RELEASE: Lee Announces Business Advisory Coalition

RELEASE: Lee Announces Business Advisory Coalition

Lee Announces Business Advisory Coalition

Business leaders from across Tennessee support Lee in his campaign for governor

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Today, Williamson County businessman and farmer Bill Lee announced over 100 business leaders from across Tennessee have joined to form the Business Leaders for Bill Lee Coalition. The group, encompassing every corner of the state, will serve in an advisory role to Lee on business and economic development issues and help spread Bill’s ideas within their professional and local communities.


“I’ve spent my entire professional life in business, and I appreciate the support of these impressive leaders,” said Lee. “Business leaders know how to make a payroll, create jobs and grow our economy, and we need more of their know how and expertise to help improve government even more.”


The Coalition will be led by three Co-Chairs, representing each of the three grand divisions of the state.  The three Co-Chairs include:

  • Kelly Wolfe, Mayor of Jonesborough and President of Wolfe Development – East Tennessee
  • Cordia Harrington, Founder and CEO of The Bakery Cos. – Middle Tennessee
  • Ruste Via, CEO of Christian Family Medicine – West Tennessee

“As a businessman, I know we need business principles in government – putting people first, getting the job done, and being a man of your word — are important traits for the leader of our state. Bill Lee is that kind of leader,” said Wolfe.

“As business leaders, we know Bill Lee is the most qualified candidate to lead Tennessee into the future. Bill brings real world business experience and principles to make government more efficient. From startups to running companies that employ thousands in our state, we all know Bill will make Tennessee the best place to do business with a thriving economy that provides quality jobs for Tennessee families,” said Harrington.

“Integrity matters in business and in government. Bill Lee exemplifies integrity in his business and community involvement. I’m honored to support Bill Lee for Governor. He is the right person we need leading our state,” said Via.

Business Leaders for Bill Lee Coalition Members:


Barry Alexander – Franklin

David Baker – Nashville

Joe Begley – Kingsport

Clay Blevins – Nashville

Chris Bollinger – Nashville

Tom Boyd – Lebanon

Clay Bright – Nashville

Ron Buck – Franklin

Chris Burger – Franklin

Beverly Burger – Franklin

Jonathan Cantrell – Cleveland

Steve Cates – Nashville

Dean Chase – Kingston Springs

Paul Cleckner – Nashville

Jeff Coker – Hendersonville

Nina Cooper – Thompson’s Station

Charles Crew – Franklin

Dan Crockett – Nashville

Chip Crunk – Brentwood

Fred Decosimo – Chattanooga

Joe Decosimo – Chattanooga

Tom Decosimo – Chattanooga

Marty Dickens – Nashville

Tim Downey – Franklin

Fred Edmaiston – Memphis

Butch Eley – Brentwood

Jonathan Ellichman, M.D. – Memphis

Mark Ezell – Nashville

Hal Farmer – Sumner County

David Flow – Nashville

Benjamin Garner – Nashville

Mark Gaw – Brentwood

Collette George – Kingsport

Mark George – Collierville

Tony Giarratana – Franklin

Mark Gill – Nashville

Bill Godwin – Brentwood

Jeff Golden – McMinnville

Dustin Gross – Knoxville

Cordia Harrington – Franklin

Tom Harrington – Franklin

Bill Hawkins – Nashville

Preston Ingram – Franklin

Charles Irby – Nashville

Larry Jensen – Memphis

Benny Jones – Manchester

Phillip Kemp – Brentwood

William Kenny – Nashville

Larry Kloess – Kingston Springs

Micah Lacher – Nashville

Al LaRocca – Memphis

Drew Luna – Franklin

John M. Rutledge – Brentwood

Dan Mahoney – Johnson City

Andy Marshall – Franklin

Jan Marshall – Franklin

Mike Marshall – Collierville

Walker Matthews – Nashville

Stuart McWhorter – Nashville

Steve Merryman – Watertown

PJ Mezera – Thompson’s Station

David Minnigan – Brentwood

Jordan Mollenhour – Knoxville

Charles Monroe – Chattanooga

Jeff Orr – Nashville

Ty Osman – Brentwood

David Parker – Chattanooga

Larry Pendergrass – Franklin

Tim Pereira – Nashville

Richard Perko – Columbia

Keith Phillips – Brentwood

Bill Pogreba – Waverly

Todd Prevost – Nashville

Steve Richards – Brentwood

Jim Sattler – Chattanooga

Joe Scarlett – Nashville

James Seabury – Nashville

Wes Sellers – Spring Hill

Harry Shields – Nashville

Larry  Simms – Murfreesboro

Michael Smith – Nashville

Rob Smithson – Nashville

Richard Arthur Snowden – Brush Creek

Stuart Southward – Nashville

Sadie Stormborn – Clarksville

Mike Tanner – Franklin

David Tomita – Johnson City

Troy Tomlinson – Portland

Bruce Trautman – Chattanooga

Gregg Turner – Brentwood

Terry Turner – Nashville

Shar Valdez – Franklin

Charles Valez – Franklin

Ruste Via – Bells

Eric Walker – Morrison

Jimmy Webb – Nashville

Matthew White – Columbia

John Williams – Memphis

David Wilson – Nashville

Kelly Wolfe – Jonesborough

Brian Wright – Tiptonville

Dick Wright – Brentwood

Robert Yeager – Franklin

Bud Zegel – Thompson’s Station

About Bill Lee

Bill Lee is chairman of Lee Company, a family-owned construction, facilities and home services company with offices and operations throughout Middle Tennessee, Northern Alabama and Southern Kentucky. Lee Company employs more than 1,100 people and has annual revenue in excess of $215 million.

In addition to his work with Lee Company, Bill is also active in Triple L Ranch, a fourth-generation family farm, which operates a 1,000-acre, 400-head Hereford cattle operation, providing natural beef to farmers markets and farm to table restaurants throughout Middle Tennessee.

More information is available about Bill and his campaign can be found at


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