Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Fire Museum of Memphis leads the Museum along with the staff so that the mission of the Museum is accomplished. The Board meets once a month and includes a diverse group of individuals.


Tyler McBride (Executive Committee Chair) - General Manager, State Systems
Susan Helms (Co-Chair & Past Chair) - Director Injury Prevention and Safe Kids, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital
David Arick (Vice Chair) - Assistant Treasurer, Global Risk, International Paper Co.
Bobby Wharton (Secretary) - President, G&W Diesel and EVS MidSouth
Kyle Hatler (Treasurer) - Vice President, Business Banking, Regions Financial Corp.
Richard Arwood (At Large) - Retired Director, Memphis Fire Dept.
Jeff Gaudino (At Large) - Vice President, Belz Enterprises


     Todd Van Beck - General Manager, Forest Hill Funeral Homes/Memorial Parks 
    W. Ray Brakebill - Principal/ Owner, The Brakebill Co.
    Chester Charles - Vice President/CEO, CTC Outdoors
    Kent Farmer - President/CEO, Spectrum Corp.
    Eddie Floyd - Managing Director, Kemmons Wilson Insurance Group
    Robert S. Kirk, Jr. - Farris, Bobango, Branan, PLC
    Mickell Lowery - Sales Executive, FedEx
    Thomas A. Malone - President, IAFF, Local 1784
    Henry Posey - Retired Chief, Memphis Fire Dept.
    Brian Stephens - Founder, Caissa Pu Strategy
    Mary H. Tibbets - Vice President, Menard, Gates and Mathis, Inc.
    Alvin Benson (Non-Voting Member) - Director, Memphis Fire Services
    Michael Putt (Non-Voting Member) - Deputy Director, Memphis Fire Services
    Joe Payne (Non-Voting Member) - Chief Fire Marshal, Memphis Fire Services
    J. Kevin Walsh (Board Attorney) - Harris, Shelton, Hanover and Walsh, PLLC
    Jerome Hanover (Member Emeritus) - Senior Vice President, Belz Investment Co.

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