Antonio Neal has joined Madison Line Records, the record label affiliated with Visible Music College, as chief operating officer. Neal – a four-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner who has also been nominated for a Grammy Award and four Stellar Gospel Music Awards – will oversee marketing, publishing and day-to-day operations at the label.
Experience: I have over 15 years of experience in the music business. I moved to Nashville to chase my dreams as a songwriter and was blessed to not only write songs, but began to produce and have a solo record of my own. The last 12 years (have been) spent in Nashville as a part of the EMI music family.
Family: On Aug. 1 of this year, I will celebrate 21 years with my wife, Sharralisa. We have 3 children: AJ, 17; Christopher, 14; and Summer, 11.
Favorite quote: “Help others succeed and you won’t have to worry about your own success.”
Favorite movie: “Facing the Giants”
The sports team you root for: Memphis Grizzlies
What’s playing on your stereo right now? “Before After” by Lights Align
Activities you enjoy outside of work: I love playing basketball and traveling all across our great country.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? My dad
What attracted you to Madison Line Records? I love the vision that (Visible Music College President) Ken Steorts has for MLR. The heart of MLR is to serve the students and those beyond our campus with constant attention to help them promote their message in music. This label is totally not what I was used to in the industry in Nashville. It’s refreshing, and I hope we can continue to build upon it.
What are your goals in your new position? I am a servant. My goal is to make this a great experience for those I work with, first of all, and then for the artists. I want this to be a place that everyone wants to hang around. I want to see artists hanging in the studio, hanging in the lounge or cafe. I want it to be a place where love and creativity meet every day.
What do you most enjoy about your work? What I enjoy most about my work is the challenge – the character-building side of things. No one just walks up and gives a person anything in the music world, so I enjoy building new relationships and walking the path of the unknown. I love it!
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Get a mentor, invest, apply yourself in the things that you’re passionate about. Never let a down day cause you to quit. It’s OK to press pause or take a timeout, but never, ever quit.
Paul Dougherty has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as chief technology officer. Dougherty has 34 years’ experience in information technology, previously serving as chief technology officer at Lellyett and Rogers Services, and at Gresham, Smith and Partners.
Bob Baker has been appointed director of the Center for Athletic Academic Services at The University of Memphis. He has served as the center’s associate director since August 2011 and as its interim director for the past five months.
Rhodes College has presented its 2013 outstanding staff awards to four employees. They are: Bobby Parson, special services technician, Outstanding Administrative Services Staff; Kristen Hunt, administrative assistant II, Outstanding Administrative Staff; Jeff McClain, superintendent of maintenance, Outstanding Administrator; and Regina Simmons, director of new student programs, Outstanding Administrator.
Lindsey True has joined Leadership Memphis as operations coordinator. True previously served as an administrative intern for Central Church’s children’s ministries and as an intern with International Teams.
Nine attorneys from the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC have been ranked in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA as leading practitioners in their practice areas. Leo Bearman Jr., E. Franklin Childress Jr., Robert C. Liddon Jr. and Buckner Wellford were ranked in Band 1, the top tier. Mary L. Aronov, Matthew S. Heiter, Jackie Prester and Edward R. Young were ranked in Band 2; and Robert J. DelPriore was ranked in Band 3.
ProTech Systems Group Inc. has been awarded Ingram Micro’s Cloud Partnership Award, Advanced Solutions East. The award honors IT solution and managed service providers for their advocacy, leadership and sales success within the cloud services marketplace.
Josalyn Tresvant, a teacher at Knight Road Elementary School, has been awarded a 2013 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice by nonprofit organization TNTP. The award is given annually to four teachers nationwide who teach in high-poverty public schools.