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<br />TSD to honor Men Of Excellence on Sept. 30

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 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.”

The honorees will be profiled in a commemorative tabloid to run in the September 29 edition of the Tri-State Defender. Sponsorships, congratulatory ads and messages as well tickets and tables for the event are available.  For more information, call the Tri-State Defender office at 901-523-1818 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“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


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0 #13 Acitizenofmemphis 2014-06-23 15:06
[quote name="Acitizeno fmemphis"]some of this stuff is very over rated! he did loose site of something very valuable and important that for stood him and the Memphis Police Department Camp under thicker circumstances them some of their own while fighting for herself independently!. many of us did not know but have come to know and love as a friend the beautiful lady in all the comments below! a 2012 women of excellence...WO RD
0 #12 Acitizenofmemphis 2014-06-23 14:43
some of this stuff is very over rated! especially in reference to Lt Robert L McIntyre Jr of The Memphis Police Department: Why? he did lost site of something very valuable and important and stood for his Memphis Police Department Camp under thicker circumstances them some of their own while fighting for their life independently!. .. WORD
0 #11 Cynthia G.E. Stewart 2014-04-23 11:18
Correction: Since the web master will not remove the post; this is a corrrection to the recipient: Lt Robert L McIntyre, Jr of the Memphis Police Dept. upon time of this award; being listed as a Lieutenant within one of the departmental divisons of the Memphis Police Department; Lt. McIntyre, Jr. deemed derserving of this award; why? as a Police employee in any capacity underneath Administration; there are many good deeds that go undiscovered and unrecognized.
0 #10 forgotten friend 2014-03-06 19:32
To: Lt Colonel Robert L McIntyre Jr of The Memphis Police Department .. "Greatness is measured by not losing site of the need to be a friend from the heart and mind, and staying unconditional through the challenges that test who you are and whose you are" March 6th, 2014
-1 #9 CGES 2014-01-12 14:20
Jokes! jokes! & More Joke
0 #8 Unknown 2014-01-11 15:34
""People change for two reasons, Either they learned a lot or they've been hurt too much": then there are some that never change at all.. maybe that comes from the type of occupation they have chosen for a career ... "The Loss of site to be a true friend"
-1 #7 Cynthia G E Stewart 2013-11-27 20:14
To The Web Master for the Tri State Defender Site: Please!

remove all post from the site! Thank you very much!

From the orginal Cynthia G E Stewart.

November 27th, 2013: 8:10pm central time in Memphis

-2 #6 Unknown 2013-11-03 08:05
Location Memphis, TN
Correction-Revi sed 08202013

To: Lt. Robert L McIntyre Jr of The Memphis Police Dept. from your friend Cynthia G.E. Stewart Mother of De`Anna A Stewart

Lt. Colonel Robert L McIntyre Jr of The Memphis Police Dept
-2 #5 Cynthia G E Stewart 2013-10-03 21:24
web master ! please! remove these post .. in the comment section Thank You!..10-03/201 3
-2 #4 Cynthia G. Stewart 2013-08-20 19:01
[quote name="Cynthia G. Stewart"][quote name="Cynthia G. Stewart"]06/01/ 2013: Location Memphis, TN

Correction Revised 08202013

To: (Robert L McIntyre Jr of The Memphis Police Dept.)
from (Cynthia G.E. Stewart) mother of (De`Anna A. Stewart)( "OUR"daugther; Robert L McIntye Jr of The Memphis Police Dept & Cynthia G E Stewart)

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