Cordia Harrington is CEO and founder of The Bakery Companies, a highly-automated, high-speed baking company comprised of four plants with six bakery lines, serving elite customers in the United States, South America and the Caribbean. As CEO, Ms. Harrington guides the executive team to successful planning, business development, sales and marketing, and brand management.
Prior to founding Tennessee Bun Company, Ms. Harrington was a McDonald’s owner/operator in Central Illinois, where she purchased one (and built two additional) award-winning restaurants. As a franchisee, Harrington was purchasing chair for the St. Louis McDonald’s region, President of the Springfield, Illinois, Ronald McDonald House Board and a member of the Central Illinois Co-op. Previously, Ms. Harrington founded and developed Concept One Realtors in Russellville, Arkansas, growing it to include Concept One Construction, a builder of homes and commercial office condominiums. Concept One Realtors was the recipient of national awards.
Ms. Harrington serves on the Bank of Nashville Board of Directors, the Zoës Kitchen Board of Directors and the Tennessee Lottery Board. She is a member of the Executive Team of Belmont University’s Board of Trustees, Chief Executives Organization Board of Directors and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Board of Trustees.
Ms. Harrington attended Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan; she graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree. She currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband.