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William B. Sansom

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William B. Sansom
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Born1941 (age 78–79)
Johnson City, Tennessee
Alma materThe Citadel

William B. Sansom is an American business executive and former state government official; he has served as Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, headed 2 agencies for the state of Tennessee and is currently Chief Executive Officer for the H.T. Hackney Company, one of the countries largest grocery wholesalers and one of largest private companies in the state of Tennessee.[1][2]


Born in 1941 in Johnson City, Tennessee he attended West High School in Knoxville; after briefly serving in the United States Marine Corps he received a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel in 1964 were he served as Regimental Commander of the Corps of Cadets and Commander of the Summerall Guards.[3]


After graduation he returned to Knoxville and went to work for the American Limestone Corporation, becoming company President by his mid 20s.[4] In 1979, Governor Lamar Alexander appointed him Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation where he was instrumental in solving major road issues in advance of the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville; in 1981 he became Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration and was also later appointed to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.[5]

In 1983 he became President of H.T. Hackney, one of the United States largest grocery and furniture wholesale distributors and the largest private company in Knoxville; it operates in 22 states, has current annual revenues of $4 Billion and is ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 104th largest corporation in the nation.[6]

From 2006 - 2014 he served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nations largest electrical power producer and was Chairman for 3 terms.[7][8]

Since 1995 he has been on the Board of Directors of Astec Industries, Inc. and also served on the boards of Martin Marietta Materiels, Inc.; First Tennessee Bank National Association; the National Crushed Stone Association; First Horizon National Corporation; Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.[9]

He has previously been President of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce; he was appointed by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist to serve on the state's Commission on Practical Government and has also served on boards at The Citadel and Wake Forest University.[10]

Sansom has been recipient of the Southern Conference Distinguished Service Award and The Citadel's Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership and Ethics.[11][12]


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