Excellence in Entrepreneurship


Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Country Club of Decatur
5:15 PM Cocktails and Appetizers
6:00 PM Presentation and Dinner

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Cordia Harrington2016 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award Recipient

Cordia Harrington, The Bakery Companies

Cordia Harrington is CEO and founder of The Bakery Companies, a highly-automated, high-speed baking company comprised of four plants with six bakery lines, serving elite customers in the United States, South America and the Caribbean. As CEO, Ms. Harrington guides the executive team to successful planning, business development, sales and marketing, and brand management. Prior to founding Tennessee Bun Company, Ms. Harrington was a McDonald’s owner/operator in Central Illinois, where she purchased one (and built two additional) award-winning restaurants. As a franchisee, Harrington was purchasing chair for the St. Louis McDonald’s region, President of the Springfield, Illinois, Ronald McDonald House Board and a member of the Central Illinois Co-op. Previously, Ms. Harrington founded and developed Concept One Realtors in Russellville, Arkansas, growing it to include Concept One Construction, a builder of homes and commercial office condominiums. Concept One Realtors was the recipient of national awards. Ms. Harrington serves on the Bank of Nashville Board of Directors, the Zoës Kitchen Board of Directors and the Tennessee Lottery Board. She is a member of the Executive Team of Belmont University’s Board of Trustees, Chief Executives Organization Board of Directors, American Bakers Association Board of Directors and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Board of Trustees. Ms. Harrington attended Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan; she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree. She currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband.



House salad
Marinated flank steak with sherry mushroom sauce
Grilled asparagus bundles
Roasted Yukon smashed potatoes with leeks
Almond-laced basket with vanilla ice cream

Gluten Free Option: Same as above without flour in the sherry mushroom sauce
Vegetarian/Vegan Option: Grilled vegetable Napoleon

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Past Recipients

Alumnus and award recipient Brian Taylor with Sharon Alpi and President Patrick White

Kevin Matthews
Kevin Mathews

2015 Recipient

Kevin Mathews ('91), GenOx Transportation

Brian Taylor

2014 Recipient

Brian Taylor ('86), Pine River Capital Management