Roberts to Lead TN Revenue Dept. in New Administration

Press Release from Gov.-Elect Bill Haslam, Jan. 7, 2010:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced East Tennessee executive and attorney Richard Roberts as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Roberts will oversee the Department of Revenue, which is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws.

“I’m excited that Richard has agreed to join the team as we prepare to begin a new administration,” Haslam said. “Our state is facing difficult economic times, and to have Richard – a results-oriented manager – at the helm of our Revenue Department will help as we look ahead to difficult decisions.”

Roberts currently serves as a director of Miller Industries, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of towing and recovery vehicles. Previously he was General Counsel and Senior Vice President with Forward Air Corporation, and he also held the same positions with Landair Corporation. Both are Greeneville, Tenn.-based transportation companies. Before working at Forward Air, he was a corporate securities attorney with the regional law firm Baker, Worthington.

He serves on the East Tennessee Foundation Board of Directors and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Niswonger Foundation from 2000-2006.

“I appreciate the confidence the governor-elect has shown in asking me to serve as Commissioner of Revenue,” Roberts said. “I look forward to the opportunity to be of service to our great state.”

Roberts has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a JD/MBA from UT College of Law.

Roberts, 56, is married to Imogene King.