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Lauren Atkinson Rows for a Reason and a Community

Lauren Atkinson, 31, is an entrepreneur and a lover of people.

Originally from New Jersey, Lauren moved down to Nashville to attend college at Belmont University, where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in music business.

Lauren owns a floral design company for weddings and events and is also heavily involved with the Crossfit gym on West End Avenue.

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For LeAnder, the Music is About the Experience

Together Logan Rhea, Andrew Hall, and Scott Anderle form LeAnder, a Nashville-based alternative rock band.

Logan is the bassist, the acting manager, and the booking agent. Andrew (not pictured above) is the band’s drummer and sound engineer, while Scott leads creatively as the singer/songwriter and marketing person.

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To Create Innovation and Creativity, Dr. David Owens Says Something Has to Stop

Dr. David Owens, 57, was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. to attend Stanford University when he was 18 years old.

“My mom’s German so we spoke German at home. We wore lederhosen and ate bratwurst and sauerkraut,” he said. “I remember being on the plane on way to school and I couldn’t figure out where it was. I didn’t know where San Francisco was compared to Los Angeles. I didn’t really know anything.”

David encountered a great deal of culture shock, which made the transition to the United States difficult.

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Jon Dragonette comes to Nashville for New Inspirations

Professional photographer Jon Dragonette, 37, grew up in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.

At 22, he moved to San Francisco for six years and then moved to Los Angeles for seven years until coming to Nashville last November.

“I grew up skateboarding, and that’s how I got into photography,” he said. “My mom wanted to be a photographer. I have a twin brother, and she had us when she was super young, so she had to put those dreams aside. When I was 13 or 14, she gave me a little 35 mm camera.”

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Diversity and Creative Drives Éva to the South

Éva Boros, 28, was born in Germany but grew up in Hungary.

In 1992, her father got a job at Ohio State University in the cancer research department. Her mother and her father both moved to the U.S. but decided to keep little Éva with her grandparents in Hungary. At the time, her parents couldn’t speak English and thought she would be more comfortable there.

“I had a great childhood in Hungary, but I missed my parents,” she said. “I was 11 when my family decided it would be okay for me to join them. My dad was transferred to Harbor-UCLA that same year.”

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Zac Radford Plays with Heart and Passion

Zac Radford, 30, was born in St. Louis and grew up in Texas in between San Antonio and Austin. In 2003, his family moved to Brentwood, just south of Nashville.

After the move, he went on to finish high school and attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he graduated in 2009. Over the last several years, Zac has been traveling off and on pursuing a PGA Tour. Having lived briefly in San Antonio and Orlando, he said he would always call Nashville home.