Tennessee No Labels co-chair Mike Symonanis has 30 years of experience in the private sector with work in ocean container shipping and the agricultural export supply chain field.
The longtime Memphis resident, who grew up in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. He later earned a Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management from Penn State and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.
A self-described lifelong centrist, Mike volunteers in his industry and for national organizations focused on supply chain initiatives and policy related to U.S. agriculture export competitiveness. He’s also worked as a state poll worker during previous elections.
Says Mike, “No Labels’ commitment to unity is precisely what our country needs for our strategic domestic and international priorities in these polarized times. It aligns with my experience throughout my entire career, which has been about focusing on the mission together to deliver tangible results.”
He also believes that "E Pluribus Unum," the literal translation for the motto of the United States (“Out of many, one”) remains foundational to how the nation operates.
“Despite our diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, we are all Americans with a shared destiny. I support No Labels because they recognize the importance of finding common ground and working together to address the critical issues facing our nation,” he says.