CVB adds Lavender, MacLachlan to board

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. today announced it has added to its board of directors Don MacLachlan (seen on right in photo), executive vice president of administration and facilities for the Tennessee Titans, and Kevin Lavender (on left in photo), senior vice president and managing director of national commercial banking for Fifth Third Bank.

In addition, Ed Hardy, president of Great American Country, will serve as chairman of the NCVB board of directors for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Ken Levitan, president of Vector Management, will serve as chair-elect.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Don and Kevin, both talented and respected business leaders, to our board,” Hardy said in a release. “The hospitality industry is Nashville’s second largest, employing nearly 60,000 people locally and boasting 11 million visitors each year. It’s one of the most successful industries in terms of revenue, jobs and development in Nashville. Our volunteer board is a key component to that success, and these new members will add greatly to an already highly effective leadership team.”

In addition to Hardy and Levitan, existing NCVB board members for fiscal 2013 include the following:

• Bob Patterson - Bradley, Arant, Boult Cummings
• Steve Turner – MarketStreet Enterprises
• John Fleming – Renaissance Nashville Hotel
• Shannon Bowles – Marriott Airport Hotel
• Pete Weien – Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
• Beth Fortune – Vanderbilt University
• Mike Dungan – UMG Nashville
• Tom Negri – Loews Hotels
• Beth Seigenthaler Courtney – Seigenthaler Public Relations
• Henry Hicks – GrayLine
• Jason Sheer – Tin Roof Restaurants
• Rick Schwartz – Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
• Pam Wright – Wright Travel
• Stacey Garrett – Bone McAllester Norton
• Patrick Franzone – Millennium Maxwell House Hotel