NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Kyonzte Hughes-Toombs Kyonzté Hughes-Toombs currently serves as Deputy General Counsel with the Tennessee Department of Health. She has practiced healthcare and administrative law with the Department for over seven years. In addition to advising the Medical Laboratory Board and the Council on Certified Professional Midwifery, she oversees the advisement and prosecution of disciplinary cases before several regulatory boards, including the Board of Pharmacy, the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities, the Emergency Medical Services Board, and the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Prior to working for the Department, Kyonzté owned her own solo firm practicing family and criminal law. Kyonzté has also worked for a [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. James Bailey

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr James K Bailey Dr. James K. Bailey, III is the phenomenal Pastor of Sweet Savior church and an outstanding Executive Administrator at Whites Creek High School within the Metropolitan Nashville Public School District. Most importantly he is a dedicated family man. On June 5, 1993, he wedded Shemika Hambrick-Bailey, who works diligently in service along with her husband. Out of this union they have two beautiful daughters Ja'Mika and Ja'Mecia Bailey who are both college graduates. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from American Baptist College with a major in Bible and Theology and a minor in Church Vocations. He has also earned [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Joyce Espy Searcy

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Joyce Espy Searcy Joyce Espy Searcy is a native of Yazoo City, MS and currently serves as Director of Community Relations at Belmont University. At Belmont, Joyce leads the effort to consistently improve the effectiveness of Belmont’s engagement with neighborhoods, community groups, non-profit organizations and governmental authorities and to increase the level of awareness regarding Belmont’s identity and mission. A graduate of Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities, she has over 46 years of experience in the non-profit and educational arenas. She also attended Harvard Business School’s “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” on full scholarship and completed Vanderbilt’s Owen School’s “Finance and Accounting for Executives”. Joyce is [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Danielle Whitworth Barnes

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Danielle Whitworth Barnes Danielle Whitworth Barnes serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The Department provides services to over two million Tennesseans each year through programs such as Families First, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Child Support, Child Care Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Disability Determination Services, Adult Protective Services, Child and Adult Food Program and Social Services Block Grant. Operating a budget of over $2.6 billion and providing leadership to almost 5,000 employees, Ms. Barnes continues to drive for strong results for individuals, families and communities through meaningful work outcomes and community partnerships. Prior to joining [...]

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 [...]