Hooks Institute Welcomes Hart, Flippen and Thomas to Its Advisory Board

July 26, 2019 - The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis welcomes Mark Hart, Thomas Flippen and Nicole A. Thomas, three accomplished community members dedicated to the uplift of Memphis, to its Advisory Board. The Board assists the Institute in the strategic development and implementation of its mission and programs. Members have included community activists, attorneys, engineers, corporate and public relations officials and the clergy.

About Mark Hart

Mark Hart is vice president of sales and operations for the South-Central U.S. Region at Stanley Security Solutions, a division of Stanley Black & Decker. As vice president, Hart is responsible for sales, operations and service delivery for 11 branch offices. He has served in several roles within the service industry, including field operations, sales and general management assignments across the U.S. Hart holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in finance from the University of Memphis, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Christian Brothers University.

 About Thomas Flippen

Thomas Flippen is an accomplished executive coach helping organizations and individuals  improve their effectiveness in driving business success. Flippen and his organization have assisted corporations and law firms in recruiting and developing critical talent, and enabling senior level executives to achieve top performance. He began his career at Procter & Gamble, followed by a stellar career as vice president of sales at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, where he led an organization of 1,400 people and generated annual revenue of over $2 billion. Flippen earned his Bachelor of Arts from Fisk University.

About Nicole A. Thomas

Nicole A. Thomas is vice president/senior communications business partner at First Horizon National Corporation. She manages communications and media relations for community investments and key lines of business. Thomas’ professional background includes marketing and communications roles, specializing in corporate social responsibility, social media, diversity and inclusion for the NBA’s Houston Rockets, Southwest Airlines and FedEx. She is also an adjunct marketing and strategic management professor for the MBA program at Christian Brothers University.
About the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute implements its mission of teaching, studying and promoting civil rights and social change through research, education and direct intervention programs. Institute programs include community outreach; funding faculty research initiatives on community issues; implementing community service projects; hosting conferences, symposiums and lectures; and promoting local and national scholarship on civil and human rights. The Hooks Institute is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Memphis. Contributed revenue for the Hooks Institute, including funding from individuals, corporations and foundations, is administered through the University of Memphis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information, visit memphis.edu/benhooks.


Nathaniel C. Ball l 901.678.3655 | ncball@memphis.edu