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Major Williamson Co. employers to discuss regional workforce development at Oct. 18 luncheon



October 10, 2016




Workforce development panel features HR reps from Mars Petcare, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Ramsey Solutions and Tractor Supply Company




FRANKLIN, Tenn.— Williamson, Inc.’s Membership Meeting, presented by Williamson Medical Center, will host a panel of key private sector influencers in Williamson County for hiring, retaining and developing Middle Tennessee’s workforce, representing companies with 400 to 1,000 local employees. The luncheon will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Embassy Suites Nashville Cool Springs, 820 Crescent Centre Drive in Franklin. Registration is open to members and guests here.

Panelists include: Cheryl DeSantis, vice president of people and organization (P&O) at Mars Petcare, whose global innovation center is based in Thompson’s Station; Alex Hughes, vice president of talent attraction and retention for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce; Armando Lopez, executive director of human resources at Ramsey Solutions, who announced expansion of their headquarters in South Franklin’s Berry Farms mixed-use development; and Robert Mills, chief information officer at Tractor Supply Co., the nation’s largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores headquartered in Brentwood.

The business community is invited to hear an informative overview of Middle Tennessee’s existing and future workforce. Hughes will provide a regional context for workforce trends as part of the panel representing the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen will moderate the panel discussion.

“Workforce development is a timely topic as we look at how transient workers impact our traffic and infrastructure, housing and the economy across county lines,” said Largen. “Talent recruitment is crucial to attracting businesses to Williamson County, and it’s also a key reason we have chosen to travel to Denver in 2017 to learn how that growing region has dealt with similar workforce issues.”

DeSantis began her Mars Petcare career in 2005 as part of the North American Remuneration Team, in which she evolved the way Mars communicates pay and benefits by introducing Total Rewards and guiding associates in the U.S. through many benefit changes, including the launch of the U.S. health and wellness program, HealthTracks. In her current role, DeSantis leads the combined Broadly Distributed Brands (BDB) and Pet Specialty (SPT) P&O team and is accountable for North America regional P&O responsibilities including leading the “One Mars” Talent focus.

At the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Hughes leads the expanded effort to ensure that the workforce meets the needs of the region’s expanding economy. She engages a broad cross section of partners to provide quality programs and services to the region’s existing businesses, relocating companies, HR professionals, young professionals, universities, veterans and local organizations and to support workforce development. Key programs and initiatives under her supervision include strategic planning for regional talent needs, workforce support for relocating and expanding companies, human resource and young professional programming; WorkIT Nashville, LiveIt Nashville, YP Nashville and the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards programs; NashvilleJobsLink.com, a community Web-based recruiting tool; and the Intern Nashville program.

With more than 20 years of experience in human resource functions and recruiting, Lopez leads Ramsey Solutions in the task of creating an integrated HR system that foster a full-life cycle approach to team member development. Founded by New York Times best-selling author Dave Ramsey in 1992, Ramsey Solutions provides biblically-based education and empowerment tools to help people with their money, relationships, business and work/life balance.

Mills joined Tractor Supply Company in 2014 and quickly initiated a major overhaul to IT and engineering operations, including consolidating and streamlining roles, implementing an on- and off-shore model, and establishing career development paths to maximize his team’s potential. With a distinguished career spanning more than 20 years in strategic technology planning, digital channels, and operations leadership in customer-oriented environments, Mills offers a proven record of success in developing strong teams and organizational structures to build customer-service based applications, loyalty programs, finance, pricing analytics, and Web/mobile platforms and analytics solutions, as well as improving customer experience through design of leading-edge Web, mobile, and retail integration.

Networking for the luncheon gets underway at 11 a.m. followed by the panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 for members and $55 for non-members. Register online by noon on Friday, Oct. 14 to avoid the $5 late fee and receive a pre-meeting list of attendees. For questions, email Griffin Wilcoxon at griffin@williamsonchamber.com.


About Williamson, Inc.

Williamson, Inc. is the premiere source for business and economic development initiatives in Williamson County. As the chamber of commerce and economic development office in Williamson County, Williamson, Inc. uses an innovative approach to building a prosperous business community through educational programs, networking events, beneficial services, vocal business advocacy and business growth opportunities. Connect with Williamson, Inc. at www.williamsonchamber.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Contact: Charlane Oliver, Director of Communication

615-938-7483, charlane@williamsonchamber.com

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