Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee honored Frances W. Preston, President and CEO of BMI, with the 2001 Free Enterprise Award during the AmSouth Free Enterprise Award Dinner, held February 8 at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel in Nashville.
Frances Preston with the 2001 Free Enterprise Award
David E. Hall, Chairman of Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee and former President, TNN/CMT, made the presentation. Among those participating in the event were emcee Harry Chapman, featured speaker Paul Corbin of BMI, co-chairs Victoria Jackson and William A. Hawkins, and committee members Henry Hillenmeyer, Thomas Negri, Jack L. Wood and BMI's David Preston.
Tennessee State Senator Douglas Henry, Frances Preston, Lolly Henry
Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee presents the Free Enterprise Award annually to an outstanding businessperson who has:
- Greatly impacted the Middle Tennessee business community for at least 10 years.
- A respected public and private reputation.
- Promoted individuals to achieve their highest potential. Acted in a professional and ethical manner.
- Accepted responsibility for his/her actions.
- Acted as a good citizen, playing an active role in community affairs.
- Made an outstanding contribution to his/her field.
Frances Preston with emcee Harry Chapman and his wife, Angela
Preston joins a distinguished group of Middle Tennesseans who have been honored with this highly acclaimed award in recent years. Among them are: DeWitt Ezell, Dennis Bottorff, Mayor Philip N. Bredesen, Marguerite Sallee, Ambassador Joe M. Rodgers, Carroll D. Shanks, Albert Werthan, Jimmy Webb, Jimmy Small, and Clayton McWhorter.
BMI writer Paul Craft, Frances Preston, BMI writer Dickey Lee and Talbot Music's Jana Talbot
Junior Achievement is the world's largest and fastest growing non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics, and free enterprise. Through age-appropriate curricula, JA programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. JA programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for additional key economic and workforce issues they will face in the future. Today, JA reaches nearly 34,000 students locally, 4 million students through 160 offices nationwide and one million more students in nearly 100 countries worldwide.
Paul Corbin, Frances Preston and David Hall
Junior Achievement's Doris Shacklett with Frances Preston