Over 300 Guests Expected for LGBT Chamber’s Biggest Event of the Year


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 6, 2016) – The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Brian Sullivan as the host of the 4th Annual Excellence in Business Awards to be held Wednesday, April 13 from 11am-1pm CST at the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in beautiful downtown Nashville. The event is a Who’s Who of corporate leaders, small business owners, professionals and community leaders coming together to honor businesses that have contributed to the success of LGBT employees and are committed to diversity and equality in the workplace.


“We wanted someone to emcee the awards show who is not only entertaining, but a part of our community who knows and shares our values,” says Nashville LGBT Executive Director Lisa Howe. “We think Sullivan will do an excellent job.”


Over 300 guests are expected at the high energy event known for its powerful audience, motivational acceptance speeches and inspiration for those committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


“I am so honored and humbled to be asked,” says Sullivan. “We have so much to be proud of from our Nashville businesses and the commitment they show every day to combat discrimination in the workplace and provide a happy and healthy work environment for all people. This is going to be the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and it’s an opportunity to say thank you to the leaders in our community who make Nashville a great place to live and work.”


The celebration will honor businesses in 7 different award categories, and feature appearances from Nashville’s top executives and leaders, including Mayor Megan Barry.


For more information on tickets, menu and parking for the event, click HERE.

For a list of awards and nominees, click HERE.




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The LGBT Chamber empowers the LGBT community and its allies by contributing to the economic growth of Nashville. The LGBT Chamber is dedicated to professional and economic development for the LGBT and ally community in the Nashville area. We offer educational programming to improve members’ skills in the business environment and extend networking opportunities to grow the companies within and outside our community.



Sullivan began his career in journalism covering local NAACP meetings for the Collierville Independent in West Tennessee, and later worked his way up to editor, and owned The Colliervillian before his transition into television. He served as News Assignment Editor at WHBQ Fox13 News in Memphis and went on to work in the same role at WZTV Fox17 News in Nashville. After freelancing work on CNN‘s documentary “Muslim in America”, gathering video and content on the controversial Murfreesboro Mosque, and winning the Emmy for Best Morning Show in 2012, he left television to pursue a role in helping those battling alcoholism and substance abuse get the treatment they needed. He has served as an advocate for reducing recidivism, and raising awareness that jail is ineffective to someone battling the disease of addiction. With over 20 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist, he now oversees all media communications and assists in community projects, publicity campaigns and public marketing strategy for both Vertava Health and nonprofit Spring to Life. He is a writer, lobbyist, activist and marketing strategist. Active in several campaigns raising awareness in addiction treatment, equality and mental health care, Sullivan is a writer for both Vertava Health and Out & About Nashville. he was nominated for both the 2016 Nashville Emerging Leader and the Samuel Felker Business Leader of the Year Awards. He is an active member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Memphis Area Prevention Coalition, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facing Addiction, Fed Up!, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Theatre Company, LGBTQI Nashvillians of Faith, Covenant of the Cross Ministries, and the Nashville Filmmakers Guild. He has conducted fundraisers for the Memphis Hope House, Nashville Cares, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Lola Embrey Children’s Fund, which he founded in honor of his late grandmother.



Lisa Howe

Executive Director


Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 330971, Nashville, TN 37203




Brian Sullivan

Director of Public Relations


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