The Consortium MMT is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization our mission is to develop a viable music industry in Memphis for the future; this is accomplished by providing a structured learning environment, enriching and equipping our talents with proven tools to build the next generation of commercially successful music professionals & entrepreneurs.
The Consortium MMT operates four programs:
• The Talent Development Complex, which houses the Memphis Music Resource Center (Formerly of The Memphis Music Foundation);
• Our bi-annual Epitome of Soul Awards benefit concert;
• Emerging Stars Network: After talents who have excelled in our Music Mentorship Program and earned access to the “Emerging Stars Network” of our program, this becomes their second home to continue to hone their skills; and
• Our flagship program is the Music Mentorship Program. This program focuses on three disciplines in the music industry Songwriting, Record Producing and Recording Artist/Entertainer.
Beverly C. Robertson is currently a Principal at TRUST Marketing & Communications, but is the recently retired President of the National Civil Rights Museum who led the Museum for 17 years through a period of monumental growth and development; advancing its presence from a local/regional touchstone to a global institution. Beverly is a successful entrepreneur, a seasoned corporate executive, a strategic non-profit leader and an extremely savvy fundraiser who has successfully raised funds for capital campaigns, non-profit causes, and special events for a wide range of organizations.
While at the National Civil Rights Museum, Beverly was committed to connecting the lessons of the movement to a new generation of learners and positioning Memphis and its involvement in America’s Civil Rights Story as central to the dialogue about the struggle. Beverly raised $43M over her tenure at the museum, which included the completion of an expansion of the Museum ($11M) and a capital and endowment campaign ($32M). This capital campaign elevated the museum to world class status and enhanced educational programming. Through the technological enhancements, visitors are vicariously placed in pivotal moments of the movement through the use of artifacts, automation and interactive technology.
Working at the corporate offices of Holiday Inn Worldwide, she gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in a diverse range of business fields. Starting her career as a reservations agent, she worked her way up through the ranks to become acting Vice President of Marketing Communications--amassing experiences in Marketing Research and Development, Product Development, Training and Development, Strategic Planning and Communications. She worked on product teams identifying and introducing sub and separate brands to the lodging industry through the creation of a location based strategy and product parameters for Hampton Inns, Holiday Inn Select, Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza. She is widely recognized for her savvy in the travel and tourism industry as well as her extensive experience in national and international public relations and communications.
A graduate of Memphis State University, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1973. Beverly completed an Executive Leadership and Management Graduate Level Program through the Wharton School of Business/University of Pennsylvania. She has also completed the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute in Los Angeles, California.
She has a solid reputation as a focus group facilitator, having led numerous groups for Fortune 500 companies. Beverly is respected for her common sense approach to complex business and communications issues.
She has received numerous awards, including the National Community Service Award from the National Council of LaRaza, the African Diaspora Award, the Woman of Excellence Award, Keeper of the Legacy Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for Women, Briggs Foundation Award, the Saint Martin de Porres Award from the Catholic Church, and the Latino Memphis Keeper of the Dream Award. She has been featured in several national publications including: Essence, The New York Times, Ebony, Black Enterprise, Dollars & Sense and Redbook Magazine.
Beverly serves on a number of community and national boards, is an officer in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Memphis Alumnae Chapter, a member of the Links Incorporated River City Chapter, attends Collins Chapel CME Church and is active and involved in making a difference working with a diverse range of non-profit causes throughout Memphis and the surrounding communities.
She and her husband, Howard, have three adult children: Adrienne Hines, Trey, and Ryan. Most importantly, they are the proud grandparents of Addyson Camille Hines.
The Consortium MMT is honored to have a distinguished professional such as Beverly Robertson on its Board of Directors.
David Edmonds is a 25-year veteran of the global transportation industry. From 1986 to 1994, Mr. Edmonds played an instrumental role in the rapid growth of FedEx Ground (formerly RPS), FedEx Corporation’s small package ground carrier, capping one of the fastest growth cycles ever recorded by a U.S. transportation company.
