Executive Circle & Premier Members

Executive Circle

Michael Alston
Husch Blackwell LLP

Michael K. Alston is the Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell LLP’s Chattanooga office and has been licensed to practice law in both Tennessee and Alabama for nearly 30 years.  He is a litigator whose wide-ranging practice has included products liability, toxic torts, commercial and business, first-party insurance, construction, healthcare liability, and wrongful discharge, ERISA and other employment related matters.  He is also a certified Rule 31 mediator within the Tennessee judicial system.  He received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Management from Texas A&M University in 1986 and his Juris Doctor from Cumberland Law School at Samford University in 1989. 

In addition to being a regular attendee and supporter of Chamber events, Mike has been active in the Chattanooga Chapter of the American Heart Association as a Past Chairman, as well as a past member of the Tennessee state AHA board.  He currently serves on the AHA’s Executive Leadership Team for the 2018 Heart Ball.  Mike is also a past President of the Chattanooga Bar Association, a Fellow in the Chattanooga Bar Foundation, a past board member of the Federal Bar Association’s Chattanooga Chapter, and a charter member and current Master in the Brock and Cooper Inn of Court. 

Lastly, he is very active at First Presbyterian Church serving in numerous leadership roles including as the current Clerk of the church’s elder board.  Mike and his wife, Lynnette, have three children, Anna (22), John (20) and Abby (14).

Tim Andrews
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Tim has been a member of TVRM for 43 years and volunteer President and CEO since 2014. He is employed by Hamilton County as Director of the Hamilton County Railroad Authority prior to which he served as Executive Director of the Community Research Council and previously as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, and the Incubator for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.  For over fifteen years he held a variety of engineering, management and executive positions in the Major Appliance and HVAC manufacturing  industries. Tim earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Industrial Management from UT-Chattanooga.

Dr. Steve Angle
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Steve Angle assumed his role as Chancellor and the 17th leader of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on July 1, 2013.

At UTC, Angle has worked with the campus and community to focus on two primary strategic priorities: ensuring student success and strengthening community connections.

Prior to coming to UTC, Angle served as Provost and Professor of Chemistry at Wright State.

Before his tenure at Wright State, Angle served as Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of California, Riverside (2001-2007).

He earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine and a M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, before returning to UC Irvine for his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.

Val Armstrong
American Water

Valoria Armstrong is Vice President, National Government and Regulatory Affairs, for American Water, the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, providing high-quality and reliable water services to more than 14 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada.

In her role, Mrs. Armstrong is responsible for leading government and regulatory affairs across American Water’s regulated and market-based businesses.

Mrs. Armstrong previously served as president of Tennessee American Water, where she was responsible for overall operating and financial performance, including leading a dynamic team of professionals who delivered on business targets related to safety and employee engagement, field customer service, distribution, water quality, environmental excellence, and growth. As the principal external contact for the company, she reinforced customer, regulatory, and governmental relationships.

Mrs. Armstrong joined American Water in 2011 as a human resources business partner, supporting Tennessee and Kentucky. In 2013, she was promoted to director of human resources for American Water’s Central Division, leading a team of human resources professionals in seven states. Her responsibilities included employee and labor relations, workforce planning and staffing, performance management, and organizational development.

Prior to joining American Water, Mrs. Armstrong was employed by Food Lion as human resources manager among several other key positions over 15 years.

Mrs. Armstrong was the first woman and youngest president elected to lead the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 2005 to 2012. She currently serves as chair-elect of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Hamilton County Partnership Advisory Board. She is a committed board trustee of the Tennessee Aquarium, Benwood Foundation, River City Company, and Orange Grove Center. Mrs. Armstrong was elected as a director of the National Utility Diversity Council (NUDC) in 2019. Mrs. Armstrong is an alumna of Leadership Tennessee and a graduate of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce Diversity Initiative Fellows Program. She previously served as chair of the Chattanooga chapter of the American Cancer Society and was actively involved in the Chattanooga chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellors' Diversity Advisory Council, and the Volkswagen Diversity Council.

Mrs. Armstrong has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in human resource development from Villanova University. A top priority for Mrs. Armstrong is challenging the community and leaders to be intentional when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Motivating and encouraging young girls to know their value and to exceed any glass ceilings in their paths are also among her passions, reflected in much of her community involvement. Mrs. Armstrong resides with her husband Lawrence in Ooltewah, Tennessee.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Dr. Rebecca Ashford
Chattanooga State

The Tennessee Board of Regents appointed Dr. Rebecca Ashford as the next president of Chattanooga State Community College.

Ashford has been vice president of student affairs at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville since July 2008. She began her career in higher education in 1997 as a student advisor at what was then Brevard Community College in Florida, and has held executive-level appointments at three community colleges since 2000.

The board met in a special called meeting, by telephone conference call, to receive and consider Chancellor Flora W. Tydings’ recommendation of Ashford for the presidency. Board members voted unanimously to accept the recommendation and appoint Ashford as the new president.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the next president of Chattanooga State Community College,” Ashford said. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to build upon the college's successes in meeting the community's educational and workforce needs.”

The board also approved a new process for selecting nominees for faculty and student members of the Board of Regents – a change made necessary by the FOCUS (Focus on College and University Success) Act of 2016. Prior to the FOCUS Act, faculty and student regents rotated among the TBR system’s universities and community colleges.

The new law removed the six former TBR universities from the board’s governance, effective when each of the universities’ new boards of trustees convened for the first time in March and April. In addition, the state legislature this year approved a new law adding a non-voting faculty regent to the board, who will serve for a year before moving into the voting faculty regent role the second year. The 2017 law also made a minor administrative change in the process for selecting student regents.

The new policy provides that the faculty and student regents will come from the community colleges and colleges of applied technology, and sets out a process for how they rotate.

Ashford was one of four finalists for the Chattanooga State presidency selected by a search advisory committee out of 63 original candidates. The finalists spent a day on the campus last month, separately participating in meetings and open forums with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the public. Ashford’s campus visit was April 19; her curriculum vitae and the archived video of her open forum are available on the TBR website at: https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-chattanooga-state-com...

Ashford holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree, a Master of Arts in Higher Education Student Personnel and a Bachelor of Science in English Education, all from the University of Central Florida, and an Associate in Arts degree from Brevard Community College, now Eastern Florida State College.

She was a student advisor at Brevard from 1997 to 1999 and student development specialist from 1999 to 2000. She held three separate deanships at Brevard: dean of educational services from 2000 to 2003, dean of student services from 2003 to 2005 and dean of enrollment management in 2005. She then served as vice president for student affairs at Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y., from 2006 through June 2008, when she was appointed vice president of student affairs at Pellissippi State in Knoxville.

At Pellissippi, Ashford was the senior student affairs officer for the five-campus college with over 10,000 students enrolled in credit courses. Her responsibilities included enrollment management and student services, including admissions, records, financial aid, advising, new-student orientation, counseling, disability services, access and diversity, student support services, student life and recreation, placement, veterans services and judicial affairs.

Tydings interviewed all four finalists, then, after their campus visits, gathered feedback from search committee members and the forums and meetings to select one candidate for nomination to the board. A form on the TBR website allowed anyone to submit comments and views on the candidates.

“This search is especially close to me because the new president is my successor,” the chancellor told the board. Tydings served as president of Chattanooga State in from 2015 until she assumed her new role as chancellor of the Board of Regents system on Feb. 1 of this year. “During my tenure at Chattanooga State, I came to admire and appreciate the students, staff and faculty for their devotion to the institution.

“Chattanooga State contributes greatly to the economy and welfare in that community. I know the person being recommended today will continue the progress that has been made and will strive to keep the momentum going for student success. After careful review and consideration, I am pleased to recommend to you Dr. Rebecca Ashford as the next president of Chattanooga State Community College.”

The chancellor also recognized the members of the board who served on the search advisory committee: Regent Tom Griscom, who chaired the committee, Regents Danni Varlan and Thomas A.H. White, and former Regent Howard Roddy. She thanked the other 17 members of the search committee, which included representatives of faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community at large.

Regent Griscom, who made the motion to appoint Ashford, noted that she has an associate degree and began college as a student at a community college.  He also thanked Debbie Adams, the college’s vice president of student affairs and workforce development, for serving as interim president during the search and until Ashford’s arrival on campus in July.

