Nashville Entrepreneur Center To Combine Hall Of Fame And NEXT Awards On Nov. 7

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center will incorporate its hall of fame inductees and the NEXT Awards on Nov. 7 at Rocketown in downtown Nashville.

Scott Borchetta, President, CEO and Founder of the Big Machine Label Group will be among the 2018 Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame inductees, in addition to Nashville Predators’ Chairman and Co-Founder of Healthways Tom Cigarran and Avenue Bank Founder, now Vice Chairman of Pinnacle Financial Partners Board of Directors Ron Samuels.

The celebration will bring together the up-and-coming generation of innovators—across seventeen different categories spanning small and large businesses, healthcare and music startups, social impact companies, tech—with the three trailblazers that have paved the way in Middle Tennessee.

“Just as musicians have the CMA’s and actors have the Academy Awards, entrepreneurs have the NEXT Awards and Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame to mark their success and inspire their dreams,” states Michael Brody-Waite, CEO of The Nashville Entrepreneur Center. “Together, this audience represents both the great past and bright future of Nashville.”

The event is headed by co-chairs Dee Anna Smith, CEO of Sarah Cannon; Stuart McWhorter, CEO of Clayton Associates; and John Zarling, Executive Vice President, Marketing and New Business of Sony Music Nashville. Previous Entrepreneurs’ Hall of Fame inductees include Kix Brooks, Ken Levitan, Becca Stevens and Cal Turner.

The Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame and NEXT Awards will run $250 a seat for VIP table of 10 seating with dinner to $75 general admission tickets at


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