Online Speakers Bureau

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce established this online speakers bureau to provide a list of Nashville-area speakers who have expertise on business-related topics. Speaker participation is limited to representatives of Chamber-member companies at and above our Engage ($1500) investment level.

The Chamber reserves the right to refuse participation by any proposed speaker at its discretion. Please note that this is not a promotional or sales opportunity, but an opportunity to provide education to civic and other organizations that seek speakers for their professional meetings.

Disclaimer: This speakers bureau is provided as a source of information only. The goal is to help connect organizations with prospective speakers. All arrangements must be made directly between the organization and the speaker. The Chamber does not endorse or recommend the speakers listed on this website. The views and opinions expressed by speakers are not necessarily those of the Chamber, and the Chamber is not responsible for any statements or actions of the speakers.

Rick Batson -

Rick Batson started speaking professionally while in law school and continued speaking throughout his earlier legal career. He recently founded RICKBATSON.COM to expand the reach of his public speaking.

He began his legal career in Clarksville, and from 1995 until retiring in 2006, he operated his own practice in Nashville, litigating complex cases involving intellectual property law, employment law and professional negligence.

Using his experience and expertise in employment law, in 2006 he began presenting accredited training programs for human resource management professionals.

Some of his cases have been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (Albert Gore v. Jersey Miniere Zinc Company); USA Today, Court TV Channel, MTV News, Variety, Rolling Stone, National Law Review and Los Angeles Lawyer magazine (Cusano v. Kiss, Gene Simmons, and Polygram) and The Geraldo Rivera Show (DePalma v. Nashville). He holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and earned his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Presentation Topics: success, leadership, communication and career excellence

Alex Berta - NSG

As a teenager, Alex Berta spent several years as a high-value member of select hacking collectives around the world, which gave him rare insight into the methods and goals of the criminal black-hat hackers. Today, he uses everything he’s learned to educate and protect users and networks across the country.

In addition to the technical brilliance he puts to work for NSG clients every day, Berta is an acclaimed advocate, educator and speaker for groups ranging from the Nashville Technology Council to the U.S. government. His ability to clarify the murky world of online hackers is forcing policy-makers and business owners to rethink their approach to information security for the benefit of their clients, employees and overall business strategy.

Presentation Topics: information security, cybersecurity, data security practices

Dan Boone - Trevecca Nazarene University

Dan Boone, the 11th president of Trevecca Nazarene University, had served as a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene until his election as president in 2005. He earned degrees from Trevecca, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and McCormick Theological Seminary. He writes about issues related to Christian living and is the author of many articles and 10 books. He and his wife, Denise, have three adult daughters.

Presentation Topics: marketing a university, religion and controversy, end-time eschatology, higher education and ethics in society and culture

​Philip Brewer - NSG

Philip Brewer is the senior technical analyst at NSG. He brings more than a decade of experience in all aspects of business technology used by legal, health care, professional services, education and related industries.

Presentation Topics: backup and disaster recovery, information security, infrastructure design, cloud services, VoIP and telephony, technology assessment and planning, CIO consulting

Trudy Carson - Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

Trudy Carson joined the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) in October 2011 as the air service development manager. Carson has more than 17 years of experience in airport service marketing and the airport industry. She joined the MNAA from Tampa International Airport, where she was the director of air service development. In her role, Carson helps attract new airlines and air service, as well as retains current service, to Nashville International Airport. Carson has an MBA in finance and marketing from Xavier University in Ohio and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Originally from El Salvador, she is fluent in Spanish and German. In 2009, she served as the chairwoman for the International Air Service Committee of the Airports Council International. Carson is a member of the board of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce. She is also a graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay and Leadership Tampa.

Presentation Topics: aviation, airports, air service, transportation, economic development

Grant Clarke - ServiceSource

Grant Clarke has held numerous sales and operations management positions within the technology industry and recently has been at ServiceSource since 2005. At ServiceSource, Clarke runs the company’s Nashville sales center as vice president of client delivery, focusing on developing great sales teams and delivering results for customers. As part of ServiceSource’s goal of maximizing customers’ recurring revenue, Clarke nurtures a trusted partner relationship with customers and provides an intelligent and creative response to their evolving service business challenges. He has contributed tremendously to the growth and development of the Nashville office since it opened in 2008.

Presentation Topics: sales metrics, sales development, CRM, managing recurring revenue, industry best practices, customer & service adoption

Sam Davidson - Batch Nashville

Sam Davidson is a social entrepreneur, published author and professional speaker who uses storytelling to help companies and communities lead better and make an impact. He has written three books and speaks on college campuses and at corporate conferences all over the United States. Batch Nashville is his fourth company.

