Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto served as the Greater Nashville Regional Council president during the past year. For his leadership and guidance during his tenure, Hutto received the Maynard Pate Regional Leadership Award at the group’s annual banquet held earlier this month.
The Greater Nashville Regional Council is comprised of 13 counties and 52 cities. The award is named after Maynard Pete, who served as the council’s executive director from 1986 to 2004. Maynard provided professional guidance, expertise and leadership to cities and counties on a wide range of issues regarding regional cooperation during his 42-year career is urban and regional planning.
“It’s reflective of regional leadership and integrity while being a leader. When Mayor Hutto took over as president of the Greater Nashville Regional Council a little over a year ago, there were a lot of dynamics happening within the organization. We had an executive director that was retiring. We were challenged with a few personnel issues and the Greater Nashville Regional Council was an organization trying to reclaim its identity,” said Ken Moore, Franklin mayor and current GNRC president.
“Mayor Hutto came in at a very tumultuous time, but held his hand steady on the steering wheel and drove us forward and kept us all focused as an organization to move over many of those hurdles we were facing. He did it in a very professional way. He listened vey carefully to both sides of every issue we were discussing and in the end, led the board to make some very important decisions.”
During the same banquet, Wilson County took home an award for economic development for its education and tourism impact with the 2016 Junior High National Rodeo Finals held this summer.
Wilson County was the first home east of the Mississippi River for the Junior High National Rodeo Finals, which took place in June at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.
According to Austin White, National High School Rodeo Association marketing vice president, the event brought 1,050 contestants, 1,300 contestant horses and just less than 1,000 campers who stayed on site for an average of eight days. He said early signs show just more than 30,000 people visited the event, which was on par with previous years.
Moore said Hutto more than deserved the award.
“He’s a very deserving man. You all are very lucky to have him in Wilson County. He’s a great leader. His style of leadership is one that is very calming, very informed, transparent and also brings people to a common conclusion or reaches consensus on issues very quickly,” he said.