Ambassadors

Ambassador Program

  •     To assist in retaining members
  •     To help members maximize their membership benefits
  •     To create lasting connections between members

 

Ambassador Benefits

  •     Expand your personal network
  •     Increase your company's visibility
  •     Recognition for Ambassador Top Producer and Ambassador of the year.

Ambassador of the Month

February -- TBA

Ambassador of the Year

2017 -- Rick Hudolin
2016 -- Kevin Ross
2015 -- Tom Davis
2014 -- Bill Kilgore
2013 -- Laura Caves
2012 -- Chris Mahler
2011 -- Melissa Gambino 

If you are interested in learning more about the Ambassador group, please contact Amy Lawson at 983-2241.

If you are a Chamber member and want to sign up to participate in the Ambassador group, sign up on the Get Involved Form.

Ambassador Incentive Form


2018 Blount Chamber Ambassador Profiles


Name: Kevin Ross
Company: Crye-Leike DeLozier Realty & Auction
Title: Co-Owner, Auctioneer


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"My career path began taking shape in the insurance industry with a focus on health insurance upon my graduation from the University of Tennessee in 1993 with a degree in biology. Eventually, this led me to open my own privately owned agency specializing in property and casualty insurance. I owned and operated this business for 15 years and enjoyed this career while also developing a personal interest in buying and selling real estate. As happens so often, I met and struck up a friendship with my now real estate partner, Jerry DeLozier, at school function we were attending with our children. In 2005 I became co-owner with Jerry of Crye-Leike DeLozier Realty & Auction. As real estate agents and auctioneers for over 30 combined years, we are absolutely committed to providing our customers with the highest level of professionalism and expertise. We realize that people do business with people they trust and we always look out for the best interests of our clients and are committed to establishing a relationship based on trust. We also give back to the community by donating our auctioneering services to local charity events and Christian organizations. I have been named #7 out of Crye Leike’s top 25 producing franchise agents and recently earned my Certified Estate Specialist (CES) and Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS) designations. I am now pursuing my Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI) designation. I enjoy working with residential real estate sales, first-time home buyers, investment properties, relocations, new home construction as well as auctions."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I was the University of Tennessee football team’s manager for Johnny Majors."




Name: Aaron Killian
Company: Regions Bank (Walland)
Title: Financial Services Specialist


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I began my career in media and marketing in 2001. As an award-winning marketer, I volunteer as the president of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Maryville Association and serve on the Board of Advisors for Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), and I have volunteered with organizations including the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Alcoa Kiwanis, April Foolies, and Habitat for Humanity. "

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I can do over 100 impersonations, including celebrities, singers, and cartoon characters."




Name: Amy King
Company: Realty Executives Associates
Title: Realtor


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"Being a residential realtor is one of the most rewarding careers available. I love helping my clients as they make one of the most important personal and financial choices of their lifetime. I started my career path in mortgage lending but soon decided my best fit was in working directly with people. I have now been a realtor for 20+ years. I have co-owned my own real estate company, worked with Coldwell Banker and now with Realty Executives. I attribute my success and longevity in this business with treating people with respect and doing the right thing for each client."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I love to play tennis."




Name: Drew Miles
Company: Miles Insurance Agency
Title: President


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"It is said that a person is only as good as the people they surround themselves with. I appreciate my team and confident that we have developed our business to be a well respected insurance agency in Blount County. Our mission is for honesty, integrity, character, and education to be the basis of our agency."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I was very shy as a child."




Name: Tony Saddy
Company: Get Fit Maryville
Title: Owner and Certified Personal Trainer


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"Get Fit Maryville's goals are to become the "go to" place for health and wellness in Blount County. I have been in the fitness training industry for over 16 years now training clients ages 10-82. My background before fitness training as Human Resources Director for manufacturing and transportation companies."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I'm from Chicago...but truly enjoy riding my Harley in the mountains of east TN."




Name: Kellie Moths
Company: Rodan+Fields
Title: Elite LV Executive Consultant
Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in elementary education and Lincoln Memorial University with a master's in guidance and counseling. I taught school for 25 years. I wasn’t looking for a career change until I was introduced to Rodan+Fields. Finding premium products that truly work and being able to partner with Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields (the creators of Proactiv) in their next BIG company has been a "pinch me moment" from day one and even today. Whether it’s helping people with their skincare concerns, encouraging others to dream big as I help them reach their financial /lifestyle goals...having a lot of fun and cultivating new friendships across the U.S. and Canada has been some of the highlights of my amazing seven year journey with R+F."

