Strategic procurement director, restaurant owner/operator, business strategist, life coach, consulting firm co-founder, an assistant director of facilities, a foundation founder and executive director ...
And so the list begins. Fifty talented, committed and visionary African-American males designated to be honored at the fifth annual Men of Excellence Awards Reception and Presentation hosted by The New Tri-State Defender.
... Hotel food and beverage director, little league founder and president, a county government administrator, an entertainment promoter, a systems engineer, an attorney, city councilman, civic group co-president ...
This year's gala event will unfold on Nov. 23 at The Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. It will be a celebration of selected African-American men who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.
"I am extremely excited about this year's powerhouse group of leaders and the various contributions that they are making. It is a testament to the diverse and significant talent that is right here in the midst of our city," TSD President / Publisher Bernal E. Smith II.
... Director of Development & Diversity Outreach, insurance company owner, general sales manager, a federal agency district manager, a company president and CEO, a school principal, a chief prosecutor, airline pilot, a chief project manager, school system president, a bank client analyst...
Honorees were nominated by TSD readers, family and friends and loved ones from throughout the community. They were ultimately selected based upon the following criteria: African-American male community leader, executive or business owner, proven success within his profession/industry, positive role model whose contributions encourage others and active in community service or organizational involvement.
"This year's event will once again be a tremendous opportunity for the community to come together to network, fellowship and acknowledge the individual and collective talents of African American men under the banner of The New Tri-State Defender's Men of Excellence," said Smith.
"We cordially invite the community to be a part of the celebration as we uplift and encourage these gentlemen to continue their honorable work."
A pastor, an associate minister, an assistant history professor, a musician, a city division director, a leadership group's executive director ...
The honorees will be profiled in a commemorative section in the TSD Nov. 21 edition. Event photos will appear in the wrap-up edition. Sponsorships, congratulatory ads and messages as well as a limited number of event tickets are available.
The VIP Networking Reception is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., with the Dinner and Awards Presentation starting at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75 and tables are $700.
For more information, contact the TSD office at 901-523-1818 or advertising@tri-statedefender. com.
2013 Men of Excellence Honorees
Jay Allen | Director, Strategic Procurement | AutoZone
Lew Anderson | Owner/Operator | McDonald's
Adrian Baskin | Business Strategist | FedEx Express
Jerry Bobo | Life Coach | Fresh Start International Ministries
Jacque BoNéy | Co-Founder | Barking Pals Consulting
Kenneth Bradshaw | Assistant Director of Facilities | University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Ronnie Gerald Brooks, Jr. | Founder, Executive Director | Minding Your Business Foundation
Tim Clifton | Director of Food and Beverage | The Westin Memphis Hotel Beale St.
Kerry Cobb | Founder and President | Memphis Little League
Clifton Davis | Administrator | Shelby County Government
Marcus Dorris | Mix & Mingle Entertainment | Evergreen Grill
Timothy Dunlap | RSC Level III Systems Engineer | Konica Minolta
Reginald Eskridge | Attorney at Law | Eskridge & Eskridge Law Firm
Edmund Ford, Jr. | City Council Chairman | City of Memphis
André Fowlkes | Co-President | Launch Your City
Jaske Goff | Director of Development & Diversity Outreach | Downtown Memphis Commission
Eric Goodrich | Eric Goodrich Agencies Insurance
DeSean Grayson | General Sales Manager | Cumulus
Rod Hall |District Manager, Memphis South District | Social Security Administration
Darrick Harris | President & CEO | Political Systems & Solutions
Kelly Henderson | Principal | Hamilton Middle School
Reginald Henderson | Chief Prosecutor, Special Prosecution Unit | Shelby County D.A. General's Ofc.
Anthony Holder | Airline Pilot-Captain Boeing 777 |Federal Express
Michael Hooks, Jr. | Chief Project Manager | All World Project Management, LLC
Dorsey Hopson, II | President | Shelby County Schools
Authur Horne, III | Attorney at Law | Horne & Wells, PLLC
Jim Huddleston | Center for Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc.
Tavarski Hughes | Public Policy Liaison | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Louis Jackson | Senior Client Manager Analyst | Bank of America
Tony James | Senior Vice President | Vining Sparks
Romalic Jones | Founder/Pastor | Just Say Y.E.S., Inc.
Ross Kerr | Kerr Brothers, Inc.
Tshomba Mayers | Attorney at Law | Mayers & Mayers
John Michael Payne | Founder/President | Payne Productions, Inc.
John Keith Perry, Jr. | Attorney at Law | Sparkman, Zummach & Perry, P.C.
Al Pickett | Co-Founder | Start Co.
Andrew Porter | Associate Minister | Abundant Life Fellowship Church
Lorenzo Renfroe | Managing Partner | Law Offices of Lorenzo Derek Renfroe
Marco Robinson | Assistant Professor of History | Rust College
Nokomas Rodgers | Minister | Quince Church Of Christ
Kevin Rooks | Electrician/Operation Leader/Associate Minister | Methodist University Hospital
Michael Smith | Administrator | Shelby County Schools
Jon Stewart | Bassist | Instruments of Praise (IOP)
Marron Thomas | Executive Director | Leadership Empowerment Center
Coleman Thompson | Vice-Chair, Board of Governors | Memphis Health Center
André Turner | Special Project Coordinator 1 | Shelby County Schools
Jonathan Watkins | Assistant Administrator | Methodist Healthcare - North Hospital
Jamal Whitlow | Owner | Whitlow Consulting
Charlie Williams | Director of Parks & Recreation | Hernando, Miss. Parks and Recreation
Kevin Wren | Customer Service-West | Tennessee Valley Authority