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Carissa Orr Extends Compassion and Community to All

Carissa Orr’s compassion for others has led her all over the world.

Originally from Germany, she spent her formative years in Nashville growing up in different parts of the city like East Nashville, Donelson, and Clarksville while her father was stationed at Fort Campbell.

Now a flight attendant with Southwest Airlines, Carissa, 30, has traveled the globe extending compassion and helping others where there is a need.

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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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Maneet Chauhan Adds Spice to the Nashville Community

Maneet Chauhan, 39, was born and raised in a small but diverse city in India.

“Each and every state in India has a very distinct cuisine of its own,” she said. “I was this obnoxious kid who would finish eating at home and then go to my neighbor’s house and eat with them too.”

Maneet said those obnoxious experiences gave her an appreciation for ingredients, spices, and cuisines. It opened her up to new techniques that weren’t used at her house.

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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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Amber Curry Empowers Women of Color Through Hair

Amber Curry, 32, originally from Denver moved to Nashville in 1997 with her family.

“It was a huge culture shock,” she said. “I hated Tennessee when I first got here but there was nothing here, not like how it is now.”

Amber went to Blackman High School in Rutherford County and then graduated from MTSU in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in theater performance.

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Leonard Cuasay Thrives in the Hospitality Industry and in His Community

Leonard Cuasay was working in Orlando, Fla. when his company, Centerplate, a food, beverage, and hospitality organization, received a contract for the Music City Center.

So in 2013, he was offered the position of director of banquets and moved to Nashville.

“When I first moved here it snowed, and I was not ready for that,” he said. “I had lived in Orlando for over ten years. My blood thinned out from all the Florida heat.”

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Mariyo Deon Puts His Heart in Music and in His Community

Knoxville native Mario McClunie, also known by his stage name Mariyo Deon, is now a Nashville-based Hip Hop artist with a sound and a soul for his community.

Initially getting into music through a friend whose dad worked at a radio station in Knoxville, he and his friends would go and record music on home equipment.

“That’s where I first recorded and thought yeah, this is cool,” Mariyo said. “I used to beg my parents to go over there.”