Mentors

Mike Kopp


Co-Founder, All Good Factory



Mike Kopp brings to all projects and ventures he touches more than 30 years of strategic and communications expertise honed on the front lines of numerous creative, corporate and political initiatives.

Mike’s been hired by leaders of public and private companies, ventures and institutions who seek his counsel on a wide spectrum of challenges – from branding development to long-term strategic planning.  

Prior to co-founding the All Good Factory with Sharon Corbitt, he had served for nearly 25 years as a Principal/Partner at two different agencies that handled marketing strategy and execution for major corporate and organizational enterprises.  He currently manages multi-platinum-selling/singer/composer/producer Ben Folds.

Tod Roadarmel


Area Director of Sales & Marketing Omni Nashville Hotel | Omni Hotels & Resorts



 

As Area Director of Sales & Marketing for Omni Hotels & Resorts, Tod Roadarmel oversees all of the Nashville hotel’s sales, marketing, catering and conference services activities. In addition, in his role he also oversees the pre-opening activities for all new Omni Hotels like the ones recently opened in Frisco Texas, Atlanta Georgia and Louisville Kentucky. He has been integral in aligning support and new business for special and sporting events including the CMA Awards, CMA Fest, Music City Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. Roadarmel also oversees all marketing communications for Omni Nashville including consumer and trade marketing, advertising, press and community outreach.

 

Rodger Dinwiddie


Chief Executive Officer, Stars



Rodger Dinwiddie has been the CEO of Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS-Nashville), an evidenced-based Student Assistance Program as recognized by the National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices, since 1986.  Prior to joining STARS, Rodger served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization working with juvenile court referrals.  He also was a classroom teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 7 years.  Rodger is also a Certified Prevention Specialist – Level II. He is a certified trainer and Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and Safe Dates Program, and he serves as the Tennessee State Olweus Coordinator in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, Clemson University, and Hazelden Educational Publishing, where he currently provides consultation in the areas of best practices in bullying prevention and intervention, school climate improvement, and the development of social emotional competencies. In addition, he provides consultation to both businesses and school districts to assist leaders in building strong(er) relationships in the workplace. Rodger is also the Immediate Past-President of the International Bullying Prevention Association.

Charlie McCarter


Sr. Director of Customer Success and Inside Sales, ServiceSource Nashville



Charlie is the Nashville Site Director & Sr. Director of Customer Success & Inside Sales for ServiceSource International.  Prior to ServiceSource, he was the Site Director for Dell Nashville & was responsible for the Dell Inc North America Printer business.  Charlie moved from SC to Nashville in 2001 & recorded & toured professionally with his band, The Biscuit Boys.  He has a degree in Philosophy from the College of Charleston.  Charlie serves as Board President for JDRF Middle TN also serves on the Nashville Public Television board as the Programming Chair.  He is married to Jen & they have two children, Duncan (T1D) & Lila.

Ronald Samuels


Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Avenue Bank



Ron Samuels is an experienced leader, executive and marketer and has been a banker in Nashville for 40 years. He was a Founder, Chairman and CEO of Avenue Bank, which merged with Pinnacle Financial Partners in July 2016. Avenue grew to $1.2 billion in assets and in February 2015 began trading on the NASDAQ as AVNU. Mr. Samuels is recognized as one of Nashville’s most experienced and well-respected bankers, and has been named every year by Nashville Post to their “Best In Banking” list since it began in 2011. He was named a “Leader In Banking Excellence” by the Tennessee Bankers Assoc. in 2009, and served on the TBA Board of Directors 2011 - 2014. In 2015, he joined the TBA’s Government Relations Committee, as well as the Nashville Health Care Council’s Board of Directors. 

