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Memphis Light, Gas and Water is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners who are nominated by the Mayor of the City of Memphis and confirmed by the Memphis City Council. Public Board of Commissioners Meetings are held at 8:30 a.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted), at MLGW Administration Building, 220 S. Main.


Mitch Graves, Chair
Mitch Graves serves as CEO of the West Cancer Center & Research Institute (WCCRI). Before his tenure with the WCCRI, Graves served as CEO of HealthChoice, LLC, a physician hospital organization (PHO). Previously, Graves served as the president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Affiliated Services Division for 8 years. He serves on the boards of Christian Brothers University, Economic Club of Memphis, Alliance Health Services, and Community Care Associates. He is a member of United Healthcare’s Executive Advisory Council, Cigna’s National Health Care Advisory Council, and the Church Health Center’s finance committee. Graves recently served as a co-chairman of Memphis City Mayor Jim Strickland’s transition team. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance and economics. He was awarded Christian Brothers University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2012 and became the university’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees in August 2013.
Annual Financial Disclosure

Leon Dickson Sr., Vice Chair
Leon Dickson Sr., is owner and principal broker of BenchMark at Southwind Realtors LLC. Dickson was selected to serve The Tennessee Association of Realtors as the group’s first African-American president in 2018. He currently serves as the Immediate Past President. A Realtor for 30 years, he also serves as a Director, for the National Association of Realtors. He also is a past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors and was named its Realtor of the Year in 2012. The native Memphian volunteers at HopeWorks and Germanshire Elementary.
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Michael E. Pohlman
Mike Pohlman is CEO / President of Pickering Firm, Incorporated, a Memphis based, full–service engineering and architectural design firm, with offices in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Pohlman is a 1979 Mechanical Engineering graduate from Christian Brothers University, a Tennessee Professional Engineer, and has served in various capacities at Pickering during his 39 years with the firm.  He currently serves on the advisory boards for both the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University engineering schools as well previously serving as President of both the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for Tennessee and the American Society of Military Engineers (SAME) Memphis Post.  
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Carl Person
Carl has over 35 years of leadership experience with FedEx and UPS. He is the Founder and CEO of Customized Solutions Company; a boutique consulting firm specializing in commercial development partnerships, marketing, business analysis, IT solutions and process improvement. His firm has public and private clients that include national teaming partnerships with Konica Minolta, NovaTech, Accela, Civic Plus Inc., Panorama Government Solutions and other corporations that span across multiple industries including retail, banking and government. Carl has a key role in "The Walk" and the Tom Lee Park development projects in downtown Memphis overseeing diversity inclusion and participation.

Carl is Board President of The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. He is a Board Member for Metropolitan Inter-faith Association (MIFA); and current Board Member of the Center City Development Corporation. Carl is past Chairman of The Downtown Memphis Commission Board of Directors, Former State of Tennessee Department of Education CTE Advisory Board Member and Former Civil Service Review Board Chair For Shelby County Government.

He volunteers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Mid-South Food Bank, Hattiloo Theater and supports other local and regional charity organizations.
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Cheryl Pesce
Cheryl was born and raised in rural southwest Arkansas. She's a 1981 graduate of Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR) where she earned a degree in Special Education. From 1981 to 1985, Cheryl worked on her Master's in Education as she taught third and fourth grade within the Aldine School District in Houston, Texas.

For the next eight years, Cheryl was a pharmaceutical sales representative with Hoffman La-Roche Labs and Baxter International, two of the largest international pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies in the industry.

Cheryl also wanted to pursue another passion and thus started her own jewelry design business that quickly grew and evolved into the Cheryl Pesce Lifestyle Brand, that features not only custom handmade jewelry, but also fine home goods, furniture, decor, books, clothing, and children's items.
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