NCVC Names New Members to Board of Directors for FY 14-15
NASHVILLE - The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp (NCVC) today announced four new additions to its board of directors: John Esposito, president and CEO of Warner Music Group, Mignon Francois, owner and president of Cupcake Collection, Max Goldberg, co-owner of Strategic Hospitality and Tony Phillips, general manager of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.
Ken Levitan, president of Vector Management, will serve as chairman of the NCVC board of directors for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Levitan succeeds Ed Hardy, former president of Great American Country. Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, chairman and CEO of Seigenthaler Public Relations, will serve as chair-elect.
“I am pleased to welcome these four accomplished individuals to our board,” said Levitan. “It’s an exciting time in the hospitality industry as we continue to see stellar growth. From major meetings and events to visitation and media coverage, the city continues to see strong results with no sign of slowing down. Our board members are a key component to sustaining that growth for the future, and I look forward to working with them.”
Esposito became CEO and president of Warner Music Nashville in 2009 when Warner Music Group Corp. expanded its Nashville-based operations. Before his role at Warner Music Nashville, he served as president and CEO of Warner Music Group’s sales and marketing division, WEA Corp. Esposito launched Warner Music Group’s environmental campaign, WMGreen; is a founding and steering committee member of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Global Leadership Council; and serves on the board of directors for the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, Nashville Mayor’s Music Council and the Music Health Alliance.
Francois started the Cupcake Collection in Historic Germantown in 2008. The bakery, which specializes in made-from-scratch cupcakes and wedding cakes, has become a favorite in the city, being noted as “Best Bakery,” “Best Cupcake,” “Best Dessert Food Truck” and “Best Roving Food Truck In Nashville.” The Cupcake Collection recently gained national attention by appearing on ABC’s The Chew and ranked Number 10 in the Best Dessert Food Truck in the U.S. national ranking. Francois’ business savvy has also been recognized, earning the owner and founder the titles of “Emerging Business Leader of the Year” and “Woman of Legend and Merit” by Tennessee State University.
Goldberg is co-owner of Strategic Hospitality, LLC, headquartered in Nashville. He started his career in New York working for strategic consulting firms The Dilenschneider Group and Ruder Finn. He moved back to Nashville in 2007 and opened Strategic Hospitality with his brother. Under Strategic Hospitality, the brothers have opened several diverse and creative bar and restaurant concepts including Paradise Park, The Patterson House, Pinewood Social and Aerial, a rooftop private event space on Broadway.
Phillips was named General Manager of the Loews Hotel Vanderbilt in 2013, where his first order of business was to lead the hotel through a $17 million renovation which includes a new bar and restaurant. He has more than 20 years of hospitality experience, including work with Loews in Denver, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica Beach. Prior to joining Loews, he worked at The Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo., and La Posada de Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M.
These new volunteers join the following existing NCVC board members for FY 14-15:
Ken Levitan, Vector Management
Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, Seigenthaler Public Relations
Ed Hardy, Great American Country (GAC)
Ronnie Smith, Regions Bank
John Fleming, Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Pete Weien, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt University
Kevin Lavender, Fifth Third Bank
Don MacLachlan, Tennessee Titans
Deb McDermott, Young Broadcasting LLC
Bob Patterson, Bradley, Arant, Boult Cummings
Rich Schwartz, Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Pam Wright, Wright Travel
Waverly Crenshaw, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis – Legal Counsel
Hank Adam Locklin, Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission – Chair of Tourism and Convention Commission
The community leaders who comprise the 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.