February 13, 2020

Carnival Memphis Will Salute Memphis Real Estate Leaders

The Commercial Appeal

Carnival Memphis will honor an array of senior real estate executives on Thursday whose activities built Memphis.

The social group’s annual salute to industry will highlight J. Bayard Boyle Jr., Michael Lightman, Phillip McNeill Sr., Henry Morgan Sr. and Henry Turley.

“Memphis is unique,” Memphis developer Ray Gill said in an email. “These five guys have built some of the most important buildings here.”

Carnival Memphis is an annual extravaganza created in 1931 to promote Memphis and its industry. Selected for highlighting this year is the commercial real estate sector. Named king for the 2020 carnival is Gill, president of Gill Properties Inc. in Memphis.

The luncheon is scheduled to begin at noon in the Hilton Memphis. Tickets cost $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit the 2020 Carnival Children’s Charities: Boy Scouts Scouting Deserts, RedZone Ministries and Thrive Memphis.

During the ceremony, Boyle and Morgan will receive the Cook Halle Award for outstanding contribution to the Mid-South community. Boyle was named chairman of Boyle Investment Co.in 1986. Morgan is co-chairman and was president of the company from 1985 to 2012.

“Their vision and leadership can be seen throughout the community from downtown to the 204-acre Ridgeway Center mixed-use development to Schilling Farms in Collierville and everywhere in between,” says a statement released by Carnival Memphis.

McNeill will receive the King’s Award. His firm, McNeill Commercial Real Estate LLC, “has interests in health care, retail, office, multi-family, hotels and industrial properties” throughout the region, the statement says.

Turley will receive the President’s Award. He is chief executive of Henry Turley Co., which he founded in 1977 and which “has been at the forefront of much of our city’s downtown redevelopment,” the statement says. “His work can be seen in the Harbor Town and South Bluffs neighborhoods in downtown Memphis; in the revitalization of Uptown, and, most recently on downtown’s South End with the revitalization of Central Station and its environs.”

 Lightman will receive the Chairman’s Award. The founder of Michael Lightman Realty, “he had a vision of where Shelby County growth was going to take place and strategically acquired land east of Memphis on and around Winchester Road,” the statement says. “His foresight and development acumen grew that area and his company.”

Also being honored are eight Memphis-based real estate developers: Development Services Group,  Envolve Communities, Fogelman Properties, Gill Properties, LPI Memphis (Loeb Properties), MAA, Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC and Orgel Family LP.