Randy Boyd Announces Business Leaders Coalition

May 3, 2018
For Immediate Release,
Thursday, May 3, 2018
For More Info,
Laine Arnold, laine@randyboyd.com

More than 160 Business Leaders Across Tennessee Back Boyd

Nashville, Tenn. — In honor of National Small Business Week, Randy Boyd, Republican candidate for Governor, announced today a coalition of more than 160 business leaders from across the state who will actively advise him in making Tennessee the best state for business.

“Small business is the backbone of our economy, and I will do everything in my power to cut red tape and to make sure businesses have an open road to success in Tennessee,” said Boyd. “As an entrepreneur and businessman myself, I know what it means to create a business and make a payroll. I look forward to working with these and other leaders from around the state to make sure we put in place the policies needed to grow existing companies and to attract new ones to our state,” said Boyd.

The coalition is chaired by Steve Smith, Boyd Campaign Finance Chairman, and Board Chairman of Haury & Smith Contractors, Inc., in Franklin, TN. The coalition represents a range of small businesses and large industries, as well as a range of backgrounds from executives to entrepreneurs.

“Randy has the strong support of business leaders because they know he’s been in their shoes and will lead with the same conservative principles that made him a successful businessman,” said Smith. “His record-breaking success leading our state’s Economic and Community Development department clearly shows Randy knows how to create more jobs and greater opportunities for every county and community in Tennessee.”

The full Business Leaders Coalition is listed below by Grand Division.


Stephen B. Smith, Williamson County, Haury & Smith Contractors, Inc.⏐Chairman of the Board


Sammie Arnold, Lauderdale County, Private Investor | Owner

Janet Ayers, Davidson County, Ayers Foundation | President

Jim Clayton, Knox County, Clayton Bank and Trust | President

Lew Conner, Davidson County, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP | Counsel

Joe Davenport, Hamilton County, Pointer Management Company | President

Pete DeBusk, Knox County, DeRoyal Industries | Chairman

Darrell Freeman, Williamson County, Zycron | Executive Managing Director

Harrison Frist, Davidson County, naviHealth | President

Sam Furrow, Knox County, Furrow Services | President

LA Green, Sumner County, Green & Little | Partner

Doug Grindstaff, Williamson County, Genesco Inc. | Retired CEO, G&M Group Consulting | Chairman

Rose Grindstaff, Williamson County, Breathe Easy Respiratory Solutions | Founder & COO

Barbara Hyde, Shelby County, Hyde Family Foundation | Chair & CEO

Pitt Hyde, Shelby County, Pittco Management | Chairman, AutoZone | Founder

Raja Jubran, Knox County, Denark Construction | CEO

Bob Kirk, Dyer County, Colonial Rubber Works | Retired Director of Safety & Public Relations

Michael Lebovitz, Hamilton County, CBL Properties | Executive VP Development and Administration

