Margot Fosnes is the president and chief economic development officer of the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce. She has had a long-time association with the Chamber, serving on the Board for eight years and as president of the Chamber in 2001-02. Before her employment with the chamber in November 2006, she served as Executive Assistant to the General Secretary of the United Methodist Church’s Council on Finance and Administration and was Treasurer of First United Methodist Church in Springfield for ten years. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee and served on that board for three years and a 2012 graduate of the Transit Citizen Leadership Academy. She serves on the boards of Cumberland Region Tomorrow, the Transit Alliance of Middle TN, the Northern Middle TN Workforce Board, the Robertson County Community Foundation, and the Springfield/Robertson County Airport. Fosnes also serves as Robertson County’s representative on the Nashville Area MPO Technical Coordinating Committee.
Among her responsibilities as chamber president, Fosnes is the primary contact for economic development and business retention for Robertson County, working with city and county officials and industrial boards to recruit and retain industry and business to Robertson County. During her tenure with the Robertson County Chamber, the organization has grown from an executive director and part-time assistant to a staff of five full-time employees plus a contracted director for the chamber’s education initiative. Fosnes oversaw the county’s first economic development fundraising campaign in 2012 which resulted in pledges totaling over $1.2 million for a four-year plan of work.
Fosnes was born in Jacksonville, Florida and came to Tennessee in 1975 to continue her education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She received a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt in 1979. She received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1983 and the IOM designation from the US Chamber Institute in 2012.
She and her husband, Dr. Jeff Fosnes, moved to Springfield in 1989 where he began a family medicine practice. They have two sons, C.A., who graduated in 2007 from Emory University in Atlanta and is now the baseball media relations director at North Carolina State University, and Tyler, a 2010 graduate of Maryville College with a second degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee who works as a transportation engineer with RPM Consulting in Nashville. Both sons were educated in Robertson County public schools and are East Robertson High School alumni.
In her spare time she enjoys reading fiction, gardening and cheering on the Vanderbilt Commodores. She and Jeff reside on a small farm near Cross Plains, where they have continued to cultivate a love of the land and the preservation of open spaces.