For the second year in a row, the Post team has canvassed Middle Tennessee to compile the definitive compendium of the region's business and political power brokers — the leaders who have already shaped and are in many ways reshaping Music City. The people listed below and in the 17 other sections that make up In Charge are here not only because of their titles but also because they are using their positions to create opportunity for others and for the city as a whole — be it in business, government or on broader civic issues.
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Nashville & Davidson County
Head of Nashville MTA since 2002 and linchpin of local and regional public transportation efforts, including a new study to assess the feasibility of a streetcar, light rail or bus rapid transit system on the West End corridor. Also manages the Music City Star commuter rail line. Past experience includes stints as CEO or GM of six transit systems. Past president of two national firms where he operated or consulted on transit operations in 38 U.S. cities in 19 states.
Runs the largest privately owned crushed stone producer in the nation and the seventh-largest producer overall. Employs 1,600 employees in facilities across five states and still growing through acquisitions. Company director since 1999 and CEO since 2005. Previously a corporate VP and president of Ingersoll-Rand’s construction and mining group.
Chairman & President
Owns and operates (independent of his family) the nation’s largest distributor of DVD software, a leading distributor of video games and related products and a leading distributor of audiobooks. Also launched DBI Beverage, distributor that now handles more than 25 million cases of drinks annually in Northern California.
President & CEO
Leads with brother John the multi-faceted Ingram Industries Inc., which includes Ingram Marine Group, nation’s largest inland barge transportation business, and Ingram Content Group, serving publishers, booksellers and librarians. Also chairs Ingram Barge Co., which manages fleet of more than 4,000 containers moving commodities along inland waterways from Minnesota to Louisiana and Texas to Pennsylvania. A Vanderbilt University grad who has immersed himself in the city’s business community. Turned 50 last summer, making him one of the younger members of Nashville’s innermost circle of power brokers.
Promoted to his current position in August 2010, a year after being named president and COO. Joined OHL in 2006 from consulting firm Nightingale and Associates. Stint as CFO helped lay groundwork for current growth spurt that includes the addition of 200 jobs in three years at its Brentwood HQ.
President & CEO
Central Parking Corp.
Took over CPC following the 2010 retirement of Emanuel Eads. Most recently vice chairman and CEO of Circuit City Stores, a $12 billion in revenues electronics store chain. CPC, purchased in 2007 by Kohlberg & Co., Versa Capital and Lubert-Adler, is a leader in professional parking management, operating some 2,500 parking facilities containing more than 1.2 million spaces nationwide.
Named executive chairman in 2010 to concentrate on strategic acquisitions and international expansion. Had been CEO since May 2001, a tenure marked by tremendous growth for the third-party logistics provider. Serves on Advisory Council on Trade and Transportation for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. A board member of The United Way of Middle Tennessee who also has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Second Harvest Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
Bell & Associates
Co-owner of the firm that has managed preconstruction and construction phase services on more than 100 correctional facilities, numerous road/bridge projects, office buildings, residential high-rises, and entertainment facilities across the nation. Landmark Nashville projects include the AT&T Building, TPAC and the Gateway Bridges and the Shelby Street Pedestrian bridge. Teamed his firm with Clark Construction to work on the $585 million Music City Center project.
President & CEO
Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
Has held current position since 2001, directing overall planning, development and operation of Nashville International and John C. Tune airports. Overseeing major renovation of BNA’s facilities and infrastructure. Formerly ran consulting firm to aviation, airport, parking and travel industries. Member of Partnership 2010 Advisory Board. Has served on chamber board, Nashville CVB and Nashville Area Chapter Red Cross.
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Former mayor of Franklin selected by Gov. Haslam to succeed Gerald Nicely as the head of the state’s highways, aviation, public transit, waterways and railroads. Member of the Middle Tennessee Metropolitan Planning and Organization and the Regional Transit Authority. Served on board of the Franklin Special School District for 13 years before becoming Franklin’s mayor in ’07.
Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
The numbers-and-details man behind region’s push to expand mass transit. Leads a group seeking to provide high-quality transportation plans and programs through the development of reliable data and analysis, the advancement of planning tools and methods, and the facilitation of ideas among governmental agencies, the public and other stakeholders.
Tennessee Road Builders Association
Represents nearly 400 contractor and associate members across the state — historically one of the most powerful lobbies on Capitol Hill (still is among rural lawmakers). Given the largely conservative base of the association, heightened awareness among legislators for infrastructure needs is expected this year.
Chairman & CEO
Retail industry veteran who joined SMS in 1991. Named to succeed company founder William T. Coakley as CEO after Coakley’s death in 2004. Founded to serve the shopping center industry, SMS Holdings has grown from two people and two shopping malls to 12,000 employees at more than 500 locations in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Also boasts subsidiaries providing services ranging from facility management to security services.
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