16 Aug Carolyn Waller named Nashville Black Chamber President
Carolyn McHaney Waller has been elected President of the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce for 2013-14. A member of the chamber since 2009, Mrs. Waller’s prior responsibility as a board member and Development Committee Chair was to develop and implement a strategic plan to revitalize the organization. Waller stated, “I am committed to the mission of the [Nashville Black] chamber and will work diligently to further the vision of empowerment, education, and economic development of our community.”
Waller is currently an Affiliate Broker and Accredited Buyer Representative with Zeitlin and Company Realtors, Nashville’s premier real estate company. Even in the present economic environment, she continues to be a top achiever in the residential real estate market. Prior to joining Zeitlin, she worked for 25 years in the commercial insurance industry as a Marketing and Underwriting Specialist for Aetna Casualty and Surety, CNA Commercial, Harleysville Mutual, and Trinity Universal. In recognition for her leadership abilities for two consecutive years “1995 to 1996”, and in 1998 she received the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in sales growth and territorial management.
Having an entrepreneurial spirit, Waller owned and operated Premier Art Decor and Designs Art Gallery in Nashville. It was through her passion for art that she introduced many local and national artists to the Nashville community. She is actively committed to philanthropic work in the community and serves on various boards including the Advisory Board of W. O. Smith School of Music Foundation and the Advisory Board of Christian Community Services, Inc. Additionally, Waller has volunteered as a Team Leader with the Nashville Habitat for Humanity.
Waller holds a BS degree from Union University in Jackson, TN where she earned an athletic scholarship and played for the Championship Lady Bulldog basketball team. On a personal note, she is married to her husband of 25 years, Joel Waller. They have two daughters, Lauren and Alexis. The Wallers reside in Nashville and consider it their home.