Darrell Freeman

NASHVILLE, TN — Darrell Freeman has been named the 2019 JA Nashville Business Hall of Fame laureate by Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee. Hosted by Delta Air Lines, this distinguished annual event recognizes Nashville’s outstanding contributors to business and philanthropy.

Freeman was selected by Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee (JA) and past laureates for his achievements in both entrepreneurship and business leadership in the Nashville area. He will be honored at Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee’s Nashville Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Music City Center.

Freeman joins an extraordinary group of individuals in the Hall of Fame, including former Gov. Bill Haslam, John Ferguson, Marty Dickens, Amy Grant, Jack Bovender Jr., Rob McCabe, Mark Emkes, Hal Pennington, Ron Samuels and Joe Scarlett.

In 1991, Freeman founded Zycron, Inc., and served as the executive chairman, leading and directing all operations. The company has grown to be one of the largest IT solutions firms headquartered in Tennessee, employing more than 350 IT professionals and servicing Fortune 500 clients and some of the largest health care, government and utility agencies in the country. He currently serves as executive managing director with Zycron, now a division of BG Staffing Firm.

Freeman created the Entrepreneurial Pad in the former Zycron headquarters in 2018 to inspire innovation and local business development among the Nashville community.

In addition, Freeman is a member of Reliant Bank’s board of directors and the chairman of Pinnacle Construction Partners, both of which he co-founded. He is also the vice chairman of the Middle Tennessee State University board of trustees and was the first two-term chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Freeman was chosen as a member of Cross Country Healthcare’s board of directors for his extensive industry expertise and background in business development. He is also the creator and host of Cockpit Conversations, the YouTube channel featuring interviews with prominent Nashville leaders while flying 25,000 feet in the air.

Tickets for the event are available in the link below. Please direct all questions to Abby Banks, 615-627-1183 or abbyb@janash.com.

Junior Achievement USA® (JA) is the world’s largest and fastest-growing nonprofit organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Locally, JA of Middle Tennessee, a franchise of JA USA®, is solely dedicated to preparing youth to lead healthy financial lives. With dedicated corporate and community volunteers, K–12 students are engaged, equipped and inspired through financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs. JA of Middle Tennessee volunteers and programs give young people the hope and skills to succeed in work and life. Founded in Middle Tennessee in 1957, JA now covers 22 counties in the region, reaching nearly 37,000 students annually in almost 1,700 classrooms throughout Middle Tennessee. For more information, visit www.janash.com.