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Tennessee Business Roundtable Welcomes Knoxville’s Mollenhour Gross, LLC to Membership

The Tennessee Business Roundtable (www.tbroundtable.org) is pleased to welcome Mollenhour Gross, LLC to the organization’s membership, following the unanimous approval of the firm’s membership bid by the Roundtable’s Executive Committee on March 11.  Founder and Co-CEO Jordan Mollenhour will serve as Mollenhour Gross’ principal representative to the Roundtable’s all-member Board of Directors.

“The Tennessee Business Roundtable offers me and Mollenhour Gross a unique opportunity to help shape positive policies for the benefit of all Tennesseans, and to learn from the deep well of business experience, perspective and wisdom within this business organization’s executive membership,” said Mollenhour.

“I look forward to developing lifelong relationships with likeminded civic and business leaders as I begin engaging with my fellow Roundtable executives,” he added.

Founded in 2004 by Mollenhour and business partner Dustin Gross, privately-held Mollenhour Gross actively seeks ownership positions in successful companies with annual revenues of at least $1 million per year.  The firm focuses on providing its portfolio companies with strategic guidance, support and long-term stability, preferring to rely on the “exceptional people” who have started and grown its companies—often in what it terms “humble, stable industries”—to continue leading, managing, and growing them.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jordan and Mollenhour Gross to our organization’s growing membership,” said Eddie Jett, CEO of Knoxville-based MBI Companies, Inc., elected in January to serve as the Roundtable’s 2020-21 Regional Vice President for East Tennessee.  “Jordan and his firm bring additional entrepreneurial and business-investment perspectives to our organization, and I’m also glad to have him join me and others in representing Knoxville’s business community within the Roundtable membership.”

Mollenhour Gross currently holds ownership positions in over a dozen companies whose operations span the United States and extend abroad, operating in a wide variety of industry sectors including software, e-commerce, aviation, warehousing/order fulfillment, recycling, printing, manufacturing, hospitality, appliance services, and real estate.  The firm also makes occasional investments in public securities, specialty loans, and other assets.

“Mollenhour Gross and Jordan Mollenhour are terrific examples of the kind of company and executive which make our Roundtable unique among Tennessee business organizations,” noted Matt Kisber, Chairman of the Board of Nashville-based Silicon Ranch Corporation, who serves as the Roundtable’s 2020-21 Chair. “One of our Roundtable’s core strengths is its ability to convene executives who lead businesses in over a dozen different sectors across our state, yet recognize that our collective business success relies on securing both an educated and healthy workforce and business-friendly public policies for Tennessee,” Kisber continued.  “We were delighted to discover that Jordan and Mollenhour Gross share our vision, and we’re looking forward to the contributions they’ll make to our Roundtable.”

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News from TBR: 2018 Annl. Mtng. Highlights; Haslam 2018 Legislative Agenda

Haslam, McQueen, New Members Highlight TBR 2018 Annual Meeting

 Governor Bill Haslam received TBR’s Gordon Fee Leadership in Education Award at our Annual Meeting. TBR’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to bestow on him our Roundtable’s highest honor, which has now been awarded only six times since its inception in 2008 and is now named after longtime TBR member leader Gordon Fee.

  • In his acceptance remarks, Gov. Haslam told TBR’s business leaders that the most important thing they can do to ensure lasting educational progress in Tennessee is to “keep on doing what you’re doing”—providing a voice for Tennessee’s business community in support of education and other policy improvements.
  • TN Dept. of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen updated Annual Meeting attendees on Tennessee’s progress in implementing her department’s strategic plan for K-12 education, TN Succeeds.  Click here to view/download Commissioner McQueen’s update.
  • Eight of TBR’s newest members were welcomed and recognized by TBR Officers and members at a pre-meeting dinner on Jan. 31, and at the start of Feb. 1’s Annual Meeting:
  • TN Higher Education Commission Exec. Director Mike Krause talked with Annual Meeting attendees on the topic of Building the Workforce of 2025Click here to view/download a copy of Mr. Krause’s update on TN’s public higher ed system.
  • TBR’s 2017 Chair Margaret O. Dolan (President & CEO, LocalShares, LLC, Nashville) was recognized for her leadership of our Roundtable during a year of significant change in 2017, highlighted by the addition of ten new TBR members and the Roundtable’s very successful Gubernatorial Round-Robin event last September.  Click here if you’d like to add your own thanks to Margaret.

Following State of State Address, Haslam Announces 2018 Legislative Agenda

Key Initiatives:  College Completion; Juvenile Justice; UT Board Reform; Combating Opioid Abuse

Press Release (2/4/18):  https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2018/2/4/haslam-announces-2018-legislative-agenda.html

Gov. Haslam’s Final State of the State Address Focuses on Jobs, Education, Gov’t Efficiency

Gov. Haslam’s Final State of the State Address Focuses on Jobs, Education, Gov’t Efficiency

Nashville Post:  Haslam gives final State of State address   

Tennessean/Gannett:  Gov. Bill Haslam challenges Tennessee to lead nation in jobs, education in final State of the State address

Associated Press:  In address, Haslam challenges Tennessee to ‘be the best’  

“I’m asking you to stand with me to ensure that we don’t back up now. Not now. Not this year. Not next year. Not ever.”

–Governor Haslam, during his State of the State address, calling upon the General Assembly to sustain the state’s progress on education.

Link to full video of Gov. Haslam’s Jan. 29, 2018 State of the State Address

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TBR Members in the News

UPS wins US Chambers’ Best Health and Wellness Program
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/citizens-awards/2017-winners

AT&T Responds to DOJ’s Challenge to Merger with Time Warner
http://about.att.com/sites/att_timewarner

The UPS Foundation to Award $2.6 Million In Environmental Grants
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