NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Rita Mitchell

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rita Mitchell Executive Vice President & Manager Private Client Services Middle Tennessee First Tennessee Bank Rita Mitchell is Executive Vice President & Manager of Private Client Services for First Tennessee Bank. In this role she manages Private Banking, Medical Private Banking, and the Family Office for Middle Tennessee. Rita has over 38 years of financial services experience. Rita earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a graduate of the Advanced Business program of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. In addition, Rita is licensed as an insurance representative in the areas of life, health, property and [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Perri Dugard Owens

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Perri Dugard Owens PERRI DUGARD OWENS | President & CEO of duGard Communications (dGC) – is an experienced communications, public relations and marketing professional and has developed strategies and programs for clients of varying sizes and multiple industries. She brings proven leadership in developing media relations initiatives, launching major brands, creating measurable results, along with building awareness to achieve goals through various media channels. Her experience includes internal, external and crisis communications, advertising, social media and digital strategy. As a result, Perri has been able to utilize her skills in meaningful ways within transit/transportation, healthcare, non-profit, music/entertainment, tourism, financial services, faith-based and religious institutions as [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Justin L. Harris

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Justin Harris Justin L Harris is a certified Human Resources Professional, Practitioner, Writer/Blogger (www.UnlikelyHRGuy.com, www.PerformanceICreate.com), specializing in Management Development and Organizational Behavior. For well over 15 years he has inspired and led managers in broadcasting, higher education, banking, and in the retail industry. He prides himself on being an "Unlikely HR Guy", using a practical, consultative approach to educate on engagement, performance, inclusion, compliance and communication. Justin currently serves as the HR Director and Business Partner for the Nashville and Knoxville properties of the E.W. Scripps Company, which includes Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 Network. Prior to advising members of the local media, Justin was the Director [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Taiisha Bradley

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Taiisha Bradley Taiisha Bradley, MA was appointed Marketing Manager at The Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro in 2017. In this role, she creates and implements innovative multimedia marketing strategies that attract new patrons, while retaining and deepening relationships with current patrons. Taiisha comes to the Center with more than 11 years of experience in nonprofit communications and 18 years of marketing and branding. This role also works with community leaders, businesses and organizations to represent Downtown Murfreesboro as the vibrant hub of shopping, dining, and arts entertainment that it is. Prior to this role, Taiisha worked as a foster parent recruiter and trainer in [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Laura Moore

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Laura Moore Laura Moore is the Senior Advisor for Education in the Office of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry where she works with Nashville’s non-profit and educational institutions to promote policies that spur innovation and support parents and teachers. She also works closely with Nashville and middle Tennessee’s post-secondary institutions. Prior to joining the office, Moore served as the Vice President of Policy for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. She has also served as the Director of Innovation at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). Moore began her career as the project and policy manager at Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm based in [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dwight Pope

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dwight Pope Dwight Pope is an alumnus of Tennessee State University currently serving as the Spirit Coordinator and coach for the Dance and Cheer programs. He has judged national and international competition for several major cheerleading companies such as NCA, UCA, America's Best, Champion Cheer, Spirit Unlimited, WSF Cheer, AmeriCheer & Dance and an alternate judge for World's. Coach Pope’s Back to Basics Summer Cheer Camps for local high schools and middle schools fill quickly and ensure the continued growth and high standards of a sport to which he has dedicated countless hours and leadership. Dwight Pope is the CEO and founder of Diavontti Productions, [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Leah Dupree

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Leah Dupree Leah Dupree is a native of Jackson, TN and made Nashville her permanent home in 2011. Before relocating to Nashville, Leah lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a former Legislative Intern for the Tennessee General Assembly, Discretionary Grant Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Law Clerk for the Indiana Attorney General's Office, and Eligibility Coordinator for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Currently, Leah serves in the Haslam Administration as Director of Legislative Services for the Department of General Services. She is responsible for legislation and constituent services for the Department. Prior to moving to the Executive Branch, Leah [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Kenyatta Lovett

Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Kenyatta Lovett-Complete TNClick Here To Listen Dr. Kenyatta Lovett serves as the Executive Director of Complete Tennessee, where he is responsible for developing and executing the strategic vision to augment Tennessee’s goal to significantly increase post-secondary attainment by 2025. He also leads Complete Tennessee’s research initiatives to better inform higher education policy and practice in Tennessee. Most recently, Dr. Lovett served as an assistant vice chancellor at the Tennessee Board of Regents. He led statewide initiatives to enhance Tennessee’s community college system and played a critical role in the implementation of statewide higher education reforms, including the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 and Governor Haslam’s Drive to [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Roderick “Rod” McDaniel

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Rod McDaniel Roderick “Rod” McDaniel grew up in the Tony Sudekum housing projects in downtown Nashville, and has grown to become the Chief Executive Officer of the largest Nashville-based electronic recycler, S3 Recycling Solutions. At a time when the City of Nashville is focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship, S3 today is celebrating 10 years in business. S3 services customers across the U.S. and Canada, creating client-specific e-waste solutions to help organizations dispose of surplus equipment in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Some of S3’s clients include Tennessee Valley Authority, Nissan and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Rod’s mother was a retail sales manager, his [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Alfonzo Alexander

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Alfonzo Alexander Alfonzo Alexander serves as Chief Relationship Officer of NASBA and President of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT). As Chief Relationship Officer, Alexander leads the Office of Relationship Development, where he provides strategic leadership to NASBA’s Communications, Marketing, and Meetings Departments. He also oversees the leadership development, employee engagement activities, diversity and ethics compliance for the organization, while facilitating a number of special projects working with the CEO. Alexander became President of the CPT in January 2012. As the CPT President, Alexander leads this ethics and leadership organization’s day-to-day operations and the growing number of CPT programs. Under his leadership, the CPT [...]