WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Coach Roc Batten

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Coach Roc Batten Roc Batten is the Head Football Coach, Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Camps at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. Originally from Detroit, MI, Roc attended Bishop Gallagher HS and was a four-year letterman in football, basketball, track & field and a one-year letterman in baseball. Roc went on to earn a full football scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he earned his BS in Human and Organizational Development and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. As a member of the football program he was a 2-year starter and was a member of the Academic All-SEC Team his Sophomore and Junior season. During [...]

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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NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Gicola Lane

Click Here To Listen Nashville Business 100 Leading African Americans Gicola Lane Gicola Lane is a Nashville native who began organizing in her community at the early age of 14. She was taught at this young age to change the odds of her own community. In April of 2017, Gicola proudly begin to serve as the Nashville Bail Reform Advocate for the first community bail fund of the South, the Nashville Community Bail Fund. Her primary responsibility is to free people from jail who are presumed innocent and cannot afford to pay their bail. In this role, she is able to bring immediate relief to some of Nashville’s most vulnerable community members, and fight against [...]

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 [...]