Construction company CEO drowns on fishing trip

Ty Osman

Brentwood resident Ty Osman, a respected leader in the construction industry, drowned while fishing on the Duck River in Hickman County over the weekend.

The Tennessean reported that Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers responded to a call about a drowning on Saturday at about 11:30 a.m. According to the report, Osman lost his footing while wading through the river and was pinned underwater against a tree.

Osman was a co-founder of Solomon Builders, based in Nashville. The company built the Ramsey Solutions offices in Franklin and the American International Group offices near Brentwood and is perhaps best known for its construction of various animal exhibits at Nashville Zoo. 

Nashville Business Journal reported that Osman was vice chairman of Both Hands, a nonprofit that aids widows, orphans and Christian families who are adopting and a board member of Jovenes en Camino, which runs a nine-acre campus in Honduras for boys who are orphans, homeless or rescued from abusive situations.

In 2012, Osman’s son, also named Ty, died at age 18 after he was hit by a car on Interstate 30 northeast of Dallas. After their son’s death, the Osmans, along with Solomon Builders, formed the Ty2 Foundation. In the fall of 2012, a group of 400 volunteers from that foundation renovated the Hard Bargain Association’s community center on Mount Hope Street in Franklin, which is now called Ty’s House. The foundation also donated more than $200,000 for the renovations.

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