Join us for a panel discussion of Memphis Thought Leaders to talk about: What is happening that we should all celebrate and support? What is getting in our way? What else we need to do? What did we learn from mistakes?
SCOTT KERN is the President of KRN Development. Scott has spent over 21 years working in the retail and mixed-use development industry and is now leveraging that experience with the launch of KRN Development, LLC in 2019. KRN Development, LLC is a full-service real estate development company focused on mixed-use development in urban and suburban markets across the country.
Safari is the Co-Founder, Director of Operations, and in-house designer of Design Love Studio, an architecture and design consulting firm with a particular interest in community design initiatives. To expand his core knowledge in this field, Safari is currently pursuing a degree in Architecture and obtaining his Real Estate License. He is proud to be a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He wants to combine his entrepreneurial spirit, love of people, and design experience to create positive changes within our Memphis Community.
Mariko is a program associate with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) where she works on enhancing public spaces and improving the real estate market in the Medical District. Mariko received a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies with a focus on urban and community health from Rhodes College. She is passionate about how the built environment affects the wellbeing of communities, and she focuses much of her time on placemaking, civic health and engagement, and equitable community development.
Brent is the Chief Administrative Officer for Allworld Project Management. As a native Memphian, Brent is a 30 year old entrepreneur. Brent obtained a degree in accounting and finance from the University of Memphis and an Executive MBA with an emphasis in Global Immersion from Vanderbilt University. Hooks is a co-owner of Allworld Project Management, a civil engineering and construction management firm where he serves as the Chief Administrative Officer. The firm has a staff size of just under 50 employees
Ms. Austin is the President/CEO of the Works, Inc, twenty-one, year old community development corporation. The Works, Inc (TWI) is the developer of single-family and multifamily properties in distressed neighborhoods. TWI is also the sponsor of an elementary charter school; runs a farmers’ market and green grocer; provides nutrition education; operates a mortgage loan fund; and does work around the comprehensive needs of children and families. Ms. Austin is an outspoken and tireless advocate for the underserved in Memphis neighborhoods. She has spent her entire career developing hundreds of units of affordable housing; helping thousands of homeowners avoid foreclosure; eliminating blighted conditions; advocating policy change for equitable practices. She earned her M.A. in Urban Anthropology at the University of Memphis and her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College. Ms. Austin is the Treasurer of the Memphis Fourth Estate (The Daily Memphian). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Christian Community Foundation;; Methodist Healthcare Foundation; and Urban Renaissance Partners. She serves on the management committee of the Urban Land Institute Memphis Chapter and as the local Chair of Mission Advancement.
Joyce is the Co-founder & Lead Architect of Design Love Studio, an Architecture & Design Consultation Firm, along with her husband, Safari Love. Joyce Selina volunteers her time and expertise in a variety of activities that include serving as Chair of the Downtown Memphis Design Review Board, participating in the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Anti-Blight Committee, Treasurer of the Memphis Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Director in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Memphis chapter, participating as a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, along with other civic & community activities.