Carnival Memphis this year will honor five titans of Memphis commercial real estate as well as eight development companies that have made a lasting mark in the industry and community.

J. Bayard Boyle Jr. and Henry Morgan of Boyle Investment Company, developer Phillip McNeill, Downtown developer Henry Turley and suburban developer Michael A. Lightman will be honored when the 89-year-old nonprofit organization hosts its annual Business & Industry Salute Luncheon on Feb. 13.

Development businesses to be honored are: Development Services Group Inc. (DSG); Envolve Communities; Fogelman Properties; Gill Properties; LPI Memphis (formerly Loeb Properties); MAA; Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC: and Orgel Family LP.

Boyle and Morgan will receive the Cook Halle Award for outstanding contributions to the Mid-South. Among the many Boyle Investment Company developments are the 204-acre Ridgeway Center in East Memphis and Schilling Farms in Collierville.

Receiving The King’s Award is McNeill, who over five decades has developed commercial and residential properties throughout the Mid-South and nation. He founded McNeill Commercial Real Estate.

Receiving the President’s Award will be Turley, who has pioneered much of Downtown’s redevelopment. His projects include Harbor Town, South Bluffs, Uptown and Central Station.

Lightman, who will receive the Chairman’s Award, strategically acquired and developed property in the path of Memphis’s eastward growth. He founded retail property and apartment management companies.

This year’s Cotton Carnival king is Ray Gill, president of Gill Properties.

The luncheon will be noon to 1:30 at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased by calling (901) 458-2500 by Feb. 12 or online at

The luncheon benefits Boy Scout Scouting Deserts, RedZone Ministries and Thrive Memphis.

This article was originally published at Daily Memphian on January 30, 2020