Ingram Industries board chair to speak at Nashville Business Breakfast Oct. 17

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John R. Ingram, chairman of the Ingram Industries board of directors and chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group, will be the featured speaker at Lipscomb University’s Nashville Business Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in Allen Arena.

John IngramIngram leads Ingram Content Group Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital content.He was named chair of the Ingram Industries board of directors in April 2008, having served as vice chairman of the board since 1999.

In 1986, Ingram joined Ingram Industries Inc., serving early in his career as assistant treasurer and as president of Tennessee Book Company, which became part of Ingram Content Group in 2009. He later served as president of Ingram Book Company, vice president of purchasing for Ingram Micro Europe and director of purchasing for Ingram Micro Inc., for which he has been a member of the board of directors since 1996.

The cost of the breakfast is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Registration is available online at or by calling 615.966.6609.

A graduate of Princeton University, Ingram holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He is an active volunteer in the Nashville community. He is chairman of the board of the Entrepreneur Center and currently serves on the boards of Montgomery Bell Academy and The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville. In addition, Ingram is chair of the Western Governors University Tennessee advisory board.

Ingram Content Group is the leader in helping content reach its destination anywhere in the world. Whether digital or physical content, Ingram Content Group delivers to mobile phones, tablets, online retailers, bookstores, libraries, schools and consumers in 220 countries. The company is on the cutting edge of technology in automated manufacturing, digital content distribution and e-learning platforms, and is trusted by publishers, retailers and libraries around the world for digital and physical solutions.

Ingram Industries Inc., based in Nashville, is one of America’s largest privately held companies. It consists of diversified businesses in marine transportation, book distribution, print-on-demand book manufacturing, and digital storage, management and distribution services. Ingram’s businesses are in two operating units: Ingram Marine Group and Ingram Content Group.

The Nashville Business Breakfast is a quarterly networking event presented by Lipscomb University and the Nashville Business Journal, with a news-conference style format, featuring business leaders with local economic impact. The event is sponsored by PNC Bank.

Recent speakers include Mayor Karl Dean, Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville's Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Loucas George, former producer of the ABC program “Nashville;” Jim Wright, CEO of Tractor Supply Company; Mike Munchak, Tennessee Titans head coach; Gov. Bill Haslam; Colin Reed, CEO and president of Gaylord Entertainment; Michael Woodhouse, chairman, president and CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Motor Company's Management Committee; Mark Emkes, CEO of Bridgestone Americas; and Kix Brooks, country music artist and former chairman of the Country Music Association.