The board approved the Chattanooga State search criteria and appointed members of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee on Jan. 27. The committee's charge was to identify and interview candidates and then narrow the original pool of applicants to three to five finalists.

Warren Barnett
Barnett & Company

Warren Barnett is the founder of Barnett & Company. His early beginnings in Washington, D.C. were with the investment banking firm of Kidder, Peabody & Company, and the investment counseling firm of Davidge & Company. He returned to Chattanooga to accept a position in the trust department of a local bank. In 1983 he established Barnett & Company when he perceived the need locally for the same type of investment counseling that he had experienced in D.C. Warren’s generous heart for the community is appreciated by many local non-profits, thus bestowing the honor of the 2019 Ruth Holmberg Leadership Award. In 2015, the Professionals of Southeastern Tennessee named Warren as the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year.

In addition to serving on several charitable and professional boards, he continues to build his legacy of community engagement, fostering relationships with non-profits. Warren is a CFA® charterholder since 1986. He is a Chattanooga native and graduated from The McCallie School. Warren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Rick Bishop
Food City, LLC

Born and raised in Rogersville, TN, Rick Bishop began his career at 18 years of age, accepting a position as courtesy clerk for Super Dollar Markets, which was later acquired by Food City.  He was quickly promoted through the ranks, serving as cashier, front-end manager, bakery manager, seafood manager and assistant store manager.  Within five years, he secured his first assignment as store manager and managed ten locations over the next sixteen years. 

In 2004, he was promoted to District Manager, responsible for the operation of 13 Food City locations and 2 convenience stores throughout Washington, Greene, Carter and Sullivan County, TN.  He was promoted to his current position of Executive Vice President of Operations for Food City’s Chattanooga Division in 2017.  Bishop is responsible for the oversight of 27 supermarket locations, including 23 pharmacies and 11 Gas n’ Go fuel centers. 

Bishop is also an active member of his local community, having served with the Rogersville Optimist Club, Newport Kiwanis Club, Morristown Optimist Club, Rogersville Chamber of Commerce, Gray Community Chest, Johnson City Salvation Army, United Way of Johnson City, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, East Tennessee State University, two-time member of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as the Board’s of the Chattanooga Chamber and BBB. 

He is a 1982 graduate of Cherokee High School and attended Walters State Community College and the University of Tennessee.  Bishop currently resides in Chattanooga, TN with his lovely wife, Vicki.  He has three children, Lindsey, Derrick and Alexis. 

Melissa Blevins
Chattanooga Area Food Bank

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Blevins champions the Chattanooga Area Food Bank's mission to lead a network of partners in eliminating hunger and promoting better nutrition in our region. Her leadership will continue the Food Bank’s nearly 50-year history of serving anyone facing hunger across Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.

Melissa previously worked on the front lines fighting hunger during her tenure at the Food Bank as Director of Programs and Operations from 2011 to 2017. During this time, the organization experienced significant growth, more than doubling annual hunger relief efforts, and was recognized for its innovative approach to distributing fresh produce and milk by Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Melissa’s prior roles include leadership positions at Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, Beaulieu of America and McCain Foods.

Melissa is an active member of the Chattanooga community, volunteering with Susan G. Komen, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga. She has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College.

Alexis Bogo
Hamico, Inc.
Jack Bowen
EMJ Corporation

Jack leads EMJ Construction across the U.S., working closely with the Executive Vice Presidents of the Chattanooga and Dallas offices. With more than 22 years of construction experience in a variety roles, from job site superintendent to vice president of construction, Jack is an exceptional leader and problem solver. He excels at strategically marshaling teams to achieve results and provide predictable execution to EMJ’s clients.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Jack’s construction experience includes retail developments, industrial facilities, office buildings, hospitality projects, healthcare and educational facilities.

Hal Bowling
Launch CHA

Hal Bowling is the co-founder and Executive Director of Launch, an entrepreneurship support organization focused on support for underrepresented entrepreneurs. Over the past 10 years LAUNCH has helped nearly 400 businesses start, most of which are owned by women and entrepreneurs of color. Hal and his wife have three adult children and live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Marissa Brower
Catoosa County Public Schools

Marissa Brower has been the Communications Specialist for Catoosa County Public Schools since 2005.  She began teaching special education at Graysville Elementary School in 2001 before becoming Communications Specialist for the county.  Prior to a second career in education, Mrs. Brower had a successful business career in sales and marketing.  She has a BSBA from Brenau University, a M.Ed in special education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and an Ed.S. in leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

Mrs. Brower is currently working on The Catoosa County From HERE to CAREER! College and Career Academy project.  The Academy will form partnerships with businesses and industry to ensure that students are highly skilled to meet workforce demands in the region.

Darlene Brown
Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC

Darlene is President & CEO of Real Estate Partners Chattanooga. She is a Chattanooga native, opened the doors of her real estate company in 2007. It is the largest independent real estate company in Chattanooga with three branch offices and over 125 real estate professionals. Darlene has garnered many professional awards including Realtor of the Year. She has been a past President of Chattanooga Association of REALTORS, Tennessee Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS, Chattanooga Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS, Certified Residential Brokers, The Multiple Listing Service of Chattanooga, Parent’s Council for The McCallie School and is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the McCallie School. She has chaired REALTOR Political Action Committee, Education Committee, Public Relations Committee, Adopt-A-School Committee, Convention Committee and REALTOR National Task Force for the Homeless.

Darlene was the first female member of the Chattanooga Downtown Civitan Club, Trustee for Tennessee Junior Miss Scholarship Program, Co-Founder of the Missionary Ridge Neighborhood Association and 10-year Chair for Benefit Golf Tournament with Family & Children’s Services and Community Kitchen. The year 2020 will mark her 40th year in the real estate industry.

Dusty Bunton-Vigil
North American Credit Services, Inc.

CEO of North American Credit Services, Inc. Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Sales, Team Building, Management, and Leadership. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in English Language and Literature & History from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

Throughout my career, I have relied on the strong foundation on which our organization was built. Integrity, compassion and customer service are somewhat simplistic in nature, but at times the most difficult to achieve on a daily basis. Medical bills and debt can be overwhelming to consumers and often come during a time of crisis in their lives. Creating an atmosphere where the consumer is treated with integrity, compassion and respect fosters positive relationships between healthcare providers and patients. Our team of Revenue Cycle Management experts allow healthcare facilities and physicians to maintain patient health as their top priority while we navigate the revenue recovery cycle

Alan Burdine
Communication Resources, Inc. (CRI)

CRI started as a regional telecommunications company, being headquartered in Chattanooga for all of its 38 years of business. Over time, CRI has grown to support companies nationally, and even some globally. We help organizations apply technology to improve their business, maintain a competitive edge and maximize their bottom line.

Alan joined CRI in May of 1990 as an Account Executive. His passion for learning new technology helped him progress to Sales Manager, VP of Sales, COO and then on to lead the company as President in 2010. Alan and his wife Robin reside in Soddy Daisy end enjoy spending time with their family, including their new grandson.

April Center
Yogi's PrimoPromo

April Center, a Chattanooga native, has been President and CEO of Yogi’s PrimoPromo since founding the company in 2008. Under her leadership, the business has become the Premier Local Supplier of ad specialties, promotional items, and apparel.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, April worked in Sales and Service for small businesses. She also spent a significant amount of time working in various positions at her father’s local BBQ restaurant, learning every aspect of running a successful business from the ground up. April’s diverse work history uniquely positions her to both understand and address the needs of her clients, and operate an efficient, fruitful business.

 April attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and majored in Business Administration.

Benic M. Clark, lll
Lyndhurst Foundation
Scott Cooper
Tennessee Valley Authority

Scott Cooper was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. and has remained a life-long Chattanooga resident. He is a graduate of the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. Scott received an Associates of Science Degree in History from Chattanooga State and continued his education at UTC where he received a Bachelors of Arts Degree majoring in Mass Communication with a minor in History. Fourteen of Scott’s family members also attended UTC (or UC).

Scott joined TVA’s Economic Development group in January 2011. His responsibilities include assisting prospective and existing industries, facilitating financial services, and helping communities support and grow local businesses. He also works with TVA’s Local Power Company customers and community partners to implement preparedness programs, deliver resources and technical assistance. Scott helps coordinate TVA’s marketing and business development efforts in his 3 state/19 county region of Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina. TVA’s Economic Development Team has been named one of Site Selection Magazine’s top utility economic development groups for 15 years in a row.

