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 [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Sonya Johnson

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Sonya Johnson Sonya Johnson has been serving the Williamson County community over 13 years. Sonya was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Jackson State University and a M.P.A. from Indiana State University in Public Administration. Sonya moved to Nashville in 1999 after completing an appointed term as a Mayor’s Fellow with the City of Indianapolis, Indiana. While residing in Nashville, she continued to work in the nonprofit sector with the Brentwood YMCA school-age program, then as a Community Organizer / Lobbyist and later accepted the position of Kindergarten Teacher in 2002 at Faith Christian Development Center. She [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Pastor Bryant Herbert

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WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Arnita Rena Hall, Ed.D.

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Arnita Rena Hall Ed D Dr. Hall has been a leading innovator in the educational arena for the past twenty-five years; holding positions in higher education, nonprofit management and within the federal government. Dr. Hall is the owner of Together We Can Consultants an Educational Consulting Company, the Executive Director of Grace M. Eaton Early Learning Center and an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia State Community College. The programs under her purview are highly interactive and based upon a broad compendium of experimental and research approaches. Dr. Hall received a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Masters of Education [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Anthony C. Pickett

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Anthony C Pickett Anthony C. Pickett is a native of Saginaw MI, but has lived in Williamson County for last twenty-seven years. He is a 2009 graduate, Magna Cum Laude, of the American Baptist College, in Nashville, Tn. with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible Theology. He was elected to Delta Epsilon Chi Honor Society in May of 2009 and was a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship in 2009. Anthony is the former director of A Better Way to Live ministry of Williamson county, as well he is the former director of Men’s Ministry for Christian Home Ministry of Nashville. He [...]