Music City Baseball Leadership Team

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Alberto R. Gonzales

Board Chair/Executive Committee
Alberto Gonzales

Alberto R. Gonzales served as the 80th Attorney General of the United States and former Counsel to the President. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of MCB and brings experience dealing with the media and governmental entities and addressing complex legal and business issues.

Presently, Gonzales is the Dean and Doyle Rogers Disguised Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law.

John Loar

Board/Executive Committee
John Loar
John Loar is responsible for all day-to-day business operations of MCB. He has 30 years of experience in the real estate development, sports and entertainment fields. He led the acquisition efforts on behalf of investment groups for two Major League Baseball franchises and executed both the acquisition and sale of the Seattle Seahawks. Loar served as Vice President of Blackhawk Corporation, one of the country’s largest residential and commercial real estate developers.

Lee Barfield

Board/Executive Committee
Lee Barfield
Lee Barfield is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Law School and served as an antisubmarine warfare officer in the United States Navy. He practiced law in Nashville for forty years trying medical, business and other civil cases in state and federal courts until retiring in 2015. Barfield has worked with the Tennessee General Assembly to promote job growth and economic prosperity since 2011.

Amish Purohit

Board/Executive Committee
Amish Purohit

Amish R Purohit is the managing partner of Alpha Development, LLC, a diversified investment company he founded in 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate acquisition and development with a focus on hospitality. In addition, Dr. Purohit is heavily involved in the medical field serving as a consultant to several Fortune 500 healthcare private sector and venture capital companies.

Dave Dombrowski

Board/Baseball Advisor
Dave Dombrowski
With over 40 years of service David Dombrowski is recognized as one of the most successful executives in Major League Baseball. Under his leadership his clubs have amassed well over 2,000 wins, won four pennants and two World Series titles. He has served as President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox, President, CEO and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Florida Marlins and General Manager of the Montreal Expos. Dombrowski is on the MCB Baseball Advisory team, and as a consultant he is sharing his experience and expertise with MCB in order to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville.

Eddie George

Board/Real Estate Development Advisor
Eddie George

Eddie George is a Heisman trophy winner and first round draft choice out of Ohio State, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1996. He was the starting running back for the Tennessee Titans until 2003; he was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls and still owns virtually every Titans rushing record. Eddie earned an MBA at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and developed a number of successful businesses including the Edward George Wealth Management Group. He also developed the Business of Professional Sports at the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University for aspiring professional athletes and future business executives.

Stacey Garrett Koju

Board/DEIC
Stacey Garrett Koju

Stacey Garrett Koju concentrates her law practice in the areas of corporate transactions, labor and employment law, employment practices, healthcare, and higher education. She is a founding member of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and chair of the firm’s Board of Directors. Stacey says that founding the law firm is one of her most personally satisfying accomplishments. She is driven by her law partners and the firm’s staff who truly embody the firm’s motto, Law. Life. Passion. Stacey believes deeply in community investment through charitable and civic activities. She began her commitment to community service at the age of 14, volunteering in a nursing home. There she learned the value of service to others and continues to participate in charitable activities throughout the state. Stacey is a vocal supporter of diversity, inclusion and individual empowerment.

Bob Kendrick

Board
Bob Kendrick
Bob Kendrick is President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, MO. A 2014 inductee into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Kendrick is responsible for the museum’s day-to-day operations, development and implementation of strategies, and to advance the history of Negro Leagues Baseball history and its connection to issues relating to sports, race and diversity in addition to honoring Major League Baseball greats who played the game in the spirit and signature style of the Negro Leagues.

Nancy Schultz

Board
Nancy Schultz

Nancy Schultz is a Vice President of North Highland, a global consulting firm that delivers tactical and strategic business solutions to multi-national organizations.  Nancy has over 34 years of experience in the consulting industry.  She has played a lead role in developing and executing a strategy to build a global Healthcare Industry practice unit.  Prior to joining North Highland, Nancy was an Associate Partner with Accenture for 11 years and a Director with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting for 2 years. At Accenture, Nancy developed deep technology, supply chain and systems implementation skills. At Arthur Andersen, she assisted clients with mergers and acquisitions and related systems consolidation and implementation efforts. Nancy holds a BE in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.  She lives in Nashville with her husband of 32 years, enjoys playing competitive tennis and supporting her two sons as they pursue their respective Division 1 college baseball careers.

