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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann


Former KPMG Partner, State of Tennessee Commissioner of Revenue, And Nashville Wine Auction Board Chair to Start New Role Jan. 2022

Loren Chumley has been named by the Nashville Wine Auction’s board of directors as the non-profit organization’s next president/CEO. Chumley will succeed Holly Hearn Whaley who will retire as president/CEO in mid-November after serving for more than ten years. Chumley will officially begin her tenure in January 2022.

Chumley is widely known in business circles as a dynamic, strategic advisor and tax attorney who most recently held the position of Partner at KPMG, and prior to that was Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Tennessee in the Bredesen Administration. She is also well known in the non-profit community, having served on many boards such as Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Renewal House, Nashville Wine Auction, and in many organizations such as International Women’s Forum, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and more.

After decades working in leadership positions in the private and public sectors, Chumley is eager to take on the role of heading up the country’s longest-running charity wine auction. The Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer, and Chumley has been a passionate supporter of this mission for many years.

“We are so grateful to Loren for agreeing to serve the Nashville Wine Auction in this way,” said Board Chair Lisa Maki. “We are incredibly fortunate to have someone with Loren’s professional and civic background take on this role. She has a demonstrated history of commitment to this organization. We know she has the heart for the cause, the love of wine, and an incredible level of business expertise – a combination from which our organization will greatly benefit.”

“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead this organization that I have loved and served for so many years,” said Chumley. “My deep appreciation and respect go to Holly Whaley who has successfully led the Nashville Wine Auction so extraordinarily well -- even through some challenging years – which has helped set us up for many great years to come. I look forward to the future of this amazing organization!”

Chumley served on the Nashville Wine Auction board of directors for six years, was chair of the board, and co-chair of both l’Eté du Vin and Pairings. She and her husband frequently have opened their home for fundraising wine dinners and have been top bidders at the auction for several years.

Chumley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and her JD from American University Washington College of Law. She is a Bar-admitted attorney in the state of Tennessee. A self-described fearless traveler, she and her husband Scott Peterson reside in Nashville.

About the Nashville Wine Auction

Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. This year, Nashville Wine Auction presented Pairings@Home and will host l’Eté du Vin: The Country’s Longest-Running Charity Wine Auction in person on October 23, 2021. #LoveWineHateCancer is a new year-round online initiative. Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $27 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to cutting-edge research, innovative treatment, and family/caregiver support. For more details, go to


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