Loren Chumley has been named the Nashville Wine Auction’s (NWA) next president and CEO. She succeeds Holly Hearn Whaley, who is retiring in November after serving in the position for more than 10 years. Loren officially begins in her new role running the nation’s longest-running charity wine auction in January 2022.
With decades of working in leadership positions in the public and private sectors, Loren brings a wealth of experience to the NWA. Most recently a tax attorney and a partner at KPMG, she was the Commissioner of Revenue during the Bredesen administration. She has served on boards for nonprofits, including Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and Renewal House, and in organizations such as International Women’s Forum and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Loren is a very familiar face to the Nashville Wine Auction and its supporters. She sat on the board of directors for six years, including serving as its chair, and has co-chaired both l’Eté du Vin and Pairings, the nonprofit’s signature fundraisers. Additionally, she and her husband frequently open their home for fundraising wine dinners and are active bidders at NWA auctions.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have someone with Loren’s professional and civic background take on this role,” said Board Chair Lisa Maki. “She has a demonstrated history of commitment to this organization. We know she has the heart for the cause, the love of wine and an incredible level of business expertise — a combination from which our organization will greatly benefit.”
Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer, and since 1980, has raised more than $27 million for area organizations whose purpose is directly related to cutting-edge research, innovative treatment, and family and caregiver support. This year, l’Eté du Vin will take place in person on Oct. 23, 2021. For more details, go to nashvillewineauction.com.