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Phil Trenary Fund for the Advancement of Memphis established

October 1st, 2018

This fund has been set up by the Trenary family to honor Greater Memphis Chamber president & CEO Phil Trenary’s legacy.

If you have a fund at the Community Foundation and would like to donate in memory of Phil Trenary, you can give online from your fund. Log in below to recommend an Inter-Fund Grant to the Phil Trenary Fund for the Advancement of Memphis.

If you do not have a fund at the Community Foundation, you can give online through our secure portal.

Our city mourns the passing of Phil Trenary, visionary president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber. Under Phil’s guidance, the Chamber recruited or retained more than 29,800 jobs and more than $3 billion in capital investment through economic development efforts that have impacted communities all over Memphis and Shelby County. Phil was a passionate advocate that change happens when the private sector was empowered as a player in shaping the city’s future. It was under Phil’s leadership that the Chamber launched the Chairman’s Circle, a group of Memphis business leaders dedicated to moving Memphis forward. 

Phil had been a leader in the aviation industry since his first solo flight at age 15. He founded and led multiple airlines throughout his career, including Exec Express, Lone Star, and Pinnacle, a regional airline with 7,700 employees well-recognized within the industry. He was nationally recognized for his leadership in this field, having served as Chairman of the Regional Airlines Association, appointed to the National Commission on Small Community Air Service, and named to the FAA’s Management Advisory Council under two administrations, serving as an active member under current Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. 

Phil was an active part of the community during his 21 years in Memphis. He was open-minded and passionate about anything that could move Memphis forward, from education to sports to music and anything in between. 

He was a loving father to three children, Justin, Brittany, & Pearce, and two grandsons, Jacks and Lawson. 

Click here to read his obituary.

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