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Fred J. Cassetty Jr.

Fred J. Cassetty Jr. graduated from Vanderbilt in 1960 with a bachelor of engineering degree. A Nashville native, Fred attended the Duncan School and graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy.

The death of his father just prior to his college graduation meant that Cassetty had to enter the coal business his family had owned for three generations. Although he had no prior business training or experience, his Vanderbilt engineering education helped him tackle the challenge of running the business. He bought the company from his mother in 1964 and expanded it over the years through mergers, acquisitions and forward-thinking marketing.

In 1971 he purchased Capitol Building Supply. This Nashville-based business has grown to a regional firm with 12 offices throughout the southeastern United States. He started Alley Cassetty Trucking in 1972 to help with his own trucking needs. He expanded this enterprise, and in 1980 he purchased a truck repair service. The trucking company has developed into Alley-Cassetty Truck Center, which sells and services Western Star, Mitsubishi and Ottowa trucks.

Cassetty’s involvement with business and civic organizations has included membership in the Nashville, West Kentucky, and Lexington coal associations, the Nashville Home Builders Association, the Brick Institute of America, the American Trucking Association, the Rotary Club of Nashville, the Nashville Symphony Advisory Committee, the Society of International Business and the Business Leadership Council, and Blakemore United Methodist Church.

Cassetty has two children and four grandchildren.