In 1998, Mr. Edmonds was actively involved in the merger between Caliber System (FedEx Ground’s former parent company) and FedEx Corporation and was responsible for bringing the two companies together to compete collectively under the new FedEx Corporation umbrella. In 2001, Mr. Edmonds was appointed senior vice president for Worldwide Services, the company’s global customer sales unit, and since then has acquired additional responsibility for FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Supply Chain Sales and FedEx government business development.
A graduate of Kent State University, Mr. Edmonds is a member of the National Athletic Development Council (NADC) at Kent State; the American Management Association; the Council for Logistics Management; and the Sales and Marketing Executive Council of the Advisory Board.
A native of the Akron, Ohio area, Mr. Edmonds also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Music Foundation and Ballet Memphis. He resides in Germantown, TN.
The Consortium MMT is honored to have Mr. Edmonds involvement with Board of Directors and appreciates in contribution and professional insight.
Dr. David Kraus is a native Memphian who attended White Station High School and graduated from Memphis State University with Honors in 1973. He continued his education at the University of Tennessee School Of Medicine, graduating in 1978. Upon receiving his medical degree, Dr. Kraus completed his Medicine internship residency, and subsequent Cardiology fellowship in Memphis from 1979 to 1984. He board certified Internal Medicine and Cardiology.
Dr. Kraus is one of a select group of Cardiologists in the State of Tennessee with National Committee of Quality Assurance certification-NCQA national recognition. Additionally, he is among the first group of 235 physicians in the United States to pass board examination in the subspecialty of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant medicine in 2010. In 2012, Dr. Kraus received commendation/recognition from Baptist Memorial Hospital at their annual hospital meetings for his work on the Performance Improvement Committee for management of heart failure in the In-Patient Care for the last 6 years. He is presently in private practice with the Memphis Cardiovascular Center.
Dr. Kraus has several major interests which among them are his family and traveling. He enjoys golf and prides himself on being a single digit handicap golfer. Holding a lifetime passion for music, he has been involved in music since grade school initially with piano and subsequently with guitar. Dr. Kraus was part of his high school band and over the years has played in multi venues in the Memphis area. One the highlights of his music endeavors was having an opportunity to do a recording session at Sun Studios in 1965. Dr. Kraus’ love for music extends over one of his prized possessions, his 1964 ES 335 TD Gibson guitar.
Furthering his musical business interests, he has been involved in the entertainment industry as an investment/partner in the B.B King Restaurant chain on Beale Street in Memphis as well as venues in Nashville, Orlando, West Palm Beach, and Las Vegas.
The Consortium MMT is honored to have the highly respected Dr. David Kraus as a member of our Board.
Mr. Jim Dugger lives in Memphis, Tennessee and is currently the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for LeMoyne-Owen College.
He holds an MBA in accounting from Ohio University and a B. S. in Business Administration from Alcorn State University. Jim is a Certified Public Account (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) with over 35 remarkable years of management experience.
Prior to serving as CFO at LeMoyne-Owen, Mr. Dugger retired as Comptroller from the Investment Management Department at Ameritech Corporation in Chicago, IL. In this role, he managed an $80 million budget and was responsible for the accounting, financial and tax reporting for over $25 billion in Savings and Pension Trust assets. Jim had an extensive career with Ameritech Corporation serving as Manager of Investment Administration, Control and Regional Internal Audit Manager, Manager of Corporate Accounting Methods and Manager of Ameritech's Regional Marketing Product Tracking System.
Mr. Dugger also served in several capacities with Wisconsin Bell and Arthur Andersen & Company respectively in Milwaukee, WI. Positions held include Manager of Property and Cost Accounting, Manager of Accounting Classifications, Manager of Corporate Accounting, Staff Accountant and Supervisor of Corporate Books (Wisconsin Bell) and In-Charge Auditor and Auditor (Arthur Andersen & Company). He is currently a licensed CPA in the State of Tennessee.
The Consortium MMT is excited to have Mr. Dugger as a Board Member. His background and knowledge is of great contribution to the Board of Directors.
