Governor Phil Bredesen will speak on “The Future for Business in Tennessee” at the next Nashville Business Breakfast at Lipscomb University, 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 in Allen Arena.
The Nashville Business Breakfast is a quarterly series featuring local business leaders presented by Lipscomb University and the Nashville Business Journal.
The breakfast will also feature a panel of special guests:
- Nashville Mayor Karl Dean;
- Matt Kisber, state commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development;
- Rick Doornbos, president and CEO of Hemlock Semiconductor Group;
- David Geanacopoulos, executive vice president of Volkswagen Group of America; and
- Byron Smith, executive vice president of Asurion.
Phil Bredesen took office as Tennessee's 48th governor in January 2003 and was re-elected in November 2006, winning all 95 counties.
Tennessee experienced tremendous progress in economic development and job creation under Bredesen’s leadership, including 50 new corporate headquarters such as Asurion Corp., Caremark, and Louisiana-Pacific; 184,173 new jobs; and more than $32 billion in capital investments. Following Tennessee's designation as 2007’s most competitive state in the nation for economic development by Site Selection magazine, Tennessee landed more than $4 billion dollars in new investments from Volkswagen Group of America, Hemlock Semiconductor, Wacker Chemical and Nissan.
Bredesen holds a degree in physics from Harvard University. He served as Mayor of Nashville from 1991 to 1999. Before entering public service he founded HealthAmerica Corp.
Recent Nashville Business Breakfast speakers include:
- Bill Winsor, president and chief executive officer of Market Center Management Company (MCMC), developing the Nashville Medical Trade Center;
- Carlos Tavares, chairman, management committee-Americas, Nissan North America Inc.;
- Mark Emkes, CEO of Bridgestone Americas;
- Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson; and
- Kix Brooks, country music artist and former chairman of the Country Music Association.