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5005 Meridian Boulevard, Ste. 150, Franklin, TN 37067

Meet The Candidates






John Byers


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John is the Resident Sales Director for Aon Tennessee. He is responsible for leading the growth efforts for the Tennessee operations by delivering the capabilities and expertise of Aon to the marketplace.

John is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He is an alumnus of Young Leaders Council (class of 2013) & Leadership Brentwood (class of 2014). He serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement Nashville, the Board of Directors for Young Leader’s Council, the Young Professionals Steering Committee – Williamson County Inc., and serves as the Vice Chair for the Leadership Brentwood Board of Directors. John is also a member of the Southeast Business Forums, Nashville Healthcare Council and a member of Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management.

John lives in Brentwood with his wife Vanessa and three boys—John David, Ross, and Max. He enjoys competing in and training for triathlons and coaching his boys in baseball and wrestling.




Mark Gorman

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Mark W. Gorman was elected to the City Commission in 2013. Mark has served on the Planning Commission since 2005. He received his BS degree in Finance from Eastern Illinois University in 1990. He is a healthcare executive with management experience working with HCA-InterMedHx, Cannon County Hospitals, LLC. , G H A, Inc., NCO Financial Services, Inc. and MedSource, Inc. Mark is currently the owner and officer for a Brentwood-based early-stage company.

Mark moved to Brentwood in 2001. He and his wife, Marci, have three children that attended Williamson County Schools. He was actively involved in many Brentwood sports organizations including Excel swimming, Brentwood Blaze football and Civitan youth baseball. Mark has served as a Cub Scout Leader, a member of the schools’ PTO organizations, currently serves as President of his neighborhood Home Owners’ Association and attends Holy Family Catholic Church.




Rhea Little

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Little was first elected to the city commission in 2009. Little is the fourth generation of his family to own a tire and auto repair shop. He’s served on the board for multiple organizations, including: Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Brentwood, the Williamson Convention and Business Bureau and Brentwood’s park board, tree board and environmental advisory board. He’s also served on the planning commission.











Regina Smithson

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Regina Smithson has served on the Brentwood City Commission since 1993. She is currently serving her second term as Mayor and has also served as Vice Mayor. She has served on the Planning Commission, Historic Commission, Environmental Board, Sister City Board and Park Board.

Regina moved to Brentwood in 1982. She and her husband John have been married 47 years and have 3 children and 11 grandchildren. All of her children have moved back to Brentwood to raise their families. Their grandchildren all attend public schools in Brentwood. She and John own their own business, Smithson & Associates, Inc. a financial services company located in Brentwood. She is also co-owner in Silver Plum, Inc. She and her daughter design handbags that are made in the USA.

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