A resolution honoring Chester R. Green on the occasion of his 100th Birthday.

WHEREAS, on July 9, 2015, Chester Green will celebrate his 100th birthday and on that day he will celebrate his birthday with fond remembrances of the past, thankfulness for the present, and eager anticipation of the future while surrounded by family and friends, and it is altogether fitting and proper that a celebration in his honor is held; and

WHEREAS, he was born on July 9, 1915 in Albany, Georgia; and

WHEREAS, he graduated from Harvard Business School and served our Country honorably in the Navy during World War II – especially during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which was one of the largest Naval battles in World War II; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Green joined Kraft Foods in 1933 and during his 50 plus year career with Kraft he rose in the company from an entry level salesman to Corporate Senior Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and Sales Worldwide; and

WHEREAS, he served as a branch manager for Kraft Foods in Nashville, Tennessee for two years during the early 1950s and during his stay in Nashville he recognized that Country Music had a growing appeal to a large audience of listeners; and

WHEREAS, upon his promotion from Nashville and his relocation to the Kraft Foods corporate office in Chicago in the late 1950s, Mr. Green remembered the growing popularity of Country Music from his Nashville days, and he convinced Kraft’s executive staff in Chicago and New York City to help sponsor a new event in Nashville to be known as the Country Music Awards Show; and

WHERES, as part of helping to give birth to the CMA Awards Show, Mr. Green hired Roy Rogers and Dale Evans to host, and Eddie Arnold to begin promoting the show; and

WHEREAS, Nashville owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Green for his role in helping to grow this important part of Nashville’s tourism industry, and for his faith, perseverance, and cheerful spirit that are an inspiration to all who know him; and

WHEREAS, as Mr. Green enters his 11th decade, he is still an active and productive member of society, participating in various civic and community events, as his health permits; and

WHEREAS, we wish to grasp this golden opportunity to specially recognize one of Nashville’s most outstanding citizens on this very special occasion; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognizes Chester Green for his many decades of unyielding strength and unparalleled inspiration, and congratulate him upon this joyous occasion of his 100th birthday, and extend our very best wishes for continued health and happiness.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as honoring Chester R. Green on the occasion of his 100th Birthday.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to Chester R. Green.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Carter Todd


Referred to: Rules & Confirmations Committee
Introduced: June 16, 2015
Adopted: June 16, 2015
Approved: June 17, 2015
By: Mayor's signature

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