Dan M. Berry, Jr.
CEO BBB Nashville 1961-1995
Dan M. Berry, Jr., the first CEO of BBB Nashville/Middle Tennessee passed away, July 11 in Atlanta after an extended illness. Dan began his BBB career in Member sales for BBB Atlanta and served as Executive Director of BBB Knoxville prior to opening the Nashville BBB in 1961.
Dan was an accomplished saxophone musician and often entertained associates at BBB Regional meetings. Dan’s BBB career was highlighted by his many aggressive marketplace investigations that made national news and his advocacy for truth in advertising standards. In 1963 he launched one of the BBB system’s first Local Advertising Review Programs, “The Nashville Middle Tennessee Advertising Plan for Maintaining Public Confidence” co-sponsored with the Nashville Advertising Federation. “The Nashville Plan” is still in use today.
During Dan’s 40 year BBB career he was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions by the BBB system. "He once told me," states Kathleen Calligan, "that the BBB achievement he was most proud of was mentoring three Nashville BBB staff who later became BBB CEOs"; Betty Poovey Griffin, Kathleen Calligan and Dan Smith.
A Memorial Service will be held, Saturday, July 20 at Hillwood Presbyterian Church, where Dan was Choir Leader for 25 years, with internment at Harpeth Hills Cemetery, Nashville, TN.
Thank you Mr. Berry, rest in peace.
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