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 am a Native Memphian, East High Graduate, and University of Memphis Alumnus who takes pride in being able to say that I serve where I was raised. As a Peer Power Program Director, I have the opportunity to impact the lives of students who share similar beginnings as I do. These scholars benefit greatly from my experience as a student leader during college, my years of international travel as a gospel singer, and my lifelong dedication to GOD and my local church. I am a walking billboard of what is possible regardless of where you come from. It is from this philosophy, that I work to create, grow, and sustain programs that help hone youth into the people they were created to be. I started with Peer Power at its inception and I am honored to continue through our glory days.