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Mr. Francis S. Guess

Wrong Francis S. Guess?

Executive Director

Phone: (615) ***-****  
Local Address:  Nashville , Tennessee , United States
Danner Foundation

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • master's of business administration
    Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management
  • bachelor's degree , political science
    Tennessee State University
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'The book' on Francis Guess, ..., 24 July 2015 [cached]
'The book' on Francis Guess, humanitarian award winner
Here is our 2013 interview with Francis S. Guess, who died Thursday.
When the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee named businessman Francis S. Guess its 2013 Kraft Humanitarian Award recipient, the only real surprise was that he hadn't won it already.
Guess, 67, whose business career and personal endeavors cover everything from serving on the National Civil Rights Commission and Tennessee Commission on Human Rights to acting as Commissioner for the Tennessee departments of Labor and General Services under Gov.
NASHVILLE (AP) - Nashville civil rights advocate, businessman and state commissioner Francis Guess has died. He was 69.
Family friend Vincent Williams said Guess died at his home Thursday night.
Guess was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Commission on Civil Rights in 1983.
Guess was an executive for Danner Co., which operated the Shoney's chain of restaurants. He also owned and operated the Helicopter Corporation of America.
Guess was first appointed to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission in 1973. He also served as Tennessee commissioner of general services and as assistant commissioner in the Department of Personnel.
He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, then earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Tennessee State University. He followed that with an MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, then completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University.
In the business world, he was executive vice president of The Danner Company, a management and investment firm, and continues as executive director of the Danner Foundation, a family foundation that has contributed more than $10 million to education and health programs. He also owns and operates Helicopter Corporation of America.
More than 100 organizations have benefited from his input and leadership, and as he receives the Kraft Award he reflects on his lifelong pursuit of civil liberties, and what that means in a city, and state, where many still strive to be equal.
Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, 19 Aug 2010 [cached]
Francis Guess The Danner Company
News From Nashville, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
"It is important that we know what our visitors think of Music City and what they do while they are here; and then we can make what we give them that much better," said Francis Guess, chairman of the NCVB Board.
News From Nashville, 1 Dec 2008 [cached]
Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) Board Chairman Francis Guess, and NCVB President Butch Spyridon unveiled Nashville's new promotional music video "Music Calls Us Home" to members of the city's hospitality industry at a holiday open house last week.
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