Cortland is passionate about helping children with special needs and disabilities. Throughout his Titans' career, Cortland has been involved in many community events and is always willing to take the extra step to help others. He has a vision of truly making a difference, and this vision has motivated him to start his own foundation, ARK 31.
At the end of the movie "Evan Almighty" we are told how to change the world - one act of random kindness at a time. Upon seeing this, Cortland instantly knew "Acts of Random Kindness" would be a great name for his future foundation! He added 31, which is the number he wears on the field.
Cortland was chosen as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year campaign in 2008. During his campaign, he learned a great deal about how leukemia is affecting more and more children every day. Cortland's older sister, Felicia had Down syndrome and passed away at age seven from complications with her disorder. Cortland's love of athletics fuels his passion for working with Special Olympics.
As a child, Craig Clifft made numerous appearances on the hit TV show Hee Haw, and was in some of the first commercials produced by American Airlines. As a teen, he spent many hours in, around and above Nashville's John Tune Airport earning a pilot's license. His love of flying inspired him on to a Bachelor's of Science degree in Aeropsace with a concentration in commercial airlines.
Craig began his restaurant career while still in college, as a host, bartender and server at F. Scott's. About three years later Craig moved on to serve as general manager at Sunset Grill. In the fall of 2006 Craig joined with Randy Rayburn and Chef Brian Uhl to open CABANA. Thanks to his tireless efforts, CABANA is a huge success and remains a local favorite.
A native Nashvillian, Craig is immensely popular with patrons and employees alike. He has an endless supply of smiles, hugs and uplifting words. Diners are drawn to his warm hospitable mood and attention to detail. He is is deeply admired for his boundless energy and positive nature. One of his greatest strengths is acknowledging talent and empowering those in his charge with responsibility and trust. He has a gift for knowing when to intercede with guidance and encouragement.
Wilson Brim is Vice President of Southern Trophy House, Inc. a Nashville, Tennessee based awards and advertising specialties dealer. Prior to joining Southern Trophy in August 2007, he served as Business Development Manger for Wieck Construction, LLC. His background in business development and sales started over 16 years ago with Shaw Industries, Inc., the world’s largest carpet manufacturer.
For the past six years, Wilson has served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Tennessee. During his tenure on the Board, he served as Chairman and Secretary and is currently serving on the Executive Committee. Wilson is an active member of First Presbyterian Church Nashville where he attends a weekly men’s Bible study and teaches Sunday School.
Wilson and his wife, Kathy, live in Brentwood with their two sons, Will and Harris. His oldest son, Will, was born with Down syndrome. Since his birth, Wilson has committed his time and talents to organizations that enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families.
Lacey Finnegan was born and raised in Newnan, GA. She earned her B.B.A. in Real Estate at the University of West Georgia in 2006. While at West Georgia, she maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition to her studies, she held the offices of Vice President of Administration and Director of Continuing Education for Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Before becoming the Executive Director of ARK 31, Lacey was the Director of Public Relations for the Keith Brooking Children’s Foundation in Atlanta. She also managed Mr. Finnegan’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year Campaign in 2008. After a brief stint working in advertising and sales, Lacey decided to get back into the non-profit world where everything is so rewarding!