Influential Men of Hendersonville
Jamie Clary, Mayor, City of Hendersonville
Born in Milwaukee, Jamie Clary moved with his family to Hendersonville in 1973 and enjoyed growing up in “the city by the lake.” He believes Hendersonville is an “exceptional” city due to the combination of its great people, churches, schools and employers.
“We are spoiled with natural beauty all around us,” Clary says. “Hendersonville has top-notch schools and award-winning parks. I run the city as the CEO and chair the Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen. I am inspired by our residents’ expectation that I am here to help solve problems for people in the most efficient way possible.”
He adds that with the convenience of being just northeast of Nashville, Hendersonville provides an attractive location for new businesses, talented professionals and families.
“This benefits the Hendersonville community by providing a town where people can live, work and play,” he says.
Clary has written a book on the history of Hendersonville and says he “provides the city with energy, optimism and a willingness to get my hands dirty.”
He enjoys working hard and loves seeing friends everywhere he goes.
Favorite drink: Lemonade
Jerry Faulkner, President, Volunteer State Community College
When asked what he likes best about calling Hendersonville home, Jerry Faulkner is very quick to respond.
“The best thing about living in Hendersonville is the people,” Faulkner says. “And when describing Hendersonville residents, many adjectives come to mind including friendly, dedicated, caring, involved and civic-minded.”
Volunteer State Community College is a publicly supported two-year college located in Gallatin, offering both traditional classroom and online classes. The college also provides blended classes that allow for scheduled times for personal interaction with instructors and classmates, combined with the convenience of online learning.
“As president of the college, I serve as the CEO for every aspect,” Faulkner says. “My greatest inspiration is on graduation day when students receive their degrees and certificates. I look into their faces and can recall the individual stories of challenge and triumph that have brought them to this accomplishment.”
Volunteer State has experienced phenomenal growth over the years in enrollment, curricula, staff, programs, public service and facilities. The main campus in Gallatin now comprises 16 buildings, and the campus at Livingston also continues to grow at a steady pace.
Faulkner finds plenty to keep him busy in his ‘spare’ time.
“I am pleased to be an advocate for public higher education in Hendersonville,” he says. “I also serve on the board of the Hendersonville Medical Center and am a member of the Hendersonville Morning Rotary Club.”
In addition, Faulkner has previously served on the board of the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce and Forward Sumner Economic Partnership.
Favorite drink: Iced tea
Matt Pinson, President, Welch College
Welch College is a Christian college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offering more than 40 programs of study at the associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels. It is also ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the South’s Best Colleges. In his role, Matt Pinson oversees all class programming for the college, casts the vision for the future and raises needed financial support for both the institution and student financial aid.
“What motivates me most is seeing intellectual and spiritual changes in students who sense a calling to serve Christ, the church and the world,” Pinson says. “Watching them go out to change their world in ministry, mission, education, the marketplace, health care and intellectual and cultural life makes my job so rewarding.”
Located in Hendersonville, Welch College is the only four-year residential college in Sumner County, “which brings a wonderful staff, faculty and student body to the community.”
Pinson also believes the city of Hendersonville offers a host of excellent opportunities for personal enrichment including concerts, theater productions, lectureships, athletic events, continuing education and more.
Pinson, his wife Melinda, and their children Anna and Matthew truly enjoy Hendersonville’s hometown feel and small town charm.
“We have made so many friends,” Pinson says. “The Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce and Hendersonville Christian Academy, where our children attend, have also been so welcoming.”
Favorite drink: In addition to coffee, fruit tea at Blue Coast Burrito
Mike Incorvaia, CEO Novita Technologies (an Osram Company)
“My primary goal is to provide 100 great jobs in Hendersonville today, and grow that number later,” Mike Incorvaia says.
As CEO of Novita Technologies, Incorvaia is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking when it comes to employment opportunities in Hendersonville. That’s because Osram, a global lighting supplier, purchased Novita Technologies in October 2016, vastly expanding the scope of the company’s business by bringing “great opportunities and value to the Novita organization.”
Incorvaia adds he “is fortunate to continue to run the Novita business” and help inspire the success of advanced lighting systems in automotive applications. He is also excited that Hendersonville is the center for the Novita business and a “focal point for growth.”
Incorvaia is involved in the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce and has served as chair in the past, noting the chamber “provides great service to support over 700 member businesses in the area.”
“Hendersonville is a growing, vibrant community, yet still has a small town feel,” he says. “The recreational opportunities, including Old Hickory Lake, are also tremendous.”
Favorite drink: Clean water
Dewayne Scott, Co-founder, President and CEO of SRS Inc.
When asked what motivates him in his job at SRS, Dewayne Scott’s answer is straight from the heart.
“I am the first ‘S’ in the company name, and that carries with it great responsibility; that’s my motivation,” he says.
SRS, which began operation in 2001, is a multimillion dollar company that delivers a broad range of high-quality projects and services in both the federal and commercial marketplace. Headquartered in Hendersonville, they have offices in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Alabama. Scott says Hendersonville provides the perfect location with “quick access to Nashville without having to be right in the busy city.”
Over the years, SRS has evolved from a pure construction firm into one of the most prominent program management, facilities support services and disaster recovery organizations in the United States. It is a minority-owned and managed company with an executive leadership team comprised of over 200 years of cumulative experience. Most recently, SRS has focused on the energy sector and energy performance contracts, with Scott noting “this will be a growing sector of our business model.” In a partnership relationship with JE DUNN, a major construction management company with offices in Nashville, SRS is currently working on the new garage facility and the interim international arrivals building at Metropolitan Nashville Airport, which is part of their billion dollar construction initiative.
One of SRS’s “landmark projects” of which Scott is most proud is the Ascend Amphitheatre in downtown Nashville, a joint venture with Skanska USA. This was quite an accomplishment, as their joint venture was awarded the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards Venue of the Year.
“This type of project grows your portfolio to win other similar type projects in the future, and it was a great learning experience,” Scott says.
Favorite drink: Arnold Palmer
Anthony Holt, Sumner County Executive (County Mayor)
Is a lifelong resident of Middle Tennessee and was raised in Madison, TN prior to moving to Sumner County.
When asked what he likes best about Hendersonville, Anthony Holt replied. “Hendersonville has the small town feel with the big city amenities. Where people are friendly and neighborly and there is an abundance of recreation, fine dining and retail shopping.”
This is Anthony Holt’s third term as County Executive (County Mayor). He states the following about his job; “My job consists of making sure our County is managed in a responsible manner, while working with State Officials, the Director of Schools, City Mayors and other Elected Officials to make certain we are planning for the rapid growth that is occurring in our region.
“He feels his biggest challenge is bringing people together of diverse interests and opinions and striving to have an excellent education system, public safety, transportation and quality of life.
What keeps him up at nights is the possibility of not being fully prepared for a natural disaster and the potential loss of life that might occur
Anthony Holt has two grown children that he extremely is proud of, son, Erric, an electrician, and daughter, Scarlett, who recently graduated from MTSU.
He also enjoys spending time with my 84 year old father and working together on their 150 acre farm raising cattle and hiking, water skiing and traveling.
Favorite drink: Coffee