Music City Baseball Leadership Team

John Loar

Managing Director
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.

Alberto R. Gonzales

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

Bob Kendrick

Board Member
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.

Dave Stewart

Board Member | Advisor
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.

Lee Barfield

Board Member
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.

Dave Dombrowski

Baseball Advisor
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.

Tony La Russa

Baseball Advisor
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.

Gail Williams

Community & Brand Advisor
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.

Tim Corbin

Baseball Advisor
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.

Steve Hodges

Music Industry Advisor
Steve Hodges is the Executive Vice President of Sony Music Nashville. He is responsible for management of Sony Music Nashville’s three labels and its roster of artists. He has had a successful 25-year career in entertainment management and brings relationships with high profile artists who have expressed interest in being part of the group.

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, Chairman
Lee Barfield
Bob Kendrick
Stacey Garrett Koju
John Loar
Amish Purohit
Nancy Schultz
Steve Smith
Dave Stewart
Baseball Advisors
Tony LaRussa
Dave Stewart
Dave Dombrowski
Tim Corbin
R. A. Dickey
Farrell Owens
Walter Schultz
Barry Zito
Community Advisors
Rosetta Miller-Perry
Dianne Neal
Susan Vanderbilt
Carolyn Walker
Ray Waters
Gail Williams
Music Industry Advisors
Kix Brooks
Kane Brown
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Mike Dungan
Larry Gatlin
Mickey Guyton
Lon Helton
Steve Hodges
Strategic Advisors
Lew Conner
Bill Freeman
Darrell Freeman
Eddie Hamilton
Aubrey Harwell
Joel Katz
Brad Margolis
Dianne Neal
William Thomas
Jeri Thompson
Malcolm Turner
Louis Upkins