The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has named the winners of its Business at its Best awards.

Lee Moss is the 2019 Business Legend of the Year. Deborah Thompson is the 2019 Business Person of the Year. State Sen. Shane Reeves is recipient of the Leadership Rutherford 2019 Pinnacle Award. 

The winners were recognized at the chamber’s annual Business at its Best celebration last Tuesday at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel & Conference Center.


Lee Moss

Moss is president of Franklin Synergy Bank and Franklin Financial Corp., having previously served as chairman and CEO of MidSouth Bank. 

He is the board chairman of Ascension St. Thomas Health for Tennessee, immediate past chairman of the Tennessee Bankers Association and a board member of the Business Education Partnership and the Jennings Jones Foundation.

Moss was the 2018 Distinguished FIJI recipient, the 2012 Rutherford County Family YMCA Humanitarian of the Year, 2006 Chamber Business Person of the Year and 2004 Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise from Middle Tennessee State University’s School of Business. 


Deborah Thompson

Thompson recently retired as vice president agency-sales for the Southeastern area for State Farm. She was responsible for agents and agency field leadership in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

Thompson joined State Farm in 1982 as an agent in Virginia. In 2003, she helped to start the Developmental Agency Field Office for the Mid-Atlantic Zone and moved to corporate headquarters in 2006. She served on the board of directors for the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, Ascension St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital and the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation. 

She was the 2018 recipient of the Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise.


Shane Reeves

Reeves, the state senator for the 14th District, is former co-owner of Reeves-Sain. In 2015, Reeves and Sain sold their retail and specialty pharmacy, Entrust. 

Reeves then launched a pharmacy called TwelveStone Health Partners which focuses on patients with chronic, complex and rare diseases in post-acute care settings.

Reeves previously served as chairman for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, president of Leadership Rutherford, board member in Leadership Middle Tennessee and chairman for Tennessee’s National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) leadership council. In 2005, he was honored as Tennessee’s small business champion by NFIB.

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