Board of Trustees Member Cordia Harrington Presented with 2022 Bridge Builder Award at Amplify Nashville

Belmont Board of Trustees member Cordia Harrington, founder and CEO of Crown Bakeries, received the 2022 Bridge Builder Award presented by Belmont at the Amplify Nashville awards this month. 

Amplify Nashville, hosted by Siloam Health, honors one champion of the city’s international community as well as the achievements of immigrants who have made significant contributions to the city. 

Harrington is celebrated for her impact on Nashville’s economic landscape for many immigrants who call our city home. Affectionately called “The Bun Lady,” (Crown Bakeries was formerly known as Tennessee Bun Co.), Harrington employs more than 500 people, with approximately 85 percent of her workforce including women and people who were born outside of the United States. Belmont’s Harrington Place Dining also is named in her honor. 

Additional Amplify Nashville honorees this year include the following: 

Dr. Alex Jahangir, professor of orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, public health expert, and leader of Nashville’s COVID-19 task force, received the 2022 Culture Shaper Award presented by Mayor John Cooper.

Mina Johnson, the first Japanese-naturalized citizen to be elected to Metro Council in Nashville and current member of the Metro Planning Commission, was presented the 2022 Good Neighbor Award by Vice Mayor Jim Shulman.  

George Hanna received the 2022 Community Catalyst Award for his role in establishing the presence of the Egyptian community in Nashville through his work at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Hotel.  

Siloam Health, a Nashville nonprofit health care organization celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has a front-row seat to the contributions that immigrants and refugees bring to our city. The organization hosted Amplify Nashville at Oz Arts Nashville on April 14.