NCVB Names New Members to Board of Directors for FY 12-13
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation (NCVB) today announced two
new additions to its board of directors: Don MacLachlan, executive vice
president of administration and facilities for the Tennessee Titans, and Kevin
Lavender, senior vice president and managing director of national commercial banking
for Fifth Third Bank.
Ed Hardy, president of Great American Country, will serve as chairman of the NCVB board of directors for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Ken Levitan, president of Vector Management, will serve as chair-elect.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Don and Kevin, both talented and respected business leaders, to our board,” said Hardy. “The hospitality industry is Nashville’s second largest, employing nearly 60,000 people locally and boasting 11 million visitors each year. It’s one of the most successful industries in terms of revenue, jobs and development in Nashville. Our volunteer board is a key component to that success, and these new members will add greatly to an already highly effective leadership team.”
MacLachlan is in his 21st season with the Tennessee Titans and his 14th as Executive Vice President. He is responsible for all non-football operations with the organization, including marketing, corporate sales, ticketing, community relations, media relations, broadcasting, is president of Tennessee Titans Entertainment, Inc. and oversees LP Field and Baptist Sports Park. His efforts have created an excitement surrounding the team, built a fun and festive experience for fans at home games, and worked hard to link the organization with the greater Nashville community and the entire Mid-South region. Over the past year, he was instrumental in coordinating the $26 million in upgrades for LP Field that will debut this season, including new video boards, ribbon boards, sound system, elevators for the upper deck and new fan gathering areas.
Lavender, senior vice president for Fifth Third Bank, is responsible for overseeing the National Commercial sales teams which include: National Healthcare, Large Corporate, Government/Public Funds/Higher Education, Mid Corporate, Treasury Management Sales, Financial Institutions and International Sales. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, he served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, with oversight responsibility for all Tennessee state-chartered depository and non-depository financial institutions. He served as co-founder and Executive Vice President of MediSphere Health Partners Inc., a private specialty health care facilities company.
These new volunteers join existing NCVB board members for FY 13:
Ed Hardy – Great American Country (GAC)
Ken Levitan – Vector Management
Bob Patterson - Bradley, Arant, Boult Cummings
Steve Turner – MarketStreet Enterprises
John Fleming – Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Shannon Bowles – Marriott Airport Hotel
Pete Weien – Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Beth Fortune – Vanderbilt University
Mike Dungan – Capitol Records
Tom Negri – Loews Hotels
Beth Seigenthaler Courtney – Seigenthaler Public Relations
Henry Hicks – GrayLine
Jason Sheer – Tin Roof Restaurants
Rich Schwartz – Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Pam Wright – Wright Travel
Stacey Garrett – Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
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 bureau’s work on behalf of the city, the members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city’s vibrant hospitality industry.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation 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 NCVB’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.