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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I believe that my educational and professional journey has been quite unique for many reasons.  I believe that the struggles and triumphs during this journey have served to mold me for the better because of the support of the Peer Power Foundation. I’ve had the opportunity to pursue personal and professional endeavors all while being challenged by this foundation to be better.  Despite all the things that Peer Power has done in my benefit, the most valuable has been the opportunity to serve students who were just like me. I have witnessed students explore new facets of their abilities and become excited about their future.  I can’t think of a more rewarding, humbling and beneficial opportunity than to embrace Memphis, TN through the limbs of Peer Power!