Our Team

Angela Crane Jones

Angela Crane Jones

CEO
The Nashville Business Incubation Center is lead by Chief Executive Officer Angela Crane-Jones. Angela Crane-Jones has served NBIC since 2003, being appointed to this role, after progressive experience with the organization, in 2013. Previously, she served as Interim CEO, where she forged business relationships with the Small Business Development Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, IRS, Veterans Affairs, and Operation Stand Down among others to provide additional training and educational opportunities for the businesses at the Incubation Center and Entrepreneur community at-large. She began her tenure with NBIC as Assistant Director from 2003 – 2012, Mrs. Crane-Jones took an active leadership role in securing consulting services for the center’s clients, developing community resources and developing programs supporting the needs of NBIC clients. Prior to joining the center’s staff, Mrs. Crane-Jones was owner/operator of two Dairy Queen Restaurants where she gained valuable experience in retail and food operations, marketing and forecasting. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Arts degree from Tennessee State University.

Kenneth Thomas

Entrepreneur in Residence
Kenneth Thomas is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Owner responsible for leadership and strategic development required for the performance of day to day operations. Additionally, responsible for providing the leadership necessary for the fulfillment of the company’s governance functions, the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives. Prior to starting Archangel Protective Services , Ken spent ten years as the Senior Vice President Customer Care /VP Operations Services Community Education Partners. He was awarded the companies highest award the “Chairman’s Award for Excellence” in recognition of providing consistent excellence in leadership. Ken retired from the UNITED STATES NAVY as Command Master Chief Petty Officer, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Naval Aircrew, Senior Advisor on Enlisted Affairs and Special Assistant to the Commander of the Maritime Aviation Patrol and Reconnaissance Command. Ken is a graduate with honors from Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of the State of New York and earned a Master Degree in Education from American Intercontinental University. Ken is also a State of Tennessee Armed Security Officer, State of Tennessee Handgun Safety Instructor, and NRA Basic Pistol Instructor.

Arnella Williams-Foster

Community Coordinator
Arnella Williams-Foster is the Community Coordinator for the Nashville Business Incubation Center. She supports various projects from coordinating programs to marketing. She specializes in advertising and marketing, social media management, event logistics, data analysis, and building and maintaining community relationships. Arnella holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Marketing from Tennessee State University (TSU). Arnella is a May 2019 graduate of TSU. While attending TSU, Arnella served as a Digital & Social Media Intern for the Office of Digital Media. Also, Arnella worked as a Junior Recruitment Counselor in the Office of Recruitment assisting high school students with admissions and transitioning to college. Through her work as a Junior Recruitment Counselor she developed a passion for mentoring helping others reach their goals. After graduation Arnella went on to work as a Workforce Development Consultant with Relevant Resources Group, Inc., connecting individuals and employment opportunities and assisting employers in understanding the importance of diversity in the workplace. Outside of work, Arnella enjoys entrepreneurship, reading, community service, and spending time with loved ones.

Deprea Crane

Business Information Systems Intern
Deprea Crane is a Information Systems Intern at the Nashville Business Incubation Center (NBIC). She responsible for providing technical support for all aspects of NBIC. In addition, this role plays a key part in delivering timely solutions, collect, process, store, and distribute information. Deprea holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Information Systems from Tennessee State University (TSU). Deprea is a May 2018 graduate of TSU she obtained her degree in 3 years and is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration concentrating in Supply Chain Management and Management Information Systems. While attending TSU, Deprea served as a Information Systems & Marketing Intern for LogoMyLogo. She also worked with the Association of Information Technology and studied abroad in Japan. Deprea is a part of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, TSU’s Aristocrat Of Bands, and Supply Chain Management Student Organization. The organizations she is a part of cultivated her love of learning, building relationships, and elevated her ability to bridge the gap and integrate various aspect of information technology and business management together. Outside of work, Deprea enjoys community service, traveling, reading, and learning about different cultures.