NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Courtney “Coko” Eason

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Courtney Coko Eason Born in Atlanta, GA, Courtney “Coko” Eason moved to Memphis, TN at a young age when her father was relocated for work. She attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville for one year and then transferred to MTSU on a small drum scholarship. Known as the future Missy Elliot in her hometown, Coko surprised everyone she knew when she decided to study music business rather than embrace the stage as a performing artist. Coko went on to work as the US Admin Coordinator for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, but her passion for music and entrepreneurial spirit enticed her to explore other avenues in the [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Charlane Oliver

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Charlane Oliver Charlane Oliver has more than 12 years of experience in nonprofit management, civil service, public relations and communications whose expertise has led to a track record of taking organizations and programs from good to great. Charlane serves as a Community Liaison and Communications Staff for U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, where she spearheads Project Register, a nonpartisan online voter registration initiative with a growing list of more than 85 participating Middle Tennessee companies. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Director of Communication for the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, where she used her public relations expertise to drive key marketing and branding [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Robert Sherrill

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Robert Sherill Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy A North Nashville native with what most deem a rough start in life, Robert Sherrill is a true testament to the age old adage ‘we don’t look like what we’ve been through’. As a young man swayed by his environment, Robert’s chosen path led him to the federal penitentiary where he vowed to make a change for his family and himself. Upon his release, he opened Imperial Cleaning Systems (ICS), a growing commercial cleaning, restoration and janitorial company based in Nashville, Tennessee where he serves as President [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Juanita E. Patton

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Juanita Patton Juanita was born and raised in Franklin, TN. She grew up in the 1960s, and has seen many changes. Juanita graduated from Franklin High School, earned her Associate’s Degree in Computer Accounting from Nashville Tech. She began working at Harpeth National Bank, then Citizens Bank, and Third National Bank, which became SunTrust Bank, and on to First Tennessee Bank. In all, she has 35 years of banking experience. She has worked in many positions during her banking career. For her, banking is about helping people. “I listen to their goals and help them figure out ways to reach what they are after. It [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Tunisia Scott

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Tunisia Scott Tunisia Scott was born in Columbia, Tennessee to military parents, granting her the opportunity to travel the world, live in various cities throughout the United States and build relationships with many people from diverse backgrounds. As a well-rounded youth, and the eldest of her siblings, Tunisia’s leadership qualities were a pillar to her family and younger siblings. Graduating from high school in Bad Krueznach, Germany she returned to the United States and attended Tennessee State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a Concentration in Organizational Leadership. Tunisia’s innate networking abilities coupled with impeccable organizational skills led her [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Emerald Mitchell

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Emerald Mitchell Dr. Emerald Mitchell is a young, grassroots leader who believes that youth can achieve anything that they can dream. Since moving to Nashville in 2000, she has worked diligently to mitigate the “exposure gap” and ensure that underserved youth are exposed to experiences that will help them realize their aspirations. Dr. Mitchell received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Fisk University, M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix campus, Master’s in Education from Tennessee State University and received her Doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. As the Executive Director of Moves & Grooves, a nonprofit arts organization which [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Kevin D. Armstrong

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Kevin D Armstrong Dr. Kevin Armstrong, a Nashville native, was educated in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System graduating from John Overton High School in 1990. Armstrong, the son of a retired educator, has been immersed in teaching and learning his entire life. It was second nature for him to continue the legacy of becoming an educator. He has served as Executive Principal at DuPont Hadley Middle School in the MNPS for the past seven years after spending ten years as a classroom teacher and six years as an assistant principal. His dedicated and data-driven approach to closing the achievement gap has resulted in [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Verlinda Darden

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Verlinda Darden Originally from Springfield, Tennessee, Verlinda Darden earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee: Knoxville. She received her Masters of Public Administration degree from Tennessee State University; College of Public Service. As a Policy Project Coordinator for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Verlinda works closely with the Metropolitan Nashville Council to ensure favorable legislation is passed on behalf of the its member businesses. With education being a top priority, she also works with Metro Nashville Public Schools and other community partners ensuring a quality education for all students. Prior to the Nashville Area Chamber, Verlinda was the Williamson Business [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Donzaleigh Powell

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Donzaleigh Powell Donzaleigh Powell is a Nashville native that loves life! She is a graduate of Cumberland University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Public Service Management. She is a Global Career Development Facilitator with over a decade of experience in Workforce Development and works as a Director, Business Diversity Development for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. In this role, she oversees the development of small, minority, and women-owned businesses through the various Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs within the state. Donzaleigh has been the owner and freelance photographer for Donzaleigh’s Photography since 2009. She seeks to create and portray a certain [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Tina L. Fox

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Tina L Fox Tina L. Fox, MPS-State Director of Victim Services, Tennessee Board of Parole Tina L. Fox is the first African American state Director of Victim Services for the Tennessee Board of Parole. She works directly with crime victims to make sure that their legal rights are being upheld for Parole Hearings. Five years ago while participating in the Tennessee Government Management Institute (2012) with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Office of Public Service; she was elected its 2012 Class Vice-President. Additionally, she is Vice-Chair of the Association of Paroling Authorities International Crime Victims’ Committee, a member and Vice Chair of the Tennessee Coalition to [...]