Keynote speakers to address Governor’s and Commissioner’s luncheons

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced that Gov. Bill Haslam, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Franklin businessman Bill Lee will be the keynote speakers at the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development.

Haslam will keynote during the Governor’s Luncheon on Thurs., Nov. 1. Dean and Lee will headline the Commissioner’s Luncheon on Fri., Nov. 2.

Along with the three keynote speakers, author and lecturer Cam Marston will speak during a plenary session on Thurs., Nov. 1.

“We have a tremendous speaker lineup for this year’s Governor’s Conference,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “Gov. Haslam will kick-off the conference with a keynote address looking back at his eight-year legacy as governor of Tennessee. Cam Marston will end the day on Thursday with a plenary session sharing his insights about generational trends in the workplace. We also look forward to hearing Karl Dean and Bill Lee discuss their visions and strategies for economic development in Tennessee to close out the two-day conference.”

Hundreds of state and local officials, business leaders and economic development professionals will convene at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville for the annual event.

Karl Dean served as mayor of Nashville from 2007 to 2015. As mayor, he focused on jobs, education and public safety. Prior to that, Dean served as Nashville’s Director of Law from 1999 to 2007. Dean currently still resides in Nashville with his wife, Anne, and has three adult children.

Bill Lee was born in Franklin, where he resides with his wife, Maria. He is a seventh-generation Tennessean and is currently the 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. In addition to his work with Lee Company, he is also active in Triple L Ranch, a fourth-generation family farm founded by his grandparents. Lee has four adult children and five grandchildren.

Cam Marston is a leading expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the workplace and marketplace. Marston and his firm, General Insights, have provided research and consultation on generational issues to hundreds of companies and professional groups.

Media interested in attending the conference must be credentialed. Please RSVP to Carly Schroer at [email protected] by Tues., Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. CDT.

For more information, to see the schedule and to register for the 2018 Governor’s Conference, please visit

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