Robert Sherrill is the President & CEO of Imperial Cleaning Systems (ICS), a growing commercial cleaning, restoration and janitorial company based in Nashville, Tennessee. With over 12 years’ experience in the industry, Robert is certified as a MBE/DBE and works to educate others on the necessary processes to grow businesses and contracts. As a nod to the Greater Nashville community, he launched “Imperial Cares” to provide jobs and internships to area residents who are displaced or enrolled in a post-incarceration community re-entry program. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, Robert has been awarded and recognized as “Stay On The Go’s 40 Under 40”, Nashville’s Black Chamber of Commerce’s “Rising Star”, Power Moves’ “Best in Entrepreneurship 2018”, Varnell Foundation’s 2018 Community Leader of the Year, Nashville Minority Business Center’s 2018 Minority Man of the Year and Nashville Business Journal’s “Most Admired CEO 2018” and is a graduate and member of Cohort 5 of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Catalyst Program.
In addition to his work with ICS, Robert is the CEO of Vanguard Transportation and Empero Logistics, Vice President of The Winner’s Circle, a Nashville-based entrepreneur mastermind group, co-founder of theLAB Nashville, a collaborative member’s only space that caters to local creatives and entrepreneurs, and travels the country speaking about hope, redemption, grace, favor and the ability to overcome. With a passion for helping disadvantaged, underserved youth, he recently started Impact Youth Outreach (iYO) with a focus on mentorship, community service and motivational opportunities. In 2018, Robert penned his first book chronicling his life and rise to success after a turbulent past. Upon its release, the book climbed to #1 on Amazon’s best sellers.
Contrecia T. Tharpe (Ed.D candidate) is a marketing and communications professional with over seven years’ experience in the industry. Specializing in strategy development, implementation and management, she has worked with national and international brands, businesses and individuals in the non-profit, sports, entertainment, small business and education sectors. Specializing in strategy and brand development and management, Contrecia works to create stable brand foundations, optimized brands and maximized opportunities.
With a Masters in Marketing, New Media and Communications, Contrecia is experienced in marketing, communication and brand development efforts and strategies. In addition to strategic growth and development efforts, she works in media relations, advertising and website development, as well as manages and oversees graphic design, promotion of events and programs, marketing training and more. She is currently attending Trevecca Nazarene University in pursuit of her Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Leadership and Professional Practices.
The author of Branding Blocks: A Guide for Developing a Brand and Image for Success, she is also a public speaker spreading the word of effective, efficient, unique and sustainable brands and branding.