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District Energy System Board Members

Chair Freddie O'Connell

Freddie O'Connell

Freddie O'Connell serves as Metro Council Member from District 19 where he resides. He received a bachelor's degree from Brown University. His professional experience includes working as a software developer at Rustici Software. Other experience includes serving as president of the Salemtown Neighbors Neighborhood Association, board member of the Nashville MTA and member of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He was a co-host of a public affairs radio program from 2005 to 2010.

Vice-Chair Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor is a Commercial Real Estate Broker with Karr Realty where he serves the Nashville area with a focus on downtown properties and development. Brian has been in the real estate business for 8 years. Brian also runs a small business consulting practice focusing on reducing fixed costs and energy consumption.

He also serves the Nashville community as a current or past member of the following boards: Green Hills YMCA, The District Downtown, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors and is a 2005 Graduate of Leadership GNAR. Brian serves as Vice Chair of the Metro Nashville Beer Permit Board and has served on various Chamber of Commerce Committees. He was a founding member of YP Nashville and is the immediate past chair of the YP Nashville Advisory Board. Brian is also the immediate past chair for Young Leaders Council and was awarded the 2011 Young Leader of The Year award by the Young Leaders Council.

He is President of the Howell Park Homeowners Association located downtown. Brian is a past advisory board member for Nashville Emerging Leaders and former board member for The Phoenix Club of Nashville.

Brian is a native Tennessean. He grew up in Savannah, TN as the oldest of four children. As member of Nashville Triathlon Club, he has competed in triathlons and duathlons of various lengths across the state.

Brian has a BBA (1992) in Economics and Finance from Middle Tennessee State University.

Taylor joined the Metro DES Advisory Board in 2009 and has been a great asset, using his economics and finance background to help guide the direction of Metro DES. We recently caught up with Taylor to discuss his involvement with Metro DES as a member of the Advisory Board.

Kevin Crumbo

Kevin Crumbo was appointed Director of Finance in October 2019.

Yuri Cunza

Yuri CunzaYuri Cunza is a Hispanic-American writer, filmmaker, journalist, visual artist, business leader and community advocate. Cunza currently serves as President and CEO of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is co-founder and editor in chief of the Spanish language newspaper La Noticia and owner of Y&K Entertainment a media support and consulting services company based in Nashville.

Jim Harbison

Jim Harbison

Jim is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He served with distinction for 28 years as a Marine Corps Officer, retiring as a Colonel. He holds a Masters Degrees in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and has an additional Masters from George Washington University in International Affairs.

Jim returned to his Nashville home after Marine Corps service and held senior leadership positions in healthcare facility development and international real estate management prior to joining the Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Director of the Nashville Multifamily Program Center in 2011. On December 2d, 2013, he was appointed the fifth Executive Director of Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency.

Jim is married to Commander Elizabeth Harbison, MD, EM, Medical Corps, USN (Retired), who is an emergency medicine physician at Nashville General Hospital. They have three great children: Laura, Gregory and Kathleen.

Eric Swartz

Mr. Eric Swartz is the Vice President for Venue Management at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He joined the Symphony in November 2005. Eric and his team are responsible for engineering, maintenance, security, housekeeping and event rentals. Eric is no stranger to facility management he grew up in the field of professional baseball working for his father managing a stadium and spring training facility in Florida. Eric served 19 years at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) working up the ranks to Vice President & General Manager. During his tenure Eric has had the title of Audio Engineer, Technical Director, Production Manager and Director of Operations. He has managed or coordinated the technical aspects for theatrical productions, television/film, festivals and fundraisers. After his TPAC tenure, Eric returned to the production industry providing video and production services to corporate clients including specialized videotaping of surgeries.

Eric graduated from David Lipscomb University with a degree in communications and theatre and is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

Nancy Whittemore

Nancy Whittemore

Nancy Whittemore began her public career as the Director of the Knoxville-Knox County Foster Grandparent Program in 1978. She joined State Government in 1982 as part of the Governor’s State Planning Office. From 1983 until 1991, she was the Director of Community Services for the Department of Human Services where she managed a variety of state and federal programs.

In 1991, Nancy moved to the Department of Finance and Administration as the Director of Resource Development and Support. Here she was responsible for the offices of Contract Review, Program Accountability Review, Criminal Justice Programs, and the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Services.

Nancy served as Metro's Assistant Finance Director, a position she held since September 2001. On January 16, 2004, she was appointed as the Director of General Services for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Originally from Maryville, Tennessee, Nancy received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a graduate degree in Public Administration from Tennessee State University.

Nicholas Woollen, FMA, RPA

Nicholas WoollenNicholas Woollen is the Director of Engineering for the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. He has been in the private sector for the past 19 years primarily in the hospitality industry. Prior to the private industry, he served six years in the U.S. Navy. His experience includes managing multiple facilities totaling 1.6 million square feet of space with particular attention to repair and maintenance, sustainability, project management, problem solving, and reducing utility costs. Nicholas has 9 years of experience at an executive level position managing a department of 45 and budgets up to $4.5M dollars. He completed his Facility Management and Real Estate Property certifications (FMA, RPA) from BOMI in 2003. He has been the recipient of: J. Willard Marriott Award of Excellence nomination twice; won the Georgia Hotel Lodging Association and the National Hotel Lodging Association Best Use of Technology Award; Navy Achievement Medal twice and Navy Commendation Medal. Nicholas resides in Clarksville, TN with his wife and two children.