William N. Ozier, Class of 1969 (BA’66), a member with Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 2012. Ozier has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chamber since 2006 and has served as General Counsel for the Chamber for the last three years.
Ozier has practiced law at Bass Berry & Sims for more than four decades, representing employers in a variety of labor and employment matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He is a former chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Area and has served as managing partner of Bass Berry & Sims. He is a Fellow in the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2012, was founded as the Tennessee Manufacturers Association in 1912. The Chamber is dedicated to protecting free enterprise in Tennessee and supporting jobs creation for Tennesseans.
In assuming the chairmanship, Ozier said, “The Tennessee Chamber has long been the leading voice of business in Tennessee, and we want to strengthen the preeminence of the organization in 2012 as we continue our work to ensure that free enterprise thrives in our state and that Tennesseans have access to jobs. We will also continue to work in partnership with the other business organizations in the State to present a strong and unified voice for business at the local, state and national levels.”