2018 Royal Court



Austin Ray

Austin Ray has been a Nashville-based restaurateur since 2003. Ray is the sole owner of M.L.Rose Craft Beer and Burgers: an award-winning neighborhood pub concept with three Nashville locations, and A.Ray Hospitality, a restaurant, consulting, and real estate holding company. He is also operating partner at The Sutler Saloon and Von Elrod's Beer Garden & Sausage House, as well as a partner in Sinema restaurant.He entered the hospitality scene at 23 years old as co-owner and developer of the posh nightclub Bar Twenty3 and 1200-person capacity music venue City Hall in 2003.Ray has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University.

In addition to regular giving at the community level through the Martha O’Bryan center and other organizations, Ray has been a regular mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2008


DR Elizabeth Cato

Dr Cato has served as an Aesthetic Medical Director for over eleven years. She is currently Medical Director of Cavi Medspa in Nashville’s own Germantown.
Dr Cato has served as a medical director since 1997. In her last two positions she served as Chief Medical Officer. Her duties have included the oversight of an independent physician association, utilization management, case management, quality review, network development, policy preparation and strategic planning. She has extensive experience with Commercial insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid, and Qualified Health Plans under the Affordable Care Act. She has been extensively published on topics of cardiac electrophysiology, as well as rheumatic and other autoimmune disorders.


Gary Kraen 

Gary is VP of Programming & Operations, Producer, Live On The Green Music Festival, CFO for Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc. (WRLT-FM, Lightning 100, Nashville’s Independent Radio). He is Wyoming native (read: rancher; true cowboy), 8th Ave South local, almost famous actor, actual famous child ventriloquist, and the most interesting man in Nashville. Read more below, it's worth it. 


Kate Burns

Kate is a former Major Accounts Executive for Dex Imaging and is currently a stay at home mom and active community member. Kate received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alabama and is a proud Alabama football fan. Kate has served for two years on the American Heart Association Heart Gala Auction Committee, has volunteered with Harvest Hands and is a supporter of St. George’s Kindergarten.



Will is a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch working in the firm’s Brentwood office where he provides financial planning and asset management for families and businesses. Will holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Sewanee, a Law Degree from Belmont and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association. Will volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Harvest Hands and the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee.