When National Preservation Month rolls around each May, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County uses the occasion to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments, recognize outstanding historic preservation projects, and announce new Board members at its annual meeting and preservation awards banquet.
On May 20 the organization added seven respected community leaders to its Board of Directors, including Julian Bibb III of Franklin, who was elected to serve a three-year term as the Foundation’s Board president. The non-profit also revealed its new slate of executive committee members, a group that will help drive the Foundation’s flagship project: the restoration of the Old, Old Jail—or the Big House for Historic Preservation—that will serve as the organization’s first permanent headquarters, once renovated.
Leading the charge for the 2014-2015 year with Bibb is Joe Walker, Vice President of Finance; Angela Calhoun, Secretary; Fred Reynolds, Vice President of Preservation; Connie Haley, Vice President of Member Development; Andy Marshall, Vice President of the Franklin Theatre; Bob Roethemeyer, Vice President of the Main Street Program (elected by the Downtown Franklin Association); and Philip Dial, Vice President of the Next Generation Heritage Foundation (elected by Next Gen).
Sean Carroll, Pam Chandler, Josh Denton, Emily Magid, Craig Holland and Donna Douglas were also named as new Board members to help propel Williamson County’s preservation efforts over the coming years. Other at-large board members coming back from the 2013-2014 year include Brian Beathard, Bryan Echols, Kelly Harwood, Ann Johnson, Rudy Jordan, William Powell, Marianne Schroer, and Dr. Allen Sills.
“The organization has a long legacy of 47 years of successes, and much of that is attributable to the efforts of a strong Board of Directors and Executive Committee,” said Mary Pearce, Heritage Foundation executive director. “These individuals have a passion for preserving our community’s treasures, and we’re honored that they are willing to give of their time and talents to ensure that the Heritage Foundation achieves its mission on behalf of Williamson County and Tennessee.”
Bibb will be taking the reins from outgoing President Cyril Stewart, who was honored at the 2014 awards ceremony and annual meeting for his service to the Foundation.
A lifelong Franklinite, Bibb is the chairperson of Stites & Harbison, PLLC’s Real Estate & Banking Service Group and a respected real estate attorney. In addition, he counsels not-for-profits and has extensive experience in historic and battlefield preservation, as well as land conservation.
Bibb has been recognized for a bevy of civic contributions over the years. Most recently, he received the Community Supporter Award from the African-American Heritage Society; was a recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s 2014 Williamson County Impact Award, which he also received in 2007; was named a Lifetime Legacy Award winner from the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce; and was recognized by the Nashville Post as a “difference maker.”
“Among my biggest passions has always been my family and Franklin,” Bibb said. “The two go hand-in-hand with the Heritage Foundation’s mission to preserve legacies for generations to come, and I’m proud to be part of that vision.”
In the community, Bibb has served on a number of boards, including Leadership Franklin, an organization he helped co-found. In addition to the Heritage Foundation, he is also an active Board member of Franklin’s Charge, the Williamson County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and Cumberland Region Tomorrow.
He is also the chairperson, as well as a Board member, of the Transportation Management Association, and serves as president of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. In addition, he is the pro-bono legal counsel for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Land Trust for Tennessee.
Bibb lives in Franklin with his wife, Jayne.
Since 1968, the not-for-profit Heritage Foundation’s mission has been to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County, and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.