Santi Tefel, assistant vice president and private banker for Avenue Bank, and member of YLC Class 54, has been named the 2012 Young Leader of the Year by the Young Leaders Council (YLC), a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that has trained more than 2,000 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies. The Young Leader of the Year award is presented annually to a graduate of the YLC training program from the past 27 years who has made significant contributions to the fulfillment of the YLC mission, as well as demonstrated a commitment to ongoing community service and board leadership to local nonprofit organizations.
Tefel serves on the board of directors for YLC as development chair, and has been instrumental in organizing the philanthropic efforts for YLC and assisting in the placement of current class members with local nonprofits to serve their internships. He serves on the Young Leaders Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, is a member of the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean to the Metro Nashville Arts Commission as a City Commissioner in 2012.
Shortly after moving to Nashville five years ago, Tefel became involved in several organizations as a volunteer, fundraiser and donor. While serving on the board of directors for Family and Children’s Service in 2008, he helped lead a committee that created ‘The Horizon Society,’ a group of young professionals supporting the organization through contributions and volunteer efforts. He has served on the organizational committee for the Music City Tennis Invitational benefiting the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for the past four years, which was named the best Tennis Charity Tournament of the South by the United States Tennis Association in 2008. In 2009, Tefel was selected for the inaugural group of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 and currently serves as its chair of alumni relations. He was recognized as a finalist for the 2011 Nashville Emerging Leaders (NELAs) awards through the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville.
An artist in his free time, his contemporary paintings were recognized for four consecutive years in the Arts and Business Council’s ArtWorks event as ‘Most Creative’ and ‘People’s Choice Award.’ He is one of the founding members of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville Ambassadors.
Born in Mexico City and raised in Miami, Tefel graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama with two degrees in Economics and Finance in 2007.
Young Leaders Council was created in 1985 to address the need to broaden and strengthen Nashville’s volunteer leadership base. Its mission is to train diverse and committed individuals to effectively participate on the boards of non-profit organizations. To date, more than 2,000 graduates of the training program have served on the boards of more than 150 nonprofit agencies.