As a Business Leader

  • MBA in Finance from California State University, Long Beach

  • Worked in VP roles managing up to 40 hotels around the country, including Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group.

  • General manager of Holiday Inn Vanderbilt since 2002

  • American Hotel Association - Tennessee Volunteer of the Year

  • Greater Nashville Hospitality Association - Board of Directors since 2004

  • GNHA Former President and Founding Chair of the Education Committee

  • Metro Tourism and Convention Commission

  • Nashville Event Marketing Fund Committee

  • Catholic Business League Board of Directors and Marketing Committee Chair

As a community leader Thom COLLABORATES with others and ACCOMPLISHES much:

  • Helped build The Academies for Metro Nashville Public Schools — a nationally recognized high school program. Over 12 years of Involvement.

  • Member of St. Henry Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus- 4th degree, Cursillo and Usher

  • Strategic Planning and Transportation Taskforce of Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corporation - (former member)

  • Board Member of Our Place Nashville, an organization that provides Housing, Jobs & Community for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.

  • Purple Heart Homes Board Member and Treasurer (Provides home improvement to veterans)

  • Tennessee State University Chair of the Hospitality & Tourism Advisory Board, College of Business Advisory Board Member, and Adjunct Professor

  • Current Board member, past President and founding Chair of Education Committee for Greater Nashville Hospitality Association – 15 plus years

  • Mayor’s Advisory Board on Exceptional Education, former member 

  • Arc of Davidson County Board of Director and former Treasurer – 10 years 

  • Volunteers and Actively Supports: Fannie Battle Day Home, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nashville, Ladies of Charity, American Heart Association, Children International, Maryknoll Missionaries, American Diabetes Association

  • USPTR Teaching Tennis Professional

  • Pro Rating with USPTR- US Professional Tennis Association

  • Special Olympics (Davidson County) Tennis Coach for 15 years

  • Founding President of Nashville Tennis Association and Board Member for over 10 years

  • Head coach for  Father Ryan Tennis Team

As a community leader he has been RECOGNIZED for much

  • Metro Nashville Public Schools CEO Champions Award

  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce “Spirit for Engagement”

  • PENCIL Foundation Volunteer of the Year

  • Goodwill Employer of the Year for Nashville

  • The ARC Employer of the Year for Tennessee

  • Downtown Kiwanis “Ralph Brunson Award” and “Spiritual Aims Award”

  • Volunteer of the Year for Tennessee Hospitality Association

  • Tennessee Tennis Family of the year

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Thom Druffel | Metro Council | District 23

thom.druffel@nashville.gov   |   615.767.6458

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