The Battle of Franklin Trust has announced additions to its board of directors for the 2017–2019 term.
Last year, Carnton Plantation and The Carter House merged to create a single board of directors, which has strengthened preservation efforts in Franklin.
New board members for the 2017-2019 term include:
- Barry Allen is the Brentwood and Franklin city executive for Landmark Bank. He is a member of the Tennessee River Gorge Board of Trust which protects 17,000 acres of the river. As a member of the TRGT Board, he has worked in the area of development and land acquisition, skills which will be useful to the Battle of Franklin Trust.
- Kelly Gilfillan is the COO and executive editor of BIGR Media. She is a graduate of Leadership Franklin where she developed a driving tour app of the Franklin Battlefield that is available on iTunes. She brings extensive marketing and online media expertise to the board.
- Eric Mannino has worked in the hospitality industry for 30 years in New York and Nashville. He is the former executive director of sales and business development for Gaylord Hotels and brings to the board experience in tourism and marketing.
- Gary Rosenthal is the former senior vice president of finance for Merck and Co. Global Human Health. He has significant leadership experience in strategy development, planning and analysis, business development and financial reporting. He is originally from Connecticut and moved to Franklin in to be near his daughter and grandchildren.
- Deborah Warnick currently serves as the director of cultural and heritage tourism for the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her focus at the CVB is Williamson County’s heritage assets including Carnton Plantation and The Carter House. She has been involved in numerous committees to promote Franklin as a tourist destination and will provide an important connection with tourism efforts in Franklin.
The 2017 board of directors will work on behalf of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation in order to further preserve the history and heritage of the Battle of Franklin and its historic sites.