Pam Lewis

Pamela Lewis, a native of upstate New York, is an entrepreneur, preservationist, philanthropist and author. A graduate of Wells College with a B.A. in Economics/Marketing and a minor in French and Communications. Lewis spent a year in Paris studying at COUP (Center of Overseas Undergraduate Program) affiliated with The Sorbonne University. In New York City, she did additional graduate course work at Fordham University, The New York School for Social Research and The Publicity Club of New York. Lewis is also a graduate of University of Tennessee’s Institute of Public Service Local Government Leadership Program (third level), of the Belmont University College of Business Administration’s Scarlett Leadership Institute Mini Executive MBA program, of Leadership Music and of the Citizen’s Police Academy.

From 1980 to 1984, Lewis was part of the original publicity/marketing team of WASEC (Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company), a joint venture of Warner Communications and American Express, that launched MTV to the world. She also worked with MTV’s sister cable channels Nickelodeon, The Movie Channel, and the Arts & Entertainment Network (A&E). In 1984 she left with the position as National Media Director to take a position at RCA Records. RCA then relocated Lewis from New York City to Nashville to help shape the careers of top country stars such as Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, The Judds, and Alabama.

In 1987, she formed award-winning Doyle/Lewis Management with partner Bob Doyle. The first client Lewis agreed to represent was an unknown Oklahoma crooner named Garth Brooks, who she worked with until 1994. Lewis also managed Trisha Yearwood‘s early career, landing her a record deal at MCA Records. Under Lewis’ guidance, Yearwood released her debut self-titled album in 1991, becoming the first female country musician to sell one million records off her first single “She’s In Love With The Boy.” The album went on to be certified double platinum, and Yearwood went on to win the Academy of Country Music award for Top Female Vocalist later that year. Eventually, Doyle and Lewis parted ways, and Doyle/Lewis Management became Pam Lewis and Associates (PLA) Media.

In 2003, Lewis made her first foray into the world of politics running for office of alderman-at-large in Franklin, Tennessee. She won a four-year term, and was the only female on the board for two years. She also served as Vice Mayor for one year, and was elected to the Franklin Planning Commission and Historic Zoning Commission. In 2016, she was voted as a one of the top Female Entrepreneur by Your Williamson Magazine, and has been invited to be part of the 2017-2018 class of Leadership Franklin.

Lewis has served on or chaired multiple committees, including: The Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte’s You Have The Power, BRIDGES Domestic Violence Center, Sister Cities of Franklin, Battlefield Preservation Commission, GAP, mayor-appointed Moderately Priced Housing Task Force, Franklin’s Historic Battlefield Commission, ARC Board and the Tennessee Preservation Trust.

Her other community outreach efforts include historic preservation and green space causes, women and children’s advocacy, educational scholarships, fair housing and environmental and animal rights protection. Her foundation has given away thousands of dollars to numerous charities over the last ten years.

In May of 2017, Pam was asked to give the commencement address at her alma mater, Wells College in Aurora New York!

A Tennessee Yankee: Food, Facts, Folklore, Haints, and the House that Loved Me

Purchase the book by PLA President Pam Lewis!

Preservationist / Historic Register property owner and music industry veteran Pam Lewis shares her life and the restoration journey when she rescued the Harrison House from development within the pages of her premiere book A Tennessee Yankee.

In a humorous, personal account, the first-time author presents a potpourri of memoirs: color and black and white photos, period and favorite recipes, historic accounts about the Civil War and specifically her adopted home as a Yankee in her beloved town of Franklin, Tennessee. Purchased in 1993, but built in 1826, it served as a spy headquarters, army field hospital in both 1862 and 1864, and most famously, was the command post for the renowned Confederate General, John Bell Hood.

“I wanted to tell my story of how buying an old house can change and enrich life by opening up unimagined doors and opportunities. There are countless books about the war, soldiers and military strategy by noted historians and well-respected academics. But, I wanted to show another aspect of the war, my modern day experiences and the stories of families, townspeople and slaves who were so pivotally effected, as well as the enduring impact of that time period,” Lewis reveals.

Calling the completion of the book, “getting out of my comfort zone” and part of “my bucket list,” she combed through countless letters, recipes, archives and a plethora of books. “It was important for me to complete this project before the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin; and it was a joyful journey of discovery.”

Lewis, an active preservationist and fundraiser will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the book sales to various preservation causes.

“I hope my little account will perhaps amuse, inform and encourage an interest in history and preservation. I’ve realized that we’ve lost so much already. It’s crucial we conserve, preserve and interpret our historic and natural resources. Over the last twenty years living here, it’s clear to me that I am just passing through as steward and the Harrison House, and its story, will be here long after I am gone. This is the legacy. It isn’t just bricks and mortar; it represents a crucial chapter in our shared history. Moreover, the home has become a healing sanctuary and treasured old friend.”

The book is currently available for purchase at Amazon.com, and can also be found at the following locations:

Nashville, TN: PLA Media, The Belmont Mansion, The 5 and Tenn (inside The Omni Hotel)
Franklin, TN: The Carter House, Carnton Plantation, Landmark Books, Handy Hardware Store, The Lotz House

A signed copy of A Tennessee Yankee is available for $19.95 by calling PLA Media at (615) 327-0100. Bulk rates are also available.

QUOTES

“Pam Lewis has been at the forefront of preservation in my community for many years now. Along the way she has worn many hats as publicist, manager, preservationist, politician and advocate. What ties all of them together is her ceaseless passion. She has now added ‘author’ to that list of credentials. A Tennessee Yankee is chocked full of sage advice, details, facts and recipes – all of them linked forever by her love for her community, for history, for good food and for an old house that she has lovingly guarded for many years now.”

Robert Hicks
New York Times Best-Selling Author

“Great stories, little-known facts, delightful recipes and so much more! I am so grateful that Pam’s journey brought her here to Franklin. This is a special little book to have on my shelves.”

Martha Thuma
Historian / Re-Enactor

“Pam Lewis’ A Tennessee Yankee is a must read for anyone who cares about the American Civil War and ongoing preservation efforts in Franklin, Tennessee. Pam’s writing weaves wonderful and warm stories about food, facts and folklore of the era with the more pressing modern day need to protect what’s left of the rapidly shrinking Franklin battlefield.”

JT Thompson
Founder, Lotz House Museum