Prior to joining TVA, Scott worked for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Department. Scott was a member of the Chamber’s Volkswagen Team. This team acted as a conduit for communications between the community and Volkswagen officials and supported the location of Volkswagen suppliers to the region. Scott also helped managed the incentives practice and business attraction efforts for Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

Prior to his work at the Chamber, Scott was a member of the State of Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development for nearly five years. His primary role at ECD was to assist his economic development partners in the region by aiding existing industries that are expanding and support in the recruitment of new industries to the area.

Scott was honored to be a 2016 Chattanooga team member of the Young American Leadership Program through Harvard Business School. In 2011, Scott was named as a part of Chattanooga’s 20 under 40. Scott is also a 2007 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and 2011 graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. Scott is a member of the Georgia Economic Development Association and the Tennessee Economic Development Council.

Scott lives in Hixson with his wife Molly, daughters Clarke, Austin, Sidney and four legged child, a terrier mix named Kozmo. Scott is a die-hard fan of UTC Athletics and the Chicago Cubs. Scott also enjoys traveling and spending time with his extended family, most of whom live in the Chattanooga area.

Mayor Jim Coppinger
Hamilton County with the Hamilton County Commission

Mayor Coppinger has served as Hamilton County Mayor since 2011. Prior to being elected as Mayor, he held a position on the Hamilton County Commission as Commissioner of District 3. Jim joined the Chattanooga Fire Department in 1977, where he spent 28 years before his retirement. During his time with the Department he served in several positions, including Fire Chief for eight years. Mayor Coppinger serves on numerous boards and was recently appointed as a member of Governor Lee’s Homeland Security Council.

Jordan Cornelison
P&C Construction

Jordan has been involved with P&C since it began but came on board full time in June of 2008. Starting out in the field as a laborer and working his way through each position before moving into the office in 2012. In recent years he has changed his approach to focus on business development and marketing for P&C. With P&C’s proven track record of honesty and integrity with a new marketing approach, P&C has been blessed with year over year growth since 2017.

Jordan is a member of the AGC, NAHB, AIA, CSI, BBB, ABC and other organizations and is the 2020 president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga. He currently sits on the HBAGC Board and the Chattanooga Area BBB Board.

Royce Cornelison
P&C Construction

Royce started his career at P&C in October of 1993 as co-founder and chief executive officer. He started with a goal of building a business with a foundation of ethics and customer service. Since its inception, the company has achieved positive growth and stability, even in uncertain times. Royce has served on the board for the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce since 2017. 

Under his leadership, P&C has received awards from Inc 5000, Diversity Business, the BBB Torch Award, and has been featured in City Scope Magazine.  He is a long- time member of the ACI, AGC, AIA, BBB, CSI, ABC, Chattanooga Home Builders Association, and ICC. Currently, he is serving on the Jackson County Workforce Development Council and has been working with the local high schools and community colleges to increase awareness of the needs of trades training.

Matthew Crider
Arcade Beauty
Mark Cunningham
Chambliss Bahner & Stophel

Mark is president and managing shareholder of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel. Recognized nationally for his legal services in health care and M&A, Mark keeps his clients on track, delivering strong results through his unique combination of drive, charisma, and niche experience in areas such as revenue cycle management, radiology, physician/hospital ventures, and complex transactions. While he advises on just about every area of health care, he primarily acts as outside general counsel to large physician and revenue cycle practices, with a specific focus on strategic, contracting, and regulatory issues.

In addition, Mark provides services to other businesses on general corporate issues. Before tailoring his advice, it’s important to Mark to understand his client’s personality and what the business needs at an operational level. With his recognized health care experience, he often shares his insights before professional groups at regional and national conferences.

Mark has worked his entire career at Chambliss and has served in many leadership roles. As president and managing shareholder, he works closely with the executive director to oversee the professional services and overall operations at the firm and to ensure that exceptional client service remains the firm's top objective.

Jay Dale
First Horizon Bank

Jay Dale has worked in the financial services industry since 1994. He is currently focused on leading a team of more than 200 employees across Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia, and the Atlanta metro area in helping provide the best relationship experience possible for First Horizon bank’s customers and community.  He is a certified treasury professional, and on the Boards of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.  He is a graduate of the Leadership Chattanooga program.  Mr. Dale has a BS and MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Jon Paul Davis

As the lead partner in HHM’s Management Advisory Services department, Jon Paul Davis provides business owners with the knowledge and foresight they need to navigate complex financial decisions. He guides companies through business planning, including strategic growth decisions, forecasts and financial modeling. Jon Paul also assists clients with all stages of mergers and acquisitions from planning, to implementation, to the evaluation of tax consequences. Business owners rely on Jon Paul to guide them through complex methods of financing, tax and strategic planning, as well as operation support.

Additionally, Jon Paul works with high net-worth clients to provide individual tax and consulting services. Some of these services include year-end tax planning, succession planning, and estate and trust consulting.

Jon Paul is responsible for training and mentoring new staff, especially those heavily involved in advisory services. He is very active within the community and currently serves on the board of the H*Art Gallery. He is a member of Rotaract of Chattanooga, is a former adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee of Chattanooga and is a member of the investment committee of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

Ken DeFoor
DeFoor Brothers Development, LLC

Ken DeFoor, of DeFoor Brothers Development, LLC, was born in Dalton, Ga. and raised in the rural Murray County—North Ga. He graduated From Southern Adventist University with a B.A. in Journalism. In 1973 started a retail flooring store with his brother Byron and dad Kenneth.  In 1985 he entered into commercial real-estate development in Chattanooga.

In 1998 he started THE CORPORATE IMAGE. The Corporate Image is Chattanooga’s largest real-estate development for office ownership.  With sites at Gunbarrel, Northgate, Shallowford, and 3rd Street (directly across from Erlanger Medical Center), The CORPORATE IMAGE has also evolved into Chattanooga’s largest medical office space for ownership - 500,000 sq. ft.

He is currently co-developing with Byron DeFoor, “Waterside Life Style Center” a 40 acre property affording the retail and office sector to blend with residential.  This property is located directly across from Hamilton Place Mall at I-75 and Shallowford Road.

He also co-developed The Embassy Suites Hotel and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  Opened June 2013.  This hotel was rated the number one Embassy Suites in USA for 2014.

Co-developing The Westin Hotel and Citi/Park Garage Retail Center in down town Chattanooga.  Westin opens October 5, 2017

Ken is a member of the Board of Directors of Millennium Trust and Banking, Chattanooga, TN.

A former Member of the Board of Directors…. Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Board of Trustees and Member of School of Business Advisory Board of Southern Adventist University; and a member of Board of Trustees….Cohutta Springs Resort

He is Founder and Leader of weekly study group, (Collegedale Community Church).  A weekly discussion group dealing with spiritual issues and challenges in everyday life which has 160 members.

Ken is married to Judy and has four children – Kenny, Joel, Larson and Claire.

Jeff DeLoach
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Jeff DeLoach serves as the President of the Chattanooga Time Free Press, after being named to that role in June of 2017. Jeff’s return to his home state of Tennessee follows a lifelong career in the newspaper industry, beginning as a carrier in his hometown of Jackson.

Before taking the helm in Chattanooga, Jeff spent seven years as President of the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas – and in March 2014, he assumed the additional role of President for the Abilene Reporter News. From 2005 through 2009 Jeff served as the vice president of advertising and circulation for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.  

Prior to his time in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jeff held circulation responsibilities at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis from 1996 to 2005 and at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver from 1993 to 1996. He worked with the Audit Bureau of Circulations from 1984 to 1993, serving as an auditor and later a regional audit manager. During his college years, he worked in the mailroom and transportation departments of the Jackson Sun in Jackson, TN, and in the business office of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis.    

Jeff has served on numerous newspaper industry boards during his career, including being a past president of the Southern Circulation Managers Association. In 2008, the Newspaper Association of America recognized Jeff as the "National Circulation Sales Executive of the Year." In 2011 The Texas Daily Newspaper Association recognized Jeff as the “Texas Newspaper Leader of the Year.”

