Nashville Business Breakfast: Gov. Bill Haslam

Nashville Business Breakfast: Gov. Bill Haslam is in the past.

The Thursday, Oct. 18, Nashville Business Breakfast, presented by Lipscomb University and the Nashville Business Journal, will feature Bill Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee. The business breakfast begins at 6:45 a.m. with networking and coffee. Breakfast follows at 7 a.m. Cost is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. 

The Nashville Business Breakfast is a quarterly networking event with a news conference-style format featuring business leaders with local economic impact.

Gov. Bill Haslam

Haslam was born and raised in Knoxville, Tenn., and attended Emory University in 1976. After graduating with a degree in history, he moved back to Knoxville with his wife to work "for a couple of years" managing his family's small chain of gas stations. By the time Haslam left the Pilot Corporation years later, he had grown the company from 800 employees to more than 14,000 employees in 39 states. He sustained the company's growth by allocating resources wisely, managing the business conservatively, working hard to increase sales and satisfy customers.

In 2003, he ran successfully for Mayor of Knoxville. Reelected in 2007 with 87 percent of the vote, Haslam balanced seven consecutive city budgets, tripled the Rainy Day Fund, insisted that city government focus on providing services in an efficient manner, helped found key education initiatives, and recruited and retained thousands of jobs to the city.

On November 2, 2010, Haslam was elected Tennessee’s governor with 65 percent of the vote, winning 90 of 95 counties and securing the largest victory of any non-incumbent gubernatorial candidate in our state's history.