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

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Board Officers

  • Chair – Wanda Lyle, Managing Director, General Manager, UBS Business Solutions US LLC | Nashville
  • Immediate Past Chair – Robert A. McCabe, Jr., Chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Vice Chair – Robert Higgins, CEO, Barge Design Solutions
  • Secretary – Decosta Jenkins, President and CEO, Nashville Electric Service
  • President – Ralph Schulz, President and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • General Counsel – Carolyn S. Wenzel, Member, Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC
  • Board Governance Committee Chair – Sidney McPhee, President, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Finance & Audit Committee Chair – Claire W. Tucker, retired Founding President and CEO Emerita, CapStar Financial Holdings Inc.

Board Members

  • Tim Adams, President and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas
  • Kris Ahrend, CEO, The Mechanical Licensing Collective
  • Lee Blank, Middle Tennessee Market Executive, Regions Bank
  • Shannon Bowles, Director of Hospitality for Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Doug Brandon, Managing Principal, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Mary K. Cavarra, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ingram Industries Inc.
  • 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
  • Darrell S. Freeman, Executive Managing Director, Zycron, a Division of BG Staffing, Inc.
  • Jim Gingrich, Managing Partner, Elk Mountain Partners
  • Randy Goodman, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Nashville
  • Terry Hardesty, Managing Partner, Deloitte
  • Sean Henry, President, CEO and Alternate Governor, Nashville Predators
  • Tim Hingtgen, CEO, Community Health Systems
  • Damon Hininger, President and CEO, CoreCivic
  • Chris Holmes, President and CEO, FirstBank
  • John Gromos, Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction Company
  • 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
  • Stephen Kulinski, Managing Director, CBRE
  • Ken Levitan, Founder and Co-President, Vector Management
  • Joshua Mundy, Owner, Pivot Technology School
  • 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, Managing Partner, BKD
  • William B. Rutherford, Chief Financial Officer, HCA Healthcare
  • Brad Southern, Chairman and CEO, LP Building Solutions
  • Barry Vandevier, Chief Operating Officer, Asurion
  • Dave Walton, Vice President, Caterpillar Inc. and President & CEO, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
  • Sally Williams, President of Nashville Music and Business Strategy, Live Nation Entertainment
  • Kate Wood, Founder, Illuminate Coaching and Co-founder, The Table
  • Carol Yochem, President Middle Tennessee Region, First Horizon

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