Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces New Board Members

NASHVILLE, TN, July 26, 2021 — The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce announces the appointment of its 2021-22 board of directors, effective July 1.

Robert Higgins, Barge Design Solutions, will begin a one-year term as vice chair of the board. Decosta Jenkins, Nashville Electric Service, will begin a one-year term as secretary. Officers of the board continuing to serve for 2021-2022 include:

  • Chair – Wanda Lyle, Managing Director, General Manager, UBS Business Solutions US LLC | Nashville
  • Immediate Past Chair – Robert A. McCabe, Jr., Chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • President – Ralph Schulz, President and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • General Counsel – Carolyn W. Schott, Member, Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC

New members appointed to the 2021–2022 Chamber board of directors include:

  • Jeff Drummonds, CPA, Managing Partner and CEO of LBMC, PC
  • Tim Hingtgen, CEO, Community Health Systems
  • Shanna L. Jackson, President, Nashville State Community College
  • Ken Levitan, Founder and Co-President, Vector Management
  • Jim Regnier, Managing Partner, BKD
  • Joshua Mundy, Owner, Pivot Technology School

Chamber board members continuing to serve for 2021–2022 include:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Terry Hardesty, Managing Partner, Deloitte
  • Sean Henry, President, CEO and Alternate Governor, Nashville Predators
  • Chris Holmes, President and CEO, FirstBank
  • John Gromos, Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction Company
  • 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
  • William B. Rutherford, Chief Financial Officer, HCA Healthcare
  • Brad Southern, Chairman and CEO, LP Building Solutions
  • Claire W. Tucker, retired Founding President and CEO Emerita, CapStar Financial Holdings
  • Barry Vandevier, Chief Operating Officer, Asurion
  • Randy Goodman, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Nashville
  • Damon Hininger, President and CEO, CoreCivic
  • 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
  • Sidney McPhee, President, Middle Tennessee State University
  • 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, K8 Co and Co-founder, The Table
  • Carol Yochem, President Middle Tennessee Region, First Horizon


About Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 2,000 member companies. Belong, engage, lead, prosper embodies the Chamber's focus on creating economic prosperity by facilitating community leadership. Established in 1990 as an economic development and community enhancement initiative of the Chamber, Partnership 2030 is a regional cooperative dedicated to making Middle Tennessee among the nation’s best places to live, work and do business. Partnership 2030 is supported by a diverse group of public and private companies as well as governmental agencies from the organization’s 10-county service area. The work of the Chamber is supported by its members, Partnership 2030 investors and sponsors; the Chamber’s Pivotal Partners (a partnership at the highest level for all Chamber programs and events) are Bass, Berry & Sims, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, Gresham Smith and Regions. For more information, visit

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