2016 Powerhouse Awards

March 16, 2016 10:38 am Published by Comments Off on 2016 Powerhouse Awards

Event Information
Registration and Sponsorship Information
2016 Honorees
Sponsors and Friends
Art Work as Centerpieces
History and Mission Statement

Event Information

Andrea Conte and the Board of Directors of You Have The Power invite you to join us in honoring our Founding Board for the 4th Annual 2016 Powerhouse Award on April 26th at City Winery.

Doors open at 11 am. Lunch starts at 11:35 pm with the program immediately following lunch. $150 of your ticket is tax deductible.

Twenty-three years ago Judy Steele Bayer, Jody Folk, Ron Samuels, and Steve Turner joined Andrea to create a movement and path for surviving crime throughout Tennessee.

Registration and Sponsorship Information

Individual tickets for the 2016 Powerhouse Award are $200. A portion of the registration fee is tax deductible.

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2016 Honorees


Judy Steele Bayer

A native Nashvillian and Vanderbilt University graduate, Judy Steele Bayer has spent most of her professional career in government work. Her last government position was Director of Community Relations for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (2003-2011). Shortly after her retirement, Judy was asked to take a temporary post of Acting Executive Director of You Have the Power during the organization’s transition in 2011.

Judy is a current or past board member of many organizations, among them The DISTRICT, Nashville Women’s Breakfast Club, Nashville Catholic Business Women’s League and Catholic Charities of Middle Tennessee. She is a member of the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee and a volunteer with Ladies of Charity, and she currently serves as Vice-President of  the Board of Directors for YHTP.

Judy enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and their four Yorkies, playing tennis and gardening.


Jody Folk

In 1979, after teaching and becoming the mother of two daughters, Jody was hired by the Davidson County Attorney’s office to work on a small $25,000 grant to fund an agency dedicated to help ease the pain of violent crime for victims and witnesses. The first of its kind in the country, the Victim Witness Services Program started with an initial volunteer base of 25. Today, it is considered to be one of the largest and best-run programs in the Southeast.

Through her work in the court system, Andrea Conte tapped Jody as a founding member of You Have the Power. She was also named Deputy of Tennessee’s Office of First Lady. Several landmark projects came out of this collaboration, one of which was a walk across Tennessee. It raised over $1 million for Child Advocacy Centers throughout the state.

A former board member of the Nashville Child Advocacy Center, Jody is now retired. She stays busy volunteering, gardening, sewing and doting on her nine grandchildren.

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Ron Samuels

Ron Samuels is an experienced leader, executive and marketer. He has been a banker in Nashville for over 40 years.

In 2004, Ron founded Avenue Bank, which was named a Top 5 “Best Banks to Work for” by American Banker magazine in their 2014/2015 nationwide surveys. He was named “Leader in Banking Experience” by the Tennessee Banker’s Association in 2009, and he served on the TBA Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015. In 2015, Ron joined TBA’s Government Relations Committee, as well as the board for the Nashville Health Care Council.

Ron is a highly visible and engaged community leader, having served as the Chairman of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce from 2008 to 2010, where he spearheaded the approval of the $550 million Music City Center. He has also served in leadership roles on many other boards and committees of economic development, professional sports, education and more.

In addition to spending time with family, Ron is a member of the Hummingbirds, Avenue Bank’s award-winning band.


Steve Turner

Steve Turner is the founder of MarketStreet  Equities Company and chairman of FNG Financial  Corporation headquartered in Scottsville, Kentucky.

He is a member of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University and the founding Chairman of the
Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies. Steve serves on the board of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Cumberland Region Tomorrow and the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.

A passionate support of the arts, Steve is the chairman of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a former board member of The Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. He also served as the building chairman of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and is a
former member of the Nashville Symphony.

Until 2015, Steve co-chaired (with Mayor Karl Dean) the Nashville Chamber’s “CEO Champions” program in support of public schools.

Read more about our Honorees.

Sponsors and Friends

Special thanks to all of our sponsors.

Powerhouse Sponsors

Bella Regali.










West Meade Wine & Liquor

Champion  Sponsors

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Ms. Patsy Bruce

Dr. David Bayer

Mr. and Mrs. Michael McWherter, Ned R. McWherter Foundation

Torry Johnson, Belmont College of Law

Ms. Marilyn Warren

Sue Fort White and Steve White

Art Work as Centerpieces

The creative works of several Tennessee artist and artisans, including paintings, pottery, sculptures, mixed media and wood art, will be on display as centerpieces for each of the tables. These pieces will be sold during the event, with proceeds to be distributed to both the creators and You Have the Power.Don’t miss the opportunity to see wonderful “centerpieces” by:

Renee Bates – Gouach on Bamboo Paper titled “Kaffir Lilly”
Amy Bermudez – Ceramic Art Clusters (3)
Whitney Bogard – Painting
Emily Cathcart  – Oil on Canvas Painting titled “Provence”
Mary Ann Claxton – Oil Painting, Still life of Apples
Angie Crawford – Acrylic Framed Art
Sarah Dennis – Digital Painting with SciFi Fantasy Theme
John Finney – Canvas Photographs (10)
Denise Hawkins – Oil on Linen, Canvas framed 4″ x 4″ titled “Nesting Time”
Jason Hill – Watercolor Painting titled “Abandoned Boat”
Jane McGinnis-Glynn – Woven Clay Purse
Michael J. McBride – Watercolor Painting
Narrow Gate Artisans – Framed Wood Art of Franklin Square
Dominiave Nolen (Creator Vurei) – Digital Art titlted “Octopus Girl”
David N. Orth – Hand-built Porcelain Bowl
Brenda Stein – Wood, Wire and Harpeth River Rock Mixed-Media Piece
Caroline Thompson – Oil Painting titled “Spiral to Heaven)
James Threalkill – Painting titled “Power in Harmony”
Cherry Tigris – Painting titled “Tigris Lily”
Charles Wiggins – Hand-carved Granite with Crystal Heart titled “Angel Pondering Flight”
Lydia Wilson – Jewelry from Lydia (Necklaces and Earrings)
and more!


History and Mission Statement

The Powerhouse Award was established in 2013 to honor an individual’s commitment to victims and victims’ rights issues. This event is the key event for both fundraising and public awareness for You Have the Power. Previous honorees include General Torry Johnson (2013), John Seigenthaler (2014), and Virginia Trimble (2015).


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