Tennessee Chapter Members Forge an Impressive List of Accomplishments

Since its founding in 2009, the CEO’s Against Cancer Tennessee Chapter’s members have been looking for, and finding, ways to impact the cancer burden. The involvement has ranged from serving on leadership committees to serving food at a Hope Lodge facility, and each CEO brings their own level of expertise and personal interest to the efforts. Additionally, several companies support the involvement of their executive level staff in a variety of activities.

Mark Emkes, Commissioner of Budget and Finance, State of Tennessee, recently spoke at a Mid-South Division board meeting, sharing Tennessee Chapter accomplishments. For his part, Emkes helped start a guest lodging program in Nashville, and continues to bring his support of the American Cancer Society to his work at the state capitol.  “CEOs are becoming even more involved, and working within their circle of influence to impact the mission,” said Emkes.  

As examples, he cited many of his colleagues’ efforts. Bruce Efird, President and CEO of Fred’s, recently served on the National CEO of the Year review committee. Jim Mallon, CEO, American General Life and Accident Company(AGLA) has agreed to serve on the CEO’s National Meeting Advisory Committee, along with supporting efforts of his company in the American Cancer Society’s CPS3 enrollment, as a Relay For Life Nationwide Team Partner, and financial supporter of Hope Lodge.  Employees of AGLA, including Mallon, and Bridgestone Americas have volunteered at the Hope Lodge facility, serving dinner to cancer patients and their caregivers. At Unum, in Chattanooga, employees regularly volunteer to drive cancer patients to treatment appointments.

Bryan Jordan, Chairman, President and CEO, First Horizon National Corporation, helped to explore opportunities around health and wellness with the mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee, while continuing his support and involvement with Hope Lodge, Relay For Life, and CPS3. In addition, Jordan led his company to achieving CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation in 2011 and a renewal in 2012.

In other CEO member companies, including McKee Foods, work continues in the wellness arena, with the majority of companies completing a gap analysis of health and wellness programs.

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS3) has drawn the interest and involvement of many Tennessee Chapter member companies. American General Life and Accident Company and Clayton Homes have both hosted enrollment sites, and Baptist Healthcare Corporation will host a site in 2013. Other member companies helping to support the enrollments in the state by communicating with their employees are First Horizon National Corporation, Delek/Mapco, Fred’s and CCA.

In fundraising efforts, CEO’s Against Cancer Tennessee Chapter Members have been active participants, finding ways to encourage company-wide participation, along with making personal contributions.  Additionally, the University of Tennessee hosted a fund raising event earlier this year, and the Nashville Predators are planning a backstage event in September.

Meetings continue with other member companies to determine best strategies to meet the needs of the companies. “Every CEO’s Against Cancer member company, and its CEO, brings a unique perspective and resources to the table,” said Elaine Gordon, Vice President for Priority Initiatives. “Our goal is to find an opportunity for involvement that helps to address health and wellness strategies while also helping the American Cancer Society move its mission forward.”