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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Deidra M. Sanders

At age fifteen, I was introduced to Mr. Charles McVean and the Peer Power Foundation.  Peer Power provided my first job as well as endless opportunities throughout high school and college.  The Foundation set very high standards for me as a student, a tutor, and leader.  Peer Power taught me the value of not only excelling academically, but how to be a model citizen and consistently improve the whole person.  Through Peer Power, I learned the value of helping others and how to give back to the community in other ways.  Throughout my four years at Georgetown, I have made it my goal to give back to the community.  The high expectations set by Peer Power have aided me in achieving my goals in receiving a dual degree in International Politics and International Economics.  I will soon start a career in government sciences.  I know that I would not have made it this far without the direction given to me from Peer Power.