Memphis International Airport Notes

February 2012

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Plough Boulevard Renamed for Arnold and Mary Lynn Perl

On January 17, 2012, Memphis city officials, including the entire Council and the Mayor, representatives of the Memphis Chamber, business leaders, airport leadership, friends and family gathered in the Council Chambers to honor Arnold Perl and his wife Mary Lynn for their outstanding service to the city by designating Plough Boulevard between Democrat and Winchester Roads in Memphis as “Arnold & Mary Lynn Perl Parkway.”

This portion of Plough Boulevard is particularly significant and meaningful because it is the section of the road that is the gateway to Memphis from the Airport for most visitors, and it is currently undergoing extensive beautification under the leadership of Mr. Perl.

Arnold Perl has served as Chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority for 15 years, and was recently elected to a 4th term.  The official city resolution, sponsored by City Councilman Kemp Conrad and unanimously approved by the Council, highlighted the Perls’ dedication and contributions to the city. 

Cited were Mr. Perl’s work with the Airport Authority , the Greater Memphis Regional Chamber, the America’s Aerotropolis initiative, the New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority (chaired by Arnold Perl and recognized as the largest building project in Memphis history – constructing the FedExForum on time and on budget), the prestige he brings the city in national media coverage, his work at the highest levels of our nation’s judicial system and his listing as one of the Best Lawyers in America since the designation’s inception in 1983.  In addition, his international leadership as the founding Chairman of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee and leadership with the Southeast US/Japan Association were highlighted.  Arnold has received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette conferred by the Emperor of Japan.  This is the second highest civilian distinction awarded by that country.

Mary Lynn was recognized for her tireless work, both locally and abroad as a leader and volunteer for the Lions of Judah Endowment and the Memphis Jewish Federation.  Mary Lynn’s distinction as one of the “Top 10 Memphis Grizzlies Fans” was highlighted in the resolution. 

Each member of the City Council added their personal story and thanks to the Perls, and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton shared his thoughts on how much the Perls mean to the Memphis community.


Councilman Kemp Conrad sponsored the resolution designating "Arnold & Mary Lynn Perl Parkway."

Memphis Mayor AC Wharton congratulated the Perls on their dedication to the city and on this recognition.

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