Easter Seals Tennessee announced recently that Marty Dickens, chair of Belmont’s Board of Trustees, was named the 2013 Nashvillian of the Year. Easter Seals chief Rita Baumgartner, along with Board Chair Mike Campbell and past recipient Aubrey Harwell Jr., made the announcement on Jan. 29 at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce office.
Dickens will be honored at the 22nd annual Nashvillian of the Year Celebration on May 16 at the Hilton Nashville Downtown with event proceeds benefiting Easter Seals Tennessee, an organization dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities live with greater independence. Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher was named Nashvillian of the Year in 2010.
In addition to his role at Belmont, Dickens serves as the chairman of the Convention Center Authority and is spearheading the construction of the Music City Center. The former president of BellSouth/AT&T Tennessee, he also leads the YMCA of Middle Tennessee board, is lead director of Avenue Bank, a member of Genesco’s board, a member of the board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of TN and chairman of the board of Harpeth Companies. He is a past board chair of both the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has also served on the boards of a number of charitable and community organizations including the Boy Scouts, Adventure Science Center, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Nashville Symphony.
Since 1993, the Nashvillian of the Year award has been given to Nashville’s notable leaders who best exemplify the qualities of leadership that ensure that Nashville continues to be a better place to live. Each year past honorees select the recipient of the Nashvillian of the Year award using criteria including individual contributions to the community, philanthropic causes and business leadership. For information about attending the Nashvillian of the Year Celebration, contact Cathy Breeland at Easter Seals Tennessee, 615-292-6640 ext. 11.