Local Shares: Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, CEO of the Local (Nashville-area) Shares ETF, announced an 18 percent increase in the value of the exchange traded fund just one year after launch. To mark the anniversary, leaders of three of the major Nashville-area companies fueling the fund’s success recently voiced their insights on Nashville’s business trends at the first annual meeting. Economic Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty moderated a blue ribbon panel featuring CEOs: Bill Carpenter of Lifepoint Hospitals; Colin Reed of Ryman Hospitality; and Damon Hininger of Corrections Corporation of America.
Mazel tov: Yankee-born Sunbelt entrepreneur Phil Roseman turns 96 Saturday, August 30. Seeking business opportunity in 1948, the Massachusetts-born Roseman steered his venerable Packard South until he literally ran out of gas in Tennessee. His Yankee ingenuity combined with the diligence of Southerners produced several successful garment factories and outlet stores in Tennessee and Kentucky. Roseman and his wife Jean, the author of “Shalom Nashville: A Jewish History,” now light up the scene in Nashville.
Just ducky! Silly duck puns aside, Nashville Kiwanians will turn “fund”raising into “fun” raising with their second annual rubber ducky raffle. The duck finishing first will turn $5 into $10,000 for that lucky, well, duck. On Saturday, August 30, thousands of rubber ducks will enter the Castaway Creek Lazy River at Nashville Shores to race to the finish for big cash prizes. Get your duck at kiwanis3.org/ducks/. Winners collect $15,500 in prizes while several Nashville children’s charities will benefit from Kiwanis’ largess.
Greeks: Lambda Chi alums from the Nashville-area including parts of Kentucky gathered at Doug and P.K. Kitchen’s Belle Meade home last week to share memories. NOT there was Lambda Chi Kenny Chesney, presumably resting from his recent jam packed Flora-Bama-Jama Concert. Chesney wrote the song “Keg in the Closet” about his life at the Lambda Chi Alpha house at East Tennessee State University in the ‘80s. The fraternity name is specifically mentioned in the line: “This old guitar taught me how to score… Right there on that Lambda Chi porch.”
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