Pem Guerry


Pem Guerry

Class of 2019

Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, 2003

Baylor School Athletics Hall of Fame, 2008

Lookout Mountain Sports Hall of Fame, 2018

Pem Guerry lives in Chattanooga. Pem’s stellar junior career included four national championship titles. He started in the USTA junior tournament circuit when he was nine years old, earning rankings of Top Four nationally in Boys 12s and 14s singles and doubles as well as numerous USTA Southern championships in the Boys 10s through 18s singles and doubles age divisions. Guerry captained the Baylor School team, which won state and national championships. He and Wesley Cash won numerous doubles events at the state and national levels. He played collegiate tennis at Southern Methodist University, where he captained the team which placed third in NCAA Division I Tournament play. Guerry joined the professional circuit and climbed to a world ranking in singles and doubles; he competed in the Wimbledon Championships and the French Open. As a tour professional Guerry teamed with Patrick Galbraith and won the Huggy Bear Invititational Doubles event, receiving the largest purse in mens doubles at the time. Guerry earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania after he left the professional tour. He continued to play USTA amateur tennis, leading the Tennessee Mens Open Division team (the Flex-All 454s) which won two national team titles. Guerry pursued a career in business in Chattanooga, with periods of public service including Assistant Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee during the Sundquist administration (serving under then-Commissioner Bob Corker) and president of RiverValley Partners, the economic and downtown entity which developed Chattanooga into a tourism, recreational, and economic center. Guerry focuses on information technology and currently serves as Executive Vice-President for Signix, a digital signature service business in Chattanooga. He continues to play tennis and competes at high levels in racquetball and paddle tennis.