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Heritage Foundation Elects New Leadership

Heritage Foundation Elects New Leadership

Six officers and four new members were elected to the board of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County at it annual meeting Tuesday night.

More than 200 members of the county’s oldest and largest preservation organization attended the gathering at the Factory at Franklin,  where the presentation of the Foundation’s annual preservation awards and election of officers highlighted the agenda. Attorney David Garrett was elected president.

“The Heritage Foundation has a great history of preserving the heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and one thing I want to focus on is letting people know just what the Foundation does,” said Garrett, who is chairing next weekend’s Heritage Foundation Town and Country Tour of Homes with his wife Vivian.

“I think it’s important that people know we have a fourfold purpose, which is preservation, promotion, education and sponsoring festivals.

“We have great members, an outstanding board and our staff is top notch too.  This is going to be a great experience.”

Garrett, an attorney with Cheatham, Palermo and Garrett in Nashville, a high-profile family law firm, is a graduate of Battle Ground Academy, the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is a board member of the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been serving on the Heritage Foundation board.

“We are so privileged to have David with us in this new role as president,” said Heritage Foundation executive director Mary Pearce.

“His commitment to preservation in our community, coupled with his professional expertise and experience, make him an exceptionally well qualified leader.”

Pearce also had high praise for outgoing president Damon Rogers. “It is impossible to list all of Damon’s contributions as a board member and president,” said Pearce.

“She has given unselfishly of her times and talent for years, and her hard work  has resulted in so many successes for the Foundation. We will miss her  enthusiasm and dedication.”

“Damon has been just an exceptional president who has taken the Heritage Foundation to the next level,” said Garrett. “She has been a wonderful ambassador.”

Other newly elected officers include David Morris, vice president, finance; Linda Moor, vice president, fundraising; Randy Houston, vice president member ship and development; Paul Gaddis, vice president, private preservation; Rick Moody, ice president, public preservation. Ed Cagle had previously been elected vice president, Main Street. Nominated for membership on the board were Julian Bibb IV, James B. Creason, Kenneth Green and Robert N. Moore, Jr.

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