TEDxTullahoma 2022 welcomes Tullahoma native and a graduate of the class of 2000, Jermaine Dunlap.
Jermaine attended UTC & TSU and played football while also becoming a member of the first collegiate Black Greek Letter Organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He studied Communications, with a minor in Marketing.
After college, Jermaine became a tour manager for successful artists – opening the door for him to travel the country.
Jermaine then took his talents to the hospitality industry where he spent 17 years working his way up to overseeing 4-star hotels while also managing million-dollar portfolios. His abilities included turning struggling departments and hotels around – winning management awards all along the way.
On March 21, 2019, he decided to walk away from the hotel industry and open his own business. The New Day Smoothie Café was started with his 15-year-old son, a blender, and a lot of faith.
Their menu items are handcrafted by the father-son duo. Within a year has become remarkably successful and created jobs for the community. They are looking to open their 2nd location by the end of 2021.
Jermaine lives in the Nashville area with his four sons.