The Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce welcomed nine new members to its board of directors during its board meeting in February. The new members are Issac Addae, Stephanie Hale, Bill McCleskey, Joshua Mundy, Ashley Northington, Steven Pelmore, Robert Ray, Jr., Emmanuel Reed, and Marcus Whitney. The board provides strategic vision and leadership for carrying out the chamber’s mission to economically empower the Black community through the promotion, education, and advancement of its businesses and their partners, while focusing on the development of business opportunities, alliances, and legislative advocacy in the greater Nashville community.
“We are elated to welcome these new board members and the energy they will all bring to the chamber and its various initiatives,” said Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn Waller. “Each new board member has a unique perspective, and we could not be more excited about the potential of their collective impact on our organization and our membership.”
The new members are:
Isaac Addae, is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business at Tennessee State University who is currently pursuing a PhD in business administration with a concentration in management. His research interests include: entrepreneurship (opportunity recognition, social networks), social enterprises, strategy, international business, and technology management.
Stephanie Hale, MBA, PMP, is a marketing strategist. Hale has experienced a successful career in building businesses and driving innovation in retail, hospitality and consumer packaged goods. She is a proactive change agent that looks for growth opportunities by building brand strengths and company competencies.
Bill McClesky, founder and CEO of Mitech Partners, LLC a technology company located in Nashville. Mitech Partners helps IT Consultants and Tech Sales Professionals earn money on business telecom/cable services. McClesky has gained over 300 clients like Zaxby’s and Comfort Suites in only a year for his company.
Joshua Mundy, owner of Music City Cleaners, ZAM Investments, The Fortitude Group, and co-owner of TWC Enterprises, LLC. Mundy is a visionary; whose goal is to build generational wealth through business ownership and leave a legacy of giving in the community.
Ashley Northington, agency director and founder of DENOR Brands and Public Relations. Northington is a seasoned communication strategist with a wealth of experience developing campaigns that transform data into engaging stories that ultimately influence public policy, programs, and partnerships.
Steve Pelmore Jr., is a tax services manager for Hoskins & Company. He joined the Hoskins & Company team in 2014 after serving 5 years as a Tax Compliance Officer for the IRS in Nashville, Tennessee. Steve currently serves as the Tax Services Manager for Hoskins & Company and has served his country as a U.S. Army Officer.
Robert Ray Jr., founder and CEO of Classy Canine’s Pet Salon. Ray enforces strong leadership skills to ensure efficient & effective utilization of resources. He established and integrated the functional strategies of the company utilizing business expertise to reach financial/operational goals and objectives. He has been in the sales profession for 9 years and is a licensed Insurance sales professional with American Income Life Co. As well, he is as a Client Advisor for Infiniti of Cool Springs.
Emanuel Reed is a Nashville native, Tennessee State University graduate, and entrepreneur who is involved in the creation of multiple companies with two other business partners. Reed is one of the founders of Slim and Husky’s Pia Beeria and The Green Truck Movers.
Marcus Whitney is an entrepreneur who is actively leading several companies including Jumpstart Foundry, an early stage healthcare innovation fund; Health: Further, an inclusive community of people passionate about innovation in Healthcare; Nashville Soccer Club, Nashville’s professional soccer club, set to begin play in March 2018; and The Unlikely Company, a public benefit corporation dedicated to inspiring and educating a new generation of entrepreneurs.