TENNESSEE STATE COUNCIL

Tennessee Farm Bureau

Kent Adams, President
Caterpillar Financial

Marcela Gomez, President
Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce

Bradley Jackson, President
Tennessee Manufacturers Association

Buddy Teaster, President and CEO
Soles for Souls

Catherine Glover, President
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Joshua Smith, Owner
Standard Club of Nashville

Kealie Williams, Vice President
Hands on Nashville

Kent Merritt, President
Thunder Road Distillery

Dr. Manny Sethi, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Stacy Widelitz, Board of Directors
Nashville Opera 
Past President of the Nashville Film Festival

Darek Bell, Owner
Corsair Distillery and Bell Construction

David Williams II, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs, Athletics Director
Vanderbilt University

Geoff MacDonald, Women’s Tennis Coach
Vanderbilt University

Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt, Founder & CEO
Pigeon Forge Tourism

Lisa Janke, Founder and President
Short Bark Industries

Louis Buck, Development Specialist
Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Tom Negri, former officer and board member
Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association

José Angel Rodríguez Fernández
Emerging Markets Development and Strategy


Tennessee and Cuba in the News

Press Release: Engage Cuba Launches Tennessee State Council

 

Fox 17 Nashville/ Washington Times/ Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee council joins effort to end U.S.-Cuba trade embargo

Engage Cuba president James Williams said the group plans to form similar councils in Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, all of which he considers "natural markets to export to Cuba." 

WUTC: Something to Cluck About: Tennessee's poultry exports to Cuba

Adelina Bryant: But in general, Tennessee agribusiness is only exporting $1.3 million in goods to Cuba, which is really low when you compare it to its neighbor, who doesn’t have an embargo on it.  Tennessee is selling $117 million of agribusiness to the Dominican Republic.

Op-ed: Tennessean: Lifting embargo against Cuba benefits Tennessee 

by Catherine Glover

President of Tennessee's Chamber of Commerce & Industry and an Engage Cuba Tennessee State Council Member, Catherine Glover writes an opinion piece, explaining the opportunities Tennessee and the United States are missing with the embargo.

Chattanooga Times Free Press: This Alabama company is first U.S. firm to manufacture in Cuba in more than 50 years

Clemmons and Berenthal aren't the first to spot a market for agricultural industry in Cuba. The Engage Cuba Tennessee State Council released a report earlier this year stating the Volunteer State has the potential to mirror agribusiness exports to the Dominican Republic, a roughly $117 million enterprise.

University of Tennessee Knoxville: Cuba trip was eye-opening experience for UT group

The Cold War was already relegated to history by the time even the oldest students on a recent UT study abroad trip were born. Even so, the strain on US­–Cuba relations for the past few decades has stuck around as a reminder of those darker times. Now, thanks to a thawing diplomatic climate, those students got the chance to experience Cuba—its people, its places, and its culture—in a way that would have been but a dream to their parents or grandparents.

The Tennessean: Tennesseans stand to benefit from trade with Cuba 

A recent poll released by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank that "promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs," showed that a strong majority of Americans in four states, including Tennessee, favors lifting the embargo (58 percent) and removing travel restrictions (67 percent).

Tennessee's Champions

Representative Steve Cohen (R-TN-9) Cosponsor of H.R. 351 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2017

Representative Steve Cohen (R-TN-9)

Cosponsor of H.R. 351 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2017