Lance Freed lives in Los Angeles, California and is President of Rondor Music International an affiliate of Universal Music. With an unparalleled catalog of over 80,000 songs, Rondor, which includes Almo Music and Irving Music, is a force in every genre of music one can imagine. The strength of the catalog goes from country to soul to jazz, hip hop and on and on. Lance Freed has been an intricate part of the Almo /Irving, Rondor Music growth since 1966.
In 1974, Lance Freed became the head of Almo/Irving Music which later become a division of Rondor Music. In 1980 there was tremendous growth in the publishing arm of these companies under the leadership of Lance, his ear for great songs, his sensitivity to the creative process and songwriters rights and total leadership abilities has caused for the growth of Rondor Music as one of the true leaders in the world of music publishing.
Rondor publishes the works of many of the top songwriters in the world. The list includes David Foster, Billy Joel, Al Green, Brian Wilson, Otis Redding, Tom Petty, Isaac Hayes, David Porter, Paul Williams, and many, many more. Under Mr. Freed's tenure, Rondor Music has received numerous awards, Grammy's and Academy Awards. On the long list are: Grammy winners "What's love Got to Do With it", "Tears In Heaven", "From A Distance" and Academy Award winners for "Arthur's Theme", "Up Where We Belong", "My Heart Will Go On" and Isaac Hayes' "Shaft" through the STAX music acquisition. Under Lance Freed's leadership Rondor Music thrives as a true leader in shaping musical appreciation in the world of music.
Serving on The Consortium MMT Board of Directors speaks to Mr. Reed’s desire to see talent learn and grow stronger in the creative process of American Soul music. This work is why Lance Reed cares so much about our organization.
As a native Memphian, Martin Wilford has more than 25 years’ experience in advertising, design and brand development. Today Red Deluxe Brand Development, the firm he cofounded in 2002 as a small brand design studio, has evolved into a full-service advertising agency. As co-principal, Martin currently serves as the firm’s executive creative director and is actively involved in the firm’s most complex brand work. He has extensive experience in strategic communications development for clients such as HGTV, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Duncan-Williams Investment Bank, and The Memphis Grizzlies.
In 2005, Martin’s firm began to focus more intently on national nonprofits and cause brands. Feeling the market was under served, the firm developed a national reputation for its work for such clients as The American Red Cross, The American Lung Association, The American Heart Association, The ALS Association, Wounded Warrior Project and Youth Villages. The firm has developed nonprofit campaigns that have earned well over 75 million dollars in unpaid PSA media placement.
Martin and his firm have won numerous advertising awards including dozens of local and regional Advertising Federation ADDY Awards, as well as three national ADDYs. His work has been featured multiple times in Communication Arts, Adweek and The New York Times. In Addition to industry awards, Martin was made an honorary Memphis City Councilman for his successful campaign to recruit Memphis Police officers. In 2012, The Memphis Business Quarterly named him CEO of the year for firms with less than 50 employees. And as a graduate of The New Memphis Institute’s Leadership Development Intensive, Martin now serves on the Institute’s Board of Directors. Martin has been married to his wife Krista for 23 years and they have one son, Winston.
The Consortium MMT is happy to an advertising executive with Martin’s savvy on its Board of Directors.
Morgan D. Bohannon is the Regional Market President for iHeart Media where he oversees more than seven different markets in the southern US region. He is a seasoned media executive who passionately loves the city where he was born and its music. Morgan attended Messick High School along with the legendary Steve Cropper of Booker T and the MG's and furthered his education at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After college, he became an on-air personality for WRXO-AM in Clarksville, MS.
It is little wonder, after a media career that has spanned 30+years, why Morgan still has a strong passion for Memphis and its music. His career has taken him all over the country. Notably, Morgan served at the helm of WTOR-FM in Greensboro/ Winston Salem as General Manager when it was named the County Music Association’s “Station of the Year” in 2002.
With a commitment to change and community engagement, Morgan has used his executive influence to serve in every market that he has worked, raising money and giving of his time to advance the progress of the communities in which he has lived. Morgan has been a pivotal member of numerous boards of directors such as the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the March of Dimes (Greensboro, NC). In Memphis, Morgan has continued this engagement serving as a member of the Board of Directors for The Consortium MMT and Junior Achievement of Memphis.
