NashvilleBusiness.Net 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Nathan A. Burton

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Nathan Burton enhances performance and maximizes value for complex government, nonprofit, and corporate organizations by transforming organizational culture through developing people and breaking down long held operational silos and improves organizational efficiency by replacing legacy systems with new techologies while also developing and implementing new processes that improve and enhance the customer experience.

He currently serves as the Director of Business Services for Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who appointed him in September 2009. The functions of the Division of Business Services include the filing of all statutorily required business documents for corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships operating in the state of Tennessee. In addition, the division also processes Uniform Commercial Code filings, filings of motor vehicle temporary liens, state trademark registrations, summons, workers’ compensation exemption registrations, apostilles and authentications, and requests for corporate information and certified copies. Business Services processes incoming mail for the Department of State, which is substantial, and operates a call center that answers in excess of 110,000 telephone calls each year.
A native of Nashville TN, Nathan is a graduate of McGavock Comprehensive High School. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University, with a B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in management and a focus on information systems. While working full time, he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree at Lipscomb University and graduated in August 2016.

A five-year professional background in banking with First American National Bank, where he progressed from an intern to a Vice President, laid the groundwork for four years as a fiscal analyst for the Tennessee General Assembly’s Fiscal Review Committee. His work included estimating the fiscal impact of legislation that affected the departments of Revenue, Economic & Community Development, Safety, Transportation and Finance & Administration. After a brief private sector stint as director of marketing and strategic planning for a benefits administration firm, Nathan returned to state government.
From January 2004 through June 2008, Nathan served as Staff Assistant to the State Treasurer. From June 2008 through September 2009, Nathan continued to serve in his role as Staff Assistant to the State Treasurer and also as the Assistant Director for the Department of Treasury’s information systems division.

Nathan has served in numerous leadership capacities in the community service arena. As a student at Tech he was heavily involved in student government serving as a cabinet member, treasurer, and SGA president. He also served as the Student Regent to the Tennessee Board of Regents in 1991-92. Furthermore, Nathan was a Student Alumni Ambassador and a College of Business Ambassador and a Student Orientation Leader. In addition, he served as a member of the TTU Presidential Search Advisory Committees in 2000 and in 2012. After graduation, Nathan served as the President of the Tennessee Technological University Alumni Association. He currently serves as a member of the TTU College of Business Administration Board of Trustees, and was recently selected as Chairman of the Lipscomb University College of Business Alumni Board. Nathan also serves as Treasurer and Board Member of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation.

Nathan and his wife Amanda live in Franklin, TN with their two children. They are members of Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork, TN.

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