Steve Smith

Board
Steve Smith

Stephen B. Smith is Chairman of Haury & Smith Contractors, Inc., a 60 year-old building and development company. He is active in the community, having served on a number of boards, and is involved in both local and national politics, serving as finance chairman for numerous campaigns. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of CapStar Bank and the Williamson County Sports Authority. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he was an accomplished baseball player, elected to the MTSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004, and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Dave Stewart

Board/Baseball Advisor
Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart was a legendary Major League Baseball All-Star with the Oakland A’s as well as the General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in addition to becoming a Major League Baseball Coach and Executive. Celebrated for his Major League Baseball Pitching with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics, and Toronto Blue Jays. Stewart is a 3× World Series Champion.

Tony La Russa

Baseball Advisor
Tony La Russa
Tony La Russa is a true legend and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame with expansive experience in baseball team management and organization. La Russa’s history includes being the former Major League Baseball Manager with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago White Sox. Celebrated 4× Manager of the Year and a 4× World Series Champion. His advisory role is during the off-season only.

Tim Corbin

Baseball Advisor
Tim Corbin
Tim Corbin is the Head Baseball Coach at Vanderbilt University. Under his leadership and the dedication of everyone involved in Vanderbilt’s collegiate baseball program, a tremendous record of achievements have been recorded: 2014 College World Series Champions, 2014 National Coach of the Year, 2013 SEC Champions, 2013 SEC Coach of the Year, 2011 SEC Champions, 2007 SEC Champions, 2007 SEC Coach of the Year, and 2007 National Coach of the Year.

Ro Coleman

Baseball Advisor

Gail Williams

Community Advisor
David and Gail Williams
Gail Williams has been a dedicated community leader throughout the Nashville area for many years and this work continues in celebration of the rich legacy built by her husband David Williams. David Williams was Vanderbilt University’s first African American vice chancellor and first African American athletics director while also serving as Vanderbilt’s general counsel. As the associate director of community relations at Vanderbilt, Williams focuses on collaborations and building partnerships through innovative and creative based programs. Prior to Vanderbilt, she worked at the Ohio State University and also practiced criminal defense and domestic relations law in the Detroit area.

Board & Advisors Roster

In addition to our Board of Directors, we have sought out business and community leaders in various areas of expertise to provide additional support with our initiative and generate excitement in the potential of bringing Major League Baseball to Nashville.
Music City Baseball Board
Alberto Gonzales, Chair 
John Loar
Lee Barfield
Amish Purohit
Dave Dombrowski
Eddie George
Stacey Garrett Koju
Bob Kendrick
Nancy Schultz
Steve Smith
Dave Stewart
Baseball Advisors
Tony La Russa
Dave Stewart
Tim Corbin
Ro Coleman
R. A. Dickey
Chuck Goggin
Todd Jones
Farrell Owens
Walter Schultz
Barry Zito
Community Advisors
Beth Alexander
Michele Frazier
Darrell Freeman
Rosetta Miller-Perry
Dianne Neal
Jeri Thompson
Susan Vanderbilt
Carolyn Waller
Ray Waters
Gail Williams
Music Industry Advisors
Kix Brooks
Kane Brown
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Mike Dungan
Larry Gatlin
Mickey Guyton
Lon Helton
Ryan Hurd
Steve Hodges
Maren Morris
Darius Rucker
Justin Timberlake
Strategic Advisors
Lew Conner
Bill Freeman
Sen. Bill Frist
Eddie Hamilton
Aubrey Harwell
Kirk Herbstreit
Joel Katz
Brad Margolis
William Thomas
Malcolm Turner
Louis Upkins
Master Planning Architects
Moody Nolan
Brian Tibbs
Brand Strategy
Jerry Lorenzo Manuel
Isha Rahman
Jordon Petty
Storybridge Media
Ryan Rowland
Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Committee
Stacey Garrett Koju