Battle of Franklin Trust Chairman Marianne Schroer announced today the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors of the Trust including Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Susan Whitaker; Director of Schools for the Franklin Special School District David Snowden; former owner of AIM Healthcare Services Carl Haley and independent consultant and investor Mike Plumley.
In making the announcement, Schroer said, “The Battle of Franklin Trust is proud to have the addition of these distinguished community leaders serving on our Board. The Trust is embarking on a significant effort to raise the awareness not only the Carter House and Carnton Plantation, but all of the battlefield sites to enhance the experience for visitors to Franklin. Susan, David, Carl and Mike all bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to our board as we work to implement our strategic plan.”
Susan Whitaker, a veteran tourism marketing industry executive, was reappointed in January 2007 to Governor Phil Bredesen’s cabinet as Commissioner of Tourist Development. In this role, Whitaker is responsible for marketing Tennessee’s tourism industry domestically and internationally. Tourism is one of Tennessee’s largest industries employing more than 182,300 Tennesseans and providing a $14.4 billion direct economic impact.
As Tennessee’s Tourism Commissioner, Whitaker serves on the Policy Council and Board of Directors for the US Travel Association; the Travel South USA Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the National Council of State Travel Directors, and the University of Tennessee’s Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Board. She serves as the co-chair of Tennessee’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and is a member of the Governor’s Jobs Cabinet and the Smoky Mountains Park Commission. Whitaker is a Chicago native and a direct descendent of Tennessee’s first Governor, John Sevier.
David Snowden, PhD is serving his ninth year as Director of Schools for the Franklin Special School District. He is Executive Vice-chairman for the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Franklin Boys and Girls Club and Franklin Tomorrow. He serves as Emeritus board member for the United Way of Williamson County, is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Franklin and a member of the Franklin Noon Rotary Club.
Snowden serves on the steering committee and is the treasurer of Youth Leadership Franklin. David was recently selected as the 2009-10 Mid-Cumberland Region Superintendent of the Year. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.Ed. from Mississippi State and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He currently lives in Franklin with his wife Kathy.
A native of Louisiana, Carl Haley served a vice president of AIM Healthcare Services Inc. when he and his partners sold the company this year. He has retired with his bride, Connie, to their hunting preserve, part of which was the old county poor farm, better known to another generation of Middle Tennesseans as the Nelson Elam Estate. Turning the property into a premier hunting preserve has proved to be a near full-time job as both he and his wife refocus much of their energy with a vision for community service.
Mike Plumley is an independent consultant/investor and also operates Cool Springs Thoroughbreds, a horse racing business. Mike has served in a variety of corporate, industry association, and not-for-profit board capacities throughout his 40-year career. He was the Executive of the Year in the Global Rubber Parts Manufacturing Industry in 1991. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution-Lt. Andrew Crockett Chapter (Chairs the Veterans Service Committee), Society of the War of 1812-Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans-Sam Davis Camp, and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Ft. Donelson Camp. Mike is a graduate of the Owen School at Vanderbilt (1984) and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (1998). He and his wife, Jane, have resided in Franklin for the past 10 years.
The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501 (c) (3) management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It’s organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history. Learn more at www.battleoffranklintrust.org or call 615-786-1864. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.