Class of 2019

NEXUS PROTEGES
Taryn Burgess Mercer Capital Senior Financial Analyst
Brandon Byrd FTN Financial Sales
Jim Calhoun Furniture Medic-ServiceMaster Business Development Consultant II
Corbin Carpenter Carpenter Law, PLLC Managing-Member
Trey Carroll Southern Coffee Services Account Executive
Jill Coleraine AutoZone Community Relations Manager
Mike Davis International Paper Application Development Specialist
Terrance Davis Nuvasive Quality Control Manager
Daniel Farrow ALSAC/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Agile Delivery Manager, Marketing
Dana Gatewood FedEx Corporate Quality Auditor
Pedro Gonzalez DarSalud Management, LLC Director of Business Development
Mia Hamilton Freedom Prep Academy Dean of Operations
Mike Hammond Kimley-Horn Landscape Architect – Practice Leader
Melody Holt International Paper HR Specialist
Bianca Jackson Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp. Community Outreach Specialist/Research Program Coordinator
Laquita Johnson Grizzlies Prep Charter School Student Affairs Coordinator
Nate Jones Crestcore Realty Financial Operations Manager
Gracie Leathers American Residential Services Marketing Specialist
Devin Marmon Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Financial Counselor
Bethany McRae ServiceMaster Email Marketing Consultant
McKenzie Nash International Paper Human Resources Generalist
Danae Pacileo ALSAC/ St. Jude Agile Delivery Manager
Angela Paige Baptist Memorial Health Care Project Manager Technical
Luka Perkovic Union University Director of Marketing
Taylor Perry Raymond James Financial Advisor
Toby Omli Barnhart Crane Project Engineer
Rodrick L. Selmon STF Financial Financial Services Advisor
Marisa Simonetti Guidingpoint Financial Group Financial Advisor
Amy Strickland Apperson Crump PLC Associate
Cathryn Tagle Amazon Area Manager
Jermaine Taylor Medtronic IT Analyst
Carol Matthews Smith
Jordana Walls-Smith Pfizer Inc Accountant
Randall Weatherall CrestCore Realty Brokerage Operations Supervisor
Amanda Wiig Make-A-Wish Mid-South Director of Marketing and Communications
Ashlei Williams GJC Publicity LLC President
Dwayne Woods Gant Systems Infrastructure Sales Engineer
Daniel Wynn Clay & Land Insurance Account Executive / Producer

NEXUS MENTORS
Lynn Ballinger Ballinger Executive Coaching Executive Coach
Teresa Blanton Medtronic, Inc. Business Process Analyst
Albert Carruthers Memphis Net & Twine Co., Inc. President
Kim Cherry Cherry and Company Public Relations CEO
Mia Condon First Tennessee Capital Assets Corp. Vice President
Hayley Daniel ALSAC/St. Jude Sr. Director, Direct Response Marketing
Orin Davidson Retired Physician
Ottie Dixon Consultant
Amy Beth Dudley Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Donor Services Officer
Rebecca Dupuy International Paper Manager, Global Sourcing Consultant
Carlo Foster C. Foster Construction Company, Inc. President
Eleanor French International Paper Director, Strategy & Finance
Ed Garrison International Paper Director, Leadership Development
Carol Gaudino Momentum Nonprofit Partners Director of Network Engagement & Leadership
Annette Hawkins International Paper HR Manager
Adella Heard First Tennessee Bank Legal Counsel
Deborah Harrison Project Management
Art Heun Retired Law Enforcement Executive
Bliss Hicky Retired Banker /Farm Management
Lionel Hollins I Train Fundamentals & Lionel Hollins Charities CEO & Founder
Teresa Jenkins St. Mary’s Episcopal School Learning Specialist/Diversity & Inclusion Coord.
Stephen Kelley Southern Towing Company, LLC CFO
Drayton Mayers TeamLogic IT President & Owner
Tarrin McGhee Pique Public Relations Principal
Kevin Nowlin Chief Thinking Officer Ah Ha Creations
Randy Odom President /CEO Memphis Athletic Ministries
Larry Papasan Smith & Nephew Retired President
Billie Jo Parker Renasant Bank Managing Director, Private Client
Lesley Patel ALSAC/ St. Jude Director, Marketing Operations
Don Riley Discipling Men, Inc. Executive Director & Founder
Lisa B. Smith Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Senior Organizational Development Consultant
Sally Summerlin Summerlin & Associates, LLC Owner & Real Estate
Kent Walker VP, Innovation & Customer Technical Service International Paper
Katie West Consultant, Learning & Organizational Development
Lewis Williamson Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor
Bob Willumsen Potential 2 Results, LLC President
Kem Wilson Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal
Courtney Winter International Paper Manager, Leadership Development

Announcements

  • NEXUS volunteers with Advance Memphis

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 volunteered at the Advance Memphis warehouse. Volunteers helped paint, organize, and clean the warehouse to help maximize their daily operations. Read More
  • Susan Stephenson Impacts NEXUS Class of 2021

