The mayor gets a chief from the chamber: Debby Dale Mason, the chief community development officer at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, will take the lead on managing Megan Barry's executive offices and the formation and implementation of policy within the new administration. Her first day on the new job will be Nov. 18.
Debby Dale Mason, Chief Community Development Officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed by Mayor Megan Barry to be her Chief of Staff. Mason will be focused on the management of the executive offices, guiding the formation and implementation of policy within the administration.
“Debby Dale Mason has been committed to public service for nearly all of her life and I’m honored that she will continue that service in my administration,” said Mayor Barry. “Debby has a wealth of experience that will enable her to help manage operations within my administration to ensure we are delivering on our promises to the people of Nashville.”
Mason’s career spans 40 years in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in Nashville, 20 of which have been at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Mason’s early career includes time spent with the Tennessee Arts Commission and Historic Nashville, Inc., as well as a role as Chief of Staff in Mayor Bill Boner’s administration. Her career has also included time at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, the Nashville Downtown Partnership, and as a small business owner, managing a consulting company.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve in Mayor Barry’s administration to support the continued economic growth of Nashville, while tackling the tough challenges around transportation and affordability which that growth brings,” said Mason. “I look forward to working with Mayor Barry and our staff team to build community-wide support for the Mayor’s initiatives.”
In her role as the Chief Community Development Officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Debby Dale Mason served as a member of the Chamber’s senior management team, focused on community development initiatives, regional projects and relationships with key policy makers and Chamber stakeholders. Mason was directly responsible for the Chamber’s annual Leadership Study Mission and for representing Chamber positions on issues before the Metro Council as well as providing strategic counsel on issues of policy.
“Debby Dale Mason has been an important voice in the discussion of issues impacting community development in Nashville for more than two decades,” said Ralph Schulz, president and CEO, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. “We deeply appreciate her contributions to the growth and prosperity of our region and look forward to continuing to work with her and Mayor Barry in the effort to make a great city even greater.”
Mark Braden — a lobbyist, public relations guru and former campaign manager for U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker — is launching a nonprofit aimed to impress upon the masses the benefits of conservatism.
Paperwork filed with the Secretary of State on Monday for “Tennesseans for Conservative Action” listed two fellow incorporators: Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell’s former chief of staff Gregory Gleaves, who has since started his own campaign consulting and direct mail firm, and former Tennessee Republican Party Chairwoman Robin Smith, who ran unsuccessfully for a open congressional seat in 2011, losing to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann. Braden is vice president of Mercury, described as a "high-stakes public strategy firm."
The TCA’s goal is “to inform and educate the public of the proven conservative principles that, when applied in governing, serves the best interests of the individual, the culture of freedom and the government of all people,” said Gleaves, who declined to comment further. A call to Braden, who has top billing at the organization, was not returned as of this posting.
The organization has already staked out a Facebook page and a website, the latter of which is not yet operational. Gleaves said the organization plans to launch in several weeks, but declined to say how TCA plans to achieve its mission.
An executive who joined the board of Delek US Holdings earlier this year has resigned from the body to pursue other ventures.
Yonel Cohen came to Delek after the Brentwood-based company acquired a 48 percent stake in Alon USA Energy. Cohen was one of five Alon directors who stepped aside to make room for Delek representatives but soon after was named to Delek’s board.
In a filing with regulators, Delek says his resignation was not because of any disagreement with the company over its operations, policies or practices.
Cohen is, among other things, chairman of the board of Golden House Ltd., a company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and a former CEO of Migdal Group, the largest insurance group in Israel.
Shares of Delek (Ticker: DK) rose more than 3 percent to $26.66 Wednesday. Year to date, they’re off slightly.
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