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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Michelle C. Neal

As a proud Peer Power tutor and mentor for the past six years, I have been able to assist high school students during their times of need.  My desire is for my scholars to apply the positive things I have taught them as they take the necessary steps to fulfill their dreams.  Most importantly, I hope my scholars will not lose sight of how far they can go in life.  Over the years, I have seen several students who have struggled in life get through their difficult situations because of the love and support Peer Power has offered them.  Through the Peer Power program, I have had the opportunity to build relationships that will last a lifetime and create wonderful memories with my scholars.  It is an honor to say that I am a member of the Peer Power family.  My experience with Peer Power has helped mold me into the well-rounded individual I am today.