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TSD debuts 2013 Men of Excellence honorees

MOE-LOGO-600Strategic 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



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