The Nashville Association of Professional Persons (NAPP) was founded in 1998 as a professional networking group. In January 2007, the group became an official GLBT Chamber of Commerce and an affiliate member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (now "National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.) In 2012, the GLBT Chamber hired its first-ever, full-time Executive Director. In 2013, the GLBT Chamber started doing business as the LGBT Chamber to coincide with the terminology being used by HRC, Out & Equal, and other professional organizations and colleges across the country.
Here are just a few Nashville LGBT Chamber Milestones:
August 2018 Joe Woolley is named CEO and new "rainbow N" logo is announced.
June 2018 We celebrated our 20th Anniversary opening Nashville Pride Weekend.
July 2017 Held our first LGBT Health Expo to provide resources and education for inclusive healthcare providers.
April 2017 Passed the 300 member mark.
November 2015 Started Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation to help provide education, resources, and funding for LGBT business owners and professionals.
February 2014 Launched Power Lunch Program to provide professional development opportunities for the LGBT and ally community.
April 2013 Reinstituted the Annual Business Awards at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
October 2012 Changed fashion-themed aunnual fundraising event to a food tasting event at OZ.
February 2010 Mixer at the Nashville Ballet. Nearly 75 people attended the first new-format mixer of 2010 at the Nashville Ballet. Delicious food was provided by Nuvo Burrito and drinks from Woodland Wine Merchant. Attendees enjoyed a sneak-peek at a rehearsal of the Nashville Ballet.
February 2009 Several leaders in Nashville's GLBT community gave informative presentations including TEP President Christopher Sanders; Nashvile Pride President Pam Wheeler; Jeremy Davis, co-chair of the HumanRights Campaign Equality Dinner; Chamber board members Michael Fluck and Jerry Jones, co-chairs of Unpredictable Fashion Show; and David Glasgow, candidate for District 18 Metro Council.
September 2007 Lynn Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Plans, presented at the Sept. Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce meeting, talking about "how to create a buzz around your business."
July 2007 The first-ever Nashville GLBT Chamber Mayoral Candidate Forum was hosted by the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLBTCC) at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Symphony Ballroom Wednesday, July 18.
March 2007 At the March meeting of Nashville's GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Gary Hawkins and Sheila Dial presented a program on the future of Nashville's downtown riverfront.
November 2006 The November GLBT Chamber of Commerce meeting was held at Mirror restaurant on November 28. A large number of members turned out for the social networking event.
Sept. 2006 T. K. Davis, design director, Nashville Civic Design Center spoke at the September Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce meeting. Davis spoke to the members about the location and design of the proposed convention center, hotel and parking for downtown Nashville.
July 2006 Randy Tarkington who was manager of the Vote No on 1 campaign, spoke about the current efforts on the ballot initative.
June 2006 More than 75 people attended the 2006 NAPP GLBT Chamber of Commerce Pride Mixer, which was held at Tribe/Red Restaurant and hosted by Deloitte GLOBE and NAPP. Volunteers who helped with Unpredictable, a fashion show benefiting NAPP, were honored with medals and trophies from NAPP president Christopher Sanders. Michael Fluck, co-chair of Unpredictable, and Bud East, producer of the event, presented NAPP with a check for $14,925.
December 2005 A thank you reception for Nashville's GLBT Chamber of Commerce 2005 GLBT Life and Business Expo sponsors was held at the home of Alan Maloney and Kyle Pendleton. Chamber president Christopher Sanders thanked the sponsors for a successful first-year event, which drew several hundred participants. Plans are underway for this year's event.
November 2005 The Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce sponsor reception, held at the home of Tim King, was held the evening of Friday November 18 before the first-ever GLBT Life and Business Expo.
April 2005 Members of NAPP: Nashville's GLBT Chamber of Commerce, enjoyed a business mixer at Mirror Restaurant on 12th avenue, where a large crowd came to network.
Leadership of National Association of Professional Persons and the Nashville LGBT Chamber
2018 Ron Snitker (current President)
2016-2017 Joe Woolley
2015 Brad Pinson
2013-2014 Jeremy Davis
2011-2012 Michael Fluck
2007-2010 John Wade
2005-2006 Chris Sanders
2003-2004 Van Pond
2001-2002 Sam Felker & Mark Lee Taylor
2000-2001 John Mays
1998-2000 Don Sumner