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Catholic Professional of the Year 2016

Excited to share Jack Polson as the 2016 Catholic Professional of the Year. 20160908_082251

Those who heard Jack speak at our April Breakfast Meeting discovered both his business success in a variety of fields and his deep Catholic faith.  That combination drives his entrepreneurial and philanthropic activities today and make him an outstanding choice for Catholic Business Person of the Year.

Having served as CFO of Acadia Healthcare (NASDAQ: ACHC) since 2011 and helping it go public in 2012, Jack is currently pursuing interests in real estate development as well as investments in a Nashville brewing company, a staffing company, investments and board seats in a tree-free paper company, and a medical equipment company.  He joined Acadia after 13 years with Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSYS), where he served as Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, also helping it go public. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from LSU.

Jack serves on the board of Camp Marymount in Fairview, TN, and of Father Ryan High School. He is married to Beverly, and they are parents of two Father Ryan graduates and one current Father Ryan student.

Catholic Professional of the Year 2015

Thom Druffel, General Manger of Holiday Inn Vanderbilt, is the 2016 Catholic Professional of the Year. Thom_Druffel1

Here is a testimony from one of the nominations that Thom received:

Thom has been a solid member of CBL for many years and has faithfully sponsored the breakfast at every monthly meeting since moving to the Cathedral. He is a very devout Catholic man and is one of the most humble individuals I have ever met. Without desire for accolades, he opens up the Holiday Inn Select every month at no charge for our Kiwanis Prayer Breakfast. He is genuine, thoughtful, and a very strong family man. Cursillo was a life changer for Thom. I have never before seen such Christ-light shine so strongly in someone’s face – and that was before my own Cursillo experience so it had a huge impact on my decision to make Cursillo.

Thom has 3 children – one of who is special needs. He devotes his life to his kids.

Here are just a few of the ways that Thom has volunteered his time in the community:

  • Big Brothers – he has been a ‘Big” in Atlanta, LA, and San Francisco
  • Boy Scouts – Scoutmaster
  • Project Pencil
  • Hospitality Academy Partnership for Metro Schools
  • Special Olympics tennis coach for 10 years
  • Mayor’s Advisory Board on Exceptional Needs
  • Treasurer of ARC
  • Chair of Education Committee for Greater Nashville Hospitality Assoc
  • Metro Tourism and Convention Commission
  • Nashville Tennis Association
  • Fannie Battle

Catholic Professional of the Year 2014

IMG_2037We are pleased to announce Chris Williams, President of Williamz Constructors, is the 2014 Catholic Business League – Catholic Professional of the Year.

His life has been an example of service and sacrifice that exemplifies the vision of the Catholic Business League: “To connect, develop, and inspire Catholic Professionals to live their faith at work, at home, and in their community.”

Chris Williams is a Nashville native who graduated from Father Ryan High School and attended Vanderbilt University. Williams is a St. Henry Church parishioner and has been in the Church’s contemporary choir for 25 years.

An avid volunteer, Williams loves giving back to his community. He is the founder of the Charitable Constructors Outreach Program, an organization that gives free construction labor to those in need. Visit

As you can see Chris is deserving of this award because of his example of living his Catholic faith “at home, at work, and in our community”

Catholic Professional of the Year 2013

Sister Mary Sarah CBL Award 2013We are pleased to announce Sister Mary Sarah, O.P., President of Aquinas College, is the 2013 Catholic Business League – Catholic Professional of the Year.





Catholic Professional of the Year 2012

We are pleased to announce Steve Hayes, Senior Partner of the Human Capital Group, is the 2012 Catholic Business League – Catholic Professional of the Year.

Steve was one of the founding members of our group and served on the original Board of Directors.  His leadership in the CBL and many other ministries has shined a light on many a professional, Catholic and otherwise.

In addition to forming The Human Capital Group in 2000, where he spends his professional life, Steve founded a Mission Honduras where adults and teens serve the poor children of Honduras over 3 weeks every Spring.  He is also responsible for involving so many into the Friday AM Men’s Group at Holy Family from which has come multiple other individual apostolates.  Steve also has counseled many professionals in career transition and leads them with both spiritual and networking assistance.

Human Capital Group Mission

To serve clients – attracting and acquiring the most qualified leaders in half the time and at a greater value than our industry peers.  In order to sustain this mission, we also serve clients in their efforts to develop and retain leaders that seek to deliver sustained business results.

With a relentless focus on “Delivering Results through People,” Steve is committed to ensuring that the Mission and Guiding Principles of The Human Capital Group are the foundation of every service provided by the firm.

Catholic Professional of the Year 2011

jason-grantWe are pleased to announce Jason Grant of Vanderbilt Health Affiliate Network, is the 2011 Catholic Business League – Catholic Professional of the Year.

Jason is Treasurer and Board member of Catholic Charities. He is also a founding member of the Knight of Columbus chapter at Holy Family and leader of a weekly men’s prayer group at that Parish as well.

Jason’s example of service and sacrifice exemplifies the vision of the Catholic Business League; “To connect, develop, and inspire Catholic Professionals to live their faith at work, at home, and in their community.”

Catholic Professional of the Year 2010

bill_sinclairWe are pleased to announce Bill Sinclair, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, is the 2010 Catholic Business League – Catholic Professional of the Year.

Bill Sinclair has served at Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. since 1975; being named Executive Director in 1986. A short list of his initiatives could be: overseeing the development of Villa Maria Manor, serving on the Mayor’s Poverty Council, and in March 2010 hosting a National Poverty Summit at Belmont University in partnership with CCUSA. The real list would be too long to place here.

Besides his lifetime of work for this Non-Profit, which would be reason to award Bill every year, in this year of 2010 he deserves special recognition.

Through his leadership, Catholic Charities immediately responded to the needs of those who lost their homes in the May 2 Nashville flood. Together community leaders and United Way, they opened a Distribution Center in Bellevue with a staff of case workers and others who are providing aid to flood victims. During the month of July alone over 1,100 families have been served at the Distribution Center.

Catholic Professional of the Year 2009

jimWe are pleased to announce Jim McIntyre, President of Father Ryan High School, is the 2009 Catholic Business League – Catholic Professional of the Year.

Jim’s contribution and leadership in our community and in service to many of our children can be summed up in this letter to parents: