Civic leadership institute launches series with Tom Ingram and Gov. Bill Haslam

By Janel Shoun on 3/9/2012


The Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership  announces the first of a Conversation Series hosted by Tom Ingram, an influential adviser to corporate and government officials for four decades.

Tom Ingram
Gov. Bill Haslam

The debut edition of now that you ask… will feature a one-on-one with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, in Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.

Brought to you by the man called the “most influential person in Tennessee politics who does not hold elected office,” now that you ask... will bring Ingram’s bipartisan, common sense approach to government and politics straight to the table with discussions and debates featuring guests from across the business and political worlds.

Ingram, founder of The FIRST Group in Washington, D.C. and The Ingram Group in Nashville, was appointed a leader-in-residence at the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership in September. As part of that role, Ingram engages state and national business and political leaders on the Lipscomb campus.

Those interested in attending can register by contacting Leah Davis at 615.966.6155 or at


About Tom Ingram

Ingram spent most of the last decade as a top aide to Senate Republicans, holding the dual roles of chief of staff to Senator Lamar Alexander and staff director for the Senate Republican Conference. He most recently signed on as general consultant to presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman. He continues as an advisor to Senators Alexander and Bob Corker and Governor Bill Haslam after successfully guiding their statewide elections.

While serving in Washington, he co-founded a highly successful bipartisan Senate Chiefs of Staff group that regularly brings together a majority of the 100 Senate chiefs to explore how they and their bosses can work together to foster common ground in developing and passing legislation. Ingram was regularly named by Roll Call as one of its “Fabulous Fifty” most influential people on the Hill.

Ingram landed several times in the private sector — first as founder and president of The Ingram Group in 1983, later as director at Whittle Communications and as CEO of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership. Ingram’s current clients at The Ingram Group include Gaylord, National Healthcare Corporation, Eastman Chemical, Corrections Corporation of America, Louisiana Pacific, Google, Exxon, General Electric and American Airlines.


About Gov. Bill Haslam

Haslam was born and raised in Knoxville, Tenn., and attended Emory University in 1976. After graduating with a degree in history, he moved back to Knoxville with his wife to work “for a couple of years” managing his family’s small chain of gas stations. By the time Haslam left the Pilot Corporation years later, he had grown the company from 800 employees to more than 14,000 employees in 39 states.

In 2003, he ran successfully for mayor of Knoxville. Reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote, Haslam balanced seven consecutive city budgets, tripled the Rainy Day Fund, helped found key education initiatives and recruited and retained thousands of jobs to the city.

On Nov. 2, 2010, Haslam was elected Tennessee’s governor with 65 percent of the vote, winning 90 of 95 counties and securing the largest victory of any non-incumbent gubernatorial candidate in our state's history.


About the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership

Founded in October 2010 to build on the legacy of Nashville leader Nelson Andrews, the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership engages emerging and current leaders in programs to create thriving communities. The institute promotes and showcases how government, business and not-for-profit leaders work together for the common good. Its programs provide for the study and practice of this collaborative civic leadership model. This past fall, the institute launched a new master’s program designed to build on the legacy of collaborative leadership of Andrews and the leaders who worked with him to transform the city. The program has the distinction of being just one of two such master’s degrees in the nation.