Smyrna Independent Merchants Association Board of Directors
Vanessa Haley – President
Vanessa is a 20 year resident of Smyrna, where she lives with her husband, Jeremy and son, Dalton. She is a graduate of McGavock High School and Tennessee Tech @ Nashville, Esthetics Program, and Aesthetician at Daisy’s Place Salon. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for S.i.M.A., you’ll also find her serving in the World Cup Cafe at Life Point Church, benefiting missionaries around the world.
HG Cole – External Vice President
H. G. is forty-five year resident of Smyrna having moved here at the age of six. He attended Smyrna High School and MTSU. He has served on the Smyrna Town Council for fifteen years, first as Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for seven years and as a councilman under the new form of government. He has served over the years as a board member of the Smyrna Senior Citizens, the Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County, North Rutherford Soccer, and trustee of the Sam Davis Home. H. G. was awarded the Optimist of the Year award in 1986 and the Victory Lifetime achievement award in 2004. He is a member of the Smyrna Rotary Club and Proud Charter Member of SiMA. His hobbies include family, community service, soccer, travel, and home remodel.H. G. is owner operator of LubePro’s of Smyrna, which will celebrate twenty years of service to the Smyrna community in 2010. Prior to LubePro’s, H. G. was manager of Smyrna Rexall Drugs where the values of the independent business (service, promptness and responsibility) were instilled in him by his parents. He is the proud father of Hank, married to Crystal Cole and Heather, married to Declan MeGarry.
Kedric Rutz moved to Smyrna in 2004, the result of LP Building Products moving their company headquarters to the area. He spent the first 46 years of his life in the Pacific Northwest working in aviation where he became a Business Jet Captain. In Oregon, he served his community running air operations for the Oregon International Air Show, a non-profit organization that gives back to the community. Once established in Smyrna he begin serving his community in air operations for the Great Tennessee Air Show. As he fell in love with the town, he joined the Rotary Club of Smyrna and presently serves on the board of directors. He delivers Meals on Wheels weekly and is a TN Achieves mentor. Kedric is a happily married man to his wonderful wife Kim, father to 3 successful adult daughters, and grandfather to 3 grandchildren. Retired since 2009, his goal is to improve the community through support of various organizations, like SIMA, that work to make this place the best it can be.
Nikki Sasser – Secretary
Jason Tolleson – Public Relations Director
Jason Tolleson and his family have resided in Smyrna for well over 30 years. He attended both Smyrna High School, as well as Middle Tennessee State University where he studied Engineering and Business. Jason has owned and operated several businesses in the Smyrna Community. He is currently the Senior Commercial Sales Representative for Guardian Systems Inc. , which is a local business that he helped establish in 2000. Guardian Systems is an integration company that specializes in residential and commercial security, electronic fire systems, CCTV, low voltage cabling, and audio video systems.