Lipscomb alums Zach Evans, Leigh Lindsey among NELA nominees, Directed Work Experience partner/friend Dan Stephenson among winners

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Two Lipscomb graduates and a Directed Work Experience partner and friend of the College of Business stood shoulder to shoulder with some of the top young professionals in the city at the 2015 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards.

The ninth annual event, hosted in part by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s YP Nashville, recognizes professionals under the age of 40 in their respective fields for their work. The ceremony was held in Collins Alumni Auditorium Thursday evening, July 30.

Lipscomb’s graduate business program was proud to be a sponsor of the event.

Alums Zach Evans, AVP, Technology for Case Management and Performance Improvement for HCA, and Leigh Lindsey, Account Supervisor at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, were among the 75 nominees being honored for their accomplishments.

“Not only is it impressive to see our graduates be successful and ‘do well’ in their professional careers, but it is rewarding to see them ‘do good’ in their communities,” Lipscomb College of Business Interim Dean Ray Eldridge said. “It is impressive the commitment to others both Leigh and Zach have as they live out our mission.”

Evans is one of our own. He’s an adjunct faculty member with the university’s College of Business, and he graduated from the program in 1999. Before transitioning into a new role within HCA, Evans worked with TriStar Centennial Medical Center as a Senior Director with IT&S and was a CIO with CareHere.  

He is a member of the College of Business’ Alumni Board and the Faith Family Medical Clinic Board of Directors. The Nashville Business Journal named Evans one of their “40 Under 40” in 2014.

Evans was nominated in the Medical and Health Care Services category along with four other nominees.

“I'm humbled to be nominated and named a Finalist for a 2015 NELA,” Evans said. “I am blessed to be recognized and honored to be a part of such an outstanding group of young professionals.”

He credits his Lipscomb experience as one that helped drive an important part of his work.

“A portion of the judging process for a NELA is based on community service, which is something I have been interested in since I was in high school, and my time at Lipscomb further cemented my desire to serve those around me,” Evans said.

A 2007 communications graduate of the university, Lindsey has been with McNeely Pigott & Fox for eight years.

She is a member of the Junior League of Nashville and Board of Advisers for the university’s Department of Communication and Journalism. She is also on the board of directors of League of Women Voters and Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue.

She received her nomination for Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing and was also a NELA finalist in 2014.

“I’m incredibly honored to be a NELA finalist,” Lindsey said. “There are so many deserving communications professionals in Nashville, and I was thrilled to be included in such an outstanding group.”

Lindsey said her time at Lipscomb helped her advance in her career.

“Lipscomb’s communications department gave me a strong foundation in writing and strategy,” Lindsey said. “Those fundamental teachings opened doors for several internships, including with McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, where I interned and have worked since 2007.”

(Stephenson, middle) 

Former entrepreneur-in-residence Dan Stephenson wins NELA for Business Services

Dan Stephenson, former entrepreneur-in-residence with the college and a Directed Work Experience partner with the Master of Management graduate program, took home a NELA in the Business Services for his work with his company, Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese.

“It was great to see Dan win,” Eldridge said. “He was already a winner to us and our students through his example as one of our entrepreneurs-in-residence and his commitment to work with our MM students.”

Stephenson has gained local acclaim for his work with his company, Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese. He is a past winner of the Downtown Nashville Partnership’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.

For a list of the NELA winners and a full set of nominees, visit the NELA website