Jeff has served on a number of community boards and looks forward to getting involved in Chattanooga. He earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and in finance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Jeff celebrated 26 years of marriage to Laurette May 25th. They have three children: Adam, Cara and Joey, all in their early 20’s.

David Denmark
The Maclellan Foundation, Inc.
Hiren Desai
3H Group

In 1991, Hiren Desai had just graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration when he was given an opportunity to work as a general manager of a Chattanooga hotel. Fast forward nearly 30 years later, and he is owner and CEO of a multi-million dollar real estate development company.  Formed in 2000, 3H Group has grown into one of the premiere real estate management and development companies in the industry. 

Currently, there are 14 hospitality projects across the Southeast under 3H’s management, with several more slated to open 2018-2019. In addition to the hospitality industry, 3H Group also specializes in co-working office space, retail, and residential development.  Desai contributes 3H’s success to the family culture established by the associates, partners, investors, and corporate staff.

Warren Dropkin
Dropkin Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Tom du Plessis
Volkswagen Chattanooga Operations

Tom Du Plessis graduated from the University of Pretoria with a degree in Industrial engineering in 1989. Before his time at Volkswagen, Du Plessis had established a career in the auto industry through the manufacturing field as well as on the supplier level.

Du Plessis joined Volkswagen Group of South Africa in March of 2008 as the Head of Production. Within a year he was appointed to the Management Board as Production Director (2009). Du Plessis continued in this position until 2014, in which time he was able to accomplish constructing and commissioning a press shop, modernize manufacturing within the factory, and introduce a new production system to the Volkswagen brand.

In 2014 Du Plessis moved to Volkswagen Shanghai as the Executive Director over Production SAIC. While in Shanghai, he was involved in 43 new vehicle launches and helped oversee nine car plants, two engine factories, a battery assembly facility and 24,000 employees

Jamey Dye
COS Business Products and Interiors
Beverly Edge

Beverly Edge is HHM’s Chief Operating Officer. In her role, she oversees all administrative and operational functions of the firm. As the firm continues to grow and expand to new markets, she is instrumental in all processes from setting up procedures to hiring new employees. A practicing attorney for over 20 years, Beverly arrived to HHM equipped with the skills to evaluate the firm’s processes, improve the overall client experience, and drive firm growth. Prior to her role as COO, she was a member at a local law firm where she handled mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, aircraft transactions, and general representation of closely held businesses.

Beverly holds degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accounting, and from the University of Georgia with a Juris Doctor. She is a member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association of Women, the National Association of Dealer Counsel, and several bar associations. On the weekends, Beverly enjoys spending time outside and watching her sons play basketball and baseball.

Grant Evitts
TN American Water

Evitts has been with American Water for more than 30 years, holding positions in both Illinois and Missouri. He has been serving as the interim president of Tennessee American Water since October 2020. Prior to that role, Evitts served as vice president of Operations for Missouri American Water, where he led Water Quality, Field Operations, Production and Maintenance teams that provide high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people across the mid-western state.

“Grant brings more than 30 years of water and wastewater expertise to the Tennessee American team. His commitment to safety, customer service, and environmental leadership will enhance an already strong leadership team,” said Nick Rowe, senior vice president for American Water’s Southeast Division.

Prior to his vice president of Operations role, Evitts served as the senior director of Field Operations and Production in St. Louis, where he led more than 450 employees. Before that, he was the senior manager of Field Operations and Production in the Southern Division of Illinois American Water. His extensive career has given him experience in the complexities of water and wastewater services, which includes keeping safety a priority, leading diverse teams, working with communities, and, above all, serving customers by maintaining quality and reliable water services.

“Grant is a great team leader,” said American Water President of Regulated Operations and Military Services Group Bruce Hauk. “We are so pleased to have him bring his deep utility experience to Tennessee American Water’s 130 years-plus strong history of water quality serving the Chattanooga area.”

Renee Ford
Elliott Davis

Renee serves as the Chattanooga Office Leader for Elliott Davis and has 30 years of experience in public accounting in both assurance and taxation. She leads the Chattanooga audit practice and the firm's Alternative Investment Fund practice and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee. She practices primarily in the area of financial statement audits under both U.S. and international audit and accounting standards.

Within the firm’s Alternative Investment Fund practice, Renee serves domestic and international funds. She advises and assists many customers in successfully maintaining compliance with the complex rules and disclosure requirements of the fair-value accounting standards.

Renee has more than 17 years of experience serving customers in the healthcare industry. She works with one of the nation’s largest long-term care chains comprising more than 250 nursing, assisted, and independent-living facilities, as well as a number of other independently owned facilities.

Todd Fortner
Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

Todd Fortner is the president and chief executive officer of Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in southeast Tennessee with more than $1.8 billion in assets and more than 153,000 members. Fortner has served at the helm of the organization since Aug. 1, 2015. Under his leadership, TVFCU leads the way in innovation for community financial institutions nationally as exemplified by its deployment of first in market Interactive Teller Machines, first in market video banking and a 100% electronic consumer loan closing process. TVFCU also leads by example on Diversity & Inclusion as they are one of the only financial institutions their size nationally with a VP dedicated to D&I.

He is active in the community and previously served as the chairman of the board of directors for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults and on the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He graduated with a B.A. in accounting from Tennessee Technological University.

Evann Freeman

Evann Freeman joined EPB as Director of Government Relations in December of 2019.  Evann leads EPB’s government relations and economic development efforts.

Evann has spent the past decade as a government relations professional, most recently for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. At EPB, he works closely with local, state, and federal stakeholders, as well as local entrepreneurs and area businesses.

A proud Central High alum, Evann serves on several non-profit boards, and has dedicated his career to building stronger communities throughout Tennessee.  Evann sees his role at EPB as an opportunity to focus his public policy efforts on community benefit and coalition building for his hometown of Chattanooga.

Jason Freier
Chattanooga Lookouts

Jason is a co-founder of the Chattanooga Lookouts. He formed Hardball Capital in 2006 to invest in sports and entertainment businesses.  Hardball owns and operates three affiliated Minor League Baseball teams and their associated venues.  Hardball’s teams and venues have been among the most successful in all of Minor League Baseball and have won virtually every industry award. 

Prior to founding Hardball, Jason was an attorney in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.  Jason serves or has served on the boards of over a dozen private companies, non-profits and public commissions.  Jason received his AB with honors from Harvard College and his JD from the Yale Law School, where he was elected to the Law Review.

Eric Fuller
U.S. Xpress

Eric Fuller is President & CEO of U.S. Xpress, the nation’s fifth largest asset-based truckload carrier by revenue. During his 20+ years at the Chattanooga-based company, he has been involved in nearly every corner of the business and transformed it from a traditional trucking company to a next-generation technology innovator with over 10,000 employees. As a lobbyist for regulations like hair drug testing and reduced speeds, as well a member of the Board of Directors for both the American Trucking Associations and the Trucking Alliance, a trucking safety advocacy group, Eric prioritizes safety in all that he does.

He is also committed to protecting the environment, pushing initiatives to decrease emissions and maintaining the company’s 15-year partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay program. He is also a President’s Club member of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce where he is helping develop a strategy to guide Chattanooga toward its 2040 vision.

JB Gaskins
Blood Assurance

J.B. Gaskins, is the President and CEO of Blood Assurance. J.B.’s career in Blood Banking began in 1980 as a part-time phlebotomist while in college. Over the last 41 years, J.B. has worked in every aspect of blood baking operations for several Community Blood Centers in Florida, Alabama, and North Dakota.

J.B. also spent 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2017. During his military career J.B. deployed and/or mobilized numerous times to different parts of the world, including Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Guatemala, South Korea, and Germany.

J.B. has three grown children and 1 grandson, and when not working, can be found hiking, obstacle course racing, paddle boarding, and trying to capture the perfect Sunrise or Sunset on camera.

Gregg Gentry
Erlanger Health System

Gregg Gentry serves as the Chief of Staff to the President & CEO and Chief Administrative Officer for Erlanger Health System. In this capacity, he works closely with the President & CEO on strategy and governance and is responsible for administrative areas of the health system’s five hospitals.  He has been with Erlanger since 1989. 

