NCVC Names New Members to Board of Directors for FY 13-14
Nashville, Tenn. - The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp (NCVC) today announced four new additions to its board of directors: Steven André, general manager of the Hutton Hotel, Waverly Crenshaw, an attorney at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, Deborah McDermott, president and CEO of Young Broadcasting, LLC, and Ronald G. Smith, president of the mid-America region for Regions Bank.
Ed Hardy, former president of Great American Country, will serve as chairman of the NCVC board of directors for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Ken Levitan, president of Vector Management, will serve as chair-elect.
“I am happy to welcome these four accomplished individuals to our board,” said Hardy. “Nashville is doing extremely well and our best days are still ahead of us. The NCVC just wrapped up the most successful year in the history of this company and our volunteer board is a key component to that success. These new members will add greatly to an already highly effective leadership team.”
Under André’s leadership, the Hutton Hotel has exceeded budgeted profit and STR indexes each year. The hotel has also received numerous accolades, including being named on Conde Nast’s “Hot List” for 2010 and listed as #2 of 145 top properties on TripAdvisor. Prior to joining the Hutton, André served as general manager for upscale properties in Houston, Beverly Hills and Chicago. He is currently on the board of directors for the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association and the Nashville State Community College Foundation.
Crenshaw, an attorney at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, has more than 25 years of experience in employment-related issues involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases. As the first African-American attorney at Waller, he serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a past member of the firm’s board of directors. He has been honored as one of the “150 Best Lawyers” by Business Tennessee magazine and Chambers USA lists Crenshaw as a leader in the Labor and Employment field.
McDermott is now president and CEO of Young Broadcasting, LLC, after serving as the company’s executive vice president of operations. McDermott previously worked as vice president and general manager of WKRN-TV in Nashville and won the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in investigative reporting during her time there. She has recently been elected to her second term as a director of the Country Music Association board and is a member of the Committee of 200, a national group of top women CEOs.
Smith oversees banking operations for Regions in the Mid-America region which includes Middle and West Tennessee, Texas, North Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky Illinois and Iowa. Smith is also a member of the company’s Operating Committee. He held numerous leadership roles, including corporate division manager, city president, area president for Mississippi/North Louisiana and regional president of the Southwest region prior to assuming his current role in 2012. He serves on the boards of Baptist Health Systems, Regions Foundation of Tennessee, Higher Education Corporation and Operation Andrew Group.
In addition to the new members, the board also appointed Ken Levitan and Beth Fortune to second, three-year terms.
These new volunteers join the following existing NCVC board members for FY 13-14:
Ed Hardy – Great American Country (GAC)
Ken Levitan – Vector Management
Bob Patterson - Bradley, Arant, Boult Cummings
Kevin Lavender – Fifth Third Bank
John Fleming – Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Pete Weien – Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Beth Fortune – Vanderbilt University
Mike Dungan – Capitol Records
Don MacLachlan – Tennessee Titans
Beth Seigenthaler Courtney – Seigenthaler Public Relations
Henry Hicks – GrayLine
Jason Sheer – Tin Roof Restaurants
Rich Schwartz – Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Pam Wright – Wright Travel
Patrick Franzone – Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
The community leaders, who comprise the 18-member, volunteer board, represent the diverse voices of the Nashville community. Elected for staggered terms, the board is charged with directing the NCVC’s work on behalf of the city, the members of the Convention and Visitors Corp and the city’s vibrant hospitality industry.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.