The effects of a tumultuous 2020 were still evident in 2021. Today, the region’s business, political and civic leaders are helping usher their organizations into a new era. Let’s hope this 13th edition of the In Charge list does not bring bad luck. Those in it embody what it means to be “responsible,” and it will be up to them to ensure that the city and state continue their collective trajectory forward.
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Chuck Allen— Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Athlon Sports Communications: Since 1997 has run a company known for its annual college and professional sports season previews. Former US Army captain. Sold AMG/Parade to The Arena Group earlier this year after serving as president and CEO of that entity.
David Bailey— CEO and Co-Founder, BTC Media: Oversees the company which publishes what it considers to be the world’s only print magazines on the Bitcoin and blockchain industries. With growing interest in Bitcoin globally, BTC claims millions of readers.
La Donna Boyd— President and CEO, RH Boyd Publishing: Runs the family’s 116-year-old religious publishing house. In mid-2019, contributed $1 million to the National Museum of African American Music. Her father is Boyd Publishing Chairman Emeritus RH Boyd, who resigned in late 2017 from managing day-to-day operations.
Frank Daniels— President, FW Publishing: Oversees the parent company of Nashville Scene, Nfocus, Williamson’s homepage and Nashville Post. Duke grad previously served as a political columnist for The Tennessian.
Chris Ferrel— CEO, Endeavor Business Media: Founded a B2B company in December 2017. Former board member of Metro and former CEO ofTo post parent SouthComm.
Carol Goss-Daniels — EVP, Tennessee Press Service: Oversees the organization that provides government relations, lobbying, management, and oversight services on behalf of the Tennessee Press Association. Former Managing Director of Clarksville Leaf Chronicle.
Jasmine Hardin — Managing Director, WSMV News4: Hired December 2021 to replace Rene LaSpina. Previously, General Manager of WVLT News.
John Ingram— President, Ingram Content Group: The Princeton and Vanderbilt graduate is also the principal owner of the Major League Soccer Nashville SC franchise. Named president of Ingram Industries in 2008.
Ben Mandrel— President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources: Elected 10th President of LifeWay in June 2019. Oversaw LifeWay’s $95 million sale of the North Gulch building in May 2021. Announced in January, the company will move to Brentwood.
Stuart McWhorter— Partner, D17 Ventures: A veteran early-stage investor, former CEO of the Entrepreneur Center, and recent state finance commissioner under Governor Bill Lee has made headlines in recent years investing in Shannon Terry’s Outsider and buying Kentucky Sports Radio and Clemson Insider.
Rosetta Miller-Perry— Publisher and CEO, The Tennessee Tribune: Venerable elder stateswoman of the local media sector launched the Grandstandgenerally considered the most influential African-American publication in Tennessee, in 1991. His experience includes work with the United States Navy, the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Bob Muller— Anchor, WKRN News2: Seasoned, hands-on broadcast journalist, co-anchor of WKRN’s main office since 1982. Honored with three National Telly Awards and two National Communicator Awards.
Lyn Plantinga— Vice President and General Manager, WTVF NewsChannel 5: Previously served as Station Manager of WTVF. Has been with the broadcast entity since 1989 and in the current role since 2014.
Erik Schelzig — Editor, Tennessee Journal: Ex-Associated press journalist covered Tennessee state government and politics for 12 years before succeeding Ed Cromer as Tennessee Journal leader in 2017. Once worked for the Washington Post and german paper The Spiegel.
Steve Swenson— President, Nashville Public Radio: Appointed to this position in 2019. Worked in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Teams with Anita Bugg, vice president of programming, to oversee the public broadcasting station.
Shannon Terry— Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Outsider: Serial entrepreneur behind Rivals and 247Sports who cracked the code on niche digital properties. Outsider focuses on country music and the outdoor lifestyle with 10 million monthly users. Also launched a new college sports property On3.
Bud Walters— Founder, Cromwell Group Inc.: Oversees the company he founded in 1969. The company owns 31 radio stations in six markets in four states.
Phil Williams— Chief Investigative Reporter, WTVF NewsChannel 5: Tenacious news reporter who boasts three duPont-Columbia University Awards and a trio of George Foster Peabody Awards. Began a decorated career in broadcast media as a journalist.