Class of 2017

MENTORS

Steve Anderson

Raymond JamesFinancial Advisor

Ashli Avis

Make-A-Wish Mid-SouthDirector of Wishes

Sharon Bailey

ServiceMasterManager, Application & Development

Teresa Blanton

Medtronic, IncBusiness Process Analyst

Jason Brock

Wunderman Vice President Digital Operations

Sara Burnett

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Director-Community & Public
Relations

Mia Condon

First Tennessee Capital Assets Corp Vice President

Sarah Cowan

St. George’s Independent School Director of Communications

Amy Beth Dudley

ALSAC / St. Jude
Associate Regional Director

Charles Elliott

National Infrastructure Group Managing Partner

Karen Farrell-Shikuku

FedEx IT Manager

Duncan Galbreath

First Tennessee Bank First VP

Matt Gandy

FedEx Pilot

Ed Garrison

International Paper
Director,Leadership Development

Kevin Gautreaux

FedEx IT Manager

Cecil Godman

Mercury Investment Group Chief Marketing Officer & Partner

Bently Goodwin

MidSouth CEO

Felicia Hartsfield

The Influence1 FoundationChief Operations Officer

Annette Hawkins

Teleflex MedicalHuman Resources Manager

Ron Hickman

Second Presbyterian ChurchMinistry Executive

John Ivy

Frazee Ivy Davis, PLC
CPA, Partner

Rex Jones

Hope Christian Community FoundationPresident and CEO

Mason Kauffman

US BiologicCEO

Caroline Kuebler

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Director of
Development

Paul LeMay

FedEx Director Strategy Planning

Larry Papasan

Smith & Nephew Retired President

Richard Romine

International PaperDirector Global Performance & Development

Bathsheba Sams

International Paper VP of HR Operations

Mary Sexton

United Way of the Mid-South VP of Resource Development

Anthony Smith

FedEx Solutions Principal

Katie West

The Metropolitan Bank Senior Managing Director

Joe Williams

Agape North President

Kem Wilson

Kemmons Wilson Companies Principal

PROTEGES

Patrick Bingham

Crestcore RealtyRealtor

Deidra Brooks

The Memphis LiftChief of Staff

Lee Bobo

ALSAC/St. Jude
Event Specialist

Jeremy Bylo

Lincoln ElectricTechnical Sales Representative

Emily Cates

Kemmons Wilson CompaniesManager
Human Resources

Matthew Cates

Dennis Cates Advertising & GiftsSales Manager

Natalie Chamoun

First Tennessee BankTrust Officer & Portfolio Analyst

Ashley Chism

First Tennessee BankCredit Analyst II

Whitney Clifton

The Metropolitan BankClient Service Advisor

Eric Collison

Kemmons Wilson Insurance GroupVice President

Alton Cryer

STS Enterprise / Orion FCUCo-Founder & Vice President Business Development Officer

Robby Flack

Harvest Church MemphisYoung Adults Director

Carlo Foster

C. Foster Construction Co.President

Chandler Gagnon

Strategic Financial PartnersFinancial Representative

Henry Gordon

First Tennessee BankTrust Officer

Jeff Higdon

Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial AdvisorsSenior Associate

Danielle John

TruGreen CorporateMarketing Consultant

Brooke Jones

FedEx ExpressEngineer

Sara Nelms

ALSAC/St. JudeQA Engineer

Caleb Park

NexTech SolutionsAccount Manager

Betsy Peterson

Shelby Farms Park ConservancyDevelopment Manager

Michael Reynolds

FedEx ServicesMarketing Specialist

Steven Sanders

FedEx ServicesMarketing Specialist

Jordan Saslawsky

The Metropolitan BankMortgage Support Specialist

Grace Simmons

Duncan Williams Asset ManagementExecutive Administrator

Josh Simpson

ServiceMasterManager of Business

Justus Smith

International PaperIT Business Specialist II

Brianna Tidwell

Hilton Worldwide International Tax Analyst

Ben Trombly

CrestCore Realty General Manager

Cody Uzcategul

DeloitteAudit Assistant

LaToya Wharton

ALSACSenior Marketing Liaison

Garner Williams

The Marston Group, PLC Manager

Announcements

  • NEXUS Alum and AutoZone Leader Preston Frazer Share 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
  • NEXUS IN MOTION

    The NEXUS IN MOTION event offered members of the NEXUS Network the opportunity to network, take-aways from table discussions, and to be inspired by a leader like Jennie Robbins, CFO at the Church Health. Ms. Robbins spoke on of the topic of “Dreaming as a Leader”. Special thanks to those table leaders who share about important topics: JAMES ARMFIELD – PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO YOUR TEAM OLIVIA HAMMOND – TRANSITIONING CAREERS... Read More
  • NEXUS Volunteers at the Mid-South Food Bank

    Members of the NEXUS Class of 2021 volunteered at the Mid-South Food Bank. The Mid-South Food Bank is one of three non-profits this year’s class will partner with, others include Streets Ministries and Advance Memphis. NEXUS participants packed 300 boxes of food for families in rural Mississippi. Read More

Upcoming Events

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

Join us on February 18; 5:30-7:30pm for a workshop titled “Hustlenomic$ 101” with Ephie Johnson, CEO, Neighborhood

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February 4, 2021 - February 4, 2021
Susan Stephenson Returns to NEXUS in February

We are very excited to have Susan Stephenson, co-Founder & co-Chairman of Independent Bank back as a NEXUS Speaker. Susan

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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