Gentry names Roberts as chair of mayoral campaign


Nashville Vice Mayor Howard Gentry has named Nashville businessman Bo Roberts as chairman of his mayoral campaign.
Roberts will oversee all campaign operations. His appointment is effective immediately.
“Bo brings a wealth of experience and expertise with him,” Gentry said. “I am honored and delighted that my longtime friend has agreed to be in charge of our campaign.”
“Nashville needs the kind of strong, ethical leadership and broad vision that Howard Gentry possesses,” Roberts said. “It’s a privilege to join the effort to elect him as our next mayor.”
Roberts is managing partner of NetCom LLC, a streamlined network communications company he formed with his late business partner Tom Jackson. He was formerly president of Tom Jackson & Associates, a full service marketing company.
His resume includes service as president and chief executive officer of the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville. He was the youngest person ever appointed a vice president at the University of Tennessee. At UT he directed development, alumni affairs, public service and public relations for the statewide university system. Before that appointment Roberts was chief of staff to the late Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington.
Roberts also served three and one-half years in the U.S. Air Force and edited two regional newspapers.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Tennessee.
Roberts serves on the Nashville Sports Council’s Board of Directors. He is also on the board of L’ete du Vin, the wine auction benefiting the American Cancer Society and on the Nashvillian of the Year committee benefiting Easter Seals of Tennessee.