Nightside Pachyderm Club
Born October 9, 1959, Bill Lee was raised on a farm in Franklin, Tennessee. Bill attended Franklin High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in 1981. That same year he joined the business his grandfather founded in 1944, earned master plumber status, and held several roles in the company.
In 1992 Bill became the President of Lee Company, which then had revenues of $20 million. Under his leadership, Lee Company grew to become a comprehensive facilities solutions and home services company employing 1,150 people and earning $225 million in annual revenue. Lee Company was named one of Tennessee’s top 5 “Best Companies to Work for” in 2006, 2007 and 2014 and named Nashville Business Journal’s “Best in Business” for 2011. NBJ recognized Bill as a “Most Admired CEO” in 2015. In February 2016, Bill retired as CEO to serve as chairman of the company.
Bill is also active in Triple L Ranch, a fourth-generation family farm, which operates a 1,000-acre, 400-head Hereford cattle operation, providing natural beef to farmers markets and farm to table restaurants throughout Middle Tennessee.
He currently serves on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Board of Trustees for Belmont University, is the president of Tennesseans for Economic Growth, chairman of YMCA of Middle Tennessee, past president of the Associated Builders and Contractors and has served on the board of several community organizations including Hope Clinic for Women, Men of Valor Prison Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletics, Operation Andrew and many others.
Other interests include hunting and fishing on his farm in Franklin, where he lives with his wife, Maria. Involvement in faith-based ministries has led him to places like Africa, Central America, Haiti, and most recently Iraq, to serve people in need of assistance. Bill has four children: Jessica (Lee) Stowell, 30; twin sons Jacob and Caleb, 26; and Sarah Kate, 21; and two grandchildren. He attends Grace Chapel Church in Franklin.
President – Nightside Pachyderm Club