Mr. Gentry received his undergraduate and Master of Business Administration degrees at the University of Alabama.  He is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society for Human Resource Management.  He is active in the community and currently serves as Chairperson of the Finance Committee at his church. He also serves on the Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board of the City of Chattanooga (HEB), and previously served on the Boards of Goodwill and Plaza Surgery.

Tom Glenn
Elder's Ace Hardware

Tom has served as President of Elder’s Ace Hardware for the past 28 years.  Along with a team of dedicated long-term leaders, Tom has worked to grow Elder’s into one of Ace Hardware’s largest members with over 500 associates and 22 stores stretching from north Georgia and Chattanooga north to Knoxville. Tom served on the national Board of Directors of Ace Hardware Corporation for 12 years from 1996 to 2008, the last five years serving as the corporation’s Chairman. 

Tom received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and his MBA from Duke University.  But Tom considers the time he spent sitting at the feet of and working in the family business with his now-deceased father, Elder, as his most priceless training.

Tom has had the good fortune of being actively engaged in the Chattanooga community.  He has served on the Boards of the United Way (Chairman, 2014-2016, Campaign Chairman, 2011), the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce (Chairman, 2018-2019, Secretary, 2016-2017), the National Center for Youth Issues, Bible in the Schools (Chairman, 2020), The Generosity Trust (Treasurer), the Community Foundation, Souls for Christ, St. Nicholas School, and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.

Tom is also a member of the First Horizon Bank Chattanooga advisory Board of Directors and a member of the Downtown Rotary Club.

Steve Goede
West Star Aviation

Steve began his role as General Manager in November 2018.  Before coming to Chattanooga, he was Director of Landing Gear and Accessory Programs at West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Steve was recognized in 2016 by AMT’s 40 Under 40 Next Gen Awards program for his contribution to the aviation industry.  Steve earned his Bachelor of Business in Marketing at The University of Iowa and his International Business Certificate from Roskilde Handelsskole in Denmark.

Michael Gorey
Propex Operating Company

Mike joined Propex Operating Company in April 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mike is a visionary, roll-up-your-sleeves CEO and brings a proven and consistent track record for turnaround and growth success, even in downturned economies. He has the know-how to drive innovations and strategies that produce growth, profitability and market leadership, even in escalating volatile markets. Coupled with his executive leadership experience and abilities is a strong background in Finance, Operations, Marketing & Market development.

Rusty Gray
Baker Donelson

Russell W. Gray, of Baker Donelson, represents local, regional and national clients on a full range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour, drug testing, policy manuals, covenants not to compete, response to union activity, various employment forms, compliance advice and employment litigation.

Mr. Gray also has more than 15 years of experience in commercial and business litigation, including litigation involving contractual matters, trade secrets, stock valuation and real property. He has litigated matters before courts or government agencies in approximately 20 states

Mr. Gray is the managing shareholder in the Chattanooga office, and he also serves on Baker Donelson's Board of Directors.

Bill Groth

Bill Groth is a Sr. Project Director for Shimmick with over 35 years in the design, construction, and construction management of heavy civil works.   Bill graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelors of Science in Civil engineering and is a registered profession al engineer in multiple states. 

Over the course of his career Bill has lived and worked building dams and hydroelectric projects throughout the US and in the Philippines and Uganda. He is currently managing the $240 million construction of Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project for Shimmick scheduled for completion in 2023. 

Rock Haines
TriStar Beverage of Chattanooga
Jim M. Haley, IV
Miller & Martin, PLLC

Jim Haley is a member of the commercial department of the law firm of Miller & Martin PLLC which has offices in Chattanooga, Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte. He previously served as Managing Partner and later as Chairman of Miller & Martin for a total of sixteen years. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers. He also is a former president of the Chattanooga Bar Association. He served as president of The Baylor School Alumni Association and as a trustee of the school. He serves as Chairman of the Lookout Mountain School Board, and is a former board member of United Way. He has served on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Chamber.

Jim’s undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree is from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Jim is married to the former Margaret Anne Gwynn of Tallahassee, Florida, and he has four adult children and three grandchildren, all of whom unfortunately reside outside of Chattanooga.

Among his personal interests, Jim is an avid golfer and hiker. He looks forward to serving the Chamber as Chair-Elect and next year as Chair.

Susan Harris
See Rock City, Inc

Susan Harris is an executive leader with full responsibility for operational, cultural and financial performance of a privately held, multi-site hospitality company. Susan joined the executive staff at See Rock City, Inc. as the Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development in June 2008 and was promoted to President, SRC Attractions in February 2013, with added responsibilities as COO in 2016. Since joining SRC, Susan has worked extensively in organizational culture and leadership development.  Previous professional positions include the Director of Human Resources for Express Financial Services and the Director of People Development for Chattanooga Group.

Susan is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, and she also serves as a Board member of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. Susan serves as a mentor with the 10 Project, and has also been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix, and a past Board member for the Chattanooga chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Susan is an HRCI certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and also holds designation as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). In September 2012, Susan was awarded the HR Professional Excellence Award by the Tennessee SHRM State Council.

Susan earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Berry College in 1990.

Susan is a native Chattanoogan, having graduated from Hixson High School in 1987. She left the city after graduation to attend college; after graduation, she worked in the Rome and North Atlanta area for several years before moving back to Chattanooga in 1998. She and her husband, Jaye currently reside in the city with their two sons, Jack (22) and Duncan (17). Jaye’s oldest son Riley and his wife live in Nashville with their 3 beautiful daughters.

Jaye and Susan are members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where Susan recently concluded service as the chairperson of the Rector Search Committee and currently serves as a member of the Altar Guild. Susan serves on the board of the Tennessee Academy of Gymnastics Booster Club as the Treasurer. She is a past board member at Hixson Youth Athletic Association.

Terry Hart
Chattanooga Airport Authority

Terry Hart’s aviation management experience includes over 39 years in aviation operations, strategic planning and administration.  Before moving to Chattanooga in 2007, Mr. Hart held regional management and vice president of field services positions with American Airlines and American Eagle, including responsibility for a $200 million budget and 1,500 employees. 

From November 2007 until October 2011, Mr. Hart oversaw general operations at the Chattanooga Airport before being named President and CEO, where he has overseen the growth in each piece of the Airport’s business.  Mr. Hart has earned the Airport Certified Employee Operations designation by the American Association of Airport Executives, and previously served as Chairman of the O’Hare Airline Managers Association.  Last June, Terry received the 2019 Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year Award.   

Mr. Hart lives in Chattanooga with his wife, Zita and they have two sons, Andrew and Stephen. Both sons are graduates of Loyola University in Chicago.

Baron Herdelin-Doherty
YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga

Baron Herdelin-Doherty brings with him over  35  years  in  the  YMCA  movement, most recently serving as President & CEO of  the  YMCA of  San Diego County, a $240M organization. In that role, he was responsible for  18 branches, 3  resident  camps, and  197 after school sites. He also supervised 5,500 staff and served 480,000 individuals annually. Some of Herdelin-Doherty's accomplishments in that role included increasing the budget by

$1DSM, increasing membership by 17,000+ units, and opening 6 new branches.

In addition to his role as CEO for the YMCA of San Diego County, Herdelin-Doherty also served as President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio; Chief Operating Officer/SVP of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region; Group Vice President of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee; and Executive Director at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and YMCA of Mobile.

Scott Hibberts
Reagan Outdoor Advertising

Scott Hibberts serves as the General Manager of Reagan Outdoor Advertising of Chattanooga.  Scott has nearly 15 years of experience in out-of-home advertising sales, real estate and management, helping local and national clients tell their stories on Reagan’s 1600-plus billboard displays in the Chattanooga market.  He previously served as a Vice President with SunTrust Bank and in management at Unum before returning to the Out-of-Home industry in 2015.  Scott is a Chattanooga native, graduating from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1996 with a degree in Business Marketing.  He currently serves as a Director for the Outdoor Advertising Association of Tennessee.

Reagan is a family-owned business that has been serving advertising clients for over 50 years.  Reagan, who purchased the Chattanooga assets in 2019, ranks as the fourth largest Out-of-Home advertising company in the nation, operating over 9000 billboard displays.

