Season 5: Episode 7

Josh Poag

The Society of Entrepreneurs and Epicenter recently launched What’s Next, a series of lunches featuring new and exciting businesses in the Memphis area. This podcast was recorded during the founder of Avadain Brad Larschan’s, recent What’s Next presentation.

Josh Poag serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Poag, a position he has held since its formation in 2014. He was previously President and CEO of Poag & McEwen Shopping Center from 2009 until 2014.

With over 20 years of experience in the lifestyle center industry, Josh has worked on all facets of the business. Josh has previously served as Executive Vice President- Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President- Chief Financial Officer, Vice President- Development, Development Manager, Project Manager, and Leasing Manager. Before joining Poag’s predecessor, Josh was a financial analyst and engineer.

In his role as President and CEO, Josh manages the executive team, oversees key partnerships and runs the day-to-day operations of the company. Josh’s strengths lie in generating new business and establishing corporate vision and direction for the company. Josh is focused on creating unique projects that provide an experiential environment for customers to shop, eat and be entertained. Josh is attuned to the future of the lifestyle center industry and how it is adapting to the rapidly changing world. He ensures that Poag is creating multidimensional properties that function as the core of the community in which they are located.

Josh is a member is ICSC, serves on the Platinum Commercial and Retail Development Council of ULI, and is Chairman of the Board of Community LIFT, a non-profit organization that strives to accelerate revitalization in neighborhoods across Memphis. Josh was named one of the 40 under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal. Josh earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Princeton University in Chemical Engineering.