The ability to operate and manage a business is truly a gift. I have never considered going to work as work.

-David Andrews

This country was built on risk, its founders risked everything for its creation, and our ability and freedom to create business and opportunity exists as a result of that sacrifice and risk.

-Bill Courtney

Recognizing a need and being willing to assume the necessary risk to fill it is the simplest definition of an entrepreneur.

-Daphne T. Large

Upcoming Events

Community and Employee Engagement presented by Robert Shaw and Mike Edwards of Paragon Bank

Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST)

Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122



$25 per person, reservations are required
How: get tickets here or email

Robert Shaw and Michael Edwards of Paragon Bank will be speaking on Community and Culture; Making a Difference in the Office and in the Marketplace.

Robert Shaw is the Chief Executive Officer of Paragon Bank and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a twenty-six year veteran of the financial industry and a recognized leader in banking. He previously served in several executive level positions at another community bank, including President and Chief Operations Officer. Holding a Bachelor and Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi, Robert is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the American Bankers’ Association National Commercial Lending School. He has served as an honorary co-chair of the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala for two years and he annually serves as a celebrity waiter at the Celebrity Chefs Gala benefiting the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. He is active in Woodland Presbyterian Church, having served as an elder and on numerous committees and boards. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Woodland Presbyterian School and Chairman of the Pinecrest Camp and Conference Committee Long-Range Planning Task Force.

Michael A. Edwards is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Paragon Bank and a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to joining Paragon, Mr. Edwards was with a regional bank in the Memphis area for 30 years where he served in a variety of positions including president of the Memphis area. Mr. Edwards received his bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in finance and accounting from Rhodes College and attended the Southwestern School of Banking at Southern Methodist University and the Barrett School of Banking at the University of Memphis. He currently serves as a member of the Orpheum Theatre Memphis Board, the United Way of the Mid South Board and the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Board. He is the past chair of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Board. Mr. Edwards has also been involved with the Tennessee Bankers Association, Leadership Germantown, the Germantown Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

Without Good Public Relations You Might Be Flushing Your Marketing Dollars Away

Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST)

Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin, Suite 122

Cost: $25 per person, reservations are required

How: get tickets here or email


Presented by Ralph Berry, Executive Vice President / Public RelationsSullivan Branding

Ralph describes his approach to public relations as “the art of storytelling,” and he is incredibly adept at finding an interesting story within or behind a brand. And while public-relations outreach tools have expanded over the years, the art of storytelling—of finding and articulating things that get people talking—has not. After 30 years in the business, Ralph would know.

He’s handled every aspect of public and media relations and corporate communications from both the client and agency sides—brand/identity launches, product sales, corporate acquisitions, crisis communications and more. His work in ongoing and issue-specific media relations has led to articles and placements in local, regional and national publications, and he has transformed ideas into memorable special events and generated valuable online conversations and engagements. His background in both journalism and theater means that he knows how to find the right angle—and deliver it in a compelling and memorable way that resonates with our clients’ target audiences


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