About CRT


To support our ten-county region's values, economic vitality, and quality of life by influencing patterns of growth and development through education and advocacy.

Guiding Tenets

  • We recognize and support regional vision, collaboration and action as essential to maintaining and developing the region’s economic vitality, beauty and prosperity.
  • We value the land and open spaces of the Cumberland Region and recognize the economic, cultural and aesthetic importance of greenspace preservation.
  • We support the coordination of land use policy, regional transportation planning and investments, and greenspace preservation in framing responsible growth and development.
  • We support revitalization of main streets, town centers, existing neighborhoods and rural communities to retain their unique characteristics and economic vitality while keeping development concentrated around existing community centers.
  • We seek to preserve the region’s farmlands and strong agricultural heritage.
  • We support good stewardship practices that protect the environment including air and water, natural habitats, forests and open spaces.
  • We want all residents and communities to benefit from the region’s prosperity and to have equitable access to community services, good jobs, educational opportunities, quality housing, and sensible and efficient transportation options.
  • We support economic development, community development and land use that is in concert with housing, transportation and environmental considerations.
  • We value the diverse and differing views and perspectives of all residents of the region and seek to provide a venue for discussion, learning, and decision making.


Carol Hudler: CEO/President

Carol Hudler is founder of Hudler Success Strategies, a consulting firm that specializes in providing transitional leadership, business development, and media business consulting.  The firm also coordinates the program for the Key Executive Mega-Conference, a 3-day conference with one of the newspaper industry’s largest trade shows.  Carol founded Hudler Success Strategies after serving many years as a senior executive for Gannett and other Fortune 500 media companies. As President of Gannett Company’s South Group from 2008-2013, she relocated to Nashville in December 2010 and assumed the additional role as publisher of The Tennessean.   Prior to her move to Nashville, she was the President and Publisher of The News-Press in Ft. Myers, Florida, where she oversaw the local operation and thirteen other local Gannett publishing operations across the Southeast.  Carol is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2009 Business Hall of Fame for Jr. Achievement of Southwest Florida and Gannett’s Publisher of the Year 2004. She serves of the board of American Hometown Publishing.  She has a BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas and completed the  Stanford Executive Program.  She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and the Nashville Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.

Sara Holloway: Program and Development Coordinator

Sara was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Spanish. Her passion for planning developed in her senior year of college when she took a course on how cities were built. The planning seed was planted and she earned a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. Sara manages CRT’s office, as well as the programmatic and development work. She’s currently helping MTA/RTA with their regional community outreach for the nMotion Strategic Plan. Sara is also assisting John Fregonese with CRT’s 2016 Vision Update Project. In the fall, Sara will plan the 8th Annual POWER OF TEN Regional Summit.‚Äč

Directors by County

Cheatham County

  • Marion Fowlkes*
  • Gary Scott

Davidson County

  • Trace Blankenship*
  • Carlyle Carroll
  • Gary Hawkins
  • Clay Haynes*
  • Jeff Haynes
  • John Lowery
  • Bob Murphy
  • Allen Patton
  • Clay Petrey
  • Ann Shayne
  • Keith Simmons*
  • Steve Turner
  • Deb Vallaro
  • Rob Wigington
  • Eleanor Willis*

Dickson County

  • Joey Graves
  • Ted Williams*

Maury County

  • Eslick Daniel
  • Trent Ogilvie
  • Joe Pearson*

Montgomery County

  • Jeff Bibb
  • Charlie Koon
  • Khandra Smalley
  • David Smith
  • Jeff Truitt
  • Jack Turner*

Robertson County

  • Margot Fosnes*
  • Jay Head
  • Laurie Riley

Rutherford County

  • John L. Batey*
  • John Black
  • Stan King
  • Rosemary Owens
  • Sally Palmer
  • Chip Pinion
  • Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick*

Sumner County

  • Elaine Boyd
  • Daisy Casey
  • Lynn Ealey
  • Reggie Mudd*

Williamson County

  • Scott Black
  • Fleming Smith III
  • Seab Tuck*
  • John Wingo

Wilson County

  • Sam Hatcher*
  • Brad Maul
  • John McDearman*
  • Kellie Mires

* Executive Committee Member


Indirect Cost Policy

Cumberland Region Tomorrow is a charitable entity and does not accept charges for indirect costs, or facility and administrative fees when contracting for services with other organizations. We recognize that this means that some contractors may need to engage in cost sharing between projects, tap into unrestricted funds, or conduct other fundraising to cover operations, or choose not to contract with us. Our policy helps ensure furtherance of our charitable purpose. We define indirect costs as overhead expenses or ongoing operational costs that are shared among projects and/or functions not related to the contracted activity or project.