NewsTri-State Defender will host its 3rd Annual Men of Excellence Reception and Awards Dinner on Friday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at The Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The Tri-State Defender will host its 3rd Annual Men of Excellence Reception and Awards Dinner on Friday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at The Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.
The awards celebrate African-American men who motivate and inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements and participation in community service.
“The Men of Excellence Awards give us the opportunity to recognize those in our community who are doing great things but often go unnoticed,” said Bernal E. Smith II, President and Publisher of the Tri-State Defender. “We are very proud to be able to bring those individuals to the forefront and celebrate their achievements and contributions to making Memphis a better place to live for all.”
“This distinguished group of men whom we are honoring deserve to be supported and celebrated by both Corporate Memphis and the general community alike, if only to encourage the next generation of leaders to walk in their path,” said Smith. “This is an event that shouldn’t be missed!”
As with the TSD’s annual Women of Excellence awards, each Men of Excellence honoree is selected based upon specific criteria. Each of this year’s honorees were nominated and subsequently chosen based upon the following: African-American male executive, business owner or community leader, proven success within his profession/industry, positive role model whose contributions encourage others, and is active in community service or organizational involvement. Deadline for the 2011 nominations was Sept. 2.
A true Memphis institution, the Tri-State Defender is located at 203 Beale Street, Suite 200 in downtown Memphis. It is one of five newspapers owned by Real Times Media, whose newspaper group also includes the Michigan Chronicle, Michigan FrontPage, New Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender. Collectively, Real Times Inc. is the nation’s largest African-American owned and operated newspaper group. As an organization, Real Times Inc. is dedicated to sustaining its presence as the leading source of African-American related news, entertainment and lifestyle information and marketing services.
(Approaching its 60th anniversary, the Tri-State Defender is one of the longest continuously published, African-American newspapers in the South. Through a combination of its print newspaper, website, digital publication and social media pages, the TSD reaches over 30,000 readers each week. The mission of the Tri-State Defender is to be the primary voice of the African-American community and the primary vehicle for reaching African Americans in the Greater Memphis market, through dynamic print publications and online digital portals.)
TSD 2011 Men of Excellence:
Otis Anderson, Child Adolescent Psychiatrist – Community Mental Health
Ekundayo Bandele, Founder & Artistic Director – Hattiloo Theatre
Lee A. Bean, Owner, President – Bean & Prince Contractors, Inc.
Steven Becton, Senior Associate for UEOI – Facing History and Ourselves
Stanley J. Blue, Financial Services Rep – MetLife
Jimmy Boone, Owner – Boone’s Security
Al Bright, Partner – Butler Snow PLLC
Willie Brooks Jr., Human Resource Advisor – FedEx
Marlon Phoenix, Owner/President – Royal Phoenix Development
Charlie Caswell, Executive Director – Rangeline CD
Bennie Cobb, Captain – Shelby County Sheriff Office
Larry Colbert, President – Junior Achievement of Memphis & Mid-South
Donald Comer, Director, Distributed Access Marketing – FedEx Services
Reginald Coopwood, MD, President/CEO – Regional Medical Center at Memphis
Tyrone P. Easley, Photographer – The Photo Group
Sylvester Ford Sr., Instructor/Basketball Coach – Memphis City Schools
Dave “Smokey” Gaines, Athletic Director MIAA – Memphis City Schools
Andre Gibson, Systems Integrated Administrator – Buckman Inc.
Winston S. Gipson, President & CEO – Gipson Mechanical Contractors
Nyrone Hawkins, Executive Director – The First Tee of Memphis
Reginald Johnson, Executive Director – Boys Inc.
Vincent B. Lee, President & CEO – ServiceMaster Clean
Terence Lewis, President/CEO – Trust One Bank
Lt. Robert McIntyre Jr., Police Officer – Memphis Police Department
Calvin Miller, Owner – Calvin Miller Videos
Marvell Mitchell, Managing Partner – Mitchell Technology Group, LLC
Tarrik Moore, Owner – U Dig Dance Academy
Dr. Albert W. Morris, Radiologist – Veterans Administration
Wendell J. Naylor, Area Market Manager – M. J. Edwards Funeral Home, Inc.
Patrick Neely, Co-Owner/Operator – Neely’s Barbecue
Victor Odeigah, Division Manager – Mapco
Clay Perry, Deputy Administration – Shelby County Board of Commissions
Walter Person, Senior Vice President – First Horizon National Corp.
Laurence Plummer Sr., Principal – Plummer Financial Services, LLC
Leviticus Pointer, Principal – Memphis City Schools
Kelly D. Price, CEO – Networking in Memphis
R. Bud Reese, CEO – Case Management Inc
James D. Robinson, CEO – Metamorphoses Inc.
Odell Sanders, CEO – Sanders Catering, Inc.
Sam Smith, CEO/Videographer – Sam’s Video Productions
Robert Spencer, Esq., Attorney at Law – SpenceWalk, PLLC
Herman Strickland, Senior Vice President Credit Admin – First Horizon National Corp.
Dr. Marrio Thomas, D.D.S., Dentist – Gentle Dental, PLLC
Trevor K. Thompson, Founder & CEO- The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee
George Tillman, Producer/Director/Writer – Cinematic Arts
Terence Tunstall, Project Engineer – FedEx
Dr. Floyd Tyler Jr., President – Preserver Partners
Tony B. Wade, Pastor/Founder/President – Divine Life Church
Dr. Johnnie B. Watson, President – The Lemoyne-Owen College
Bobby L. White Jr., Administrator – Memphis City Schools
Gary Williams, Pastor – Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
Michael Wilson, CPA – Michael Wilson, CPA