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Inside Memphis Business is proud to announce its 2020 CEO of the Year honorees. Join us on Thursday, February 20, 2020 as we honor (clockwise from top left) Dr. James Downing of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the 1000+ employees category, George Hernandez of Campbell Clinic (200-1000 employees), William J. “Will” Chase, Jr. of Triumph Bank (50-200 employees), and Briggette Green of TopCat Masonry Contractors, LLC (up to 50 employees).
Memphis is graced with tremendously talented, inspiring executives in charge of their companies and organizations and these exceptional leaders are setting standards of success in healthcare, banking, and construction.
> Dr. Downing, president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, oversees an organization that blends clinical care with scientific research using a nonprofit operational model. He created a $7 billion, six-year strategy for accelerating cures for cancer and other childhood diseases.
> Mr. Hernandez is CEO of Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics and executive director of the Campbell Foundation. He is overseeing construction of a new 120,000 square-foot four-story medical facility, equipped with more physical therapy and imaging suites, eight new outpatient surgery rooms, and state-of-the-art medical technology while creating 185 new jobs over the next three years.
> Mr. Chase is president, CEO and founding board member of Triumph Bank (founded 2005) and has 37 years of commercial and retail banking experience in the region, with a focus on building relationships within the community.
> Ms. Green of TopCat Masonry Contractors, a first generation, family owned and operated company, has co-founded TAP Apprenticeship Program with two other construction companies in order to bring awareness and help prospects earn a living wage while developing a life-long skill set.