On July 19, The Nashville Food Project will hold its annual fundraising event, NOURISH, at the dining hall at Montgomery Bell Academy, bringing together Nashville’s
Ahead of next week’s Nashville Influencers event, we’re introducing this year’s four panelists—all local experts in their industries.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Cambria Nashville Downtown
118 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
After finding success in their respective fields, four young professionals are ready to teach, motivate, and inspire their fellow community members at the third annual Nashville Influencers event. Guests will have the opportunity to network with other young entrepreneurs and listen to a panel discussion with this year’s Influencers. Find out how these successful individuals set themselves apart and learn how to take your career to the next level.
Chris Hyndman, Clint Higham, Kimberly Lewis, and Dr. Michael Burcham
As the founder and CEO of M Street, Chris Hyndman’s strong vision and execution has pioneered Nashville’s modern restaurant scene. His restaurant career began humbly at age 16, when he started working as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. In 2000, he opened his first restaurant, Virago. Since then, Hyndman has built his company—M Street Entertainment Group, LLC—to include eight highly successful ventures: Virago, Whiskey Kitchen, Kayne Prime, Tavern, Citizen, Saint Añejo, Moto, and The Rosewall. More than just a collection of restaurants, M Street has established itself as one of the city’s premiere lifestyle and entertainment brands.
As a college student at Belmont University, Clint Higham began working for veteran artist manager Dale Morris at Morris Artists Management. Although he started as an intern, Higham rose through the ranks of the company and eventually earned a position as a talent agent (all while still enrolled at Belmont). After graduation, Higham stayed at Morris Management, where he began managing Kenny Chesney, a little-known artist at the time. Today, Higham is the president and partner of Morris Higham Management. He still represents Chesney, who has won four CMA and four ACM Entertainer of the Year Awards under his management. He also represents several other successful artists, like Old Dominion and Ryan Griffin. Higham serves on the board of the Country Music Association and has established a partnership with Scooter Braun of SB Projects in Los Angeles.
Kimberly Lewis, owner of 12 South boutique EMERSON GRACE, has always worked in fashion. Born and raised on the West Coast. her impressive professional background encompasses executive positions in both retail and wholesale apparel at companies including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Ralph Lauren, Guess, and B.B. Dakota. At BCBGMAXAZRIA, she was recruited and hired to launch the company’s initial retail expansion, growing the chain to 100 stores in seven years. Before moving to Nashville in 2014, Lewis launched her own retail/wholesale consulting firm. She is active in the city’s burgeoning fashion community as a member of the Nashville Fashion Alliance. Last year, Lewis acted as the co-chair of the Nashville Fashion Week Gala. She also serves on the board of trustees for the University School of Nashville (USN) and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.
Michael Burcham is an entrepreneur, investor, and healthcare strategist with 30 years of experience leading technology-enabled healthcare organizations. He is currently the CEO of Narus Health, a healthcare support and concierge service for individuals with significant illness. Most recently, Burcham was the founding President and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, serving in that capacity from 2010-2015. His work helped drive Nashville’s entrepreneurial growth and was honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” in 2012. Michael served as the co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2014-2016. From 2000-2007, Michael served as President of ParadigmHealth. Previously, Michael was President and Founder of Theraphysics, a venture-backed, specialty rehabilitation firm. Today, Michael is on faculty at Vanderbilt University where he teaches Healthcare Innovation and Launching New Ventures in the Owen Graduate School of Management.