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The Commercial Appeal Named "Smartest Company in Memphis" at CKB 2013

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

The Commercial Appeal won "Smartest Company in Memphis" at the Library's Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2013!They came. They fought. They conquered. On Friday, September 20, 2013, The Commercial Appeal was named the undisputed champion of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s 16th Annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl. In the final match, The Commercial Appeal defeated Valero by one point, and now the CA stands firm as the “Smartest Company in Memphis”.

“Local trivia buffs know that Corporate Knowledge Bowl is the best trivia contest in town,” said Diane Jalfon, executive director of the Memphis Library Foundation and event organizer. “Our librarians work hard writing questions all year in anticipation for the competition. So, questions are challenging, and the event is very professional.”

Seventeen teams representing 13 local companies began the bracket-style contest on Monday, September 16. With cheers from co-workers and other supporters, competitors came to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) each day on their lunch breaks to vie for the coveted titles. By the week’s end, Buckeye Technologies won “Knowledge Bowl Idol” for bringing the most enthusiastic group of relatives, friends, and co-workers. The University of Memphis took home the “Best Team Spirit” title, and St. Jude’s “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter” won “Most Creative Team Name”. “Win or lose, everyone had a great time,” Jalfon commented.

More than $7,500 was raised during this year’s event, which also serves as a fundraiser for Memphis Public Libraries. All proceeds from the event will be used to enhance the Library’s collections and services system wide. “Corporate Knowledge Bowl provides critical support for the three million customers served annually by the Memphis Public Library & Information Center,” Jalfon added.

In addition to said competitors, other Library supporters for Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2013 were FedEx (two teams), First Tennessee (two teams), Orion, The Memphis Flyer, Cargill, Ensafe, Rhodes College, MLGW, and St. Jude (three teams).

Jalfon said, “Each year we have at least one or two teams who are new to the competition, and we fine tune the event in response to feedback we get from (previous years’) teams. We strive to make it a great experience for everyone involved!”

To register your company for Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2014, contact Diane Jalfon (diane.jalfon@memphistn.gov), Kelly Wetter (kelly.wetter@memphistn.gov), or call (901) 415-2831.