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International Business Council

The purpose of the Chamber’s International Business Strategy is to create economic prosperity by educating and engaging industry leaders, facilitating global business connections and promoting Middle Tennessee as a dynamic place for international business by:

  • Building and cultivating relationships which create opportunities for foreign direct investment.
  • Promoting the Nashville region as a dynamic place for international business both at home and abroad by promoting the region’s advantages as a global business hub, supporting growth of international air service and by creating an optimal business climate/quality of life for international interests.
  • Connecting existing and prospective global companies with resources that help them grow in and succeed in Middle Tennessee.
  • Engaging the Nashville region’s international business community through the IBC Advisory Board, Global Business Ambassadors program and IBC events and programs.
  • Serving as Middle Tennessee’s international information resource through historic knowledge, data collection, and information gathering regarding the region’s international business community.
The IBC hosts educational events throughout the year focused on topics of importance to Middle Tennessee’s international business community. Join our e-newsletter to hear about future events and international business activities.

2022-2023 IBC Advisory Board Leadership:

Chair – Lisa Ferrelli, Bank of America

Vice Chair – John Scannapieco, British Honorary Consul / Womble Bond Dickinson

Past Chair – Mike Fedele, Mitsui & Co (USA), Inc.

Executive Committee

Andrew Corbett, NTT Data

Maria Ferro, Baker Donelson

Milly Olykan, Country Music Association

Click here for entire board member list.

“The International Business Council has made significant progress in our efforts to grow Middle Tennessee’s economy. By cultivating our regional network of international businesspeople, we are able to offer information and access to a credible and influential business network to international companies looking to relocate here.”

John Aron President, The Pasta Shoppe, LLC