WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Carlos & Shenita Baker

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Carlos And Shenita Baker Carlos Baker is President of Steps Ahead, LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Human Resources Management. After retiring from General Motors, Mr. Baker formed Steps Ahead Mobile Business Solutions and Corporate Transportation company with his wife, Shenita Baker. As executives with an eye for detail, and a penchant for first class service the company was created to provide business services for the active business professional. Carlos is a Management Professional with 33 years of demonstrated accomplishments in production engineering and people management with General Motors, Corp. Honorably Discharged from the United States Army Infantry Division and National [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Dr. Shanna L. Jackson

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Dr Shanna Jackson Dr. Shanna Jackson serves as the Associate Vice President of the new Williamson Campus for Columbia State Community College.  As COO of the Williamson Campus, Jackson provides oversight for facilities, programming, services and community engagement. Prior to this role Jackson served as the Dean of Extended Services for the college providing leadership for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Clifton, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Williamson County campuses.  Jackson also has administrative academic responsibility for the Commercial Entertainment, Film Crew Technology and Hospitality Management programs. Jackson began her career in manufacturing working for The Pillsbury Company and General Mills. Her 20 [...]

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

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Robert Stokes Robert "Bob" Stokes moved to middle Tennessee in 2012 as a result of a transfer with Edward Jones where he manages an office in Brentwood. He began his career with Edward Jones in 2008 in Michigan. Bob began his professional career following graduation from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he majored in business administration and minored in military science. As an Army ROTC cadet, Bob was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served three years in various capacities. Bob earned his MS degree in business from Central Michigan University while serving in the Army and completed [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Valencia Breckenridge

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Valencia Breckenridge Valencia Breckenridge opened prayer time on her first day at GraceWorks Monday with reading 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, in which Paul discusses how any part of the body is no more important than any other part. It was particularly appropriate as the new GraceWorks’ CEO/President began her leadership of its 32-member staff whose individual gifts help the 21-year-old ministry provide immediate and long-term resources to struggling families. “No one part is more important than any other,” Breckenridge said. “We are all gifted differently. I freely admit my shortcomings, and I know some of you have gifts I don’t have. And I hope my gifts [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Marcus & Yolanda Henderson

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Marcus And Yolanda Henderson Marcus T. Henderson, Sr. Marcus T. Henderson, Sr., President and CEO of Henderson Financial Group, Inc., serves as lead Financial Advisor for his thriving wealth management firm in Brentwood, Tennessee. A native Nashvillian, Marcus attended Glencliff Comprehensive High School (1985 – General Studies) and Tennessee State University (1989 - BBA – Economics). Mr. Henderson's professional and industry affiliations consist of memberships in the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, (NAIFA), and the Financial Planning Association (FPA). In private practice since 1989, he is a 27-year consecutive member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), a benchmark of excellence in [...]

WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Celestia Ware III

Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Celestia Ware Celestia Ware III is an established Insurance Professional Leader, Community Service Leader, and Philanthropist. Celestia was born in St. Louis MO and raised in Bowling Green KY. Celestia is a graduate of Kentucky State University with a BS degree in Criminal Justice and Master’s degree from Tennessee State University and Middle Tennessee State University in Criminal Justice Administration. Celestia is married to Dacia Ware and has a son CJ Ware a sophomore at Nolensville High School. Their family resides in Nolensville TN. Celestia possessing the ability to execute a wide range of property and casualty strategies designed to minimize loss ratios while increasing [...]

Williamson:Leading: Business Amenities Make The Difference Between Three-Star And Five-Star Service By Karen Chronister

A wise business friend once asked me a question I now consider a cornerstone of best business practices: “What’s the difference between a three and five-star hotel?” The quick answer? The small amenities and services with the weary traveler in mind. With simple gestures of comfort, the traveler feels pampered—and it works. Business amenities are a savvy investment because the ROI is much greater than the cost: customer “feel-goods” enhance loyalty; small investments allow higher rates; enticing advertising content; distinct branding opportunities; and, “showing versus telling” marketing. Each industry has its own perks to offer its customers. Put yourself in your target demographic’s shoes and make the walk a bit easier for them. What does [...]

WilliamsonLeading: Choosing How Much Business Insurance You Need Is About Risk Management By Karen Chronister

Managing risk shouldn’t be risky business. You’ve worked tirelessly, considered every aspect, and hired just the right people for your business culture. Whether you’ve got a generational business or an emerging, disrupt-the-model idea, preparation and promise need protected with insurance—at least, in part. Identifying where your business risks hide, how much risk you are willing to assume, and how much risk you want to insure, is a thoughtful, calculated process. Are you willing to assume some risk in the event of a claim? How high a deductible can you handle at any given time? Would safety training lower your risk? What about cyber protection? And, lawsuits? A reputable and savvy insurance agent will offer sound [...]

WilliamsonLeading: Finding A Great Mortgage Lender By Karen Chronister

The housing market in Williamson County is hot and moving at lightning speed. That means, if you’re a buyer, your realtor and mortgage lender have to come together prior to making an offer or be agile on their feet when you find the right property. The mortgage lending process leans toward the technical side of purchasing or refinancing. Terms like Adjustable Rate Mortgage, Annual Percentage Rate, Amortization, Appraisal, Bi-Weekly Mortgage, Closing Cost, Construction Mortgage, Debt-to-Income Ratio, Fixed Rate Mortgage, Points, and more, can sound like a foreign language. Finding the right lender means doing a little homework: get your credit score in good shape, get preapproved, compare lender mortgage rates, make a list of questions, [...]

WilliamsonLeading: Renting An Exotic Or Luxury Car Is Good For Business By Karen Chronister

Not everyone finds an afternoon of golfing or hanging at a hip coffee shop the most conducive atmosphere for doing business. So, why not take your meeting on the road and rent an exotic car? Imagine rolling up in luxury and creating instant buzz. Pick up your out-of-town client to tour the town in style and comfort. This might just be the coolest way to show off Williamson County’s rolling countryside, quaint towns, historical and culinary spots. Perhaps the project you’re pitching is unusual, powerful, exciting, or fun. Yes, you can tell your client that; however, what if you maximize your impact and show it, too? Renting an exotic car is an innovative way to [...]