Executive Profile: Dennis Ring with Peer Power Foundation

August 28th, 2017

Memphis Business Journal | Michelle Corbet

Dennis Ring was recently hired as development director by the Peer Power Foundation. He and his wife, Dr. Kristen Ring, the new head of Hutchison School, moved to Memphis this summer. MBJ spoke with Dennis Ring to get his approach on fundraising, and he gave us some personal background with this Q&A.

Born and Raised: Clemmons, North Carolina

First Job: Tanglewood Golf Course

Last Job: Director of the UMS-Wright Preparatory School Foundation in Mobile, Alabama

Education: North Carolina State University; Winston-Salem State University

Residence: We live on the campus of Hutchison School.

Family: Wife: Dr. Kristen Ring; sons: Reilly (15) and Colby (14); daughter: Samantha (9); dogs: Harold and Betty

Word that best describes you: Strategic

Goal yet to be achieved: Travel to each continent with my children and wife

Like best about your job: Knowing that we are moving the needle in a positive direction for students

Like least about your job: My conflicting feelings of urgency and patience

Memphians most interested in meeting: This is tough and my list grows every day, but John Hull Dobbs Sr., Lester CrainFred SmithMike Conley and Tubby Smith would be my starting five.

First choice for a new career: NBA or NCAA basketball coach

Favorite cause: Education

Favorite movie: "Brian's Song," but "Hoosiers" is a close second

Favorite Memphis restaurant: Everywhere we have eaten has been incredible, but Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Swanky's Tacos and Belmont Grill stand out.

Favorite vacation spot: Grand Cayman Islands

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Alexandria L. Jones

I have had the privilege of being a part of the Peer Power organization since its inception and I have enjoyed every single moment.  Seeing the sheer joy on students’ faces after they have been assisted with a subject they struggled in is indescribable.  Odd as it may seem, Peer Power can be likened to an inhaler or decongestant that provides relief to a person suffering from asthma or simply sinus issues.  When a person has asthma, at times they might have difficulty breathing and would need assistance to relief them of their congestion.  In a similar light, at times many students find themselves, unable to “breathe”; they have difficulties in many subjects in school.  Peer Power act as tools that open the airways of understanding and we relieve them of the pressure and worry of failure.  As a result of students’ willingness to learn and Peer Power’s eagerness to provide assistance, students are able to excel in areas they never thought they could.