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

  • Support NEXUS by June 30

    We hope you will support NEXUS and pass the experience along to future NEXUS Mentors and Protégés. We successfully provided a positive NEXUS experience within a pandemic and look forward to bring back the full experience with the Class of 2022 this fall. NEXUS has now trained over 1000 leaders equipped to lead our city. As our fiscal year ends on JUNE 30, please consider making a gift and encourage... Read More
  • Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2021

    NEXUS successfully provided an engaging and meaningful NEXUS experience this year within a pandemic. The Class of 2021 recently graduate at the NEXUS Graduation in the Garden at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. Special thanks to the mentor and protégé participants for trusting NEXUS; Board members and volunteers for their leadership; and our corporate partners for continuing to fuel our mission! NEXUS has now trained over 1000 leaders equipped and motivated... Read More
  • APPLY for the NEXUS Class of 2022

    We are excited to plan for the Class of 2022 Mentors and Proteges!! Safety for NEXUS participants is our priority! As we plan, we are being intentional and are committed to bringing the NEXUS Class experience back to its fullest. NEXUS continues to search for experienced, proven leaders to duplicate and young, emerging leaders to develop through a mentoring relationship paired with a successful leadership program. Mentor and Protégé applications... Read More
  • NEXUS IN MOTION Event

    The NEXUS Class of 2021 hosted the annual NEXUS IN MOTION event on April 8 at Second Presbyterian Church. strong> NEXUS IN MOTION looked a little different this year due to COVID-19 with speakers rotating through important, timely topics rather than participants rotating from table to table. A special thanks to this year’s speakers Matt Gandy, Assistant System Chief Pilot for FedEx – “Adaptability and Flexibility as a Leader” Brent... Read More
  • Committed NEXUS Board of Directors

    The NEXUS Board of Directors recently hosted their annual Board Retreat. The leaders of NEXUS are more committed than ever. With COVID-19 changing the way NEXUS has looked this past year; Board members discussed and planned for upcoming NEXUS classes. Read More
  • Learning About LinkedIN

    NEXUS recently hosted a Workshop focused on “All Things LinkedIn”. This workshop included how to build your personal brand, networking tips, and we heard how corporations utilize LinkedIn for recruiting. We are that Gracie Leathers, Senior Executive Assistant at Mahaffey USA; Tracie Montgomery, Division Lead, Talent Partner, Talent Acquisition and Talent Advancement, US Electrification Business ABB, Inc; and Kerra Saine, Business Talent Partner, US Supply Chain and Procurement for Smith... Read More
  • NEXUS Class of 2021 Welcomes Bobby White

    Bobby White, Chief Public Policy Officer at the Greater Memphis Chamber spoke at the NEXUS Class of 2021 March 4 session. Mr. White shared about how to plan for the unplanned as we have all experienced this past year. He shared on the topic of “Planning as a Leader”. Read More
  • 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

Upcoming Events

May 1, 2021 - June 10, 2021
Apply for NEXUS Class of 2022

As we plan for the Class of 2022, safety for NEXUS participants is our priority.  The NEXUS Board and Program Committee are

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August 21, 2021 - August 21, 2021
Orientation for the NEXUS Class of 2021

The NEXUS Class of 2022 will kick-off their NEXUS Experience with a full day Orientation event.  This event is a highlight

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Testimonials

  • Kem Wilson, Jr. Principal, Kemmons Wilson Companies, NEXUS Mentor & NEXUS Board Member

  • ALANA HU PERKOVIĆ, Regional PR Business Partner, First Horizon Bank, NEXUS Alumni & NEXUS Board Member

  • Levernese Mell, Supply Chain Manager, International Paper, NEXUS Alumni & NEXUS Program Committee Volunteer

  • Lauren Brown, Sr. Liaison, Direct Marketing-Mass Marketing, ALSAC, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • Steve French, Retired, NEXUS Mentor, Class of 2021

  • Ally Velderman, Director of Camps and Programs, Service Over Self, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • Mario Cole, Assistant Project Manager, Nickson General Contractors, NEXUS Protégé, Class of 2021

  • 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