For more than a decade now, Inside Memphis Business has celebrated CEOs of the Year, recognizing visionaries and executives who go above and beyond to elevate both their companies and their community. And every year, we gather the CEOs at a sponsored awards breakfast to honor them in front of their peers and the community, and hear them speak about their work in Memphis.

Last year, we revised our longstanding format of selecting four winners based on company size. Instead, Inside Memphis Business now looks for five worthy leaders who are going above and beyond for their companies. Memphis is bold, creative, and forward-thinking, and there are so many executives and CEOs who embody those traits as they elevate their teams to the next level.

Throughout our nomination and selection process, we received plenty of outstanding candidates and top-quality executives who hail from a diverse range of industries. This year, our five CEO of the Year winners have demonstrated outstanding leadership and overcome the serious challenges facing their organizations.

Russell Wigginton at the National Civil Rights Museum is laser-focused on preparing the organization, and its mission, for a step onto the national stage. David S. Waddell weathered a fierce financial storm at Waddell & Associates, and has his wealth management firm growing at an unprecedented rate. Sally Jones Heinz at the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association has continued to reduce senior food insecurity through the Meals on Wheels program, and took that fight all the way to the House Rules Committee. Doug Browne has kept the historic Peabody Hotel as a local and national treasure, and constantly works to better Memphis as Greater Memphis Chamber chairman. And Archer Malmo CEO Russ Williams recently led celebrations of the firm’s 70th birthday as an independent agency before transferring ownership of the company into the hands of its 140 employees.

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