Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; July 10, 2013:
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today announced the appointment of Jack M. Sammons of Memphis to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
“Tennessee has a long and hallowed sports tradition which continues to grow year after year. The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is an outstanding way to honor our heroes and remember our history,” said Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. “Jack Sammons has often answered the call to serve his community and state. I’m pleased he has done so again.”
Jack Sammons currently serves as president of Ampro Industries, Inc. and as the sole general partner of The Sammons Company L.P., a Memphis-based employee benefits firm focused exclusively on marketing voluntary benefits.
Sammons’ public service includes four terms on the Memphis City Council, where he was chairman of the Operating Budget Committee. Sammons became the board chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in January 2013.
Active in his community, Sammons is currently general chairman of Youth Programs, Inc., the governing body of the St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew – one of the longest running PGA TOUR events. He has also served on the boards of various other civic organizations including the Memphis Zoo, Memphis Fire Museum and Memphis Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame promotes the virtues of competition, fair play, friendship, solidarity, mutual understanding and respect for human dignity. The Hall is a state of the art, 7,200 square foot, interactive facility honoring athletes, coaches, sportswriters, and sports administrators who have made an impact on the history of sports in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is a legislatively created non-profit corporation created in 1994. The Hall of Fame Board is composed of 25 Tennessee citizens, eight each appointed by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House; the 25th member of the Board is the State Treasurer or his designee. No more than eight of the appointed members shall reside in a grand division of the state.