testing organizations and ranks among the largest consulting engineering firms in the country.

Larry Johnson
4161 Ridgemoor Ave.
Memphis TN 38118

Website | Email | P: 901.365.1802 







With perseverance as its watchword, Renasant, which stands for constant renaissance, has a rich history of achievement in its journey to becoming one of the South’s most successful companies. A collection of community banks that values its relationships with employees and clients above all else, Renasant has found its strength in being a company dedicated to solid leadership, innovation, and community partnership. From its humble beginnings on February 27, 1904, as a makeshift $100,000 bank started in an old Lee County, Mississippi bakery to its current multi-state 175+ banking, lending, insurance, wealth management, mortgage and financial services offices with $8.3 billion in assets, Renasant has evolved into a client focused corporation that is stronger than ever.

Alan Scrimager
2177 S. Germantown Rd
Germantown, TN  38138

Website | Email | P: 901.312.4043




For 112 years we’ve been dedicated to working alongside local individuals and businesses in the communities we call home. We are a full service financial partner offering more products and services than ever before, from personal and business banking to a renowned low-rate credit card as well as investments, trust and insurance services. Come experience why more and more people choose Simmons Bank as their financial partner.  After 112 years, Simmons Bank is still on the move and committed to helping people and businesses achieve their financial goals. We are proud to serve more customers and communities than ever before. 

Steve Weaver
3607 S. Houston Levee Rd.
Collierville TN 38017

WebsiteEmail | P: 901.853.6861






SunTrust Banks, Inc. is a purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for the people, businesses, and communities it serves. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company has three business segments: Consumer Banking and Private Wealth Management, Wholesale Banking, and Mortgage. Its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and MidAtlantic states. Certain business lines serve consumer, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients nationally.  The company provides deposit, credit, trust, investment, mortgage, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services.

Jim McCullough
999 South Shady Grove  #210
Memphis TN 38120

Website | Email | P: 901.415.7300


Word Valuation Service provides appraisal valuation services of commercial and investment properties in the Mid-South area for various clients including lenders, attorneys, accountants, and investors. 

Randolph Word, MAI
P. O. Box 11013
Memphis, TN  38111

Website | Email | P: 901.323.6095