COO & SVP I Events & Operations
Jay Grider oversees the events, marketing, communications and development departments for both the Nashville Sports Council and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
The Shelbyville, Tenn. native is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Mass Communications/Public Relations. His sports career began in minor league baseball in 1988 with the Huntsville Stars. Additional stops included Ft. Myers, Fla. (Boston Red Sox Spring Training), Jacksonville, Fla., (Jacksonville Suns) and Clarksville, Tenn. (Clarksville Coyotes).
Grider’s years with the Nashville Sports Council and Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl began in 1997 as the bowl’s event director. As an associate director, he was given the opportunity to manage both event departments and in 2007, he was named vice president.
In addition to his sports council and bowl duties, Grider has served as the Football Bowl Association meetings coordinator and Co-Tournament Director for the 2014 Women’s Final Four. In 2015 and early 2016, as part of the NHL All Star Game, he led the programming and management of Bridgestone Winter Park. The park housed an ice skating rink for 6 six weeks prior to the game. In addition to the ice skating rink, there was a 5 five-day concert series during All Star week that included the NHL All Star Game red carpet ceremony. Most recently, he worked with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation on the 2019 NFL Draft.
Grider is on the Board of Directors for the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association. He is an official card carrying member of Red Sox Nation and is a Tennessee Titans and University of Kentucky basketball fan. He and his wife Victoria live in the Gulch.