BNA Talent Group presented with Out & About Newspaper would like to introduce Nashville INSPIRATIONAL Person of the Year Award. This first year award is meant to recognize one Nashville-Metro resident from 2012 that inspired you and others in Nashville in a truly meaningful and impactful way.

“It's been a goal of mine to celebrate inspirational individuals since launching my talent agency in Nashville,” Robbins said, owner of BNA Talent Group. “This award gives us the opportunity to recognize and thank the people in our community that provide inspirational moments, actions or the impetus for all of us to become better.”

The 2013 Nashville INSPIRATIONAL Person of the Year award will be recognized during a special segment of the 2013 Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards presented by CURB Records, on April 3 at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This award does not require Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce membership, nor does it require a specific sexual orientation.

“Although this is not a business award, per se, I felt it was an incredible opportunity to celebrate an inspirational person in Nashville around our business leaders,” Robbins said. “I'd like to see this award being presented every year at different venues and events — maintaining the celebration and recognition.”

The requirements for consideration of the award, after nomination, include:

A current resident of the Nashville-Metro community

·         Provided personal inspiration to a resident of Nashville-metro, or Nashville community inspiration in general

·         Employees, staff or owners of BNA Talent Group and/or Out & About Newspaper are not eligible for nomination

·         The nomination process is being held exclusively on Any other form of nomination will not be accepted or reviewed. Nominations will be kept confidential, only being reviewed by the non-disclosed award selection committee. Nomination period begins on Feb. 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on March 25. The recipient of the award will be notified, by March 27.

The recipient and one guest will be invited to attend the 2013 Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce EXCELLENCE in BUSINESS Awards as esteemed guests of BNA Talent Group and Out & About Newspaper.

“I am absolutely thrilled to partner with Out and About Newspaper to present this award, because of the track record of excellence in media over the past 10 years, as well as the commitment to local coverage this publication offers in print and online,” Robbins said.

Anonymous nominations will not be accepted, as the nominee may not be contacted for additional and relevant information. However, the actual nominee will not be told who nominated them.

Participants in the nomination process will have the opportunity to opt-out of being contacted by different marketing partner services. The Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce will not accept nominations for this particular award. The information requested during this nomination process and pursuant to this award is to be provided voluntarily.

There is no legal requirement to provide any information. Failure to provide any of the requested information may result in disqualification for consideration for the subject award.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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