The Nashville LGBT Chamber Celebrates Winners at the 2017 Excellence in Business Awards Sponsored by Curb Records
Over 300 guests attended the fifth annual Nashville LGBT Chamber 2017 Excellence in Business Awards last Friday, April 28th, at the Hilton Nashville Downtown.
Mayor Megan Barry kicked off the event with a warm welcome from Nashville’s CEO. The LGBT Chamber’s President, Joe Woolley, gave a summary of the Chamber’s successes over the last twelve months, including:
NGLCC Rising Star Award
Successful Advocacy Efforts
Professional Development Programs
LGBT Chamber CEO, Lisa Howe, saluted those companies who have signed Tennessee Thrives, added voluntary self-identification for their LGBT employees, and worked with certified LGBT-owned suppliers.
The last hour of the program was highlighted by eight award presentations and the certification of six new LGBT Business Enterprises by Wells Fargo Mid South North President, Stephen Norris. Joe Woolley surprised Michael Burcham with the President’s Award. Burcham taught a one day professional development workshop for LGBT Chamber members last October. The event was emceed flawlessly by 2015 Business Leader of the Year, David Brzozowski. The luncheon concluded with Waller winning the Corporate Diversity Award and a rousing acceptance speech by Chanelle Acheson.
Leadership in the Arts Award - OZ Arts Nashville
Mark Lee Taylor Community Service Award - Nashville Launch Pad Volunteers
Mayor Barry Ally Award - Sean Henry, CEO, Nashville Predators
Sam Felker Business Leader of the Year - Paul Vasterling, CEO & Artistic Director, Nashville Ballet
President’s Award - Michael Burcham, CEO, Narus Health
Maria Salas Entrepreneur of the Year - John Dyke, Owner, CEO, The Turnip Truck
Small Business Diversity Award - The Turnip Truck
Corporate Diversity Award - Waller
Donine Geiger & Lee Anne Jones - Doggie Doos
Jack Davis - J. D. Events & Festivals
Elliott Noble-Holt - MediCopy
Jerry Jones - O&AN
Ron Sanford - Ron Sanford Productions
John Dyke - The Turnip Truck
About the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1998, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce advances common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace for its over 270 LGBT members, businesses, and allies by providing educational, networking, and community building opportunities. The Nashville LGBT Chamber empowers the LGBT community by making a sustainable and measurable economic impact in the greater Nashville area.
About the Nashville LGBT Chamber FoundationThe LGBT Chamber Foundation educates, inspires, and empowers LGBT business owners and professionals.