Roy Hibbs

Roy is the Head of US Consumer Healthcare Industrial Affairs for Sanofi (previously Chattem) overseeing all operations in Chattanooga. He has led the industrial integration of the Chattanooga site into the larger Sanofi global network over the past two years. Before joining Chattem in 2010, Roy worked at Fujifilm Chemicals. Roy earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and MBA at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

Dr. JD Hickey
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Jason D. (JD) Hickey, M.D., is president & CEO for Chattanooga-based BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

In this position, Hickey is responsible for the development and implementation of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the organization. He leads the executive team responsible for daily management of the enterprise that serves more than 3 million members.

Prior to his appointment as CEO in September 2015, Hickey served as BlueCross Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for three years. He joined the company in 2011 as President and CEO of Medicaid managed care subsidiary BlueCare Tennessee.

Before coming to BlueCross, Hickey was a partner at McKinsey & Company, one of the world’s leading strategic management consulting firms. Located in McKinsey’s Washington, D.C. office, he was a leader within the Payor Provider Practice and a recognized expert on health care reform.

As a member of Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s cabinet, Hickey served as director of the Tennessee Medicaid Program, TennCare, from 2004 to 2006. In this role, he led efforts to reform the TennCare program and ultimately return it to financial stability.

After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, Hickey earned his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine and his juris doctorate from the Duke University School of Law.

Hickey serves on the board of directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and the National Institute of Health Care Management. He is also a board member of the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga.

Craig Holley
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Craig Holley is Chairman of Pinnacle Financial Partners in Chattanooga. Previously, he was Chairman, President and CEO of CapitalMark Bank & Trust which he founded in 2007 and merged with Pinnacle in 2015. He has served on numerous boards in Chattanooga, most recently serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Hunter Museum of American Art. 

In addition, he is a former member of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta. He was the 2012 Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year and is the 2021-2022 Rotary Club President-elect. Mr. Holley earned his BS degree in Economics at Auburn University in 1979 and is a 1987 graduate of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. 

Duane Horton
Scenic Land Company
Honor Hostetler
Common House

Honor Hostetler is the Director of Operations at Common House, a brand new social club in the heart of Chattanooga’s Southside. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a degree in Hospitality. Honor has previously served as the Director of Community Outreach for the Chattanooga Chamber and Director of Partnerships for the Chattanooga Tourism Company. Honor is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Chattanooga, member of Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute and recent past president of Rotaract of Chattanooga.

Miles Huff
Cempa Community Care

Miles Huff was born in the hills of eastern Kentucky in Harlan County, and is proud to have been born and raised in Appalachia. Miles settled down in Chattanooga after completing graduate school. He fell in love with the city and is now proud to call Chattanooga home.

Miles attended Lee University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology, and his graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling. Miles worked in the field of mental health for nearly a decade before shifting directions and entering the corporate world, working in employee benefits, human resources, and talent development.

Miles currently serves as the Advocacy and Development Administrator for Cempa Community Care. In this role, Miles oversees community outreach, government relations, communications, marketing, and development.

Miles serves on the Regional Advisory Council for Susan G. Komen, and is the current chair of the More Than Pink Walk. Miles acts as a host for Dining Out for Life benefiting the Chattanooga Cares Foundation, and serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Advocacy Center and ArtsBuild as well as the Diversity Task Force for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga.

He is an alumnus of Leadership Chattanooga and a part of the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association and a former board member, former Membership chair, and served on the class selection committee and curriculum committee. Miles was a part of the inaugural class of Leadership Hamilton County Schools.

Steve Hunt
Berry & Hunt
Dr. William L. Jackson
Erlanger Health System

William L. Jackson Jr., MD, MBA, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Erlanger Health System. In his current role, the seasoned healthcare executive oversees one of the largest public health systems in the United States. In his previous role as Erlanger's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jackson was responsible for oversight of Quality, Safety, Erlanger Medical Group, Physician Services, Research, Medical Affairs, and inpatient and outpatient care delivery for the health system. He also focused on advancing a clinical agenda that supported Erlanger’s 975-member medical staff and outcomes critical to their success.

Before joining Erlanger in 2015, Dr. Jackson served as Chief Medical Officer for Alexandria Hospital and Associate System Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Effectiveness for Inova Health System. During his tenure at Inova, Dr. Jackson had several additional roles, including practicing as an intensivist at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He also led the Inova Telemedicine Institute as Medical Director, and served as the first System Director for Adult Critical Care.

Dr. Jackson received his medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and completed his postgraduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He is a veteran, having served nine years with the United States Army. He completed his MBA at the University of Virginia. Dr. Jackson is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, and is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians.

Joseph Johnson
Johnson Group

Joe is a Chattanooga native who graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Began his advertising career in Chattanooga. Raised his family in Chattanooga. And, founded The Johnson Group Marketing & Advertising Agency in Chattanooga. Under his guidance, The Johnson Group has had the privilege of working with many of Chattanooga’s major brands including McKee Foods, U.S. Xpress, Erlanger, Chattem, Krystal, EPB Fiber Optics and both The Chattanooga CVB & Chamber of Commerce. Due to these Chattanooga successes, The Johnson Group continually helps market the major brands in cities all over the country including Anchorage, Alaska; San Diego, California; Binghamton, New York; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Hays, Kansas; Waco, Texas; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Waynesboro, Virginia.

Hamp Johnston
RockPoint Bank

Hamp Johnston grew up in Chattanooga and has 27 years of banking experience with almost all of it being in the local market.  After earning a BA from Washington and Lee University, he began his banking career in 1993 in a commercial lending training program in Memphis.  He graduated from The Graduate School of Banking at LSU in 2006 and has worked in a variety of roles to include correspondent banking, commercial banking and private banking.  Hamp was one of the Organiers of RockPoint Bank, NA and serves as its President and CEO.  RockPoint is the first de novo bank in Chattanooga since 2007 and one of the few locally owned and managed banks.  It focuses on small-to-medium businesses, their owners and employees, and professionals in our community.  Hamp has been engaged in the Chattanooga community since returning home in 1994 in activities to include Past President of the McCallie Alumni Council, being a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga and the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, and board member of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.  Current involvement includes being a Steering Committee member of Chattanooga 2.0, Downtown Chattanooga Rotary member and President of the Board of Bridge Scholars.

August Jones
United States Stove Company

August SL Jones serves as the President and co-owner of United States Stove Company in South Pittsburg. August is the 4th generation leader of one of the largest manufacturers of both wood and pellet stoves in the United States, with offices in the U.S., Canada, England, Italy and China. Over his 15+ years at US Stove, August has diligently worked in every department and attributes the continued success of the company to innovation and adaptation. Fostering a community built on family values, Jones continues to strongly lead US Stove into the next generation of heating.

August was born and raised in Nashville, TN graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science and as a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He currently resides in the Northshore community with his three great kids, Ayden, Austen and Autumn. Among his personal interests, August enjoys spending time with his children, sports training, swimming, golf, gardening, triathlons and enjoys many of the local racing events hosted in the Scenic City. 

Mayor Tim Kelly
City of Chattanooga

Elected as the 74th mayor of Chattanooga in April 2021, Tim is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, and it will always be his home. Growing up in a family that emphasized servant leadership, Tim still embraces that approach today. Before taking office, Kelly served as chairman of the board for the Chattanooga Football Club, which he co-founded. He also founded, owned or operated a number of other businesses. As a civic leader, Tim has served on boards for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chattanooga, the Benwood Foundation, River City Company, Allied Arts (now ArtsBuild), Chattanooga 2.0, and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, among others.

Michael Kull
New York Life
Jared Lane
Livability Media
Andy Lang
McKee Foods

Andy joined McKee in 2017 and has served as CFO for three years.  He also serves as CEO for McKee’s wholly owned subsidiary Prairie City Bakery, LLC.  Andy previously held various senior management roles for several leading food companies including Chiquita Brands, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Kraft Foods.  His career has taken Andy and his family throughout the US, having lived in New York, Colorado, California, Texas and North Carolina.  He currently resides in Ooltewah, Tennessee.  Andy earned his Bachelor of Science from Binghamton University and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Sharon Law
Thompson Engineering

Sharon Law is the Business Development Manager for Thompson Engineering’s Transportation division and is based in the firm’s Chattanooga office. With a background in public relations, business development, and community engagement, Sharon is responsible for developing the engineering and architecture firm’s transportation market client and project portfolio.

