September 16, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 16, 2009—Kenny Crenshaw, president of Herbi-Systems in Bartlett, has been named this year’s Solveras/NFIB Small Business Champion of Tennessee by the National Federation of Independent Business.
“Kenny’s extraordinary activism speaks for itself,” said Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee, the state’s leading small business association. “He’s a tireless supporter of small business, and his commitment to our Memphis Area Action Council is a major reason NFIB is strong in Shelby County. Because of activists like Kenny, NFIB has an excellent reputation as a grassroots leader in Memphis and Nashville.”
Crenshaw, a 15-year member of NFIB, is a member of the NFIB/Tennessee Leadership Council, a volunteer group that advises the association on small business issues. He is vice chairman of NFIB’s Memphis Area Action Council, a grassroots group of members that meets monthly to discuss small business challenges at the state and federal levels. He frequently communicates with legislators about issues affecting small business, which employs 49 percent of the state’s private-sector workforce.
In addition, he serves on the board of the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce and chairs that organization’s Public Policy Committee. He is president of the Association of Turf and Ornamental Managers, an association of lawn and landscape professionals in the Memphis Area.
Crenshaw also organizes and supervises a group of 300 volunteers that installs landscaping, prunes trees, repairs and replaces irrigation equipment, and aerates the lawn at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
“Kenny is the kind of member we know we can depend on,” Brown said. “He is well informed, articulate and passionate about preserving free enterprise. NFIB is the voice of small business in Nashville, but it’s members like Kenny who really help our voice be heard.”