12—Herald Chronicle, 2018 Leadership Franklin County
Cliff Wilson, COO Southern Tennessee Regional
Health System - Sewanee/Winchester
ultifaceted is a great term to use to describe Cliff Wilson’s job as South-
ern Tennessee Regional Health System chief operating officer, and it
is also fitting to say the same about the Chamber of Commerce’s Frank-
lin County Leadership program.
Bothoffer awide range of options to enhance residents andpatients’ experience.
WhenWilson isnot COOhe is enjoyingTimsFordLake, andafter going through
Franklin County Leadership, he just might have some other favorite spots to visit
in the future.
What makes the programmulti-faceted is class members see many different
organizations that include industrial, agricultural and government entities.
All of this shows how Franklin County is much more than what meets the eye
with the many amenities offered that a person would not normally see on a given
Franklin County Leadership is unique in that adults and high school students
are all put in one class to travel together, creating bonds that otherwise might not
Most of the class members said that Agriculture Day is their favorite, and for
Wilson, he chose the day because of a tour to Woodall Grain Company to learn
about how it has a global and national impact through commodities exchange
Wilson said it was something that impressed him that a company right in his
backyard has that big of an impact that extends well beyond the county’s borders.
Wilson said that getting exposed to everything going on in Franklin County was
something he really enjoyed. He added that it was a very well-run program, and
the enjoyment of the hosts/facilitators was impressive.
“I liked the interactionwithallmy other classmates, and I always like to get other
leaders perspectives to expandmy own knowledge,” he said.
Wilson also said this is a great way for folks to get to know the area they live and
All of the tour days took up almost a full day, so participants had to carve out a
whole day to go on the various trips around the county.
Wilson said he was concerned at first about finding the time in his schedule to
be at all the tour sessions, but after the first couple of hours hewas hooked.He said
being in the programwas the best time investment he could have made.
Just as the participants gave up their time to be available, all of the companies,
organizations and Wilson would like to extend their thanks to those who helped
make the most recent Leadership’s itinerary a resounding success.