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Slim + Husky’s

Three Guys Who Turn Pizza Into Art

Founders of Nashville’s Homegrown Beeria

Childhood friends, turned business partners Emanuel Reed, Clinton Gray and Derrick Moore are a team of emerging, serial entrepreneurs. The Nashville natives graduated from Tennessee State University and began their first business venture, The Green Truck Moving Company, in April of 2010. After a seven-year, successful run, the moving company was sold in January of 2017. In 2013, the trio started a federal contracting company, GT Services. In March of 2017, the team opened their newest venture, Slim + Husky’s, where they sell fresh, customized, artisan pizzas. Their newest location in middle Tennessee, located in Antioch, was opened in June 2018. Their most recent location in Atlanta was opened in May of 2019. The Slim + Husky’s brand is venturing to downtown Nashville and will soon expand to other cities.  In addition to running their thriving businesses, the team still manages to give back via local charities and sponsoring community events. Their community initiatives support residents of their hometown and under-served areas where their businesses are located. The Slim + Husky’s brand is also venturing to downtown Nashville and will soon expand to other cities, such as Metropolitan and Memphis in 2020.

EMMANUEL REED
Co-Founder & Chief Financial Officer

“What better place to create change and be an example than your own neighborhood.”

Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer, Emmanuel Reed, is an experienced financial analyst and the “man behind the numbers” at Slim + Husky’s. Reed completed his B.B.A. in Economics and Finance before acquiring an M.B.A. from Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business. As the “slim” in Slim + Husky’s, Reed is the focal point of a running joke between the three owners. Growing up, Gray and Moore had to shop in the husky section of stores while Reed was free to wear just about anything. Together, the trio built, grew, and sold The Green Truck Moving & Storage Company for seven figures before starting Slim + Husky’s.

Their venture has allowed Reed and co-owners Moore and Gray to live out their dream of providing an impact to underserved communities near and far. At the end of a long day crunching numbers, Reed likes a slice of California Love with shrimp on top.

CLINTON GRAY
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer

“We want to provide a quality product for a decent price to the community.”

Co-founder and Vice President, Clinton Gray, is a former Tennessee State University (TSU) football player and entrepreneur who knows a good pizza when he bites into one. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the TSU Econ/Finance department and an MBA from TSU in Supply Chain Management, Gray teamed up with childhood friends E.J. Reed and Derrick Moore to start The Green Truck Moving & Storage Company. Together, they grew the company from three employees to 45 and transitioned from a low-budget startup to an eco-friendly business along the way.

DERRICK MOORE
Co-Founder & President

“We just want to be a part of this street as much as possible and continue to develop and have a footprint in this community.”

Derrick “Moe” Moore is the Co-Owner of Soon LLC the hospitality company that encompasses Slim + Husky’s Pizza Beeria, and GT Services LLC which is an SBA 8(A) certified federal government contractor. Moore oversees operations, strategic planning, and restaurant construction. Moore and his partners EJ Reed and Clinton Gray III got an early start in business at the age of 25 with The Green Truck Moving Company, an Eco-Friendly driven full-service relocation company that they started with $3,000 in the spring of 2010. They grew that business from just the three of them and rented trucks to a full-scale interstate moving and logistics company with eight trucks, warehousing facility, and up to 50 employees. They’ve since sold that business and have become wildly successful in the hospitality industry with their community focused restaurant Slim + Husky’s Pizza Beeria.

The restaurant has been featured on national networks such as CBS World News, Travel Channel, USA Today, Pickler and Ben and several other media outlets. They’ve expanded the restaurant from one to four in just a two-year span and will be opening three more in 2020 which includes Downtown Nashville, Adair Park Atlanta, and the Memphis Medical District. The trio attributes their success to the communities that they invest in. They believe that when a business invests in the communities in which it serves, the people will buy into the concept because you’ve made them feel a part of something.

Moore was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, attending Metro public schools from kindergarten to high school before landing a full-ride football scholarship at Tennessee State University. In his spare time, he enjoys sporting events, museums and spending time with family and friends.

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