Nashville, TN – Top business and community leaders were recently elected to the board of directors for Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT), a program whose annual classes of 32-38 citizen leaders are immersed in a 10-month curriculum of county-by-county experiential visits combined with intense study of various facets of Middle Tennessee’s economic, social, cultural, educational and lifestyle issues.Deborah Varallo of Davidson County, chair of the board of directors and president of Varallo Public Relations, says, “Leadership Middle Tennessee now has 430 alumni whose experiences – through their year-long class involvement and, subsequently, as alums – continue to pay big dividends throughout our region.”
The 2015-2016 year will mark Varallo’s second as LMT chair. Other officers elected for the 2015-2016 year are: Dr. Paul Stumb of Wilson County, chairman-elect and dean of the Labry School of Business at Cumberland University; Valerie Hunter-Kelly of Montgomery County, secretary and a sales executive at Keller Williams Realty; Gina Scott of Sumner County, treasurer and finance committee chair and a senior vice president at Pinnacle Financial Partners; and Seab Tuck of Williamson County, past chair and a partner at Tuck-Hinton Architects. Ex-officio board members are: Jack B. Turner of Montgomery County, chair emeritus and president at Jack B. Turner & Associates; Dr. David Urban of Rutherford County, dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University; and Ralph Schulz of Davidson County, president & CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Newly elected to the board of directors for 2015-2016, are:
Davidson County: Cindy Hazen, owner of Sales Executive, LLC (alumni committee chair); Julia Landstreet, consultant for LandStreet; Drusilla Martin, executive administrator of the Nashville Fire Department.
Dickson County: Michael Curcio, broker at Benefits Inc.
Maury County: Randy Wilmore, executive vice president, Farm Bureau Health Plans.
Robertson County: Jordan Osborne, vice president of chamber operations, Robertson County Chamber of Commerce.
Rutherford County: Richard Stone, vice president/commercial relationship manager, Avenue Bank.
Sumner County: Harry L. Allen, senior vice president/senior commercial relationship manager, Avenue Bank; Jules Wortman, owner/president, Wortman Works Media & Marketing.
Board members returning for 2015-2016, are:
Cheatham County: Marion Fowlkes, Centric Architecture (program committee chair); Dianne Proffitt, Educational Consultant.
Davidson County: Cristina Allen, Caliente Consulting LLC; Charlie Bryan, Bryan Financial Services; Nancy Eisenbrandt, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (governance committee chair); Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, Tennessee Economic Council on Women; Floyd Shechter, SmartSpace Inc.
Maury County: Michael Ayer, First Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Montgomery County: Jill Ayers, Batson Nolan PLC (selection committee chair); Jeff Bibb, BLF Marketing (marketing/communications committee chair); Bill Sites, Ward-Potts Jewelers.
Robertson County: Bob Bibb, MTIDA; Nina Kumar, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.
Sumner County: James Fenton, Gallatin Economic Development Agency.
Williamson County: Jacky Akbari, Nashville Career Advancement Center; Jeff Jowdy, Lighthouse Counsel (development committee chair); Dr. Ken Moore, City of Franklin; Dan Ryan, Ryan Search & Consulting (personnel committee chair).
Wilson County: Raymond Harris, Mile High Logistics Inc.; G. C. Hixson, Joint Economic & Community Development of Wilson County.
LMT’s diverse and dynamic alumni group celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 27th, 2015, at Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam’s Tennessee Residence in Nashville. The event included a live auction of items donated from the organization’s 10 counties. Proceeds exceeded $24,000, making it one of the most successful fundraising events in the organization’s history. The celebration was coordinated by the LMT Class of 2015.
The newly elected members of the Class of 2016 will be announced later this month.