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In a recent ceremony on campus, Belmont unveiled a plaque honoring Nashville business executive and Trustee Cordia Harrington in the newly named Harrington Place Dining, a 950-seat cafeteria that fills the second floor in the Johnson Center.



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Harrington is being honored for her longtime support for, and generosity to, the University. “Cordia and her husband, Tom, built a thriving, multi-million dollar manufacturing empire—after beginning an entrepreneurial career in food service and real estate. Cordia’s first business was founded on the $587 she had in her pocket as a 28-yearold,” said Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher. “She has been locally and nationally recognized for her business acumen and community involvement, but what makes her story great is how her resourceful spirit led her from one stepping stone of success to the next, overcoming every obstacle in her path.” Harrington said, “The success of our family’s businesses over the years is a testament to the power of unwavering optimism, a tireless work ethic and perseverance that just doesn’t accept ‘no’ for an answer. I believe these values are central to any entrepreneurial effort, and these are also attributes I’ve long witnessed in how Belmont University approaches its students’ education. What’s more, this University instills those qualities on a firm foundation of faith. I am honored that Belmont has chosen to name Harrington Place Dining in my honor, reflecting all we have in common, and I hope my story can be an encouragement to young men and women starting their own career journeys.” Harrington is founder and CEO of The Bakery Cos. which laterally integrated business units include transportation and cold storage companies and grew sales from $4.8 million to more than $100 million.

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