About Hunter Atkins: Chairman of Synovus Bank and a busy entrepreneur for decades, Hunter Atkins has managed to also find time to become one of Nashville’s most prominent philanthropists and community leaders. Hunter has served as Board Chair for Family & Children’s Service, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Downtown Exchange Club, Exchange Club Charities, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, MBA Alumni Association, Ways to Work, and Brentwood Academy; as a Trustee of Cumberland Science Center; and served on the Boards of the Nashville Charity Horse Show, American Lung Association, W.O. Smith School for Music, and the Downtown YMCA—and this is just a snapshot of his many, many accomplishments. Hunter co-chaired both F&CS’ endowment campaign and our capital campaign in the 1990s and has remained an active and very generous supporter of the agency for more than 30 years. Family & Children’s Service is privileged to honor Hunter Atkins for his extraordinary service to F&CS and the Nashville community.
About John Steele: Recently retired as the SVP for Human Resources for HCA, John has been one of Nashville’s most active and committed community leaders and philanthropists for decades. John has a deep and abiding passion for both healthcare and affordable education. While at HCA he chaired the HCA Hope Fund and the HCA Foundation, one of the largest charitable funders in the city. He has served as Board Chair for numerous nonprofits including Family & Children’s Service, Oasis Center, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, and has served on the Boards of Directors of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Make a Wish Foundation, and Western Governors University of Tennessee. He and his wife Jennifer have chaired and hosted more fundraising events than could possibly be listed here. This is but a brief summary of John’s charitable pursuits. John also co-chaired our most recent, and very successful, capital campaign. Family & Children’s Service is privileged to honor John Steele for his selfless commitment to Family & Children’s Service and our community as a whole.