Soulsville Foundation names new CEO
The Soulsville Foundation has announced the hiring of Calvin Stovall as its new chief operating officer. The former CEO, Mark Wender, stepped down earlier this year to pursue other opportunities in the Memphis area. A national search led the foundation to Stovall, a Chicago native and longtime Memphian.
Stovall comes to the Foundation from across town and ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital where he was director of Brand Marketing and Strategy. He has extensive experience in operations, brand marketing, and market research, as well as product and service development. He was previously vice president of Global Brand Training for Hilton Worldwide, and owned his own business, The Professional Advantage, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minn. for several years.
Stovall got his undergraduate degree from Chicago State University and completed his graduate work at Cornell University of Hotel Administratino in Ithaca, NY.
"We've been on a fast track and cooperatively focused," Carolyn Hardy, Soulsville Foundation board chair, said in a prepared statement. "In record time, we interviewed exceptional candidates from all over the country that applied for the CEO's position. The enormous interest in the position validates the uniqueness of Soulsville and our amazing brand appeal. We fully expect this to be a seamless transition and appreciate the many accomplishments Mark Wender achieved during his tenure here."
The nonprofit Soulsville Foundation operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Stax Music Academy, and The Soulsville Charter School.
"Everything about Soulsville is distinctive — its work, its mission and commitment to education, its history, culture, legacy, its music and perpetual popularity internationally and I am anxious to help take it to yet a higher level," Stovall said. "I'm no Johnnie Taylor or John Legend; can't carry a tune, but I certainly have music in my soul and I know I'm in the right key at this magical place."