Nashvile Business Breakfast: James W. Bearden

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Nashville Business Breakfast featuring James W. Bearden
Lipscomb University’s Nashville Business Breakfast presents Gresham, Smith and Partners CEO James W. Bearden speaking on “The Impact and Responsibility of Design in Enhancing our Communities.” The Nashville Business Breakfast is a quarterly networking event with a news-conference style format featuring business leaders with local economic impact.

Register for this event at Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.


7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 12


Allen Arena
Lipscomb University
One University Park Drive, Nashville


James W. Bearden
Bearden serves as chairman and CEO of Gresham, Smith and Partners, a top 100 design firm as designated by Engineering News-Record. Appointed CEO in 2003, Bearden has been instrumental in the firm’s growth, successfully focusing on continued improvement of core design competencies while diversifying services to meet the changing demands of the market.

Understanding the implications sustainable design has on business, employees, clients and end-users, Bearden has enhanced the company’s commitment to creating design solutions with a holistic approach and balance. He was instrumental in the development of Gresham, Smith’s sustainability policy which seeks to proactively benchmark, evaluate and improve internal operations. The firm has signed on to the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Commitment and is involved with several organizations with a sustainability focus including the U.S. Green Building Council and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.

Bearden holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Nashville Healthcare Council and is a founding board member of the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentoring Program.

He serves as chairman of the board of directors of St. Thomas Health and is a member of the 2014 United Way Board of Trustees and 2014 American Heart Association executive leadership team. Bearden has been recognized as an outstanding volunteer in the international business category from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is a graduate of the 2006 Leadership Nashville class and was named among the Most Admired CEOs named by the Nashville Business Journal in 2013.