President & CEO at the Greater Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
Public Affairs & Leadership
Toby Compton brings more than 20 years of public affairs, association management and leadership on complex capital projects to the Greater Tennessee Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). In his role at ABC, Toby is responsible for all aspects of the association’s mission as President and CEO.
Prior to joining ABC in late September 2015, Toby had an array of experiences in the public sector which included serving as Executive Director at the Metro Sports Authority, Senior Advisor and Legislative Director to Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Director of Strategy for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development under Governor Bill Haslam. In the private sector, Toby is a past member of The Ingram Group and served as executive director for the Associated General Contractors (AGC). He has been involved with nearly 100 campaigns in management or consulting roles at the local, state and national levels.
At the Metro Sports Authority, Toby oversaw LP Field (home of the Tennessee Titans) and Bridgestone Arena (home of the Nashville Predators). In addition, he oversaw the construction and development of Ford Center and First Tennessee Park (the new home of the Nashville Sounds). Several other large-scale capital improvement projects were completed during his tenure at the Sports Authority such as the arena’s Lexus Lounge addition, the new south entrance and plaza of the building and new seating throughout Bridgestone Arena; and, at LP Field he helped lead the financing to replace the stadium’s seating and other facility improvements which will be completed before the 2016 season. Most recently, Toby served on the local organizing committee for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game held in downtown Nashville.
While serving in Mayor Dean’s first term, Toby led policy and legislative affairs at the local and state level and made appointments to Metro boards and commissions. His portfolio includes working with development departments such as planning, codes and public works. One of his biggest initiatives was local and state legislation for the development of the Music City Center. During the Flood of 2010, Toby was a key asset for Mayor Dean at the Office of Emergence Management coordinating the response to Metro Center Levee and visits to affected areas for the Secretaries of Commerce and Housing and Urban Development as well as Senators Corker and Alexander.
At the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), Toby worked with businesses statewide to grow and expand their operations. He also recruited new businesses to Tennessee and successfully recruited Sprint to open a new 700 jobs, $6 million call center in the Tri-Cities area and a $40 million automotive cylinder manufacturer to Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He traveled extensively in this role and led a trade mission to Sydney and Penrith, Australia where he was the inaugural speaker at their “City Talk” program for regional business leaders.
Toby serves on multiple boards and commissions including the executive committee of the Nashville Sports Council, Nashville Emerging Leaders, The Tennessee Equality Project and the David Crockett Commission by the appointment of Governor Bill Haslam. He has previously chaired a statewide commission, Volunteer Tennessee where he was appointed by Governors Sundquist and Bredesen. In addition, he has served on other local boards including Dismas Inc., Young Jacksonian Society, Young Leaders Council, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and First Steps.
Toby also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Lipscomb University where he teaches in the areas of political science, public administration and communications. He received his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University and has completed graduate hours at the university in the field of conflict management through which he was listed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 mediator. Toby received his master’s degree from Cumberland University in public service management/public administration.
Toby and his wife, Jamie, live in Crieve Hall of Nashville and have two dogs (Marley and Rocky) and one cat (Mr. Petey Wilson). They enjoy serving the community through various nonprofits and also enjoy traveling, snow skiing, fishing, cooking and vegetable gardening.