Joe Scarlett is the retired Chairman and CEO of Tractor Supply Company and Founder of the Scarlett Leadership Institute in Franklin, TN. After a long career in retailing Scarlett took up a second career in leadership education, a passion he discovered while at Tractor Supply.
Scarlett held senior executive roles at Tractor Supply Company from 1979 until his retirement at the end of 2007. He played a key role in the initiative to return the company to profitability through improved customer service and focused product selection as part of a classic leveraged buyout in 1982. Joe also led the successful 1994 effort to take the company public and during his ten plus years as CEO, the company’s revenues quadrupled and the price of its stock increased ten-fold.
Tractor Supply Company was honored by Forbes as one of the “Best Managed Companies in America” and Scarlett was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year. Joe also served twenty years on the board of the nation’s largest retail trade organization, including four as its chairman.
The Scarlett Leadership Institute was founded in 2006. The Institute is passionately committed to improving business leadership skills with a strong emphasis on ethical behavior. Scores of companies have participated in a variety of high quality leadership and management education programs. A broad range of business leaders have achieved the overarching goal of positive behavioral change.
Joe and his family founded The Scarlett Family Foundation whose mission is ‘to provide educational support to Middle Tennessee students of all ages'. In addition, Joe serves as Vice-Chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee, a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to providing expert research and timely free-market policy solutions to state public policy issues.
These days you can find Joe coaching business and community leaders, teaching, and giving speeches on Tractor Supply Company, business leadership and ethical behavior. He can also be found traveling and goofing off!