Phil Cobucci is president of BAM! Social Business, a boutique social media and digital marketing agency which he founded in 2009. Since then, his agency has grown and thrived, thanks to the creative culture and entrepreneurial drive seen throughout Nashville, Tennessee. BAM! was one of the first companies in Nashville to become a National LGBT Certified Business Enterprise through the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Passionate about marketing, branding and technology from a young age, Phil knew he was destined for a career in marketing and communications. After growing up just minutes from New York City, Phil attended Liberty University in Virginia and received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. During his college years, Phil held various marketing positions, including roles with the university radio station and Warner Music Group, which parlayed into a career in the music business upon graduation. In 2009, Phil moved from New York to Nashville, in what he refers to as his “reinvention tour” to start a new life in a new city. Phil is a graduate of the Small Business Administration’s inaugural Emerging Leaders (Nashville cohort) program, the Nashville Emerging Leaders Class of 2016 and a Belmont University’s Mini MBA program. Phil also serves on the Nashville Emerging Leaders Board of Directors and is actively involved with charities throughout Nashville and the United States in variety of volunteer capacities. He is a past president of Nashville PRIDE.
Paul Galloway is a native-born Texan, now living in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a faith-based social justice activist with more than 15 years of experience. The main officer for Galloway Public Relations for the past 11 years, he focuses on strategic communication and broadcast and print interview preparation, as well as conflict resolution and media monitoring. Most recently, he was executive director of the American Muslim Advocacy Center. For three years, he was executive director of the American Center for Outreach, focused on defending the religious liberty of all Americans. He also was the first executive director of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and the first executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations – Houston. Paul has been called “the Yoda of interfaith affairs.” During his time with Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, his work was honored with a Jefferson Awards Certificate of Excellence for Public Service. He is a graduate of the FBI – Houston Citizens’ Academy. He is a student at Lipscomb University, where he is finishing his master’s degree in civic leadership.