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John Foy started working for CBL & Associates before it was CBL. He joined Moses and Charles Lebovitz's seven-year old shopping center and commercial real estate development company named Independent Enterprises in 1968.
When Foy retired after more than four decades in 2012, he left as vice-chairman of the board and highly regarded in the Chattanooga financial and business circles. Foy was rarely the executive "out front" at CBL; instead, he was standing right behind Lebovitz as CBL grew into one of the country's largest mall and strip center developers.
Lebovitz said in 2012 that Foy set a "culture within the CBL organization of integrity and excellence that will continue to guide our progress into the future."