As is our annual tradition, the Post team presents In Charge, a compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top business, political and civic leaders. The 450-plus women and men on our list — our fifth annual — make a positive impact not just on their individual sectors, but on the city in general. These folks are the best of the best — and always “in charge.”
1. Ronnie Barrett — Founder, Barrett Firearms: Recognized globally within his industry as an expert in large-caliber rifle design and manufacturing. Well known for his 50 caliber rifles for civilian use. Murfreesboro-based company’s M82A1 has been purchased by more than 40 military organizations worldwide.
2. Mark Cleveland — CEO, Swiftwick: Founded maker of moisture-wicking and blister-reducing socks with cult following. Oregon native has made inroads into NHL as well as endurance sports and is looking to develop socks with other niche uses. Also owns Brentwood remote-control craft story Hobby Express.
3. Christopher Conway — Chairman, President and CEO, Clarcor: Oversees Franklin-based water and air filtration company. Company announced last November it will buy the air filtration business of General Electric Co.’s Power and Water division