A change in corporate structure has been announced by MainStreet Media, the company that owns and publishes The Wilson Post and other Middle Tennessee newspapers.
Sam Hatcher has been elected chairman of the MSM board of directors and Matt Garrett has been appointed the company's chief executive officer and president.
Garrett joined MSM almost a year ago and brings to the company significant management experience developed through the creation and operation of his own company, Efficient Fitness, a successful health and fitness start-up business launched almost four years ago that is geared toward serving a client base comprised primarily of working men and women in downtown Nashville.
Hatcher is to remain active with MSM but will also be afforded the opportunity to pursue other interests including teaching. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow, and faculty member with Lipscomb University's Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership.
MSM was started in 2003 when the company acquired The Wilson World and transformed that publication into The Wilson Post, a community newspaper published twice weekly and now with more readership than any other publication serving Wilson County.
MSM also owns newspapers in Gallatin and Hendersonville, has a major web printing operation in Lebanon, and shares a marketing brokerage association with newspapers in three other Middle Tennessee markets including Franklin, Lafayette and Smithville.
Garrett, a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Montgomery Bell Academy prep school in Nashville, was raised in Goodlettsville, where his family has long been active in banking, the funeral home business and politics. His father, Tim Garrett; grandfather and uncle, the late Claude and Johnny Claude Garrett respectively; all were graduates of Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon.
"We're particularly pleased that Matt has chosen to join our company and bring with him a certain passion and excitement about community news and the opportunities that exists before us for the future in our industry," Hatcher said.
In recent months Garrett has been engaged in developing a new digital emphasis for MSM in which the focus ensures that MSM news entities are the dominant news sources in each of the markets they serve in Middle Tennessee.
"I understand and appreciate that what makes us different as newspapers and as news gathering and reporting agents is that our first commitment is to the communities we serve," Garrett said.
In college at UT Garrett was a letterman in baseball and held a number of key leadership posts with his fraternity Sigma Chi.
He and his wife Susan have one son and another child due in June.