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2012 POWER OF TEN Regional Summit Moderators and Panelists
Key Regional Issue: Economic Competitiveness
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce President, Ralph Schulz will moderate the Corporate Keynote Panel discussion, Why Top National Corporations are Sold On and Investing in Middle Tennessee, and will feature some our region’s top corporate executives, including Terry Strange of Hemlock and Matt Gallavin with Community Health Systems.
Site Manager Terry Strange, Hemlock Semiconductor Group
Prior to his current assignment, Terry served as site manager and director for the largest integrated silicone production facility in the world, Dow Corning Zhangjiagang Ltd. in China. With the wealth of his supply chain and site management experience, in early 2009, Terry was named site manager for the state-of-the-art polycrystalline silicon facility in Clarksville, TN. More…
VP of Government Relations Matt Gallivan, Community Health Systems
Matt Gallivan joined CHS in 2008 to lead the company’s government relations activities on both the state and federal level. He brought with him more than 20 years experience in the health care and government relations areas.Prior to joining CHS, Gallivan served as President of the Nashville Health Care Council, leading the organization through ten years of significant growth and influence and successfully implementing numerous educational, communications and economic development initiatives to secure its role as a leading industry association. More…
Chief Financial Officer Sallie B. Bailey, LP Building Products
Sallie B. Bailey has been Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer since December 2011. She previously served as Vice President and Chief Financial Office of Ferro Corporation from 2007 through 2010 and previously Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller of Timken Company.
President Ralph Schulz, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
With more than 30 years’ experience in non-profit management, marketing and fundraising, Ralph Schulz was named leader of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce in November 2006. The Nashville Chamber, a non-profit, member-based organization founded in 1847, is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation and a leading driver of economic and community development. Prior to joining the Chamber, Schulz served seven years as president & CEO of Adventure Science Center-Nashville. During that time, Schulz built a team credited with transforming the organization into one of the most successful youth-focused science centers in the nation based on attendance, exhibits, capital contributions and community support. In 2001, he received the Marvin Runyon Leadership Award for nonprofit turnaround. More…
The Nashville Chamber’s Chief Economic Development and Marketing Officer, Janet Miller will also moderate the panel discussion, “Advancing our Region – Key Regional Issue of Economic Competitiveness” with leaders from some our region’s top economic development organizations, including James Chavez of Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council, Matt Largen with the Office of Economic Development for Williamson County, and Brandom Gengelbach of Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance. The panel will focus on the importance of regional collaboration in economic development and the role Partnership 2020 plays in keeping Middle Tennessee a competitive economic region.
President & CEO James Chavez, Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council
As CEO James Chavez is responsible for overall economic development within the community, through the initiatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Board, and Convention & Visitors Bureau. James began a successful career in economic and business development more than 19 years ago in Leadville, Colorado. He has served communities in Georgia and now in Clarksville, Tennessee. James has played a key role in the recruitment and expansion of projects resulting in more than $4 billion in capital investment. Most recently, he led local efforts to recruit Hemlock Semiconductor to Clarksville, Tennessee. The project’s $1.2 billion investment represents the largest initial investment in state history. In addition to economic development, he has significant experience with small business, entrepreneur development, and international trade. More…
Director Matt Largen, Office of Economic Development for Williamson County
Matt Largen serves as the Director of the Office of Economic Development for Williamson County, Tennessee where he manages and directs countywide economic development strategies, including retention and expansion of existing business, recruitment of new business, and entrepreneurship.
Largen has extensive experience in the office market, including serving as the project lead on the Mars PetCare corporate campus and global research center project, Jackson National Life Insurance Company regional headquarters project, which will eventually result in 750 new jobs for Williamson County and the Verizon Wireless state of Tennessee headquarters project, which resulted in 1,300 new jobs for Williamson County. More…
President Brandom Gengelbach, Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance
Brandom Gengelbach leads the Maury Alliance, a public-private partnership that works to foster economic growth in Maury County. The 33-year-old Dallas native worked for the Nashville Chamber from 2002 to 2004, and directed organizational development for the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. More…
Chief Economic Development and Marketing Officer Janet Miller, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Janet M. Miller is chief economic development and marketing officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. The economic development department, through its Partnership 2020 initiative, serves as the Nashville region’s lead marketing and business recruitment agency. On a day-to-day basis, Miller works with corporate executives of relocating companies and professional site consultants, typically hired by Fortune 500-level clients to conduct relocation studies. She specializes in corporate headquarters relocations and has extensive experience working with companies whose core business is health care services, telecommunications, technology, manufacturing, data center operations and customer care.
Successful relocation projects in which Miller has been involved include CLARCOR, Louisiana-Pacific Corp., Asurion, Caremark Rx, Quanta Computer, VoiceStream, ClientLogic, HCA and Ford Motor Credit. More…
Key Regional Issue: Transportation/Transit
Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee Executive Director Ed Cole will moderate the panel discussion, Advancing Our Region-Key Regional Issue of Transportation/Transit, and will feature mayors from across the ten-county region, including Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, City of Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves, City of Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, and Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley.
Jo Ann Graves was first elected Mayor of Gallatin in November, 2006 and again in November 2010. She is the 61st Mayor of Gallatin, which was founded in 1802. Graves is the first female Mayor of Gallatin. Mayor Graves previously served as Chairman of the Sumner County Council of Governments and Chairman of the Northeast Corridor Committee. Presently, she serves as Chairman of the Regional Transit Authority Board and Chairman of the Middle Tennessee Mayors Caucus. More…
Ken Moore was elected Mayor of the City of Franklin in 2011. Before that Moore served as a city alderman. His work on the board included Chair of the Finance Committee and he led the effort to make Franklin a top 25 Sustainable City. He is the 31st Mayor and second physician to head the City. More…
Howard Bradley was re-elected to a third term to serve as the Mayor of Robertson County in 2010. He represents the county on the Regional Transportation Authority, Greater Nashville Regional Council, Mid Cumberland Human Resourse Agency and the Workforce Essentials Board of Directors. More…
Karl Dean is the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011 to serve a second term. During his time in office, Dean has led Nashville through two big challenges – a deep national recession and a 1,000-year flood – and has still made progress on his priorities of education, public safety and economic development. He also works diligently on efforts to sustain and improve Nashville’s high quality of life. More…
Before serving as the first executive director for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, Ed Cole was the former chief of environment and planning for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He was also the first executive director of Cumberland Region tomorrow where he steered the Tennessee’s first regional visioning process from 2001-2003. More…
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