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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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Vinit Modi’s Travels and Experiences Taught Him to Remain Humble

Vinit Modi, 30, grew up in India.

After finishing his undergraduate in India, he went on to pursue a graduate degree in the United States. In April of 2011, he graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona with a Master’s degree in international business.

While in school, he traveled to over 12 different countries including France, the Czech Republic, and Costa Rica to study their business approach.

Once he was done with school, he thought he’d go back to India, but something about the bright lights of New York City kept calling him.

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The Story Continues with Thamarius Head

It’s been over a year since we last talked to Thamarius (You can read his last story here.)

Since then, he’s graduated and received an MBA degree from Western Governors University, a university sponsored by the State of Tennessee, and gotten started as an entrepreneur.

“It was a great initiative by Governor Haslam to bring something like that to Tennessee,” he said. “It’s given a lot of people in my own family a chance at school. It gave me an opportunity to an alternative to the traditional route.”

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For Shoheb Punjani, Business is about a Human Connection

Shoheb Punjani, 24, was born in India in 1991.

At the age of eight in 1999, he and his family moved to the United States.

Shoheb has always been geared toward creativity. Today, he is the founder of a startup called Ark Content Media Management, a small business whose goal is to further the presence of other small businesses online.

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Dave Ramsey is Inspired By His Community at Home and Around the World

Dave Ramsey, 55, was born in Antioch, a southeastern neighborhood in Nashville.

When he was younger, his parents owned a real estate company. He said that taught him how to work hard. Often times, his parents would make he and his sister listen to motivational tapes by people like Zig Ziglar and Earl Nightingale.

“Looking back, I see that a seed was planted,” he said in an email interview with Neat Nashville. “I grew to believe that when you have a dream, you have to do something to make it happen.”

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Robbie Mezanava Excels in the Kitchen and in the Gym

Robbie Mezanava, 30, was born and raised in Los Angeles.

A first generation Mexican-American, he grew up watching Rambo movies and was always interested in fighting for the military.

After high school, Robbie enlisted into the army in 2004. A big water polo player as well, he made the ultimate decision to join the military instead of pursuing the sport and a full ride scholarship to the University of Southern California.

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Councilwoman Sharon Hurt is a Public Servant at Heart

At-Large Metro City Councilwoman, Sharon Hurt, 58, came to Nashville for college in the mid-1970s.

Originally from Memphis, she fell in love with the city and after graduating in from Tennessee State University in 1979, decided to make Nashville her new home.

Sharon began to settle down raise a family. She began working at Meharry Medical College, starting as an assistant to the dean of graduate students and eventually progressing through the ranks to become the director of admissions and records.

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Alex and Hunter Promote Health Through Filtered Water

Alex Ford, 24, and Hunter Nall, 23, are passionate about their work in helping others drink healthy, purified water.

Graduating from Franklin High School in 2010, Alex went on to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and graduated with a finance and psychology degree. Hunter went to the University of Missouri and then to Middle Tennessee State University before leaving school to pursue other endeavors.

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Charles Hunter III Found a Way to Combine All of His Passions Into One

Charles Hunter, III, 30, said he’s just a guy passionate about food, creativity and people

After working years in the culinary industry, he found a way to combine his passions into an entrepreneurial endeavor of in-home personal catering.

Chef and owner of The Salted Table, Charles is taking his love of food to the tables and homes of Nashville and surrounding communities.