Paige Brown Strong has been the Executive Director of the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce since December, 2006. A native of Gallatin, she was previously employeed for 11 years by the NewsChannel 5 Network in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ms. Strong is a well-known advocate for pharmaceutical research and development. She served 6 years on the Board of Governors for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is serving her second term as a Food & Drug Oncology Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC) Patient Representative. She has been featured in Glamour Magazine, on PBS and local news. She has addressed groups around the world and has lobbied for healthcare related legislation in Washington. In 2003, she visited President George Bush at the White House with Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong for the announcement of the increased funding for cancer research. Mostly recently she spoke at the Middle East and Africa Oncology Summit in Paris, France.
Under the leadership of Ms. Strong, the Gallatin Chamber has increased membership and member participation, improved value for members, established numerous new events and created innovative marketing and networking opportunities for members. She served on Gallatin's 2020 Steering Committee and currently serves on the Mayor's Long Range Planning Committee, the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Forward Sumner's Retail Committee, Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County's Publicity Committee, and the boards of the Sumner County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the United Chambers of Sumner County and P-16. She was instrumental in forming ConnectGallatin, a non-profit organization providing free internet access for the Historic Downtown District and ShopGallatin, an educational and marketing initiative encouraging people to shop at home.
A graduate of Gallatin High School and Florida State University, she worked as a news reporter and anchor in Florida. Upon her return to Tennessee, she worked for several shows on The Nashville Network in various capacities including reporter, producer, and talent for “American Magazine,:” “Top Card,” “Cookin’ USA,” “Nashville Now,” and “Be a Star.”
Paige can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.452.4000.
Zena Rodgers Parks, Assistant to the Director was hired in February of 2007. She is a lifelong resident of Gallatin and brings with her a wealth of knowledge of the community. Zena completed her training in the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute in March of 2009.
She has served as Vice President of Historic Cragfont, has served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Gallatin Downtown Library and currently services on the Board of Directors for Greater Gallatin, Inc. Zena is very active in the Junior Service League of Gallatin where she has served on the Fundraising committee, on several positions on the Board of Directors, the Executive Board as Secretary, and she has served as President in 2009-2010. In 2007 she won the Junior Service League's President's Award.