About Us

About Us

logoUMRF Ventures is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Memphis Research Foundation. As a for-profit limited liability corporation, UMRF Ventures facilitates unique collaborations with corporations, agencies, and organizations that help to grow Memphis. Our purview includes service-oriented solutions that strengthen the UofM student population, build a stronger workforce, and help our business partners succeed in their goals. Our city has untapped potential; UMRF Ventures is designed to ignite the possibility of Memphis.

Meet the Team

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford

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Keith Sisson

Managing Director


Sherita Johnson

Director of Operations


Jasmine Sankhon

Manager, Memphis

UMRF Ventures Board Members


Tom Kadien

Chairman & CEO

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Hillard Crews


Jasbir Dhaliwal

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Don Hutson


Patrick Elam


Robert Jackson

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David Perdue


Raaj Kurapati

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Rick Spell

Want to reach out?

The UMRF is always open to talking about our work, but we do request that any visits be scheduled through the manager. Service centers are off limits unless explicitly approved.