The Consortium MMT could not be happier to have Mr. Morgan D. Bohannon as a member of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Neal Beckford originally hails from Brooklyn, New York and is one of the most respected Otolaryngology- Head and Neck surgery specialists in the United States. He obtained his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and received his medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine. Dr. Beckford completed post-graduate study at Howard University School of Medicine and The University of Pittsburg School of Medicine. He is licensed in Tennessee and Mississippi with hospital appointments that include Baptist Memorial Hospitals of Memphis, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis/LeBonheur Children's Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital Bartlett, Select Specialty Hospital, Memphis and Delta Medical Center of Memphis.
In addition to his successful medical practice, Dr. Beckford has severed as an esteemed academic as an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Tennessee as well as an Adjunct Assistant professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Memphis. He has held numerous leadership positions throughout his academic and professional career such as: President, Student Body, Howard University College of Medicine (1978-1979); President, Housestaff Association, Howard University of College of Medicine (1981); Chairman, Professional Education Committee, American Cancer Society Memphis/Shelby County Unit (1989-1990); President, Memphis and Shelby County society Otolaryngology (1990, 1998-1999); Chairman, Otolaryngology Section National Medical Association (1994-1996).
Along with his dedication to the Medical profession, Dr. Beckford has dedicated significant time as a donor, board member, patron, volunteer and artist in the Memphis Arts community which is evident in his numerous capacities as:
• Medical Voice consultant for Opera Memphis
• Blues Foundation Board member
• Germantown Performing Arts Center
• A performing musician of the River City Concert Band
The Consortium MMT is extremely proud to have Dr. Beckford serving as a Member of the Board of Directors.
A Memphis, Tennessee native, Vanecia Kimbrow is received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at the University of Memphis, 1995 and Juris Doctorate at from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law 1999. As a law student she was a Kathryn Hookanson Fellow and served as both Southern Regional Director and Chapter President of the Black Law Students Association.
Mrs. Kimbrow is currently a transactional attorney based in Memphis. She represents a range of clients, specializing in several areas of transactional law including real estate, land use & development, corporate law, contract negotiation & mediation, and community development law in the private, nonprofit and government sectors. Before entering the practice of law, Attorney Kimbrow worked seven years for SPL Ledic where she worked as a Section 42 tax code compliance officer, monitoring newly constructed housing developments for low and moderate-income families.
Since entering the private practice of law in 1999, she has been engaged by several corporations across the Southeast, New York and Israel to serve as corporate counsel to charter and maintain their corporate status, as well as advise them on various community development ventures.
A SUMMARY OF MRS. KIMBROW'S RELEVANT EXPERIENCE & ACCOLADES INCLUDE:
• Legislative & Public Policy Advocacy for Housing Disparity, Health Care, Education, and SBE/MWBE/Diversity Policy Issues, Urban
• Professional: Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association.
• Honors: 2010 Tri-State Defender Woman of Excellence; 2008 Memphis Woman on the Move; 2008 Woman to Watch – Memphis Magazine.
Attorney Kimbrow is often sought as counsel and speaker on issues related to urban and economic development, housing public policy, business structure, contract formulation, nonprofit law, government contracting and diversity consultation.
Mrs. Kimbrow serving a member of Board of Directors solidifies the involvement of quality leaders who make an impact nationally for The Consortium MMT.
Assistant General Counsel
Southeastern Asset Management, Inc.
Steve serves as Assistant General Counsel of Southeastern Asset Management, Inc., a Memphis based independent global money manager investing in undervalued securities for clients worldwide including the Longleaf Partners Funds.
Prior to joining Southeastern in 2005, Steve was Senior Counsel at International Paper Company and was with Glankler Brown, PLLC, a law firm in Memphis, Tennessee. Steve graduated from Germantown High School in 1988 and received a BA degree from the University of Memphis in 1992.
