Our Team

Randall Venson

Founder and CEO

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Randall Venson is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where he earned a degree in criminal justice.


Since 1995, Mr. Venson has worked extensively as a community activist, with a focus on youth-oriented concerns, has helped implement youth programs in Metro Public Schools and the Department of Children's Services.


Randall has collaborated with many organizations, including: STARS, the Martha O'Bryan Center, Nashville Prevention Partnership, Metro Police Department D.A.R.E. program, G.A.N.G., Youth Alive, Alive & Free, and Project Return.  


Randall has worked directly with youth in probation with the Metro Juvenile Justice Center, as well as with men and women incarcerated in the Department of Corrections.


The International Boxing Academy of Nashville (IBAN) was established in August of 2017, as part of the vision of the Founder and CEO Randall Venson.


Mr. Venson is an active boxing coach and has trained boxers in and around the Nashville area for 40 years, he has also served as a social worker 17 years in and around the Nashville Area.

Kristen Dunlap

Program Director

While not having much knowledge about the sport of boxing, Kristen became a part of the team and
never thought twice about not having any knowledge of the sport. The vision that was presented by
Founder/CEO Randall Venson was one that was dear to her heart and needed to be addressed.


“Why not join the team with two great assets to the underserved and underprivileged communities in the
Nashville area, both with the passion, knowledge, and experience in Nashville?”


With 22 years of community experience, this mother of four and grandmother of three, is very proud of the greatness that has become of her own children. She has seen and been through life’s tough times, a victim of youth bullying personally, wished there were options such as boxing, mentoring or other programs to increase her confidence when experienced.


The passion to keep the youth and young adults out of the negative lights and free from “the system” has become greater with the increase in youth violence.


Kristen is ready to love on these youth and young adults and help them reach their fullest potential, by being a positive force in a rather negative life.

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