Meet the 2018 NELAs finalists

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville are proud to announce the 2018 finalists for the 12th Annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs). The NELAs program is designed to recognize Middle Tennessee’s young professionals (YPs) under the age of 40 for significant accomplishments in their chosen field, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community. A reception for the NELAs finalists will be held Thursday, June 21 at 12th & Porter, and each of the finalists will be honored at the NELAs ceremony on Thursday, July 26 at Lipscomb University.

Congratulations to the finalists!

Architecture, Engineering and Construction 

  • Susannah Medley, TTL, Inc. 
  • Tiffany King, Skanska 
  • Shikhar Shukla, Skanska 
  • Brittany Tomlinson, FedEx Supply Chain 
  • Dr. Karl Zelik, Vanderbilt University

Arts, Entertainment and Music Business 

  • Erin O. Anderson, Olivia Management 
  • Nic Dugger, TNDV: Television 
  • Daniel Killian, FBMM 
  • Steven C. Knapp, knapptimecreative 
  • Liz Rogers, Anacrusis

Business Services 

  • Rebekah Carroll, Ankura 
  • Matt Dolson, InfoWorks, Inc. 
  • Phillip Langford, Propak Corporation 
  • Senton Pojani, Aon PLC 
  • Terry Vo, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.

Community Service and Nonprofit 

  • Courtney Aldrich, Project Transformation Tennessee 
  • Susannah Berry, Jackson National Life Insurance Company 
  • Adam Buzard, CASA Nashville 
  • Rikki Harris, Tennessee Voices for Children 
  • Shannon Lapsley, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


  • Dr. Diarese George, Nashville Teacher Residency 
  • Mariana Merritt, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools 
  • Dr. Lakisha Simmons, Belmont University 
  • Dr. Tameka Winston, Tennessee State University 
  • Dr. De'Etra Young, Tennessee State University 

Environment and Sustainability

  • Alisha Eley, Kimley-Horn 
  • Alice Hudson Pell, Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation 
  • Rod McDaniel, S3 Recycling Solutions 
  • Leah Sherry, Turnip Green Creative Reuse 
  • Jennifer Westerholm, Metropolitan Nashville Government

Financial Services 

  • Josh Brummett, LBMC, PC 
  • Joshua Livingston, Hancock Whitney Bank 
  • John Markham, CapStar Bank 
  • Abby Spaulding, Continuum Planning Partners 
  • David C. Wells, Jr., Woodmont Investment Counsel

Government and Public Affairs 

  • Adam Jarvis, State of Tennessee, Customer Focused Government, Office of the Governor 
  • Andy Kidd, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration 
  • Ann Thompson, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development 
  • Bishakha Van Voris, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration 
  • Laura Williams, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Hospitality and Tourism 

  • Staci Bockman, 312 Pizza Company and Tempered Cafe and Chocolate 
  • Matt Boeshore, Credit Union Travel Club 
  • Jacquelyn Myers, Dream Events and Catering 
  • Ilex Pounders, High Note Gifts 
  • Nekasha Pratt, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Human Resources 

  • Abigail Cole, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center 
  • Jovonna Palmer, CMT/Viacom Media Networks 
  • Jade Sampson, AMSURG 
  • Shayleen Stuto, TechnologyAdvice 
  • Jade Wilkerson, Compassus

Legal Services 

  • Kristi W. Arth, Bradley 
  • Lauren Curry, Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC 
  • Mary Lauren Teague, Loeb & Loeb LLP 
  • David Wicker, Stites & Harbison, PLLC 
  • Gulam Zade, LOGICFORCE

Medical and Health Care Services 

  • Randi Davis Yontz, Ascent Audiology and Hearing 
  • Caleb Hemmer, eviCore Healthcare 
  • Elliott Noble-Holt, MediCopy Services, Inc. 
  • Dr. Gerald Onuoha, Meharry Medical College 
  • Tom Waddell, Premise Health

Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing 

  • Phil Cobucci, BAM! Social Business 
  • Hope Cooper Buckner, Belmont University
  • Libby Funke Luff, Nossi College of Art 
  • Jennifer Oldham, The Healing Trust 
  • Lauren Reed, Reed Public Relations

Real Estate Services 

  • Tyler Cauble, The Cauble Group 
  • Byran Fort, Eakin Partners, LLC 
  • Tyler Graham, Bradford Real Estate 
  • Madison White, Parks 
  • DJ Wootson, Titus Young Real Estate


  • Drew Hendrickson, LBMC 
  • Ashley Larcinese, Data Blue 
  • Chris Redhage, ProviderTrust 
  • Ashley Reed, ServiceSource 
  • TaNisha Smith, Philips Global Business Services

2018 Impact Award Recipient 

Bob Martineau, President, LHP Management at LHP Capital, LLC

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