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Van Tucker // CEO
Since 2013, Van has led Nashville's fashion industry through the organizational process through a collaborative, organic approach, working with over 150 fashion brands and advisors.
The Franklin, Tennessee, native began her career in banking and financial services career as a teller in 1976. She worked at Bank of America for nearly two decades, developing and executing new initiatives. Van and her teams developed the first captive markets business program, and she led the first national entertainment industry team for BOA. She was a co-founder of Avenue Bank as Chief Creative Officer until 2008, responsible for the development of the brand, and the entertainment industry focus.
Connection and servant leadership are hallmark characteristics. She is a mentor at The Entrepreneur Center and the Arts & Business Council’s Periscope Program. Van has served on many community boards from the Girl Scouts to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She was president of Leadership Music in 2005-2006, and a founding member of several organizations including the Americana Music Association, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and the Arts & Business Council.
Van received her MBA in 1996 from The Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She is a Myers Briggs Certified Master Practitioner who consults with start-ups to Fortune 100 companies to customize leadership development initiatives tailored to the individual’s personality and company’s objectives.
Julia Dyer // Director of Details
Julia Dyer joined the NFA team in August of 2016. She wears many hats at the NFA, working with Van to create and implement strategies for engaging and supporting members. She also heads up the NFA’s Student Alliance, focusing on preparing students to find their place in the region’s fashion industry.
Julia spent two years living in Washington, DC, before moving to Nashville, where her family moved while she was an undergrad at the University of Kentucky. In DC, Julia started as a Research Analyst at CEB focused on client relations, product improvement and industry research for heads of R&D at Fortune 500 companies. After a year, she was recruited to join POLITICO’s Audience Solutions team to create a revenue analysis and reporting function.
While in DC, Julia kept track of Nashville’s growing fashion industry and joined the NFA as one of the first affiliate members. She used the NFA's resources from afar, connecting with other members to understand where her skills aligned with industry needs. The NFA's resources eventually helped her to land at the NFA in her current role.