Clayton Wraith and Dana Wraith celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary at the Nashville City Club – anniversary dinners had, until then, lost out to the demands of law school, first at the University of San Francisco and later at Vanderbilt.
A friend helped Clayton arrange the surprise – a private dining room filled with candles. Club chefs had given new life to top of their wedding cake, which had moved across the country at least twice, embellishing it with hibiscus flowers and pineapple – keeping the theme of the decorations at the wedding itself.
Clayton joined the City Club shortly thereafter.
As a young, new attorney Clayton thought joining was a good idea – and he hasn’t been disappointed. He is a founder of the club’s “The Skyline Raconteurs,” the club’s Toastmasters group; a regular at networking events; part of the Young Executives Forum and the (beer) Mug Club; and, in this all-important season, active in the Club’s Fantasy Football League.
As an entertainment lawyer, Clayton combines two loves – music and business. “Music is one of the greatest tools we have to communicate,” he says. “I want to help artists get their music heard and take advantage of how the distribution model has changed.”
But the entrepreneur in Clayton has an additional outlet – one that speaks to passions for the environment and for helping businesses. He is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at CandleRay LLC, a Nashville startup that helps business and facility owners save money on power costs with LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, which contain no mercury and last longer than even compact fluorescent lighting.
CandleRay conducts energy audits and redesigns facilities for economic and aesthetic benefits. LED lamps, for example, don’t flicker in that annoying, headache-producing way common in commercial fluorescent installations.
Commercial buildings, warehouses and other spaces see the ROI quickly, Clayton says.
“This position gives me the opportunity to help local businesses save money and make an immediate impact on the environment,” he says.