Bert Mathews was one of four men named "Father of the Year" at a special awards dinner benefiting the American Diabetes Association. A large crowd of respected Middle Tennessee business and civic leaders attended the event held June 7 at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza. Bert was chosen for his exceptional ability to balance his personal and professional lives while serving as an outstanding role model in the community. In addition to his responsibilities as president of The Mathews Company, he serves in leadership roles for numerous organizations, including the University School of Nashville, the Adventure Science Center and Urban Land Institute. In partnership with the National Father' s Day Council, the "Father of the Year" awards have raised more than $10 million nationally to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
The Stahlman, Nashville's second skyscraper, received a 2007 Preservation Award from the Metro Historical Commission. It was restored by Stahlman Redevelopment Partners, an entity formed by Bert Mathews, president of The Mathews Company, and Martin Heflin, managing director of M2H Group. Stahlman Redevelopment Partners began work on the space in January 2005. They worked to preserve many of the building's original historical features including tile floors, restored marble wainscoting, hardwood floors and crotch mahogany doors. The office-building-turned-commercial-and-residential-building received one of 11 awards given at the 32nd Annual Preservation Awards on May 17.
Bob Mathews received the 2006 Vision Award, one of the most prestigious honors given by the Downtown Partnership. Bob was recognized at the Downtown Partnership annual meeting in September for his vision of downtown, which has greatly transformed the city. Thirty years ago, Bob had the idea to convert the 18th century Spring Brook building on Second Avenue into lofts. In 2006, his dream became a reality when the Lofts at 160 opened and became one of Nashville' s most distinctive residential communities.
In October of 2008, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce presented its inaugural Spirit of the Region in memory of Bob Mathews. Bob served as chairman of the Chamber board from 1976 to 1977. His vision strongly influenced Nashville's transformation and propelled the city to the thriving community it is today.
Bert Mathews was one of three recipients of the Downtown Partnership annual award for quality development in the residential category. Bert was honored for his vision in restoring two historic properties and bringing them back to life as apartments: the Lofts at 160 and The Stahlman.
The Mathews Company received the Associated Builders and Contractors 2006 Award of Excellence for its $4.5 million historical restoration of the Lofts at 160. The Mathews Company worked closely with R.C. Mathews Contractor and Tuck Hinton Architects to complete the renovation. The limited number of windows in the old warehouse space led to the creation of a two-story, central courtyard with glass atrium.