Congratulating Our 2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Award Finalists

Guest post by Stephanie Winn, manager of talent attraction and retention, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Today, we are pleased to announce the finalists for our ninth annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs). We created the NELAs to celebrate the many accomplishments of young professionals in Middle Tennessee, who are not only a significant part of our workforce, but who also contribute their time and talents to improving our community through their volunteer efforts.

Each year, we see not only growth in number of applicants, but an increase in levels of talent and commitment to making our region a better place. Our applicant pool was incredibly competitive, and these finalists withstood the judging process.

Architecture, Engineering & Construction
William Radford, Lend Lease
Kristi Schnell, Gresham, Smith and Partners
Brittany L. Shepherd, Turner Construction Company
Ashley T. Smith, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
Britnie Turner, Aerial Development Group

Arts, Entertainment & Music Business

Marcia Masulla, 12th & Broad - A Gannett Media Company
Amanda Mazzo, Mazzo Media
Brian O'Neil, Iconic Entertainment
Ryan Rowland, Country Music Television
Laura Williams, Regions Bank

Business Services
Matt Boeshore, eVolve Benefits
Klay Lesko, Averitt Express
Brian Lord, Premiere Speakers Bureau
Jasmine Quattlebaum, Nashville Convention Center Authority
Dan Stephenson, Dan's Gourmet Mac & Cheese

Community Service & Nonprofit
Johnathan Adair, The Mental Health Initiative
Corinne Bergeron, Jackson National Life Insurance Company
Meagan Flippin, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties
Ashford Hughes, Southeast Laborers' District Council
Katherine Pace Snyder, Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

Environment & Sustainability
Janey Camp, Vanderbilt University
Matt Genova, Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc.
Christopher W. Hayes, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP
Jenny L. Howard, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Michelle B. Walker, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

Financial Services
John Byers, Aon
Jeremy Davis, The Bank of Nashville
Aaron Dorn, Avenue Bank
Nancy Mullen, KraftCPAs
Chris Robinette, Capital Financial Group/Mass Mutual

Government & Public Affairs
Jessica Gibson, Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Erin S. Holt, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
Lonnell Matthews, Jr. , Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County
Anna M. Richardson, McMahan Winstead, LLC
Michael Sullivan, Tennessee Republican Party

Hospitality & Tourism
Staci Bockman, 312 Pizza Company and Tempur Chocolate Shoppe
Claire M. Crowell, A. Marshall Family Foods
Kellie Keyes, Omni Hotels & Resorts
Erica Rains, The Chef and I, LLC
Sarah Vickery, Wildhorse Saloon

Human Resources
Meg Harris, UBS Business Solutions Center - Nashville
Heather Neisen, TechnologyAdvice
Kaylee Osland, Vaco Nashville, LLC
Jaclyn Pritchett, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Jessica L. Utley, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC

Legal Services
Sarah Hannah, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Gabe Roberts, Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance and Administration
Joycelyn Stevenson, Littler Mendelson, PC
Casey Gill Summar, Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
Todd A. Tressler, II, Tressler & Associates, PLLC

Medical & Health Care Services
Zach Evans, HCA/TriStar Centennial Medical Center
W.K. Cash Forshee, Lucro
Elliott Holt, MediCopy Services
Reggie Ramsey, Healthways
Mark Silvestro, Foundations Recovery Network

Public Relations, Advertising & Marketing
Cara Jackson, IASIS Healthcare
Michelle Lacewell, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Leigh Lindsay, McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations
Jennifer Renshaw, Quorum Health Resources
Emily Baker Richard, Bridgestone Americas

Real Estate Services
Josh Anderson, The Anderson Group Real Estate - Keller Williams
Christie Bradley, The Wilson Group
Adria DeLaune, JPS Realty Partners
Grant Hammond, Metropolitan Brokers, LLC
Frank Thomasson, DTZ

Rob Bellenfant, TechnologyAdvice
Eric Bero, Peak 10
Jessica Osaki, Blackbaud, Inc.
Annakate Tefft Ross, McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations
Courtney H. Smith, ForceX, Inc.

We invite you to meet these finalists and congratulate them in person at our networking event on Wednesday, June 24. Also, make plans to join us Thursday, July 30, for the NELAs ceremony, where we will announce the winners of this prestigious award. Register today for these two exciting events.

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