The $$Memphis Campus welcomed members of the Mid-South business and civic community to a unique event that showcased both their newly-constructed campus and their outstanding students on Friday evening, January 25.
Modeled after business department chair Patrenna Singletary’s business mixers, the event honored local leaders while offering students an opportunity to network with movers and shakers within the community. On this occasion, the event also offered the community its first glimpse of the new $5 million campus building, where classes have now been underway for several weeks.
Honorees at the event included the following individuals:
- Tenn State Representative G. A. Hardaway, District 93
Don Hutson, New York Times Best Selling Author of
The One Minute Negotiator
- Darrell Cobbins, President of Universal Commercial Real Estate
- Dean Deyo, President of the Memphis Music Foundation
- Bernal Smith, Publisher of the Tri State Defender Newspaper
- William Welborn, Editor of the Memphis Business Journal Newspaper
- Roby Williams, President of the Black Business Association
- Ed Horrell, Best Selling Author of The Kindness Revolution
Jerome Robinson, Publisher of JustMyMemphis,
Nashville, & Charlotte
Lisa Taylor, Executive Director of the Special Olympics
of Greater Memphis
- Myron Mays, Citadel Radio Personality
Each of the honorees was introduced by a business student at the campus, each of whom read a short biography of the honorees. Student presenters included:
- Raya Banks, business administration—management associate’s degree student
- Tamica Brewer-Fleming, business administration—management associate’s degree student
- Karen Hillard, business administration—management associate’s degree student
- LaTanya Ingram, business administration—management associate’s degree student
- Linda Little, business administration—management associate’s degree student
- Jocelyn Miller, business administration—management associate’s degree student
- Ashley Mims, business administration—management associate’s degree student
- Ricky Young, business administration diploma student
[img]In addition to the awards program, attendees were treated to heavy hors d'oeuvre and a special treat: musical selections by a pair of teenage recording artists. Kayla Padgett performed a stirring rendition of “I Hope You Dance,” while Katie A. Hatcher rendered a perfect interpretation of “Over the Rainbow.”
Many other individuals and organizations contributed to the event, including:
- Andre Harrell, AH2 and Beyond
- Meredith Jones, National College of Business & Technology – Bristol Campus
- Dominick DeLorenzo, Virginia College of Business and Health
- Tennessee Association of Independent Colleges & Schools
- Tennessee Proprietary Business School Association
- The Michael D. Singletary Foundation
- Terri Murphy Communications, Inc.
- U. S. Learning, Inc.
- Felecia Bean Catering
- Laughter Lawyer
- Business Over Coffee International
- Business Over Coffee Nashville Regional
- LRD Administrative Services
The college is grateful for all those in attendance and the many other supporters of this event.
Patrenna Singletary (left) is pictured presenting an award to State Representative G. A. Hardaway. Memphis Business Journal editor Bill Welborn is pictured in the bottom photo as he is recognized by business administration—management student LaTanya Ingram.