About Us


To create economic prosperity by facilitating community leadership.

Brand Promise:

Nashville is a thriving city filled with risk-takers. Positive energy and camaraderie fuel the spirit of the region. Every day, people find new ways to take advantage of opportunities offered, to make something from nothing, to make their mark, to realize their dreams. At the center of this spirit is the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

At the Chamber, you:

Belong – Collaborating with others, energized by common drive and passion;
Engage – Sharing a vision for the future and sharing the collective influence to make it happen;
Lead – Impacting our region and transforming our future;
Prosper – Realizing opportunities that grow your business and enrich our communities.

Nashville Chamber Values:

As a regional member organization that represents the business community in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, our mission is to create economic prosperity by facilitating community leaders. These are the values that guide our work and culture: 


We focus on big opportunities and challenges for regional prosperity. Our members and staff are in the forefront of creating solutions.  

Team Integrity  

We collaborate with community organizations and partners on common goals. Teamwork is essential to success, and we avoid personal agendas.  As we work on difficult or controversial issues, we model respect, tolerance, truthfulness and candor. We strive to provide the highest level of customer service to our members and constituents. 


We measure our work and own our results. We work quickly, with an emphasis on quality and prioritization. We set clear goals and expectations, and we strive to exceed them.

Annual Reports

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Board Officers

  • Chair, Robert Higgins, CEO, Barge Design Solutions
  • Immediate Past Chair, Wanda Lyle, retired Managing Director, General Manager, UBS Business Solutions US LLC | Nashville
  • Vice Chair, Alan J. Pramuk, P.E., Chairman and CEO, Gresham Smith
  • Secretary, Carol Yochem, President Middle Tennessee Region, First Horizon
  • General Counsel, Kolin B. Holladay, Shareholder, Polsinell 
  • Board Governance Committee Chair, Jeff Drummonds, CPA, Managing Partner and CEO of LBMC, PC
  • Finance & Audit Committee Chair, Terry Hardesty, Managing Partner, Deloitte
  • President, Ralph Schulz, President and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

Board Members

  • Missy Acosta, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Delta Dental
  • Tim Adams, President and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas
  • Kris Ahrend, CEO, The Mechanical Licensing Collective
  • Lee Blank, Middle Tennessee Market Executive, Regions Bank
  • Doug Brandon, Managing Principal, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Teresa Broyles-Aplin, President and CEO, Nashville Electric Service
  • Mary K. Cavarra, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ingram Industries Inc.
  • Sam Davidson, Batch
  • Daniel Diermeier, Chancellor, Vanderbilt University
  • David Dill, President and CEO, LifePoint Health
  • Jeff Drummonds, CPA, Managing Partner and CEO of LBMC, PC
  • John Eakin, CEO, Eakin Partners, LLC
  • Rod Essig, Co-head of Nashville office, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) 
  • Mark Fioravanti, President and Chief Financial Officer, Ryman Hospitality Properties
  • Jim Gingrich, Managing Partner, Elk Mountain Partners
  • John Gromos, Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction Company
  • Clay Hart, Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer Pinnacle
  • Tim Hingtgen, CEO, Community Health Systems
  • Chris Holmes, President and CEO, FirstBank
  • Burke Nihill, President & CEO, Tennessee Titans
  • C. Wright Pinson, M.D., Deputy CEO, Vanderbilt Health System, Chairman, Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, Deputy CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Alan J. Pramuk, P.E., Chairman and CEO, Gresham Smith
  • Jim Regnier, CPA, Managing Partner, FORVIS
  • William B. Rutherford, Chief Financial Officer, HCA Healthcare
  • Brad Southern, Chairman and CEO, LP Building Solutions
  • Barry Vandevier, Chief Operating Officer, Asurion
  • Randy Goodman, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Nashville
  • Damon Hininger, President and CEO, CoreCivic
  • Shanna L. Jackson, President, Nashville State Community College
  • Christine Karbowiak, retired Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President, Vice Chair of the Board, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.; and retired Executive Vice President, Executive Officer and Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Bridgestone Corporation
  • Hal Lawton, Tractor Supply Company
  • Ken Levitan, Founder and Co-President, Vector Management
  • Joshua Mundy, Owner, Pivot Technology School
  • Dave Walton, Vice President, Caterpillar Inc. and President & CEO, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
  • Carolyn Wenzel, Member, Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC Sally Williams, President of Nashville Music and Business Strategy, Live Nation Entertainment

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