50; President/CEO at The Works, Inc.; Volunteer Asst. Secretary for Methodist Healthcare Foundation; Treasurer for Memphis Fourth Estate (Daily Memphian); Memphis River Parks Partnership; Memphis Black Arts Alliance; Urban Land Institute (ULI) Memphis Chapter-Management Committee; RegionSmart

I LOVE MY SPORTS: I have a hectic life, and being outdoors on a bike means freedom from daily worries and stresses.

BUCKET LIST: I want to become a confident swimmer so I can complete a triathlon by the time I’m 55.

UP NEXT: Stars and Stripes 5K in July and the Big Dam River Ride in Little Rock in September

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: I finished my first 5K a month after saying I’d never run! I have now run three or four 5Ks and beat my time in each race.

RECENT RACES: M-Town Series. Harbortown 5K.

MY GROUP: Victory Bicycle Summer Training Group 2022 and Major Taylor Memphis. I also participate in the South Memphis Glide Rides with the team at work and our neighbors.

FAVORITE JAMS: It changes, but right now, it’s Imagine That by local artist Talibah Safiya.

GO-TO GEAR: Apple Watch

MOST MEMORABLE FITNESS EVENT: Participating in a bike study tour in the Netherlands one month after learning to ride a bike for the first time.

BEST EATS: I prefer locally-owned restaurants – not chains. I like good food and will give anything a try.

DREAM DINNER COMPANY: I’d have dinner with Prince, who is my favorite artist. I think he was a master artist and pretty cerebral, so it’d make for an interesting conversation.

INSPIRATION: I’ve watched too many friends, family, and neighbors die young or live with poor quality of life because of diet-related illnesses and/or physical inactivity. My dad and sister passed away at 55 yrs and 40 yrs, respectively. They suffered from auto-immune disorders. I want to live the best and fullest life for myself and my daughter, given that I don’t know when it will end. I also want to be an example for the vulnerable populations I serve, who too often die too young.

QUOTE: “And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. ” – Matthew 22:39

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