NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Rubin Cockrell

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Rubin Cockrell Dr. Cockrell’s Personal Mission Statement- To educate, enrich, and enhance people’s lives so that they may achieve their goals. Dr. Cockrell’s Personal Slogan- “Failure is not an Option, Excuses are not Acceptable, and Excellence must be a way of Life.” – Dr. Rubin Cockrell Dr. Rubin Cockrell is an International Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur and Professor. Dr. Cockrell serves as CEO of Positive Images & Associates, a global firm that specializes in educational leadership, empowerment, and management consulting for clients in over forty-five countries around the world. In his role with the Nashville, TN-based company Dr. Cockrell trains global business leaders, students, government [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Damon R. Cathey

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Damon Cathey Dr. Damon Cathey serves as Community Superintendent of the Northeast Quadrant, overseeing all schools located within the Stratford, McGavock and Maplewood clusters. Dr. Cathey’s 21-year career includes time spent as a teacher, consultant and administrator. Prior to returning to MNPS, Dr. Cathey consulted with Tribal Education, he worked as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Kingsport City Schools. In this role, Damon supervised curriculum implementation K-12 and led the district improvement journey - moving toward non-negotiable goals for student achievement and classroom instruction, providing embedded professional development in literacy and mathematics K-12, and formalizing the use of research-based instructional strategies in [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Yolanda Shields

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Yolanda Shields Yesbuilds CEO Yolanda Shields Nashville native is a business leader and best-selling author. She has over 20 years of experience as a business leader and also does international workforce development and social entrepreneurship work in the continent of Africa and other 3rd World Countries. She is a much sought-after speaker and trainer in the area of small business, entrepreneurship, nonprofit startup and sustainability, fund development, grant writing, diversity, human capital management, career development, and social entrepreneurship. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, France, and Africa. She has earned a B.S. in Education and Social Work (APSU) MBA (HRM and Entrepreneurship). She [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Charles Winfrey

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Charles Winfrey Charles E. Winfrey, Jr is a well-known financial expert in the matters of retirement income planning. Since 1995, he has assisted clients to preserve their capital, increase their income, avoid estate taxes, and protect their estate values. He has advised physicians and business owners approaching retirement, retired teachers and retired AT&T, NES, HCA, Nissan and Vanderbilt employees. His unique retirement and estate planning seminars have been very popular among retirees and pre-retirees. Charles is best known as author of the books “Seven Secrets to Financial Success”, “Rollover Mistakes Retirees Make” and his latest book “Legacy.” Charles is a graduate of the University of [...]

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 [...]