Nicole (Nikki) Gibson


Co-Site Director, Dell Nashville and HR Compliance Consultant



Co-Site Director, Dell Nashville and HR Compliance Consultant; North America lead for Pride, Dell’s LGBT Employee Resource Group and Board Member Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce –  Since joining Dell in 1999, Nikki has held positions in Facilities, Legal, HR and Ethics organizations. In her current role as an HR Compliance Consultant, Nikki is responsible for proactive auditing and strategy for all HR functions and leads compliance activities for Dell Canada.  As a co-Site Director for the Dell Nashville location, Nikki is responsible for managing a site budget, supports local talent planning, leads and sponsors locally-led initiatives and community partnerships, leads local public relations, ensures site safety, security and emergency preparedness, helps set the site tone of ethical culture and ensures that Dell Nashville is a great place to work.  In 2006 Nikki began leading the Pride chapter in Tennessee and in 2018 assumed the leadership role for all chapters in North America. As the lead for North America Pride, Nikki provides support to 7 chapters, ensures that each chapter is focused on areas of community involvement and people development. Nikki participates in community involvement events and is frequently asked to participate in panel sessions focusing on LGBT equality in the workplace.  Nikki has been a member of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and recently joined the Chamber as a Board Member.

 

Sean Henry


President & Chief Executive Officer, Nashville Predators/Bridgestone Arena



In 2016-17, his seventh season in Smashville, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena President & Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor Sean Henry proudly watched the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena complete their most successful season to date. Led by the passion and dedication of the greatest staff in all of sports, the franchise sold out all regular and playoff home games and the Western Conference Champion Predators made it to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

Henry was born a Nashvillian, although it took him 42 years to get here. Before leading his favorite staff in Smashville, he served for 11 years as the Executive Vice President and COO of the Tampa Bay Lightning, two years as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Unity Motion and 14 years with Volume Services Inc., where he worked with the Detroit Pistons, St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins.

 

Lauren Reed


President & Founder, Reed Public Relations



Lauren Reed founded Reed Public Relations in 2012 after nearly a decade at a national PR agency. As president and founder, Lauren has grown the company from a one-woman show to a full-service marketing and PR firm with specialties in hospitality & tourism, health & wellness, food & beverage and multi-unit/franchise brands. Clients include O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar, McDonald's, Madame Tussauds Wax Attractions and Orangetheory Fitness.

She earned her APR designation in 2010 and is now a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Women Presidents' Organization, former president of PRSA Nashville and recipient of the PRSA Nashville 2011 Mercury Award. Most recently, Lauren was named to the Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 and received a Nashville Emerging Leader Award presented by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.


When she’s not solving clients’ business challenges, you can find her training for her next marathon or spending time with her husband and two children, Jack Henry and Annie.  

Erin Tomlinson


Site General Manager, Eventbrite



Erin is an accomplished senior leader with a passion for building teams, developing direct reports, and launching new projects. Erin has seen success in both high-growth start-ups as well as established Fortune 50 environments. She spent 13 years at Dell and then transitioned 5 years ago to SaaS companies, HealthStream and now, Eventbrite. Her 18-year career has spanned across diverse experiences leading sales, operations, project management, and analytics teams with a specialty in new team startups and sales transformation efforts. Erin is currently the Site General Manager for Eventbrite Nashville. The Nashville office employs around 200 "Britelings" across many departments including engineering, sales, customer service, strategy, HR, and finance and has earned Nashville's Best Place to Work Award in 2018.  Erin’s success stems from her passion for developing people, her positivity, and her competitive spirit to win. Erin graduated with her BA from the University of Michigan and MBA from Vanderbilt and has served as a board member for the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. She has been married to her husband, Jason Tomlinson, for 14 years and has two beautiful sons, Luke and Wyatt.

Henry Pile




Henry Pile believes in empowerment through honest self-reflection. He helps his teams uncover their strengths and embrace their flaws through a curiosity-focused management style. Ask questions and listen. He learned his own flaws through a series of spectacular career missteps, leadership mistakes, and crummy partnerships. He plans to continue a messy professional trajectory of “good enough” results with the help of emotionally driven, shortsighted planning punctuated by moments of brilliant insights and mentors who save him from himself. He suggest you do the same.  It’s fun.

 

Henry Pile has lived and worked in Nashville, TN since 2000. He is married to Kate Mills and, together, they hold their own against their three teenage children.