Professional Experience

In 2019, Sharon led the team that secured a $70 million Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract in Chattanooga, a win that expanded the firm’s footprint to include projects in all four regions of Tennessee. She is currently working in a public involvement role on numerous projects throughout the state.    

During the course of Sharon’s career, she has developed a broad network of colleagues and friends across the Southeast. This network is vital to her success as bridge builder - figurative sense, not literal. She often collaborates with competing firms to create winning project teams, acknowledging, “We are often stronger together than standing on our own.” She applies this philosophy broadly professionally and personally.

Before joining Thompson Engineering, Sharon worked at a statewide PR firm where she supported clients across a variety of government and private sector industries in both consumer-facing and business-to-business markets. She also worked in the Community Relations Department for the Hamilton County, TN Sheriff’s Office and supported government communications with internal and external stakeholders. Prior to her county experience, she served as Executive Assistant to the VP of a large regional engineering firm.

Community Outreach & Service

In 2021, Sharon was appointed to the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and currently serves as the Vice-President for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Tennessee, Chattanooga Chapter. In 2019, Sharon was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Families, Children & Adults in Chattanooga. She is also serving a three-year term on the Tennessee Chamber Board of Directors as the Chattanooga Liaison. She also serves on the American Heart Association Circle of Red & Executive Leadership Team and is a Tennessee Valley Association Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) Board Member and Communications Committee Chair.

In the last 10 years, Sharon has served on more than 20 boards and committees, delivering on the missions of those organizations and making numerous friendships with likeminded Tennesseans in the process. She is honored to have been named a Chattanooga Woman of Distinction in 2017. Sharon has served many other organizations such as Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute and Girls Inc., an organization that named her an Unbought & Unbossed Honoree in 2016. Sharon says several mentors guided her early in her career and she enjoys doing the same for others.

Always on the go, Sharon relies on faith, family, and long runs to help her put things in perspective. Sharon lives in Chattanooga with her husband Jon. They have four sons, Caleb, Jacob, Cameron, and Dylan, and one granddaughter, Emma. 

Paul Leath
Chattanooga Gas

Paul Leath was named Regional Director of Operations for Chattanooga Gas & Northwest Georgia in 2018.

Mr. Leath joined Southern Company Gas in 2001 and served the company most recently as director, external affairs for Tennessee. In this role, he was responsible for working cooperatively with our regulators, elected officials, business and community leaders. This position gave him the opportunity to play a key role in the community’s economic development efforts and to take a prominent position in civic and community activities. In addition, Paul was responsible for ensuring Chattanooga Gas maintained a strong relationship with the Tennessee Public Utilities Commission. 

Mr. Leath has over 30 years of senior management experience.  Prior to joining Southern Company Gas, he was the manager of distribution and logistics for General Electric Lighting Systems and served as a logistics officer in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Leath has been very active in community service. His current and past community service includes:  the Tennessee Chamber Board of Directors, the Tennessee Gas Association Board of Directors, Chattanooga Chamber Executive Committee, Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees, and Past Chairman of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce to name a few.

A graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, Leadership Macon, and Leadership Georgia, Mr. Leath was named to Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list of outstanding Georgians and to Macon Magazine’s “Five Leaders Under 40” list.

He is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland, where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.    

A native of Aberdeen, Md., Mr. Leath resides in Chattanooga with his wife, Sharon, and their two children, Jessica and Zachary.

Michael Lebovitz
CBL & Associates Properties Inc.

Michael I. Lebovitz serves as President of CBL Properties, Inc. He is responsible for a broad range of the companies activites including operations, development and redevelopment.  Prior to joining CBL, he was affiliated with Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1986 to 1988.  He is past president of the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Chattanooga.  Mr. Lebovitz currently serves on the national boards of Jewish Federations of North America and the United Israel Appeal. 

He formerly served on the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and was National Campaign Chair for the Jewish Federations of North America from 2010 – 2011.  He is also a member of the board of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga and formerly served on the board of The McCallie School in Chattanooga

Cindy Lee
Lync Logistics
Less Lee
Lee-Smith, Inc.

Less Lee is President and CEO of Lee-Smith, Inc., a 75-year old International, Ford, and Isuzu Truck Dealership. Since joining the Company at an early age, Less has helped build Lee-Smith, Inc. into the largest truck dealership in the area.

Less is a native of Chattanooga and graduate of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Along with his wife, Cindy, they have three children, Taylor, Sarah Morgan, and Carver.

Lou Lentine

Lou Lentine, of Echelon, believes that the frontier of innovation starts with an idea. Developing products that make sense or solve a common problem is one of his biggest passions. In his opinion, watching a product blossom from an idea to a reality, to ultimately landing in the hands of a happy customer is the biggest success any inventor can reach.

Although Lou Lentine enjoys inventing new products, he also supports those who inspire innovation! Unlike many companies that solicit new products, Lou Lentine accepts new product submissions from inventors around the world. If a product is not appropriate for Viatek’s channels of distribution, Lou provides adequate, positive, truthful evaluations. In all cases, Lou strives to give constructive criticism and often provides referrals to hopeful inventors.

This year alone, Lou encouraged long-lasting business relationships with third party inventors who developed new innovative products including: Broomy, Foldable Broom and Dust Pan, Plug Genie ®, International Power Strip and Adapter Set, and Cozy Cup, a wrap around heated sleeve for coffee cups-featuring technology developed by NASA.

Jeff Londis
White Oak Enterprises

Jeff Londis is the managing partner at White Oak Enterprises which is a private investment firm that focuses on both the health care industry and commercial real estate ventures and developments. He and his family relocated to Chattanooga, Tennessee 27 years ago from Chicago and immediately realized they had found their permanent home.

During Jeff’s career, his commitment to excellence and passion for service has allowed him to assemble experience in both the health care and real estate industries at the highest executive levels of private and publicly traded companies. He has served in senior leadership roles for companies from early stage development all the way to public offering.  In addition, Jeff has spent the majority of his career as an entrepreneur co-founding multiple healthcare companies that were developed into dominant regional and national brands in skilled home care, outpatient physical and occupational therapy services and sleep diagnostic testing.

Upon his arrival in Chattanooga, Jeff served as Senior Vice President of Support Services for Lifecare Centers of America in Cleveland, TN. From there he went on to co-found Guardian Home Care which became one of the largest home health companies in the southeast and BenchMark Physical Therapy which became one of the largest outpatient physical therapy providers in the nation.  By 2015, Jeff had exited both of these companies and moved on to formally co-found White Oak Enterprises.

Jeff has served on multiple boards at both for-profit and non-profit institutions. He received an MBA in finance and health care from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in business from Andrews University in Michigan.  Jeff and his wife Yolanda have two children, Boston and Olivia.

Darde Long
Chattanooga Zoo

Darde Long serves as the President & CEO of the Chattanooga Zoo. She always aspired to become a veterinarian and work with animals. Darde became a veterinary assistant with Byles and Martin Animal Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. While there, an opportunity to work at what was then the Warner Park Zoo became available. In 1985, she joined the Chattanooga Zoo, which then became a two person operation. Under her leadership, the Chattanooga Zoo was able to complete a $2.5 million project to implement a giraffe exhibit.

Darde received her education from Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and enjoys coming to work every day

Hugh O. Maclellan, Jr.
The Maclellan Foundation, Inc.
Stephanie Mansueto
JP Morgan Chase

Stefanie Mansueto is a Market Executive with the Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries group of JPMorgan Chase in Chattanooga, TN.

Stefanie has resided in Chattanooga for ten years, and most served as Development Director of Normal Park Museum Magnet School before rejoining Chase in August 2012.

Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Stefanie currently serves on the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, A Step Ahead Chattanooga, and Financial Executives International boards. She also serves on the United Way of Chattanooga’s Finance Committee.

Barbara Marter
Weldon Osborne Foundation
Michael Mathis
Regions Bank

Michael Mathis has been Market President at Regions Bank since 2007. Prior to joining Regions, he held multiple positions at Pioneer Bank. He graduated with a B.A. in accounting from Furman University and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Mr. Mathis has served as the chairman of the board of directors for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation. He’s served on many Chattanooga-area boards, including Siskin Hospital, Venture Forward, Brainerd Baptist School, UTC Chancellor’s Roundtable, UTC Finance Advisory Board and the McCallie School Alumni and Athletic Councils. Most recently he was the 2018 United Way Campaign Chair.

