"Our founders were creative, flexible and adaptable, and these extraordinary qualities still guide us today. CCA employees continue to make this company a success through the very same values on which the company was founded more than 25 years ago."
– John Ferguson, CCA Chairman of the Board
Damon T. Hininger
President and Chief Executive Officer
With nearly 20 years of corrections experience, Damon Hininger was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CCA in August 2009, having previously been appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2008. Damon served as Senior Vice President of Federal and Local Customer Relations since September 2007 after having served as Vice President of Federal and Local Customer Relations since June 2002.
Hininger previously served CCA as Vice President, Business Analysis since December 2000. He has also served the company as Director, Strategic Planning and Director Proposal Development. Hininger joined the company in 1992 as a correctional officer at Leavenworth Detention Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, and was promoted to Training Manager at Central Arizona Detention Center in 1994. That same year, Hininger was also selected as both Central Arizona Detention Center's and CCA's company-wide Employee of the Year. He joined the corporate office in 1995, serving as Manager, Facility Start Up for three years. Hininger earned a B.S. from Kansas State University and an M.B.A. from the Jack Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University in Nashville.
He is active in the community, currently serving as a member of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Board of Trustees, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors for Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts. Hininger also serves on the Kansas State Foundation Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors for the Massey School of Business at Belmont University. In 2011, Hininger was named by Forbes as one of the Top 20 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under. He was honored in 2010 as the Massey Graduate School Alumni of the Year.
Brian D. Collins
Executive Vice President
and Chief Human Resources Officer
Brian Collins was named Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2009. Collins joined CCA as Vice President of Facility Operations, Business Unit I in June 2006.
Prior to CCA, Collins served a distinguished 25-year career in the service industry with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., that included roles in management, human resources, customer satisfaction, staff training, and professional development. Since 1981, he has held positions to include Regional Personnel Manager, Director of Operations, Market Director, Director of Field Support, Director of Operations Support, and Director of Operations. He most recently served as Market Manager for Sam's Club in Dallas, Texas. In this role, he oversaw 11 Sam's Clubs and 1,800 employees, and was responsible for $822 million in annual revenues, as well as market planning, employee development, strategic planning for his market, and financial and cost control.
In 2012, Collins was recognized by ExecRank in their annual “Top HR Executive Rankings.” Collins was praised as being among the top 100 HR executives in the United States.
Collins holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Tony L. Grande
Executive Vice President
and Chief Development Officer
Tony Grande assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer in July 2008 after serving as Senior Vice President of State Customer Relations since September 2007. Grande joined CCA in 2003 in the newly-created role of Vice President of State Customer Relations. In his current capacity, Grande oversees all existing federal, state and local contracts, and he leads the company's national efforts to forge new government partnerships.
Tony previously served as Tennessee's Commissioner of Economic and Community Development (ECD). In that role, he led the recruitment and expansion of business to the State, managing an $85 million budget and 200 employees. Having worked in Tennessee government since 1998, Tony served as Assistant Commissioner and later as Deputy Commissioner of ECD. He previously led a publishing and database marketing company and served as a political speechwriter in Washington, DC.
Tony earned his Masters of Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and his Bachelor of Arts from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Steve E. Groom
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Steve Groom was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel in April 2010. Groom joined CCA as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel in March 2001 after serving as a partner in the law firm of Stites & Harbison, PLLC. Previously, he was General Counsel of SunTrust Bank in Nashville.
Groom earned a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Memphis, where he was a member of the Law Review. Groom has received additional education and training through the Executive Education programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Groom serves on the Board of Visitors of Lipscomb University’s College of Business and the Board of Advisors of the University's Institute for Conflict Management.
Harley G. Lappin
Executive Vice President and
Chief Corrections Officer
A career corrections administrator, Harley Lappin has more than 25 years of correctional experience. He joined CCA in 2011 in the role of CCO, having served as director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) since 2003. In his role at CCA, Lappin is responsible for the oversight of facility operations, health services, inmate rehabilitation programs, purchasing and TransCor, the Company's wholly-owned transportation subsidiary.
As Director of the BOP, Lappin had oversight and management responsibility for 116 federal prisons, 14 large, private contract facilities and more than 250 contracts for community correction facilities, in total comprising more than 215,000 inmates managed by 38,000 employees. Lappin began his 25-year BOP career in 1985 as a case manager at Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana, TX, and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility as Central Inmate Monitoring Administrator at the Western Regional Office; Camp Administrator at FCI Jesup, GA; Associate Warden at Federal Medical Center, Carville, LA; and Branch Administrator of the Program Review Division in Central Office. He served as Warden at Federal Correctional Institution, Butner, NC, and later at United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, IN. In July 2001, Lappin was selected as Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region, where he was responsible for oversight of 16 institutions (including 2 correctional complexes) and 3 community corrections offices in a seven-state area.
Lappin has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Associate Warden of the Year award for the Bureau's South Central Region (1992); the Bureau's Excellence in Prison Management award (2000); the Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Management (2001); and the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (2004). Most recently, he received the American Correctional Association’s E.R. Cass Award for Correctional Achievement (2010), the highest honor bestowed by that organization.
Having earned a masters degree in criminal justice from Kent State University and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Lappin serves in leadership roles for numerous professional organizations. Among them, he is chair of the Standards Committee of the American Correctional Association (ACA), is a former board member of both the National Institute of Corrections and the Federal Prison Industry Board, and a former chair of the Prison Industry Committee of the American State Correctional Administrators Association.
Todd J. Mullenger
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Todd Mullenger was named CCA's Chief Financial Officer in March 2007. Mullenger joined CCA as Vice President, Finance in September 1998 and later served as Treasurer from February 2001 to March 2007.
Previously, Mullenger served as Vice President, Finance at Service Merchandise. He also spent several years at Arthur Anderson LLP where his experience included the private corrections industry.
Mr. Mullenger earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and an M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.