Title: Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Company: 1) Harpeth Associates 2) Carnton Capital Associates
Location: Franklin, Tennessee, United States
J. Roderick Heller III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Harpeth Associates and Carnton Capital Associates, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business.
Driven by his deep interest in history and law, Mr. Heller has dedicated more than three decades to corporate leadership. He has always wanted to make good things happen, and he found that business and finance offered significant opportunities for that kind of achievement. Over the years, he also garnered experience with technology and law, all of which contributed to his longevity and success. To this day, Mr. Heller remains the chairman and chief executive officer of Carnton Capital Associates, an investment firm, and the chairman and chief executive officer of Harpeth Associates, a real estate investment company. He also continues to serve as a member of the board of directors of Drystone Capital.
One of Mr. Heller’s specialties is reviving dying companies. He turned NHP, Inc., into the largest owner and manager of apartments in the U.S., and grew Bristol Compressors, Inc., from 500 employees to 2,500. Mr. Heller is also skilled in law. He was the regional legal adviser for Pakistan through the Agency for International Development, the special assistant to the director of India, and of counsel, partner, and associate of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Additionally, he served as a professor of law at George Washington University.
Mr. Heller prepared for his endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1959, a Master of Arts in history from Harvard University in 1960, and a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1963. He then became admitted to practice before the District of Columbia.
As a testament to his success, Mr. Heller was named the National Housing Conference Man of the Year in 1999 and a recipient of the Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State in 1967. He also won the Tennessee Book Prize for his book, “Democracy’s Lawyer: Felix Grundy of the Old Southwest.” Further, he was honored with inclusion in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World.
In his spare time, Mr. Heller remains active with social clubs like the Society of Cincinnati, the Cosmos Club, the Metropolitan Club of Washington, The Andrew Jackson Foundation, and The Burning Tree Club.
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