Presentation Topics: branding/storytelling, leadership, marketing, travel, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, maker movement

​Kimberly Estep - Western Governors University Tennessee

Dr. Kimberly K. Estep is an articulate thought leader in the field of higher education, having spent 25 years in the academy. She earned her doctorate in history from Auburn University and earned a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Georgia. She has quickly become a thought leader in what may be the next great evolutionary leap in higher education. Dr. Estep is the first chancellor of WGU Tennessee, a nonprofit, online university launched in July 2013 by Gov. Bill Haslam to expand Tennesseans’ access to higher education.

Presentation Topics: competency-based learning, higher education, digital technology and online learning; attracting nontraditional students

Darrell Freeman - Zycron, Inc.

Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., is the executive chairman of Zycron, Inc., an information technology services and solutions firm he founded in 1991 in Nashville, Tenn. Zycron employs more than 350 professionals across the country. Freeman is also the co-founder of two other businesses: Reliant Bank and Pinnacle Construction Partners.

Freeman’s commitment to the community is evident through his numerous service activities, including being a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents and serving two terms as board chairman of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, and he is a pilot for Angel Flight, an organization that arranges free air transportation for charitable and medical needs. His favorite pastimes include spending time with his wife and four children. Freeman holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

Presentation Topics: entrepreneurship, education, striving for excellence, leadership, business success

Dr. Jacqueline A. Gilbert - MTSU

Jackie Gilbert is a professor of management and certified online instructor at Middle Tennessee State University. She is a recipient of the State Farm Excellence Professorship, and a Fellow in the U.S. Academy on Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Abuse. Her articles on gender, online learning, diversity, race relations, and international business have been featured in journals like The Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Journal of Business Education, Group and Organization Management, the Journal of Business Ethics, and as a case study ("Formally Shaming White Criminals") by Harvard Business School.

She received her BBA in management from the University of Texas at Austin, and her master's and Ph.D. degrees in management from the University of Houston. Gilbert has been featured in Forbes, Men's Health, Game On® Business Talk Radio | VoiceAmerica™, WMOT radio, WGNS radio, The Tennessean, The Daily Business Journal, The Workplace Bullying Institute website, and The Huffington Post.

She has recently served as member of Tennessee Healthy Workplace Advocates, which worked toward passage of the Healthy Workplace Act in Tennessee, along with TACIR (Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations) Workplace Civility Work Group.

Gilbert has developed courses in organizational development and general management. She teaches two online graduate courses in MTSU's the MS in management program: Organizational Development – MGMT 6660 (offered in spring), and Current Issues in Management – MGMT 6690 (offered in fall), which individuals may audit.

Presentation Topics: civility/bullying, organizing, diversity management 

Susan Gillpatrick - Centerstone

Susan Gillpatrick, M.Ed., LPC, CTS, is a licensed professional counselor and crisis management specialist for Centerstone, the nation's largest not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services. She works primarily in the field with clients in critical incident response situations and provides Centerstone’s wellness trainings and presentations. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified trauma specialist, certified workplace conflict mediator, and mental health service provider in the state of Tennessee and a national certified counselor. She is also a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, the Tennessee Mental Health Counseling Association, and the Middle Tennessee Employee Assistance Professionals Association. She received her M.Ed. in human development counseling from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Presentation Topics: health and wellness training, crisis management strategies, group counseling and mediation services

Steve Hayes - The Human Capital Group, Inc.

As the founder and senior partner of The Human Capital Group, Steve Hayes has more than 20 years of broad-based, multi-industry, and global experience as a human resources executive, with specific skills in guiding leaders and their companies in the following capacities: acquiring high-potential talent; cultural change; developing and aligning vision, mission and values; organizational and management development; performance management and succession planning; domestic and international startups and shut-downs; union management & avoidance. As a retained executive recruiter, Hayes has assisted executives in acquiring leadership talent within virtually every function and industry sector. In addition, he is a sought-after consultant and executive coach/speaker to leaders facing a myriad of organizational and cultural challenges and opportunities. With a relentless focus on "delivering results through people," Hayes is committed to ensuring that the mission and guiding principles of The Human Capital Group are the foundation of every service provided by the firm.

Presentation Topics: executive search, leadership development, executive coaching

Cathy Holland - Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

Cathy Holland has more than 30 years of experience in economic and community development management. She serves as director of community affairs and customer service for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA). She serves as the MNAA’s liaison to governmental and civic organizations located in the Nashville region, manages the Flying Aces volunteer program, oversees the Arts at the Airport program and the Airport Information Center, and works with Authority staff and airport tenants in the development and implementation of world-class customer-service programs. Previously, under Phil Bredesen’s tenure as Nashville mayor, Holland served as the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. She is a 2004 graduate of the Leadership Donelson/Hermitage Program. Holland was named as one of the 2011 Nashville Business Journal Women of Influence – Community Support category. Holland is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a bachelor’s degree in management.

Presentation Topics: aviation, airports, customer service, tourism, hospitality, economic development

Michael Hudson - Groups360

Michael Hudson, CRME, MBA, is a former Walt Disney Imagineer with more than 20 years' experience in engineering design, data analysis and user-experience development. Throughout his career at Disney, he helped open two theme parks and numerous ride systems across both coasts. He championed using data visualization and predictive analytics to improve ride reliability.

In 2006, he was recruited by Gaylord Entertainment to graft his Disney experience onto hotel development. He created innovative retail and sports bar experiences for hotel guests and brokered strategic partnerships with the MLB and The Smithsonian. From there, he transitioned to help form a new team centralizing revenue management and yield strategies for the brand.

Based on experiences yielding group business during the 2009 downturn, Hudson founded Grouponomics to help bring event-performance transparency to the sales and revenue management teams within the hotel industry. After successfully growing for five years, Grouponomics was acquired by Nashville-based Groups360 in 2015.

Hudson remains dedicated to continuing to deliver transparency to both sides of the hotel/meeting planner equation. When data is transformed from an ugly tabular system to a format that tells a story, that’s when you truly unlock the potential of a collaborative sales process. Effective communication only happens when data is set free; knowledge for both sides creates efficiency and maximizes profits for all.

Presentation Topics: "Data Rich - Insight Poor"; "Decision to Buy is Emotional"; "Science the $#^! Out of Your Data"; "Vox Populi - Wisdom of the Crowd; Crowdsourcing Customer Behaviors to Improve Performance"; "Competing in a Data-Driven World"; "Lowest ADR Does Not Always Win the Bid"; "Creative Problem Solving: Imagineering Solutions"; "Work the Real Problem: Lessons Learned from Best Practices at Disney"

Jennifer Kovalcik - Stites & Harbison PLLC

Jennifer Kovalcik is an intellectual property and technology service attorney. She concentrates on designing and implementing intellectual property protection plans, enforcing intellectual property assets, and drafting and negotiating software licenses and a variety of technology agreements.

Kovalcik prosecutes trademark and copyright registration applications and handles domain name and Internet content disputes, as well as negotiates and drafts contracts that implicate intellectual property or technology rights, including software licenses and subscription agreements, software as a service (SAAS) agreements, technology development agreements for the creation or modification of software, website, or mobile application development agreements, website terms of use and privacy policies, hosting agreements, and transfer and assignment documents. Enforcement actions also include trademark opposition and cancellation proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and interacting with U.S. Customs & Border Protection to protect trademarks through seizure orders in both federal and state courts.

Presentation Topics: trademarks, copyrights and patents; intellectual property law

Doug Kreulen - Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

Doug Kreulen is senior vice president of operations & maintenance for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA). At the MNAA, he is responsible for leading the operations, facilities maintenance, public safety and community affairs & customer service departments. Kreulen joined the MNAA from Huntsville International Airport, where he served as director of operations since 2008, handling airside and landside operations, facility and fleet maintenance, public safety, grounds maintenance and environmental affairs. Kreulen served in the Air Force in a variety of highly responsible positions. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Auburn University and master’s degrees from Troy State University and the National War College.

Presentation Topics: aviation, airports, air cargo, transportation, general aviation

Liz Laubenberg - Camp Gladiator

Liz Laubenberg is a former collegiate athlete with a background in exercise science. She has been working with Camp Gladiator, an award winning outdoor fitness program that was founded by EY’s entrepreneur of the year for Central Texas Ally Davidson. Liz has worked her way up from a partner trainer to an Area Director and Elite Leader with the company. Her expertise ranges from health and wellness to leadership development. Her speaking is engaging and informative. History of events include several corporations in Dallas TX including the American Heart Association, American Airlines and more.

Presentation Topics: Leadership development, Recruiting, Eating Healthy on a Budget, Stress Management, Pillars of health, Goal setting. Health and wellness topics can also be customized based on the need.

Joseph Meyer - BKD, LLP

As a member of BKD National Financial Services Group and BKD National Manufacturing & Distribution Group, Joe Meyer has more than 28 years of experience serving business clients with accounting, auditing and consulting services.

Meyer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated with distinction in 1981 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, with a B.S. in accounting. He is currently involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville and Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Presentation Topics: strategic planning, profitability improvement, governance structure best practices, organizational development and coaching, building a prospect and referral list

Joe Morgan - siY, LLC

Joe, the Founder and Chief Strategist at siY, believes that if you are relentless in building the right environment for people, then extraordinary outcomes can result. People and curiosity are always at the core of his leadership approach. Having spent his career serving as a CEO or Member of the Board for large public as well as start-up and growth companies, Joe brings a wealth of experience and demonstrated leadership in transformational business environments. He has been successful in driving value and achieving strategic growth objectives in many industry sectors, including service, technology, and manufacturing.  Joe has a proven track record for improving performance by integrating the strategy, culture, and customer within an operational framework.  In 2016, he founded siY, LLC (Be safe. Be Inspired. Be YOU), a company that helps leaders achieve strategic objectives in an environment where people can thrive.

Presentation Topics: transformative leadership, inspirational thinking, culture as a spark for growth, safety, health and wellness, the power of curiosity, decision-making

Paula Mosley - Village Consults - Village Real Estate Services

Known for her lighthearted, enthusiastic approach and endless energy, Paula Mosley is a dynamic and resourceful leader with a track record of successfully engaging and attracting talented real estate professionals and educating and coaching them into the highest levels of productivity and profitability.

Her ability to engage, influence and lead was apparent early on when she was instrumental in turning a struggling real estate office into a profitable, fierce competitor in its rural Nashville market. During that time, Mosley perfected her skills in engaging, attracting, retaining and developing talented real estate entrepreneurs and business owners.

Mosley has been instrumental in assisting and consulting both new and experienced real estate professionals, real estate boards, their leadership teams and focus groups. As a result, she has built a strong reputation as a caring, respected, trusted servant-leader, consultant and coach.

Presentation Topics: mindset, business development, sales, leadership, social media, team building, inspiration/motivation, making unprofitable businesses profitable (flipping)

Michael Poe - ServiceSource

Michael Poe is a proven executive leader of sales and sales operations with a successful track record of driving innovation, delivering revenue, and building strong leadership teams and organizations that collaborate to win. He has extensive knowledge of recurring revenue in tech-enabled industries, with emphasis on the creation and execution of strategic plans, sales team transformations, revenue and margin growth models, and development of competitive strategies to drive increased sales execution and effectiveness. He is skilled at establishing senior-level customer and partner relationships. 

Poe leads a team of 1,000 millennials in ServiceSource's Nashville sales center, driving $4 billion of recurring revenue for top tech companies like Cisco, Red Hat, MSFT, EMC, and several health and life science companies. He previously held sales and operations leadership roles at Cap Gemini, GE/Genpact and Perot Systems. Poe served seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from the University of Mississippi, which he attended on an ROTC scholarship.

Presentation Topics: sales, leadership, CRM, managing recurring revenue, renewal optimization

Nancy Reece - The Human Capital Group, Inc.

Nancy Reece is a senior consultant with The Human Capital Group, specializing in developing leaders who gain competitive advantage and deliver sustainable results. She is a highly requested speaker with several national and international conferences in her portfolio. Prior to joining Human Capital Group, Reece was the first woman elected national board chair of the Association of YMCA Professionals in its 130-year history. Her career includes service as senior vice president for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and national consultant for YMCA of the USA. As adjunct faculty, she teaches a leadership perspectives course at Lipscomb University’s Graduate School of Business. Reece writes the "Integrity First" column for the Nashville Business Journal and authored The Dichotomy of Power® - Using Power with Intelligence and Integrity. Her board service includes the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce, the National Speakers Association of Tennessee, Mercy Health Services and International Christian Ministries.

Presentation Topics: conflict resolution, leadership, integrity

Tony Swafford - Adams & Reese

Tony Swafford chairs Adams & Reese’s transportation and logistics team. He concentrates his practice in complex litigation including transportation, labor and employment law, ERISA/employee benefits, and disputes related to non-competition and trade secret issues. Swafford represents national and regional clients in both litigation and transactional matters in transportation and logistics, including class litigation related to the Motor Carrier Act exemption; commercial litigation on behalf of shippers, carriers, brokers and supply chain logistics companies; and negotiating various transportation and logistics agreements.

In his employment practice, he has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements, labor arbitrations, employer counseling, developing policies, mediating and settling disputes, responding to administrative charges of discrimination before agencies, employment litigation, labor and employment audits and in house training. He has successfully defended union organizing attempts in 14 states.

Swafford serves on the executive committee of the Transportation Lawyers Association. He is listed in Chambers USA for Labor and Employment Law.

Presentation Topics: transportation and logistics law, labor and employment law

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