Sherri Lee, Knox County, SSC Service Solutions | Board Chairman

R. Brad Martin, Shelby County, Chesapeake Energy | RBM Ventures | Chairman, Saks Incorporated | Retired Chairman & CEO

Scott Niswonger, Greene County, Landair Transport | Executive Chairman

Billy Orgel, Shelby County, Tower Ventures | President & CEO

Bill Rhodes, Shelby County, AutoZone | President & CEO

Reese Smith, Williamson County, Haury & Smith Contractors, Inc. | President

Thunder Thornton, Hamilton County, Thunder Enterprises, Inc. | CEO

Susan Richardson Williams, Knox County, SRW & Associates | President


Leo Arnold, Dyer County

Bob Arrington, Madison County

Paul Boyle, Shelby County

Walter Butler, Carroll County

Ray Butts, Madison County

Chance Carlisle, Shelby County

Kemp Conrad, Shelby County

Bill Courtney, Shelby County

Bill Dement, Madison County

Edward Dobbs, Shelby County

Tom Dyer, Shelby County

Cato Ealy, Shelby County

Jim Ethridge, Shelby County

Jimmy Exum, Madison County

Ben Ferguson, Madison County

Buster Ferguson, Madison County

Dino Grisanti, Tipton County

Mayor Justin Hanson, Tipton County

George Johnson, Shelby County

Jim Keras, Shelby County

John Lannom, Dyer County

Frank Lawrence, Madison County

Steve Maroney, Madison County

Barry T. McIntosh, Jr., Henry County

Jack Moore, Shelby County

Worth Morgan, Shelby County

Doug Muench, Henry County

Dr. Nassar Nassar, Weakley County

Dan Patterson, Shelby County

Preston Powell, Crockett County

Chris Richards, Shelby County

Dan Richards, Shelby County

Charles Slatery, Shelby County

Bill Watkins, Shelby County

Craig Weiss, Shelby County

Dr. Bill West, Shelby County

Spence Wilson, Shelby County

Mayor Chris Young, Dyer County


Billy Atkins, Montgomery County

Kent Ayer, Rutherford County

Andy Baggenstoss, Grundy County

J.B. Baker, Davidson County

Jeff Baker, Sumner County

Earl Bentz, Davidson County

Ross Bradley, Rutherford County

Helene Cash, Wilson County

Tom Cone, Davidson County

Chip Cox, Davidson County

Tim Downey, Williamson County

Mayor Jim Durrett, Montgomery County

Robert Elliott, Robertson County

David Freeman, Davidson County

Mike Green, Maury County

Riney Green, Davidson County

Tracy Guarino, Davidson County

Ray Guzman, Williamson County

David Klein, Sumner County

Baxter Lee, Williamson County

Denny Lemon, Davidson County

Terri Major, Davidson County

Jerry Mansfield, Lincoln County

Rob McCabe, Davidson County

Don Moody, Montgomery County

Cecil Morgan, Montgomery County

Reggie Mudd, Sumner County

Raymond Pirtle, Davidson County

David Rackley, Giles County

Colin Reed, Davidson County

Sam Sanchez, Williamson County

Rep. Cameron Sexton, Cumberland County

Liz Sillay, Davidson County

Paul Slinkard, Davidson County

Matt Smith, Williamson County

Clay Thompson, Williamson County

George Uribe, Williamson County

Julie West, Sumner County

Gary West, Sumner County

William Wyatt, Montgomery County

Ted Williams, Dickson County


Bill Arowood, Anderson County

Dr. Shahin Assadnia, Hamblen County

Hack Ayers, Campbell County

Sam Baker, Hamilton County

Patricia Bible, Hamblen County

Sid Blalock, Sevier County

Tom Boyd, Knox County

Paul Brock, Hamilton County

Dr. Leonard Brown, Knox County

Mike Bunch, Hamblen County

Will Bunch, Blount County

Darby Campbell, Knox County

Bob Card, Bradley County

Chris Chandler, Knox County

Gary Chazen, Hamilton County

Mayor John Clark, Sullivan County

Pete Claussen, Knox County

Allison Cromie, Hamilton County

Dr. Marc Cromie, Hamilton County

Stephen Culp, Hamilton County

Jeff Cunningham, McMinn County

Brian DeBusk, Knox County

Bob Dziewulski, Knox County

Daniel England, Claiborne County

Bob Feathers, Sullivan County

Bill Greene, Washington County

Cynthia Gibson, Knox County

David Gilbert, Bradley County

Duane Gilbert, Bradley County

Hash Hashemian, Knox County

Logan Hickman, Campbell County

Lansden Hill, Campbell County

Rhey Houston, Hamilton County

Matt Hullander, Hamilton County

Julia Hurley, Loudon County

Mike Malicote, Campbell County

Randy Massey, Blount County

Frank McGuffin, Hamblen County

Amy Miles, Blount County

Jeff Morgan, Hamilton County

David Ogle, Sevier County

Pat Pennington, Monroe County

Todd Phillips, Hamilton County

Joel Piper, Knox County

Jim Powell, Washington County

Ben Probasco, Hamilton County

Sharon Pryse, Knox County

Mike Ragsdale, Jefferson County

John Sheehan, Bradley County

Steve South, Knox County

Ross Tarver, Bradley County

Robert Thompson, Bradley County

Tracy Thompson, Knox County

John Tolsma, Knox County

Dennis Tumlin, Rhea County

Greg Vital, Hamilton County

Miller Welborn, Hamilton County

Ed Wheeler, Campbell County

Tim Williams, Knox County


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A successful entrepreneur, business, and philanthropic leader, Boyd is the founder and chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, which is headquartered in Knoxville. First started out of the back of Boyd’s van, the company today produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG, with more than 700 employees and annual revenues of $400 million.

Boyd previously served in Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as the state Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and earlier while serving as the Governor’s Special Advisor on Higher Education was the architect of the state’s Drive to 55 workforce development initiative, and the tnAchieves and Tennessee Promise scholarship programs to help more young people go to technical or
community college tuition-free.

For more information about Randy Boyd and his campaign for Governor, please visit RandyBoyd.com –or like him on Facebook at RandyBoydTN, or follow him on Twitter @RandyBoyd.


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