    Susan Stephenson, co-Founder, co-Chairman and President of Independent Bank spoke at the NEXUS February Session. Susan spoke in-person and via live-stream on the topic of “Communicating as a Leader” and impacted members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 with her message. It was an honor to have Susan back as a NEXUS Speaker. Read More
  • NEXUS Alum and AutoZone Leader Preston Frazer Spoke in January

    NEXUS Alumni Preston Frazer, Sr. Vice President, Store Operations, Customer Satisfaction at AutoZone share with the NEXUS Class of 2021 at the January Virtual Session. Preston spoke on being a leader and making ethical and wise decisions. He shared the principles that drive him as a leader and challenged everyone to, “Figure out where your passions line up with a need to make an impact.” Read More
  • Cindy Brewer Shared at the December Session

    “An effective leader responds to change and has a direct impact on the team and business.” – Cindy Brewer Cindy Brewer, Co-Founder and Principal of Leo Events spoke at the NEXUS Class of 2021 December Session via Zoom on December 3. Cindy spoke on the timely topic of “Leading Through Change”. Being in the event industry, Cindy shared several examples how she has led through change this past year. She... Read More
  • Sandy Willson Returned to NEXUS

    Sandy Willson spoke at the NEXUS Class of 2021 Session on November 5. It was an honor to have Sandy back. NEXUS was Sandy’s vision and he co-founded the program in 2003. He led the organization as Board Chairman for many years prior to retiring. Sandy is Pastor Emeritus at Second Presbyterian Church and currently serves Grace Presbyterian in Peoria, Illinois as Interim Senior Pastor. He spoke on Building Yourself... Read More
  • NEXUS has a Candid Conversation About D&I in Memphis

    In October, the NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted a panel of Memphis leaders that had a candid conversation about “Diversity and Inclusion in Memphis”. The Panelist included Corbin Carpenter, Owner & Managing Member, Carpenter Law; Leslie Coleman, Global Director, Diversity and Inclusion, International Paper; Terri Lee Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum, George Robertson, Senior Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church and Jose Velasquez, Co-Founder and Managing Member at... Read More
  • Know Memphis to Lead Memphis

    The NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted the first, successful, in-person, session on September 10 with speakers James Armfield, New Memphis and NEXUS CONNECT & Larry Jensen, Chairman of Commercial Advisors, LLC. sharing on the topic of “MEMPHIS”. NEXUS begins each class with this informative presentation which gives leaders a better understanding about Memphis, our history, and our future. We believe that you must know our city to effectively lead our... Read More
  • Statement from NEXUS about COVID-19

    The health and safety for members of the NEXUS Network is the utmost importance to NEXUS. With the COVID-19 pandemic and with regards to the CDC’s recent recommendations, NEXUS has reshaped how events may look. I encourage you to reach out to your NEXUS Network during this uncertain time. NEXUS would like to thank the first responders, delivery drivers, grocery store workers and all of those who have led and... Read More
  • NEXUS Shares About Mentoring

    NEXUS Board Chairman and NEXUS Mentor Bathsheba Sams and NEXUS Protege, Class of 2017 Brooke Jones recently participated on a panel facilitated by Heather Hunt, NEXUS Director on Mentoring and the Mentor/Protege Relationship at the Junior League of Memphis Women’s Summit. Read More
  • NEXUS Featured in the Commercial Appeal’s Giving Back Column

    Special thanks to cityCurrent for featuring NEXUS in the Commercial Appeal’s Giving Back Column. To read more CLICK HERE. Read More

Upcoming Events

March 4, 2021 - March 4, 2021
Bobby White to Speak in March to NEXUS Class of 2021

Bobby White, Chief Public Policy Officer at the Greater Memphis Chamber will speak at the NEXUS Class of 2021 March 4

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February 18, 2021 - February 18, 2021
Rescheduled – “Hustlenomic$ 101” Workshop by Ephie Johnson

This event has been rescheduled due to weather. We look forward to announcing a new date for the workshop titled

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Testimonials

  • Hanna Oysel, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, Adams Keegan, Inc., Client Service Manager

  • Warren Ramson, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, Absolute Storage Management, Inc., Property Account

  • Caroline Keubler, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2020, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, Director of Development

  • Quentin Hendree, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Account Representative, Strategic Partnerships

  • Mary Whitehorn, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, International Paper, Senior Human Resources Generalist

  • Charles A. Cook, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, Primerica Inc, Regional Leader

  • Reid Cates, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, AutoZone, Senior Category Manager-Customer Satisfaction

  • Jessica Cowan, M.Ed, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, New Memphis, Manager of Collegiate Engagement

  • Jillian Hunt, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2020, , First Horizon National Corporation, Risk Compliance Officer

  • Taylor Cao, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2002, St. George’s Independent School, Classroom Instructor