He received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1997. Steve serves on the boards of various charitable organizations in the Memphis area. As a member of The Consortium MMT Board of Directors, Steve brings a diverse background that includes the legal and financial sectors.
Al Bell is the Chairman and CEO of Al Bell Presents, LLC. Considered a visionary, a seer, an icon, a "music mogul", a communications and entertainment "maverick". Perhaps the word that sums this all up best is "Legend", which is how most people throughout the industry view him today. Al Bell is the recipient of one of the highest honors of the recording industry: The Prestigious Grammy Trustees Award, Presented by the Board of Trustees of The National Association of Recordings Arts and Sciences (NARAS) in 2011. This award is given in recognition of life time of influence, achievement, and success in the music industry.
In the 1970's two of the largest African American owned business in America were Motown Records and Stax Records. Al Bell is the former owner of Stax Records. During his years as head of Stax Records, Al Bell introduced marketing and promotional innovations which changed the direction of the nation's music industry. Stax produced Gold and Platinum hits on such varied artist as Isaac Hayes, The Staples Singers, Johnny Taylor, Sam and Dave, Booker T and The MG's, Richard Pryor, Albert King, and a host of others.
In the 1980's Al Bell became head of Motown Records Group and worked with Barry Gordy in the sale of Motown to the MCA/Boston Ventures Group after Motown Al's new label produced the hit "Whoomp! There it is" which sold over 5 million single units, this record is one of the biggest selling singles in the history of the music industry. Over the years Al Bell has received a vast body of honors and awards, too many to mention them all, he is respected the world over for his contributions in creating the fabric of American music.
The Consortium MMT is honored to have Mr. Bell serving as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Bell's knowledge and insight is helping take the program to a place of admiration in the hearts and minds of people all over the world for Soul music.
David Porter, internationally renowned songwriter, producer is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. David is a cornerstone of the legendary Stax Records of Memphis. He recorded his first record as a solo singer at the age of 19 for local Golden Eagle Records. David began his tenure at Stax Records before it was Stax and known as Satellite Records. During this time, David was a recording artist for the label. Upon Satellite changing its name to Stax, David stopped performing and became the first African American staff songwriter for the company. Within two years, Isaac Hayes joined him as his co-writing partner and, as they say, the rest is history. Porter & Hayes became one of the top songwriting and producing teams in the entire industry. David Porter's songs have been involved in more than 300 million unit sells worldwide. Some of his successful songs are: "Soul Man", "Hold On I'm Coming", "When Something is Wrong With My Baby" and "I Thank You" to name just a few. David also includes in his writing credits "Dream Lover" by Mariah Carey and "Getting’ Jiggy Wit’ It" by Will Smith.
In June 2005, David Porter was inducted into the National Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. Currently, he is still writing, producing and is a successful entrepreneur. David has served on many boards and commissions past and present. Some of those organizations include: The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as Chapter President and National Trustee, Chairman of Memphis/Shelby County Film, Tape and Music Commission, University of Memphis Board of Visitors, Youth Villages Board of Directors, Stax Museum Foundation Board of Directors, State of Tennessee Film/Music Commission Member, Annual TPC PGA golf Tournament Board of Directors and youth programs benefiting St Jude Hospital. As an entrepreneur, David has owned many businesses in the Memphis International Airport beginning in 1988. David matriculated at LeMoyne Owen College eventually leaving to peruse music full-time. Taking that path, David says music his life’s passion. That passion also resonates in his desire to make difference by helping others take steps to hone their crafts in the arena that has given him so much. The Consortium MMT is his desire along with countless others to take steps to give back to music. He believes music has given so much to him and it’s time to reciprocate on a much higher level than the norm. The Consortium Memphis Music Town is that other level of payback.
Fenton is a lifelong Memphian with a sincere passion and commitment to improving the quality of life for the residential and corporate citizens of this city. He is striving to make a significant contribution to the future of Memphis. He was recently the Director of Business Operations for the Memphis Leadership Foundation, Inc. (MLF). In this role, he had direct oversight of the daily operations of the administrative back office, which included facilities management, accounting and human resources. Prior to MLF, he served as Director of Operations for the Jubilee Catholic Schools Network having direct oversight of the network’s budget, food services, health management, information technology system, and facilities management.
