Each year, HENMA presents the awards for East Nashvillian of the Year by highlighting people and businesses who exemplify the best of all the positive aspects of life in East Nashville.
Citizen of the Year: Carol Williams
Ever since she and husband Charlie bought a house in Edgefield on Russell Street in 1975, Carol Williams has been a neighborhood activist. Over the years, she has been Team Mom at Jess Neeley, and she served on the boards of Historic Edgefield and ReDiscover East! Carol also served on the BOLO team (Be on the lookout—a Metro Police program), as well as the Property Standards and Appeals Board under Mayor Bill Purcell as vice chair. She is a founding member of Friends of Shelby Park, where she also served as chairperson for two terms, and is a Cayce Revitalization board member.
Business of the Year: March Egerton
March has been key in the redevelopment for many years, owning and remodeling the buildings that house many of our favorite destinations: Margot, Marche, Bongo Java, Ugly Mugs, Jenis, Silly Goose, Pizza Real, and Fat Bottom Brewery. His current project is the second phase of Walden, which will be the new home for Cumberland Transit, Two Ten Jack and Climb Nashville.
The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association announces the winners of this years East Nashvillian of the Year Awards. 2013 is the 6th year of an annual award highlighting people and businesses who exemplify the best of all the positive aspects of life in East Nashville. There is one winner in each of two categories. The first is for a business or business owner that in 2013 portrayed the best of what East Nashville has to offer. The second award is for a private citizen who best symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.
“East Nashville is full of great people,” said Tom Hadley, 2012 president of Historic East Nashville Merchants Association, “We want to acknowledge people who really stand out in making East Nashville a great place to live.”
Congratulations to our winners! Winners received a $200 prize and the recognition at the first HENMA Board meeting of 2014.
The Other Nominees
Only one person from each category can be named East Nashvillian of the Year, but all of these people and businesses deserve our respect and thanks for their commitment to our neighborhood. Please be sure to offer congratulations to any of these individuals you may see in the near future, they deserve it!
See the past winners of East Nashvillian of the Year
The Historic East Nashville Merchants Association is a business collective formed in 2003 to foster a cooperative spirit between businesses located in Historic Nashvilles East Bank Business District. Its member businesses work in concert with government and neighborhood associations to improve the welfare, commerce and quality of life in East Nashville, Tennessee.