Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jim Wright is Nashville Chamber's Partnership 2010 co-chairman

Jim Wright, chairman and CEO of Nashville-based Tractor Supply Co., will succeed Keith Herron, the regional president of Regions Bank, as the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce's Partnership 2010 co-chairman for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
The region is gearing up for its new five-year economic development strategy, Partnership 2020. Details will be announced at 4 p.m. Monday at LP Field's West Club Level.

Wright will work with fellow co-chairman Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, the Chamber's economic development staff and investors to foster economic growth in the region.

Herron will continue on the group's Lead Investor Council, which helps guide the Chamber's economic development strategy. Herron also sits on the Chamber's board of directors and heads its Finance and Audit Committee.

Wright has held executive posts with Western Auto Supply Co. and Kmart Corp. Before joining Tractor Supply, he was president and CEO of Tire Kingdom, a 150-store chain based in West Palm Beach, Fla. He joined Tractor Supply as president and chief operating officer in 2000, becoming CEO in 2004 and chairman in 2007.


Program to foster 'Green Hospitality'

The Tennessee Hospitality Association has come up with a "Tennessee Green Hospitality" certification program that requires third-party audits to qualify a lodging property as energy efficient and sustainable.

The program will encourage hotels, bed and breakfasts, other lodging facilities and restaurants to become aware of their impact on the environment and to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. It will be discussed at the annual Tennessee Hospital Association conference July 14-15 at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro.


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