Meet The Team

Sherry Deutschmann

Founder and CEO

Sherry Deutschmann is a serial entrepreneur, author, and passionate advocate for entrepreneurship. In 2019, Sherry founded BrainTrust, a company dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Prior to founding BrainTrust, Sherry was founder and CEO of LetterLogic, Inc., a company she grew to $40 Million and sold in 2016. LetterLogic was named an INC 5000 company (one of the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the US) for ten consecutive years.

Sherry attributes the success of LetterLogic to its unique culture in which the needs of the employees came before those of the customer or shareholder. That culture led Sherry and LetterLogic to be featured in the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, Business Leaders, INC, and Fast Company. Sherry was honored by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion of Change in 2016. Sherry’s book, Lunch with Lucy – Maximize Profits by Investing in your People, was released in March 2020 and received national honors, winning both the 2021 Gold Foreword Indies Business Book Award and the 2021 Bronze Axiom Business Book Award.

Morgan Stanley

Co-Founder & President

Morgan has an infectious energy with a “get it done” attitude. Her passion in life is to help women entrepreneurs unlock the potential that lives within to grow their businesses. Her responsibilities at BrainTrust include scaling the membership nationwide and enhancing the member experience.

Before joining BrainTrust, Morgan worked for over three years with scaling organizations to drive accountability and alignment of teams while helping them implement systems and processes. Her ability to make accountability feel empowering proved the perfect catalyst to help people accomplish their goals. Morgan is also a DiSC Certified trainer and has coached hundreds of team members on improving communication. Morgan thrives on building meaningful relationships while executing on the tasks in front of her. She firmly believes that the future of business is female. Her motto “Do what you love, love what you do” reigns true in her work daily.

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Emily Stokes

Director of Marketing & Membership Engagement

Emily is a strategic marketer with experience in building brands through storytelling and consumer behavior. Prior to BrainTrust, Emily earned her Master in Marketing degree from Vanderbilt.

It was during this time that Emily caught the “Entrepreneurial Bug” through her work at the Owen Center for Entrepreneurship at Vanderbilt (C4E). She began realizing, time and time again, that very few women had a seat at the table at the C4E events and she developed a passion for helping women achieve success.

Now, at BrainTrust, Emily serves as the Director of Marketing and Membership engagement to help expand the reach of BrainTrust to help more women entrepreneurs find financial independence and ensure BrainTrust programs help them to do so.

Holland Nix

Operations Manager

Holland Nix is an entrepreneur at heart. Prior to joining BrainTrust, she spent over 25 years forging a successful path in the male-dominated music industry. As former CEO and Founder of her own artist management agency “Anger management”, she understands the unique nuances, challenges, and rewards that come with owning a business.

It was Holland’s passion for supporting local artists that inspired her to leave a stable management position to start her own company. Not only could she create the work/life balance she craved, but she was able to give local rock bands a platform for creativity and growth that took them from Nashville to a global market performing from Japan to Moscow’s Red Square. And her influence hasn’t stopped there.

She’s used her experience and insights to coach women in business through peer-to-peer sharing, moderated forums, strategic planning and consulting. Holland’s impact continues here at BrainTrust. She’s responsible for executing and directing operations while ensuring the team and members are able to wholeheartedly execute the BrainTrust core values.

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Sophie Nolen

Business Development Representative

Sophie is a dedicated sales professional with a strong background in the corporate realm. With multiple years of experience in sales, she has honed her expertise in cultivating relationships, closing deals, and consistently surpassing targets. Through her past experience, she has worked in two male-dominated industries, providing her with firsthand insight into the unique challenges women face in advancing their careers and shaping their futures. It was during this period that Sophie’s true passion emerged—a fervent drive to help women professionals and witness their success.

Recognizing the distinctive obstacles faced by women business owners Sophie is dedicated to providing unwavering guidance, invaluable mentorship, and essential resources to foster their flourishing. With a strong background in sales and a genuine passion for making a difference, Sophie is poised to drive positive change and help women excel in every industry here at BrainTrust.

Carter Koontz

Business Development Representative

Carter Koontz comes to BrainTrust with years of experience problem solving, fostering business growth, and creating vibrant cultures. After captaining her college lacrosse team, Carter took her leadership skills and competitive nature to the professional sports industry, where she excelled in marketing, sales, and event planning.

Carter moved to Nashville and quickly fell in love with the city. Now, she keeps a keen finger on the pulse, studying the intersection of development and culture. Committed to the growth of her communities, she strives to give back–mentoring and coaching young women on and off the field and organizing trash clean-ups in her neighborhood.

She brings drive, enthusiasm, and creativity to BrainTrust to inspire members and promote a welcoming environment for women business owners to grow their businesses and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Manuel Luis Llave

General Professional

Mel is a seasoned professional with a rich background in human resources management and resource supervision. With extensive experience as a former HR Manager, Resource Supervisor, and Administrative Assistant, Mel has honed his skills in team leadership, strategic planning, and employee development.

Driven by a passion for facilitating organizational success and individual growth, Mel remains dedicated to delivering high-quality solutions and fostering collaborative/positive relationships. With a commitment to continuous learning and professional excellence, he consistently strives to exceed expectations and drive positive outcomes in every endeavor.

Now at BrainTrust as a General Virtual Professional, Mel brings his wealth of expertise to the virtual realm, adeptly navigating the digital landscape to provide efficient and effective support to the team. Known for his meticulous attention to detail and strong communication abilities, Mel thrives in dynamic environments where adaptability and innovation are paramount.