Councilman Joe Brown was elected to the Memphis City Council in November 1998. He served as Chairman of the Council in 2004. Mr. Brown is the founder, president, and CEO of Empire Incorporated, a chemical supply and janitorial service company and attends the Temple of Deliverance COGIC Church.
Mr. Brown attended Tennessee State University with a concentration in Psychology and received a Certificate of Continuing Education from The University of Memphis. Mr. Brown is the president of the North Memphis Business Association and a board member of the North Memphis Enterprise Zone Development Force, North Memphis Concerned Citizens, the Kennedy Democratic Organization, Case Management and Tennessee Technology Institute and the Memphis Housing Center. His many community activities also include membership in the NAACP and The Loafers, Inc.
Mr. Brown has been distinguished with many awards, including the Silver Star Black Achiever Award 2002, Black Business Association Benny Award 2000, Stellar Ward 2001, Father of the Year Award 2001, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award 1989, Community Leadership Award, National Small Business Award, Christian Men of Distinction Award and the Outstanding Business Associate of the Year Award.
Mr. Brown and his wife Jeanette have two daughters, StaceyJo and JoNichole, and one grandson, Christopher.