Dotty Summerfield Giusti

Dotty Summerfield Giusti, CPC


After more than ten successful years in the industry, Dotty formed Summerfield Associates, Inc. in 1989, and attained her Certified Personnel Consultant designation in 1993.

Dotty began her career in the contingency search recruiting industry in early 1979. In the ensuing years, the Tennessee Association of Personnel Services (TAPS) recognized her many times as a Top Producer in her field. She was named as a Charter Member of the TAPS “Million Dollar Circle” in 1991 and awarded one of the first “Five Million Dollar Circle” designations in 1996. The National Association of Personnel Services honored her in October 1999 with the Norbert I.B. Fried Ethics Award, recognizing  her as an outstanding leader who led the industry to a higher ground through innovation, vision, and positive enhancements. Dotty was recognized as one of the “50 Women Who Make a Difference” in 2005 by Memphis Woman Magazine.

The Tennessee Association of Personnel Services elected Dotty as Vice President in 1991, after she served one term as West Tennessee Director. She served in that capacity for two one-year terms, and as Secretary from 1996-97. She also served as President of the Memphis City Chapter of TAPS. For four years, she was Region VIII Director for the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS); she chaired the National By-Laws and Ethics Committees for 1996-97 and served on the Membership and Certification Committees. Dotty was elected to the NAPS Executive Board in 1998, where she served as Secretary/Treasurer (1998) and as Vice Chair from 1999-2004. She was Chairman of the NAPS 2000 Points of View Conference held in San Francisco in October 2000.

Dotty is deeply involved in volunteer efforts in the Memphis area, serving as a Member of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Foundation Board, past Co-Chair of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Small Business Council, immediate past Chair of the Board of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, and Membership Co-Chair for the Memphis Chapter of the Society for Information Management. She previously served as Treasurer of the Board of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and as a founding member of the Greater Memphis Information Technology Council.

Dotty is a native Memphian with two grown children. She attended H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University and Memphis State University. In June 2001, she married her high school sweetheart. She and her husband are proud to boast of their eight grandchildren.