Nashville Entrepreneur Center Announces 2024 Board Members

New Board will provide the entrepreneurial community with high-caliber talent and resources to scale their businesses and thrive

Nashville, Tenn. (November 14, 2023)Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC), a nonprofit helping to drive Nashville’s economy by increasing the likelihood of success for entrepreneurs, announced its 2024 Board of Directors today. The Board of Directors provides governance, oversight and direction to the work of the EC. This passionate team of local business leaders gives their time, talent and resources to help fuel Nashville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

“More than a decade ago, I had the privilege of being a member of a core group of civic-minded leaders that helped to shape the vision for an entrepreneur center. Now, I’m honored to serve as board chair for the next two years alongside many talented members,” said Robert A. Frist, Jr., Board Chair. “The NEC plays a critical role as a leading Nashville nonprofit in supporting new entrepreneurs in their journey to innovate and grow their business.”

In 2024, the Board will contribute their expertise to the NEC’s vision of helping Nashville be the best place in America to start and grow a business by enabling its mission to increase the likelihood of success for entrepreneurs.  

The Executive Committee oversees finances and strategic growth.

2024 Officers & Executive Committee

  • Chair – Robert A. Frist, Jr., HealthStream
  • Vice Chair – Saurabh Sinha, Emids
  • Secretary – Jessa Kelley, HCA Healthcare
  • Past Chair – Janet Miller, Colliers International
  • Finance Committee Chair – Michael Slavik, CLA Nashville (new)
  • Development Committee Chair – Sharon Reynolds, DevMar Products, LLC
  • Governance Committee Chair – Stacey Garrett Koju, Spencer Fane LLP

Board Members

  • Bill Brown, A2B Advisors
  • Judith Bright, Judith Bright Jewelry (new)
  • Michael Burcham, Shore Capital, Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Beth Chase, Ankura (retired), Board Chair Emeritus
  • Mark Deutschmann, Village Real Estate & Core Development
  • Shani Dowell, Possip (new)
  • Adel Elmessiry, AlphaFin (new)
  • Brian Fox, Rockmont Partners (renewal)
  • Max Goldberg, Strategic Hospitality
  • John Ingram, Ingram Content Group
  • Coco Kyriopoulos, The Christie Cookie Co. (new)
  • Andy Moats, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Rod McDaniel, S3 Recycling Solutions
  • Courtney Ross, Amazon
  • Steve Schnur, Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Jorge Titinger, Titinger Consulting (renewal)
  • Damon Whiteside, ACM
  • John Zarling, 615 Leverage + Strategy
  • Sam Davidson, Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Ex-Officio Members

  • Ralph Schulz – Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (renewal)
  • Elise Cambournac – Greater Nashville Technology Council (renewal)
  • Holly Rachel – The Darrell S. Freeman Sr. Incubation and Innovation Center at Fisk University (new)
  • Apryl Childs-Potter – Nashville Health Care Council (new)
  • Isaac Addae – Nashville Mayor’s Office, Small and Minority Business Engagement (new)
  • Jay Graves – EO Nashville 

To see a full list of the Board click here.

About Nashville Entrepreneur Center

The Nashville EntrepreneurCenter (EC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2010 by business leaders who wanted to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and to celebrate the spirit and tenacity of the entrepreneurial community. The EC serves as Nashville’s center for entrepreneurship, supporting visionaries—from every background, in any industry, and at all phases—by connecting them to critical resources and championing their desire to change the world. Learn more about the EC by following us @entrecenter on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at


More news from EC