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Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2020-09-16 16:12:28 –

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
Four new members have joined the board of directors of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp: Jim Gingrich, Chief Operating Officer at Alliance Bernstein; Leesa LeClaire, General Manager of the Hilton Nashville Airport; Burke Nihill, President and CEO of the Tennessee Titans; and Pat Martin, founder of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Hugh Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop.
Dr. Robert Fisher, president of Belmont University, continues to serve as chair of the board of directors for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Other members of the Executive Committee include John Esposito of Warner Music Nashville serving as chair elect; Ronnie Smith of Regions Bank as immediate past chair; Kevin Lavender of Fifth Third Bank as Finance and Audit Committee Chair; and Kevin Green of Chartwell Hospitality as Sales and Marketing Chair.
“We are grateful these four distinguished leaders will be sharing their experience and expertise as the hospitality industry manages through enormous losses due to the global pandemic,” Fisher said. “They represent diverse and important sectors both within and outside the hospitality industry. They will guide the organization in helping industry partners operate responsibly during the pandemic, as well as in rebuilding the hospitality workforce and planning the return of tourism when the time is right. The hospitality industry is an important source of tax revenue for the city, and the board will be instrumental in helping it once again be a strong economic engine for Nashville and Tennessee.”
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Nashville’s hospitality industry was on an upward trajectory with eight consecutive years as a top global destination. A record 16.1 million visitors traveled here in 2019, and Nashville generated a record $7.5 billion in direct visitor spending last year. Since March, however, the NCVC found it necessary to hold consumer marketing and instead focused on building future business with convention and tour/travel clients.
The NCVC is working to help industry partners manage government-mandated business restrictions and operate with health and safety as a top priority. The NCVC established the free citywide Good to Go program with Vanderbilt Health and Ryman Hospitality Properties to make Music City safer for employees, customers, and – when the time is right – visitors by providing coronavirus resources, information and support from leading infectious disease experts.
The 23-member volunteer board is community and business leaders who represent diverse voices in the Nashville area. The board is charged with directing the organization’s work on behalf of the city, the members of the NCVC and the city’s vibrant hospitality industry.

Parks Realty
Parks in Brentwood is pleased to welcome Jessica Suchter and Selva Montgomery to the Parks Family of REALTORS.
Over the last 20 years, Jessica Suchter has held an array of previous management roles, not only in the music industry as a tour manager and accountant, but also in the areas of computer science, finance, payroll, and salon management where she is still a practicing hairstylist. This experience has prepared Suchter for a career in real estate by developing essential skills needed in the industry today. These skills include excellent customer service, communication and negotiation, project management, attention to deal, and the ability to follow through. These skills, combined with her creativity, resourcefulness, and charismatic personality, will provide her clients with a comfortable and productive experience.
Suchter’s interest in real estate goes back 24 years to when she would watch TLC’s show Trading Spaces after high school when living in the small town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. She began attending real estate investment seminars as early as age 18 and has owned various properties and businesses since. Jessica’s passions range from interior design to flip and rental investments, as well as forever homes and luxury real estate.
“A house does not become a home without love – either a passion for it or a celebration within it. I do not take for granted how significant and essential my role is with clients. The fact that they trust me to assist and advise, in what may very well be one of the single most substantial transactions of their lives, humbles me because I’ve been in their shoes. I’m grateful to help people in my community, and the fact that I love the job is just the cherry on top!” Suchter says.
Without ever visiting, Suchter relocated to Nashville in 2007 to further pursue opportunities coming her way in the music business. She immediately fell in love with the gorgeous scenery and sunsets, the energy of the area and people, and city’s progressive spirit – the combination of which she has come to call “the unexplainable magic that is Middle Tennessee”. In her spare time, you can find Suchter exploring nature on local walking paths or bike trails, attending the races at Nashville Speedway, taking weekend cruises with her motorcycle or jeep, or just being a homebody watching movies, listening to music, or learning something new.
Selva Montgomery was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has a strong international background, as well as invaluable personal experience relocating numerous times. After college, she moved to Miami to further her education in computer systems engineering. Following her time in Miami, Mont- gomery then moved to San Francisco for three years where she worked in information technology. Her husband’s job eventually relocated them back to South Florida. Shortly after that, Selva and her family moved to Madrid, Spain where they would stay for eight years.
During her time in Spain, Montgomery had the opportunity to visit many countries and stay in them for long periods of time. This experience allowed her the chance to be a part of so many different cultures and truly appreciate them. In total, Montgomery traveled to 46 countries and more than 348 cities during her time living in Spain. Some of her favorite countries she visited were Austria, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Namibia, Tanzania, and Egypt. Montgomery is fluent in Spanish and English, but was able to study and learn Italian while living in Europe, as well as basic Portuguese.
Throughout her extensive travels and experiences, Mont- gomery has developed great communication skills and is known for being objective, reliable, and energetic. She has solid ethics and aims to constantly follow great moral standards. Some her greatest attributes include being trained in emotional intelligence, speaking several languages, being detail oriented, having a great sense of empathy for others, being trustworthy, and having the ability to understand many different perspectives.

Tennessee Realtors
Fridrich & Clark Realty announced that Realtor Lucy Smith has been selected to be the Division 2 Vice President for Tennessee Realtors, according to Steve Fridrich, broker and managing partner.
Smith, who was named the Greater Nashville Realtors Realtor of the Year in 2012, will be part of the Executive Committee for the statewide organization. Tennessee Realtors supports the more than 30,000 Realtors and the profession by providing a full range of member services and benefits, professional-development opportunities, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and timely communications.
In making the announcement Fridrich talked about Smith’s active role in the firm and in the profession. “Since becoming a Realtor in 1999, Lucy has been a vital and energetic voice for Realtors and a strong mentor for her colleagues,” Fridrich said. “While she has been honored, and deservedly so, for her real estate success and her achievements, she is most proud of the opportunities she has had to mentor young agents, advance our profession’s message and enhance the professionalism of Realtors across the state. We are proud of her selection by Tennessee Realtors and know that she will continue to make a difference for Realtors and their clients in Tennessee.”
Smith, a licensed agent with the firm since 1999, is based in Fridrich & Clark Realty’s Brentwood office. During her career, she has held leader- ship positions with both the Greater Nashville Realtors and Tennessee Realtors. She served as President of Greater Nashville Realtors in 2010, holds its Life Member status for Excellence in Sales, and has been one of the organization’s members on the Tennessee Realtors Board of Directors for many years.
Smith currently serves as the chair of Tennessee Realtors By-Laws committee, has chair- ed their Strategic Planning Committee, and was a Trustee of the organization’s Tennessee Real Estate Education Foundation.
Smith’s volunteer experience includes being the Co-Chair of the Homeowner Selection Committee for Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity as well as a member of their Advisory Board, and she currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Nashville Ballet, an organization she has supported since 1990.
In commenting on her selection, Smith said, “I am honored to be selected for this position with our statewide organization. Tennessee Realtors does important work in enhancing our profession, which I can attest to, based on all the ways they have helped me in my career. I look forward to continuing to provide my voice and experience to enhancing the impact of this important group.”
Fridrich & Clark Realty, founded in 1966, has grown to be one of the area’s largest realty firms, with more than 170 agents.

Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty
Christopher Davis comes to Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty following a successful career as a music producer and composer. Over his 30 years in Nashville, Chris has worked closely with artists and high-end creative.

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