Thursday, July 9th
7:30 - 8:00 AM Breakfast and Networking
8:00 - 9:00 AM Presentation and Q&A
E|SPACES Belle Meade
Howard Gentry is a native Nashvillian who has committed his entire career working to improve his city. Howard is running for Mayor because he believes it’s time that our city work for every person and every neighborhood. As Mayor, Howard will fight for all Nashvillians by focusing on social equity to ensure that all of us have the opportunity to succeed with options citywide for affordable housing options, jobs and economic development, mass transportation, homelessness and poverty, literacy and education.
Howard graduated from Pearl High School and went on to earn his B.S and Masters degrees from Tennessee State University where he later served as Athletic Director, and VP for Community Relations and Development over the course of 15 years. Howard is a proud product of Nashville public schools and is the only mayoral candidate whose children are educated in our city’s public schools. Howard strongly believes that quality educational opportunities should be available to all children and plans to make it a priority in his administration.
Following his graduation from college, Howard became a member of the TSU football and basketball radio broadcast team, serving for over thirty years in radio broadcasting also covering NASCAR.
Howard began his professional career in banking and built a local insurance company from the ground up. He also worked as CEO of Backfield in Motion, a nonprofit that combines athletics and academics to inspire inner-city boys to reach their maximum potential. In addition, he served as CEO of the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation, an organization focused on the same social equity challenges Howard will take on as Mayor. Through these experiences, Howard recognized the importance of education in fighting income inequality with a well-educated and well-trained workforce.
As Mayor, Howard will dedicate resources and staff to work with public-private partnerships on existing plans to eradicate the problems of poverty, hunger and homelessness. His priority is to continue fostering the city's growth while making it accessible to everyone.
Howard was elected three times to countywide public office. He served as Metro Council’s first African American Councilman-at-Large before being elected Nashville-Davidson County’s first African American Vice Mayor.
Howard is the father of four daughters and is a grandfather. He drives his two youngest daughters to school each day and does his best to never miss a dance recital. Howard is a member of Temple Church and a former member of the First Baptist Capitol Hill. Howard’s mother, Mrs. Carrie Gentry, is a driving force in his life and well-known throughout the city.
When & Where
E|SPACES provides meeting and work space for Nashville's business community.
E|SPACES is ideal for both individuals and small companies to meet with clients and colleagues and get important work done. It also serves as a creative, off-site meeting space for departments in corporations and other large organizations.
The space features an open, technology rich, modern design that combines the functionality of a state-of-the-art office with the aesthetics of a comfortable, inviting and professional community.
Flexible membership packages are available providing access to shared office space as well as private meeting space.