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June 17, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Two more East Tennesseans honored in second installment of “Forbes Next 1000” listing

Two more East Tennesseans and an individual from Memphis have been added to the overall listing of the “Forbes Next 1000″ honorees for 2021.

The latest additions, described by Forbes magazine as its second installment, include:

  • Erica Grant of Knoxville, Founder of Quantum Lock Technologies LLC and a participant in Cohort 4 of the “Innovation Crossroads” program operated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and
  • Felicia Jackson of Chattanooga, Founder of CPR Wrap Inc.

Both have been spotlighted in a number of articles over the past several years. Grant developed the hardware-software combination that generates “completely random and unpredictable digital keys” that can open doors, lockboxes or access computers, while Jackson invented a disposable template that lays across a victim’s chest and provides step-by-step instructions in CPR for any person to use.

The third new Tennessean named this week is Brent Hooks, Chief Administrative Officer at Memphis-based Allworld Project Management and an active participant in many civic efforts.

Here’s a link to the latest listing. They join four others from Tennessee and one with Chattanooga ties in the first installment announcement that was made in February. Those individuals from the Volunteer State were:

  • Leila Safavi-Tehrani, Co-Founder of Purist, one of the companies  in Cohort 3 of the “Innovation Crossroads” program;
  • Falon Veit Scott of Nashville, Founder of Evolution Event Solutions;
  • John Cascarano, also of Nashville, Founder of Beast Brands; and
  • Roshunda Buchanan of Memphis, Founder of 2Unique Community Salvation Foundation.


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