WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Pastor Hewitt Clifton Sawyers

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Pastor Hewitt Sawyers Hewitt Clifton Sawyers was born and reared here in Williamson County—College Grove, Tennessee, where he lived throughout his childhood. He is one of four children born to the late Clifton and Lena Pearl (Claybrooks) Sawyers. At the age of 15, Hewitt joined the Locust Ridge Primitive Baptist Church. He was a very active member, ministering in several areas—junior deacon, choir member, member of the brotherhood, and taught Sunday school. Hewitt graduated from Natchez High School in 1965. Upon graduating from high school, he enrolled at Tennessee State University (TSU). In 1969, he graduated from TSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Margaret Ziegler

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Margaret Ziegler Margaret Ziegler, is owner of Vintage 615 Boutique & Vendor Marketplace in Spring Hill, Tennessee. After starting her own business, Mom’s Sign Company, and using her creative and business talents to master her craft within several local shops, she and her husband eagerly jumped at the opportunity to become the new owners of Vintage 615 in October, 2016. While Margaret’s journey to owning her own business has taken a variety of twists and turns, she believes it was all part of God’s plan and considers owning your own business and all the responsibilities it entails one of the best experiences of her life. [...]

NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Kia Jarmon

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Kia Jarmon Kia Jarmon is an award-winning public relations and community engagement strategist for MEPR Agency, a company she founded in 2006. With years of experience working on some of Nashville’s most notable initiatives, Jarmon is the leading community engagement strategist in Nashville, most known for her innovative and disruptive communication programs - translating grasstops campaigns into actionable, grassroots initiatives. In addition to community engagement, she is called on to provide a cultural lens for a wide range of communication programs. As a result of Jarmon’s commitment to the community and communications industry, she has been recognized by the Minority Business Center as the Minority [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Tosha Robinson Baugh

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WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Alma Lee Alexander McLemore

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Alma McLemore Alma Lee Alexander McLemore is a native of Williamson County, born and raised in Franklin, Tenn. and a graduate of the Franklin High School class of 1969. She briefly attended Draughon’ Business College and began working at Middle Tenn. Electric Membership Corporation in Oct. 1972. She married Raymond McLemore and has two sons, Dedric and Anthony and 5 grandchildren. Alma began working as a cashier and worked in various departments at MTEMC, accounting, customer service and the engineering department as engineering coordinator. It was through MTEMC that Alma met hundreds of people that she calls lifelong friends; valued customers and members of MTEMC [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com: 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Derwin Jackson

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Derwin Jackson Derwin Jackson has been the President/CEO of the Franklin Housing Authority since 2008. As President/CEO, Jackson has added valuable programs for residents, such as the Residents Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program and the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, as well as a scholarship program for FHA youth. On the housing side, he directed the development of a Master Housing Plan to redevelop or rehabilitate FHA’s almost 300 units of public housing. The first phase was completed with the opening of the $8.5 million Reddick Senior Residences in 2013, a 48-unit elderly residence. The second phase was completed with the opening of the $14.3 [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Robert Blair

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Robert Blair Robert Blair was born in Nashville,Tn and raised in Franklin,Tn. Educated in the Franklin Special School District, graduated from Franklin High Attended Tn. State University, before transferring to Nashville State Technical School to study Television and Video Production. He produced with The Williamson Herald a “Special Edition to Black Business Edition followed by the first Black Mixer with Williamson Chamber and is now Producing A Salute to “ Black Churches in Williamson County.” Robert worked in Television and Video Production for over fifteen years. With Steve Gilreath TV, he worked on the Gospel Music Dove Awards, Stellar Awards and CCM-TV(Contemporary Christian Music Television) [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Cassandra Wray

Click To Here Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Cassandra Wray Cassandra Blakely Wray affectionately known as “Sandy Wray” whether standing in as Mistress of Ceremonies or endeavoring a speaking engagement, Sandy Wray is a highly motivated, community driven lifelong resident of Franklin, TN. A 1975 graduate of Franklin High School, she attended MTSU where she was a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. After leaving MTSU, she was employed an an Accounting Clerk for Bellsouth/AT&T that spanned a 35 year long career. After retirement in 2010, Sandy was gainfully employed by the Williamson County Government, where she currently is a Deputy with the Election Commission. She is charged with the duty [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Charnequa A. Kennedy

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Charnequa A Kennedy Charnequa Austin Kennedy has been a counseling professional for 10 years with experience in the school and clinical setting. She currently serves as the Vice President for Integrated Behavioral Health and therapist for Ross Behavioral Group. Committed to supporting individuals with achieving goals that allow them to experience wellness and life balance, Ms. Kennedy understands that each person has times when life stressors or challenges can be less overwhelming with the assistance of counseling. Prior to working full-time for Ross Behavioral Group, Ms. Kennedy supported the academic success and social-emotional well-being of school-aged children in Williamson County Schools as a counselor. Ms. [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Teresa Burns

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Teresa Burns Mrs. Burns was born in Nashville, Tennessee March 31, 1963. She graduated from Glencliff High School where she was voted “Most likely to succeed”. She attended Nashville State Technical College where she received degree in Computer Accounting. Her spiritual education began at St. Paul AME in Ashland City, Tennessee. After family changes, at the age of 12, she attended Progressive Baptist then moved on to Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church where she found her gift in developing and implementing youth programs; one of which is Precious Pearls which is still going on to this day. Mrs. Burns’ professional development began at MeHarry Medical [...]