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. Greg Adkins — President and CEO, Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association: Former Metro councilman and executive director of the Tennessee Public Transportation Association. Oversees Nashville-based entity that is the advocacy voice and key resource for information and education for the state’s hospitality industry.
2. Colin Reed — Chairman and CEO, Ryman Hospitality Properties: The leader of what had been, until 2012, Gaylord Entertainment Co. Ryman Hospitality reclassified as a REIT on Jan. 1, 2013, and owns the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and radio station WSM. Company saw shares (and revenues) slump in mid-2013, but the stock rebounded by year’s end.
3. Robert Rowling — CEO, TRT Holdings: Owner of Omni hotel chain. Gaylord Entertainment Co. in 2012 paid the Texas billionaire a handsome profit for his 20-plus percent stake after he protested management’s plans for REIT conversion and ho