Prior to the Jubilee Catholic Schools, Fenton served as the Project Director for the Memphis Shalom Project, a church led collaboration that assessed the needs of the City of Memphis and developed a ministry strategy that connected urban churches with suburban churches to address those needs. As an independent management consultant, Fenton operated as a strategic planner and project leader for educational institutions and small businesses. His previous experience also includes 5 years as a financial consultant to individuals and small businesses and 3 years as fiscal coordinator of a government youth services program.
Fenton has been involved in business start-ups, various project management teams and non-profit boards. He is a graduate of Memphis Central High School. He holds an Executive MBA from the Fogelman College of Business at the University of Memphis as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Banking and Finance from Morehouse College.
Fenton and his wife Lisa have two children Kayla and Fenton, Jr.
Milan Roby is a native Memphian is who proud of his city’s musical heritage and happy to be part of a new generation of audio engineers that are making their mark in the Memphis Music community and beyond. Upon graduation from Ridgeway High School, he ventured in the commercial pharmaceutical sector, becoming a certified pharmaceutical technician. His lifelong love for music led to an interest in audio engineering while growing up in Memphis.
Milan spent time in Houston, working beside renowned audio engineers, Bruce Bangs and Davion “D Botts” Botts whose credits include: Bun B., Beyonce, Slim Thug, Pall Wall and Pimp C. After these unique experiences and after a significant period spent honing his craft, he went on to become an entrepreneur as a professional audio engineer.
Milan has worked with local, national and internationally known artists and Dejays Don Cannon, Rocko, Chris Brown, Travis Porter, Kevin Gates. He has also worked with artists 8Ball, Snootie Wild, Temorra, Karma and Young Dolph.
Moriah Loya – Director of the Talent Development Complex
Moriah Loya is the Director of the Talent Development Complex. Born in Memphis and raised in Hernando, Mississippi, Moriah was anxious to return to the Bluff City and pursue a degree in music business at the University of Memphis. While earning her bachelor’s in music, she was blessed with many vast and wonderful opportunities to work within the music community doing everything from local festivals to freelance artist management. She spent the early part of her career blogging about music, coordinating live events, and volunteering for GRAMMY U. Before joining the team at TCMMT, she spent most of the past year managing crowdfunding projects, co-producing and marketing an album and developing an online presence for local artists. More highlights from Moriah’s career include working alongside Director Martin Shore of the Memphis based documentary, “Take Me to the River” during its showcase at the 2014 South by Southwest Conference. In addition she has had the opportunity to work with esteemed artists and industry professionals such as Drake, Director X, and the Mitchell family of Royal Studios on the making of the 2014 BET Best Hip Hop Award winning music video, “Worst Behavior”. Moriah feels privileged and honored to have met and worked with so many of Memphis’ most passionate music industry players and continues to do so today as part of The Consortium MMT.
Renisha Q. Mayes – Program Services Coordinator
Ms. Mayes works everyday toward leaving a legacy of music business savvy and incomparable knowledge. Born and Raised in Memphis TN. She is a proud graduate of Fairley High School. Her love for music began while being a part of The Mighty Voices of Fairley High School under the director of Rev. Robert Matthews. She received her Bachelors of Ministry in Music Business from Visible Music College. Renisha’s entrance into the business of music began through interning as a college student at Madison Line Records, LaMarie Entertainment (The Bar-Kays) and serving as a Senior Intern Assistant to President Dr. Ken Steorts at Visible Music College. Her music experience has expanded into Broadcasting, working as a Control Room Operator for Bott Radio Network 640am. Prior to starting a career in Music Business. Renisha was honored to have served as an AmeriCorps Vista for The Corporation for National and Community Service. This role allowed her to make an impact in the Memphis community working with Non-Profits Organizations such as Dress for Success Memphis, Women of Style Spirit and Success and United Way. She is the proud mother of one extraordinary daughter Jordaan, who is a 7th grader at The Maxine Smith STEAM Academy.