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Our Team

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.

LISA SMITH

Collective Impact Manager

Bio Coming Soon.