The Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Announce the 2019 Finalists

May 21, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 15, 2019) – The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville today announced the 2019 finalists for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELA).

NELA, an initiative of the Nashville Chamber, recognizes Middle Tennessee’s young professionals (YP) under the age of 40 for significant accomplishments in their chosen career field as well as their commitment and contribution to the community.

“Nashville is fortunate to have talented young professionals who play a vital role in the continued prosperity of our city,” said Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ralph Schulz. “The Nashville Chamber and YP Nashville are committed to empowering the next generation of leaders and these young professionals recognized today possess strong leadership and a proven commitment to our community which deserves to be recognized.”

The annual NELA ceremony will recognize five finalists in 14 industry classifications: Architecture, Engineering and Construction; Arts, Entertainment and Music Business; Business Services; Community Service and Nonprofit; Education; Financial Services; Government and Public Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Resources; Legal Services; Medical and Health Care Services; Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing; Real Estate Services; and Technology.

Committees comprised of a diverse group of proven community leaders and experts within each industry selected the finalists based on each applicant’s answers to essay questions, level of professional achievement, demonstrated leadership and community impact.

NELA winners will be announced during the 13th annual NELA Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 at Lipscomb University. After the ceremony, a celebration will take place at Analog in the Hutton Hotel.

YP Nashville is presented by Lipscomb University’s Pfeffer Graduate School of Business. The awards are sponsored by Atiba, Bradley, Lightning 100 and Nashville Post.

Visit for more information and to register for the NELA events.


2019 Nashville Emerging Leader Award Finalists

Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Rachel R Gresham, AIA, WELL AP, CDT; TMPartners, Project Architect

Tiffany King; Skanska USA Building, Senior Project Manager

Rebecca Ozols; Bell & Associates, Business Development Manager

Joshua Passantino; Vanderbilt University, Graduate Student

Shikhar Shukla; Skanska USA Building Inc., Project Engineer


Arts, Entertainment and Music Business

Jeremy Bradford; Universal Music Group Nashville, Finance

Adrien Good; Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc., Associate Business Manager

Daniel Killian; Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc., Account Manager

Erica Rosa; Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc., Royalty Manager

Harriet Wallace; WZTV FOX17 News, Reporter/Host


Business Services

Paige Bigham; Ankura, Director

Amanda Blanck; Deviate, Managing Partner

Alicia Hudson; Ankura, Director

Amber Hurdle; Amber Hurdle Consulting, Keynote Speaker, Author, Certified Talent Optimization Consultant

Terry Vo; Comcast, External Affairs Specialist


Community Service and Nonprofit

Charmin A. Bates; Vanderbilt University, Event Planner

Shan Foster; YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee, VP External Affairs & AMEND Together

Lindsey Harris; Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, Co-Executive Director

Nora Kern; Walk Bike Nashville, Executive Director

Emerald Mitchell; Moves & Grooves Inc., Founder/ Executive Director



Tisha Brown-Gaines; Belmont University, Asst. Professor of Computer Science

Laura Delgado; Lipscomb University, Program Director, Pionero Scholars

Matia Powell; Alignment Nashville, Vice President of Community Engagement

Dr. Carjamin Scott; Vanderbilt University, Associate Director of Admissions Operations

Jackson Sprayberry; Valor College Prep, Founding Head of School


Financial Services

Sydney Ball; First Citizens National Bank, Regional Business Development Manager

Brennan H. N. McMurry, UBS Business Solutions Center, Associate Director/Manager; Broker Dealer Regulatory Reporting

Erica Saeger; Crosslin, Audit Principal

David Wells; Woodmont Investment Counsel, Principal and Portfolio Manager

Blake Wilson, TMA Medical Banking, a division of INSBANK, Division Head / First Vice President


Government and Public Affairs

Clay Banks; State of Tennessee, Regional Director

Amanda Clelland; WeGo Public Transit, Public Information Officer

Andy Kidd, State of Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Director of Business Operations

Ashley Northington; DENOR Brands + Public Relations, Agency Director and Founder

Alexa Voytek; Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Energy Consultant / Senior Program Manager


Hospitality and Tourism

Matt Boeshore; Credit Union Travel, CEO

Taylor Guardino; Noelle, Catering Sales Manager

Brittney Harrison; Frothy Monkey, Director of Hospitality + GM Development

Ryan Joseph Lynch; STR, Business Development Executive

Shannen Stewart; Heels & Handshakes, LLC, Founder/ President


Human Resources

Kyle Allen; Vaco Nashville, Managing Partner

Leah Hayes; Her Story of Success, Co-Founder, CEO

Paula Murray; Frost-Arnett, Director of Human Resources

Katie Schram; Agility Consulting Group, LLC, Strategic HR Advisor

Jade Taylor; Compassus, Senior Human Resources Generalist


Legal Services

Alé Dalton; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Attorney

Claire Cowart Haltom; Baker Donelson, Shareholder

Martesha Johnson; Nashville Defender's Office, Chief Public Defender

Lauren Spahn; Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, Attorney

Gulam Zade; LOGICFORCE, Partner & General Counsel


Medical and Health Care Services

Drake Dudley; First Impressions Dentistry and Nashville Smiles UP Dentistry, Dentist

Robert Garnett; Amerigroup Tennessee, an Anthem Company, President

Monica Greene; naviHealth, Manager Enterprise Operations Technical Delivery & Optimization

Jordan Kendig; HCA Healthcare, Program Director, Patient Experience

Enderson Miranda; OnSomble, CEO


Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing

Kristin Appelman; Concept Technology Inc., Marketing Manager

Anna-Vija McClain; Piccolo Marketing, Founder/CEO

Mary Ruth Raphael; MP&F Strategic Communications, Vice President

Paige Reese; FlyteVu, Operations

Alexandra Sollberger; Stones River Group, Principal and Director of Public Relations


Real Estate Services

Kelli Bjork; Accelerate Realty Group, Affiliate Broker

Tyler Cauble; The Cauble Group, President

Tyler Graham; VILLAGE, Managing Broker

Edward Henley III; Pillars Development, Principal & Project Executive

Matthew Pierce; Anchor Investments, Director of Acquisitions



Taylor Constantine; AudiencePoint, Director of Sales and Strategic Partnerships

Drew Hendrickson; LMBC, Partner

Rainu Ittycheriah; Eventbrite, Software Engineer II

Ashley Larcinese; Data Blue, Enterprise Account Executive

Brooke Scott; Caterpillar Financial, Digital Technology Manager


Headshots of the finalists are available upon request.


About YP Nashville

YP Nashville is an initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and more than 50 young professional organizations working to engage, connect and empower young professionals to actively shape the future of the Nashville region. For more information, visit


About Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Partnership 2020

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 member companies. Belong, engage, lead, prosper embodies the Chamber's focus on creating economic prosperity by facilitating community leadership. Established in 1990 as an economic development and community enhancement initiative of the Chamber, Partnership 2020 is a regional cooperative dedicated to making Middle Tennessee among the nation’s best places to live, work and do business. Partnership 2020 is supported by a diverse group of public and private companies as well as governmental agencies from the organization’s 10-county service area. The work of the Chamber is supported by its members, Partnership 2020 investors and sponsors; the Chamber’s Pivotal Partners (a partnership at the highest level for all Chamber programs and events) are Delek US Holdings, Bass, Berry & Sims, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, Gresham Smith and Regions. For more information, visit

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