Rick McKenney

Richard (Rick) McKenney is president and chief executive officer for Unum, one of the world’s leading providers of workplace financial protection benefits. He became president in April 2015 and assumed the role of CEO in May of the same year.

McKenney served as executive vice president, chief financial officer for Unum Group from 2009 to 2015, where he was responsible for overall financial management of the company, including financial reporting, treasury and capital management, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions, investments, financial planning, investor relations, and enterprise risk management. He also chaired Unum’s Operating Committee, which oversees the company’s business operations throughout the U.S. and U.K.

Prior to joining Unum in 2009, McKenney was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sun Life Financial, Inc., an international financial services company based in Toronto.

McKenney began his career at GE, transitioning in his roles from manufacturing to financial leadership. He joined GE Financial Assurance in 1996 and became CFO in 2002. In 2004 he became CFO of Genworth Financial as part of the team that launched its initial public offering from GE.

In 2017, McKenney joined the Board of Directors of U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. He also serves on the board of the American Council of Life Insurers.

McKenney graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

McKenney lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife and three children, and is active in his community, serving on the boards of the Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation and the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation.

Jim McKenzie

Jim McKenizie is a native Chattanoogan and graduate of The Baylor School and The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 15 Year Banker…Chattanooga President of FirstBank for 4 years…began banking career at the old American National Bank in Chattanooga. Jim was the former Executive at Kenco Logistics. He is a past board member of St. Peter’s Episcopal School, The Baylor School Parent Alumni Board & North River Soccer Club.

Jim is married to Katie Lonas McKenzie with 2 sons and 1 granddaughter. In his free time he enjoys running, golf and trips to Lower Alabama, aka the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach area. Jim coached youth/club soccer for 20 years

Spencer Mercer

Spencer Mercer, CPA, is a member of the Chattanooga office of KraftCPAs PLLC – one of the largest CPA firms in Tennessee. He has been with KraftCPAs since beginning his career in 2009 with the firm’s Nashville office.

With KraftCPAs’ acquisition of Chattanooga firm Matheney Stees & Associates in 2020, Spencer jumped at the opportunity to relocate and embrace the new challenge of growing Kraft’s client base in the region. Born and reared in Greeneville, Spencer is happy to be back home in east Tennessee.

Since graduating from UT Knoxville with undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting, he has become a seasoned tax advisor with extensive experience in corporate taxation including multi-state and international matters. Spencer helps clients achieve business and personal goals through tax research, planning and transaction advisory services. He has assisted numerous clients with business acquisitions and dispositions. As a result, Spencer is skilled at communicating complex issues in a non-technical manner that clients appreciate. While he has worked with a variety of clients, Spencer’s client base is concentrated in the manufacturing and construction industries.

Spencer enjoys building and maintaining client relationships and recruiting and mentoring younger professionals. Outside of work, he enjoys all sports, but especially golf. Now that he’s put down roots in Chattanooga, he intends to spend more time in the great outdoors hiking and fishing.

Spencer loves community service and has volunteered at many nonprofit organization events in Nashville, including the Komen Foundation race, Habitat for Humanity builds, and Special Olympics. He is eager to bring this enthusiasm to Chattanooga as well.

Gary Meyer
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Melvin Moody

Melvin began his role a Unit General Manager of Pepsi in Chattanooga in November of 2019.  Pepsi in Chattanooga employees around 135 employees and carries some of the top selling brands including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana, Starbucks, Lipton, Bang Energy and many other top brands.  Prior to joining the Chattanooga team, he was the General Manager of Pepsi in Cordele, GA and was heavily involved with supporting the local community and the Crisp County Chamber of Commerce.  

In 2019, Pepsi in Cordele was named the Chamber’s Business of the Year.  Melvin began his PepsiCo journey back in 2003, where he has worked in different support and operational roles including sales district leader, warehouse manager and delivery supervisor. Melvin prides himself on being able to coach and develop talent to help drive topline performance for the organization. Melvin is married to his wife Erica and are celebrating being married 20 years as of June 2020. 

Melvin has 2 boys, Austin and Aiden Moody who stay busy taking care of their farm animals and both enjoy playing video games with their friends. Melvin’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, wrestling and enjoys watching college football.  #rolltide

Russell Moorehead
Croy Engineering

Russell Moorehead, PE is a Vice President for Croy Engineering, LLC, a full-service consulting engineering firm with offices across Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. In this role, Russell also serves as the Office Manager for Croy’s Chattanooga office, which he opened for the firm in early 2019.

Russell has more than 33 years of experience as a civil engineer with extensive experience in municipal engineering and project management. He first worked in the Atlanta, Georgia area, moving his way up through career changes and promotions to become the Public Works Director for Marietta, a suburb of Atlanta. In 2003, he changed careers and zip codes, and moved his family to Chattanooga. Since that time, Russell has utilized his experience in public service to provide consulting services to municipal and public utility clients.

Russell graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in four Southeastern states. He is an active volunteer, having served in leadership roles for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Russell enjoys cooking barbeque, playing golf, going fishing, as well as spending time with his wife, Debbi, and their two children, Audrey and Nathan, and dog, Oscar.

Sarah Morgan
Benwood Foundation
Glenn Morris
M&M Industries, Inc.

Glenn Morris is the President and CEO at M&M Industries, a US based manufacturer which was established in 1986 by his father, Glenn Morris Sr.  M&M Industries has manufacturing plants in Tennessee and Arizona and employs several hundred people.

Glenn has held multiple positions within M&M Industries since 1986, such as Sales Manager, Product Development Manager, Plant Manager, and Operations Officer.  Under his leadership, M&M has manufactured and patented packaging containers, Life Latch®, Lite Latch®, Life Latch Square® and introduced the Revolutionary Pail.  These containers are used for biohazards, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, environmental, nutritional supplements, hazardous materials and much more.

He is a member of Tennessee Manufacturers Association and Society of Plastics Engineers. He is Past President of Plastic Shipping Container Institute and former Treasurer of Rotary Club of Chattanooga. Glenn participated in the 2009 Leadership Chattanooga Program.  He is currently serving on the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association. Glenn is also involved with several local charities including Ronald McDonald House, On Point, First Things First, House of Refuge, and Church of the First Born.

He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Glenn resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee is married to Suzanne Morris and they have two daughters, Emma and Sydney.

Jeff Olingy
Launch CHA

Jeff Olingy has lived in Chattanooga for over 25 years with his wife, Julie. During that time he has worked for UNUM, The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga State, and Simply Bank. He is currently employed by Launch of Chattanooga as its Director of Corporate Partnerships. Jeff serves on the boards of The Lookout Mountain Conservancy and Mustard Tree Ministries. Mr. Olingy has a BA degree from Rutgers University.

Mike Otterman
Lodge Manufacturing Company
Thomas Ozburn
Parkridge Medical Center

Tom joined Parkridge Medical Center as President & CEO in February of 2017, coming to Chattanooga from TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville. A native of Chattanooga, Tom Ozburn brings 20 years of executive healthcare leadership to his new role. Prior to TriStar Southern Hills, he served as chief operating officer in TriStar Summit and TriStar Greenview medical centers, sister TriStar Health facilities in Hermitage, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, respectively, and worked in operations with HCA Physician Services Group.

Ozburn, a native of Chattanooga, earned a bachelor of science in Health Care Management from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a masters of Health Administration and a masters of Business Administration from The University of Memphis.  He is currently enrolled at UAB in the Doctoral program in Health Services Administration.  He is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American College of Medical Practice Executives.  In 2006, Ozburn achieved the status of Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as a board member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter.  

Ozburn currently serves on the board of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.  He is a past Board member for the Tennessee Hospital Association and The American Heart Association and has served on the board for Men of Valor, the Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce, Healthcare Executives Forum of Middle Tennessee, YMCA and Soles4Souls. 

Ozburn enjoys running and cycling.  He has completed over 14 marathons/triathlons across the country.

Ozburn has two children: Thomas, age 19 and Allie Grace, age 17. 

Ozburn is married to Lori Mitchell, Anchor/Reporter, for WRCB TV News Channel 3 in Chattanooga.

John Papas
Cherokee Distributing Company

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