Tim Ozgener is a native Nashvillian who was raised as an entrepreneur. He and his sister earned their allowance by helping their father in his fledgling pipe business. Life experiences like these led Tim to become a passionate, driven, successful entrepreneur.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Tim did theatre, improv and stand-up comedy in L.A. at night, while cutting his teeth in the cigar business as CAO’s West Coast Sales Manager by day. He gained invaluable experience in both disciplines: learning the importance of being an effective communicator along with the value of humor; and understanding what drove consumer and retailer behavior in the cigar business.
Moving back to Nashville in 1999, Tim played a major role in the success of CAO’s groundbreaking packaging and unique cigar blending. From 1999-2007, he led CAO on a blistering pace of growth. In 2007, a multi-billion dollar European conglomerate, Scandinavian Tobacco Group, acquired CAO for an undisclosed amount. Tim remained President of CAO through the end of 2010.
Tim’s new venture is now President, CEO, and co-founder of OZ Arts Nashville, a Contemporary Arts Center in Nashville.
Inspired by the Park Avenue Armory (New York), BAM (Brooklyn), and Mass MoCA (Berkshire)- OZ Arts is a producer and presenter of contemporary arts in multiple disciplines (dance, theatre, music, visual art, opera, film, etc.).
Tim and his family have always been entrepreneurs driven by passion. OZ Arts Nashville has been created to add to the cultural landscape of a city that the family holds close to their hearts.
He is also proud to serve on the boards of: University School of Nashville, Nashville Arts and Business Council, The Community Foundation’s Sports Fund, and is a member of Leadership Nashville’s class of 2015.
Tim makes Nashville his home and has a wonderful wife, Arnita, and two fantastic boys: Evan, 11, and Aidan, 9.