NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Gale Mayes

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Gale Mayes Gale Mayes is an enlightened singer and songwriter who is successfully melding the genres of gospel, soul, blues, and jazz to create an identifiable style of her own. The singer has spent the last couple years branding herself as a center stage artist after a 25-year stint in the muted shadow as a background singer. In a short time, she has been successful in securing a home at one of Nashville’s most respected live music venues, 3rd and Lindsley, where she often performs her show, “A Classic Evening of Music,” to a full house of music lovers. Gale also landed the spot as [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Patrick H. Johnson

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Patrick H Johnson Patrick H. Johnson is a healthcare executive with over 20 years of business development experience. In his current role as Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Meharry Medical College, Patrick is focused on advancing the President’s strategic vision by strengthening transformative relationships with large organizations, major corporation foundations and government entities. In addition to leading his staff of approximately 22 employees, Patrick is also responsible for initiatives supporting clinical programs, training experiences and community engagement opportunities through affiliations with a range of nonprofit, private and government healthcare organizations. Patrick is notably adept at guiding the leadership across the college’s three main [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Lonnell Matthews

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Lonnell Matthews Lonnell Matthews, Jr. is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods & Community Engagement (ONCE) for Mayor Megan Barry. Matthews is a proud alumnus of Tennessee State University where he studied Accounting & Business Law. Before joining Mayor Barry's office, Lonnell served as an employee of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee for 15 years, from 2000-2015, most recently in the role of District Executive Director of Youth Outreach. Matthews led Y-CAP, Black Achievers, Latino Achievers, NAZA Z and Fun Company programs during his time at the YMCA. In 2007, at age 27, Lonnell Matthews, Jr. became the youngest African-American elected to Nashville’s [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Nathan A. Burton

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Nathan Burton Nathan Burton enhances performance and maximizes value for complex government, nonprofit, and corporate organizations by transforming organizational culture through developing people and breaking down long held operational silos and improves organizational efficiency by replacing legacy systems with new techologies while also developing and implementing new processes that improve and enhance the customer experience. He currently serves as the Director of Business Services for Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who appointed him in September 2009. The functions of the Division of Business Services include the filing of all statutorily required business documents for corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships operating in the state [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Martesha L. Johnson

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Martesha Johnson Public Defender Martesha L. Johnson is an assistant public defender in the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office. She has a heart for serving people and was determined to be a public defender since interning with the Nashville Public Defender’s office in 2007. She has devoted her entire career to public defense work, interning with the Knoxville Public Defender Community Law Office and volunteering at the Nashville office after graduation in 2008. Martesha was officially hired in 2009 and has served in many leadership roles during her tenure in the office. She currently serves as the training director and member of the special litigation [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Joshua Mundy

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Joshua Mundy Joshua Mundy is a native Nashvillian whom was inspired at an early age to generate income in very creative ways. His forecasting and visionary skill set has developed him into a serial entrepreneur with the ability to think of an idea or need in the community and quickly take action to set a goal to meet the need. Joshua Mundy is currently the owner of Music City Cleaners located on Historic Jefferson St at 624b Jefferson; has been in business at that location for over 9 years and has seen the growth in the area first hand. Music City Cleaners is a premier [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dannelle Walker Whiteside

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dannelle Walker Whiteside-General Counsel Dannelle Walker Whiteside currently serves as General Counsel for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she leads the APSU Office of Legal Affairs and serves as secretary for the University’s Board of Trustees. She has worked extensively in the areas of education law and policy and has dedicated her career to promoting equal access to education. Ms. Whiteside previously served as General Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, in Philadelphia, PA where she reviewed, evaluated, and resolved complex and sensitive cases ranging from sexual violence to disability discrimination, in both the elementary and postsecondary [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Laquita Stribling

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Laquita Stribling Over the last two decades, Laquita Stribling has worked her way up from entry-level associate to senior vice president at Ranstad USA. Laquita is now responsible for four districts and nine offices across three states, approximately 1,500 employees and over $40 million in revenue. In addition to her impressive career, Laquita has been extremely influential in her community. Her passion to give her time to community service is driven by the scripture: “To whom much is given, much is required.” Laquita pays it forward every day. She sees the work she does at Randstad to be a ministry. It's very rewarding to help [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Yolanda S. Greene

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Yolanda S Greene Yolanda Greene serves as Rutherford County Market President with First Tennessee Bank. Yolanda shares more than 18- years of banking and leadership experience. Spending all of her career serving the Rutherford County and Tennessee Market, Yolanda has held various roles within the Commercial, Business Bank, Credit and Community Segments. Greene’s expertise and experience with multiple lines of business, allows her to provide local leadership and delivery to the Rutherford County Market through supporting commercial, consumer and community segments with Reliable, Relationship and Relevant Banking. Yolanda is an alumni of Leadership Rutherford and has been honored as the 2017 Nashville Business Journal 40 [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Harry L. Allen

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Harry L Allen Studio Bank Harry L. Allen, is co-founder and chief relationship officer of Studio Bank (In Organization), a new boutique bank serving Nashville and opening later in 2018. As a co-founder, Mr. Allen has been integral in the formation stage of the bank including recruiting members of the executive team, board of directors, and initial investors of the new bank, helping raise $40 million in start-up capital. Mr. Allen will serve as the Bank’s lead business development officer, supporting and representing the Bank’s commercial lending line of business and informing and shaping the Bank’s approach to relationship management. Mr. Allen will manage the [...]