This past week I was honored to be included as one of Inside Memphis Magazine’s “Power Players” (Information Technology). Although I have been fortunate to make this list a number of times in the past, it’s still a thrill to be included with a such a strong group of professionals that represent the “best of the best” in the local area. And what a wide range of businesses that were represented on the 2015 list!
This year, 32 different groups were represented by highly skilled professionals ranging from the architecture, bioscience, hospitality and logistics industries to name just a few. Very impressive! It also looks like ISI’s category (IT) is poised for expansion as the nation looks to Memphis for growth in the tech industry with the recent announcement of the TechHire initiative out of Washington. TechHire is a $100m federal grant opportunity that would stimulate the job training programs in the local area and position workers for future careers in the tech industry. A game changer for sure! And that’s just one of many new opportunities that are part of the Memphis tech scene.
Start Co. is a nationally recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) venture development organization based in Memphis that relentlessly builds founders and companies, promoting entrepreneurship for everyone with a focus on digital startups. Recently announced additional funding for 4 tech startups including Core Fire Commandos, Pickle, the College Initiative and Well Done. Four very different businesses ranging from college funding and team building to a platform for brand engagement (via competitive selfies and photo sharing) to cloud-based Point-of-Sale software and related services for the restaurant industry. Lots of ways to be successful for sure! Pretty exciting stuff and it doesn’t stop there.
Recently Wright Medical Technology announced plans to add 100 employees to its Cherry Road corporate headquarters. The 100 employees, which would bring Wright’s workforce at the location to 400, would be part of a 20,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s local office facilities.. Wright Medical Technology, Inc.,(NASDAQ- WMGI) headquartered in Memphis is an ISO 9001 certified worldwide manufacturer of specialty orthopedic implants and instrumentation. Orthopedic implant manufacturing technology has been big business in Memphis for a very long time (Smith & Nephew, Medtronic etc.) and with the recent success of Wright Medical appears to be well-positioned for continued success in the future.
2015 Power Players reception
With all the recent announcements, suffice to say, the tech industry is definitely growing in the Memphis area. It also represents a major opportunity for ISI to continue to be a “power player” in the local community and take the company to the next level. Looks like there is going to be some exciting days ahead in 2015 and beyond for everyone at ISI!