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NASHVILLE BUSINESS ALLIANCE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

NASHVILLE BUSINESS ALLIANCE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Nashville Business Alliance Political Action Committee installed 10 new board members and will host its first membership meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Nashville Business Incubation Center.

 

NASHVILLE (March 14, 2019) – The Nashville Business Alliance Political Action Committee is installed 10 new board members on Tuesday. The new board members were installed ahead of its membership meeting, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Nashville Business Incubation Center.

The Nashville Business Alliance Political Action Committee launched on November 1, 2018. The purpose of the organization is to advocate for public policy and private sector support of minority and women-owned companies seeking to do business with government agencies and private businesses. The organization hopes to do this by advocating for the expansion of contracting opportunities and increased procurement dollars spent with these businesses.

A group of prominent business leaders launched the organization last fall. Those businesspeople include: Michael Carter, Co-founder of Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC; Jerry Maynard, Chief Executive Officer of The Maynard Group; Lee Molette of Molette Investment Services; Turner Nashe, Executive Vice President of Global Tel*Link; Harvey Hoskins, Managing Partner of Hoskins and Company PC; and Jacky Akbari, Director of Governmental Relations and Workforce Development of the Nashville Career Advancement Center.

“We are excited to welcome each of our new board members,” Carter said. “Each of our board members will bring fresh energy and a unique perspective, and we could not be more excited about the potential of their collective impact on our mission.”

The new board members are:

Aerial Ellis, author, strategist, and entrepreneur who is Principal of Advisory 83 and a professor at Lipscomb University’s Department of Communication and Journalism.

Chip Forrester, President/CEO at Southern Pharmacy Cooperative and former Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

Marcela Gomez, Founding Partner of The Culture Shift Team, a consulting agency offering services in marketing, public relations, community engagement, customer experience and diversity strategy.

Dimeta Smith Knight, Managing Partner of Smith, Pelmore, and Dobbs, PC. An established entrepreneur, she has nearly 20 years of financial accounting, internal auditing, and financial system consulting experience.

Kristal Knight, Executive Director for Emerge Tennessee, which supports women who wish to run for office.

Pam Martin, President of Cushion Employer Services, a Nashville-based company that specializes in human resources management.

Richard Manson, CEO of SourceMark, a Brentwood-based medical and surgical supply company and the Chairman of Citizens Bank.

Jimmie L. Johnson, Jr., CEO and owner of LANDON DEVELOPMENT GROUP a licensed commercial and residential contractor since 2006.

Mike Shmerling, Chairman of XMi Holdings, Inc., a management and investment holding company, and co-founder and Chairman of Choice Food Group, Inc. a Tennessee-based food manufacturing, distribution and retail company.

Joe Woolley, Chief Executive Officer of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

The PAC will host its first membership meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Nashville Business Incubation Center, located at 1009 3rd Avenue North in Nashville. The public and media are invited to attend to meet the new board members and learn more about how the Nashville Business Alliance will support women and minority business owners.

To learn more about the Nashville Business Alliance Political Action Committee, visit nashvillebusinessalliance.com. For more media inquiries, contact Ashley Northington via e-mail at [email protected]