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TBR Executive Director to Retire

TENNESSEE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO RETIRE Howorth leaving his post to spend more time with his family


NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Business Roundtable (TBR) today announced that it is beginning a search to replace executive director, Charlie Howorth, who is retiring to spend more time with his wife and grandchildren.

“We appreciate Charlie’s leadership, his years of service to the Roundtable, and his willingness to stay on board until we find his replacement following the legislative session,” TBR Board Chairman Harold Carpenter said. “With his departure, it will be the board’s job to seek out the most highly qualified candidates that understand how business and government can work together to continue to improve our state, especially in the areas of education, job creation and healthcare.”

Howorth, 65, joined the TBR in 2013 and has been a committed advocate for the organization’s priorities and focus on quality education in Tennessee, ensuring a strong and vibrant business environment, and addressing the issue of lowering the cost of healthcare in the state.

“It has been an honor to head up the Roundtable and work with such distinguished business leaders,” Howorth said.  “I look forward to working with our stakeholders to continue the TBR’s momentum, and I’ll do all I can to make the transition a smooth one.

“Tennessee is enjoying unprecedented growth and national attention for a lot of the good things happening here,” Howorth continued.  “To continue this trend and meet expectations in the future, we must provide our businesses with educated and trained workers, which involves a strong education system, keeping our students in school, and encouraging certificates and degrees beyond high school.  We also need an improved healthcare system in which costs aren’t consuming government budgets, often resulting in less funding for other priorities.  Businesses are also impacted by these costs, and as a business-focused organization, the Roundtable believes there must be a balanced policy approach that produces a healthy populace and reduces the overall cost of health care.  Education and healthcare improvements will go a long way to sustain a healthy business climate in Tennessee.”

Howorth will continue to serve in his current position until a replacement is named, and he will assist in the transition.

About the Tennessee Business Roundtable 

The Tennessee Business Roundtable is a membership organization for senior level business leaders from across the state.  The TBR offers a variety of ways for involvement in major policy issues, engagement in networking opportunities, and support for Tennessee’s business community. The TBR has three goals:

  1. To develop policy through research and analysis by presenting fact-based positions on issues of importance to the business community.

  2. To collaborate with state government and other business organizations to develop meaningful relationships that will position the business community to develop policy positions.

  3. To provide leadership for the statewide business community by bringing key business organizations together to speak with one voice in support of implementing pro-business policy.




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