Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: April 7, 2010

For more information contact, Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247

Businesswoman and Humanitarian Gayle S. Rose to Address the 2010 Graduating Class of Southwest Tennessee Community College

Gayle S. Rose is the commencement speaker for Southwest Tennessee Community College's 2010 Commencement Ceremony to be held May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, MS.

Rose is the principal owner and CEO of Electronic Vaulting Services (EVS) Corporation, a data protection company headquartered in Memphis, TN. She founded EVS with a vision to leverage technology to solve business problems. Under her dynamic leadership, EVS has emerged as an industry leader.

Prior to joining EVS, Rose served as managing director of Heritage Capital Advisors, LLC, a private equity, corporate advisory and asset firm with offices in Atlanta, GA and Memphis. Rose also co-founded and served as president and CEO of the Chopra Companies from 1996-1999, where she directed the strategic vision and overall business development of the multi-media empire of Dr. Deepak Chopra, famed author and physician. She is also the chairman of the Rose Family Foundation's private charity.

In 2005, Rose was named one of Tennessee's 100 Most Powerful People by Business Tennessee Magazine. She also received the Economic Excellence and Equity Award from Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Rose is most well-known for landing the NBA Memphis Grizzlies basketball team. As a result of her efforts, the Public Relations Society of America named her the 2001 Communicator of the Year. She is Co-founder of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, and was internationally recognized in 2007 with the Changing Face of Philanthropy Award from the Women's Funding Network. In 2008, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by Diversity Memphis.

Rose received degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in music and business, and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University, where she was named a Distinguished Littauer Fellow in 1985. She has three sons, Morgan, Max and Mikey.


Photo caption: Gail S. Rose