Thirty Two Graduate from LMT Program
Thirty two community and business leaders from Middle Tennessee have graduated from Leadership Middle Tennessee, Inc., a regional leadership institute.
The 2015 class is from the 10-county area which includes Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson.
The 2015 Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT) graduates and their respective counties are: CHEATHAM COUNTY: David C. Risner, Attorney; DAVIDSON COUNTY: Meredith Benton, Chief of Staff, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation; Karen Berson, Associate Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Meharry Medical College; Miranda Christy, Attorney, Stites and Harbison, PLLC; Toby Compton, Executive Director, Metro Sports Authority; Bill Evans, President/CEO, Evans Glass Company; Susan Galbreath, Associate Provost and Professor of Accounting, Lipscomb University; Marc Hill, Chief Policy Officer, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Cara Sweeney Ince, Director of Community Relations & Advocacy, Conexión Américas; Kevin Roddey, Sr. Vice President, Pinnacle Financial Partners; DICKSON COUNTY: Brett Reynolds, Sr. Vice President, Mortgage Advisory Group, Pinnacle Financial Partners; MAURY COUNTY: George Vrailas, Magic Restaurants; MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Diane Berty, Vice President, Tennessee Independent Colleges & Universities Association; Elizabeth Black, Communications Director, Montgomery County Government; Sherryl Byrd, Vice President for Student Affairs, Austin Peay State University; Mark A. Kelly, COO/Broker, Keller Williams Realty--The Air Assault Team; ROBERTSON COUNTY: Ed Cope, Realtor, Re/Max 1st Choice; Bayard Shelton, Owner/President, S&S Precision, Inc.; Michael Van Dyke, Chief Deputy, Robertson County Sheriff's Office; RUTHERFORD COUNTY: Brian Coleman, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones; Gordon B. Ferguson, President/CEO, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital; David A. Hoke, Principal Broker, Ann Hoke & Associates, Keller Williams; David Urban, Dean, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University; SUMNER COUNTY: Harry Allen, Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Avenue Bank; Adam Ghassemi, Director of Communications, Tennessee Secretary of State; WILLIAMSON COUNTY: Jim Corum, Vice President, Business Development, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Will Dodson, Southern Regional Energy Coordinator, U.S.D.A., Rural Development; Kurt Winstead, Partner, Rudy, Wood & Winstead, PLLC; Mayra Zimmer, Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, AIG Financial Network; WILSON COUNTY: Joe Bond, Business Development, Johnson Controls; Rob Cesternino, CEO, Cavalry Security, Inc.; Jessica Fain, Senior Vice President - Marketing & Communications, YMCA of Middle Tennessee.
The nine month program highlights historic and contemporary perspectives on relevant regional themes and features presentations by leading experts and key community leaders. Sessions employ a mix of interactive presentations, facilitated dialogue, behind-the-scenes visits and more.
Leadership Middle Tennessee was formed in 1999 as an initiative of Partnership 2000 to contribute to future planned and sustainable economic and community growth and development in the fast-growing 10-county area through the participation of community leaders in an annual regional leadership program. According to Deborah Varallo, LMT chair of the Board of Directors, “Leadership Middle Tennessee was founded before the word ‘regionalism’ was incorporated into the middle Tennessee leaders’ vocabularies. We are very pleased to have been at the forefront of encouraging our business, government, community and nonprofit leaders to collaborate, support and work together on regional issues.”
Leadership Middle Tennessee is overseen by a regional board that is comprised of the Leadership Middle Tennessee alumni and business and community leaders. Leadership Middle Tennessee operates through the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at MTSU. Patti James is executive director. Deborah Varallo, founder of Varallo Public Relations, is chair of the Board of Directors.