What's one interesting fact about you? "My greatest joy in life is traveling all over the U.S. watching my son play college baseball."




Name: Gayle Abbott
Company: ACN
Title: Executive Team Leader

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"For the majority of my adult life I have been co-owner of Abbott Electric, Inc with my husband. In 1998, I went back to school and started working as a medical transcriptionist. I worked for many different medical specialties and eventually worked for several hospitals. This industry changed dramatically with the introduction of outsourcing, and I decided to pursue another direction in 2015. While still being involved in the administrative operations of the electrical company, I was introduced to the telecom industry and quickly found a home at ACN. It's very rewarding to work with individuals and businesses and help them obtain essential services through a simple, streamlined and less expensive process."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have 4 grandchildren, including identical twin boys born last year!"




Name: Andrew Ellis
Company: Big Slate Media
Title: Account Executive


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I am an entrepreneur at heart with a degree in Criminal justice/criminology and philosophy from ETSU. I'm fascinated with society and the way people interact. So although criminology and marketing seem different, they are more similar than one would think. I'm currently in sales and business development for Big Slate Media and am excited to help connect other businesses with their audiences."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I have made it from the Grand Canyon to Nashville in one day via car!"




Name: Vanessa Sparks
Company: Blount County Habitat for Humanity
Title: Development Director


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I joined Blount County Habitat for Humanity after having worked as an insurance agent for over 15 years. I have always been passionate about helping others, so when the opportunity to join Blount County Habitat came about, I jumped at the opportunity to shift into the non-profit sector. The responsibilities of Development Director align perfectly with my experience as well as my interests. I couldn’t be more honored to work alongside so many talented and enthusiastic individuals at BCHFH to make real and lasting progress around affordable housing in Blount County. I love my work and I love our exceptional community! The ambassador program gives me a chance to build meaningful and lasting relationships that reinforce both."




Name: Donnelle Collins
Company: Simmons Bank
Title: Assistant Branch Manager


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I began working as an Assistant Branch Manager for Simmons Bank (which at the time was First State Bank) in January 2015. I began my banking career 5 years ago as a teller, moved to a customer service representative role, assisted in private client and finally was offered the management role that I had hoped for while working on my Masters in Business Administration."




Name: Keith Edmonds
Company: Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc.
Title: Mortgage Advisor


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"When I transitioned from a career in banking to the mortgage lending business, I looked forward to the opportunity to meet great people and guide them through one of the biggest investments they will ever make. I spent eight years working in the banking industry, where I gained experience in retail and commercial lending. I work with my great team to provide the support clients need throughout the home-buying process, while ensuring they receive the prompt and friendly service they’ve come to expect from me. I am fully committed to my clients and their happiness. As I strive to fulfill the unique needs of each client, I’m focused on delivering the kind of positive experience that encourages them to return for the same high level of service with their future home loan or financing needs. When I’m not assisting clients, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Katy, our daughter, Kensington, and our dog, Holly. I look forward to assisting you with your current or future mortgage loan needs."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I have had to replace my wedding ring twice...once because I lost it while cave-tubing in Belize and the other time because I had to break my ring off my finger with a pair of vise grips after breaking my finger while playing flag football."




Name: Jeremy Johnson
Company: Farmers Insurance
Title: Insurance Agent

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I've been with The Drew Miles Agency for 3 years. Drew and I worked together in the restaurant business in the early 2000s. We crossed paths in 2013 and decided to team up again."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I love to meet and talk with new people."




Name: Jennifer Shepherd
Company: Y-12 Federal Credit Union
Title: Regional Branch Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I started my banking career in 1991 and joined Y-12 in 1994 as a teller. I have worked my way up from a teller to an assistant manager in Maryville then to a Branch Manager in branches in Knoxville and Maryville and now a Regional Branch Manager. In my current position I cover two branches in Blount County and two branches in Campbell County. I try to stay very involved in the community and love the Ambassador Program. I have participated in this program since 2015."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have been scuba diving with 20+ sharks in the Atlantic Ocean."




Name: Audrey Robertson
Company: Epic Nine Marketing
Title: Story Ambassador

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"Early in my career, I decided that I wanted to focus on helping people and making a difference. I joined a non-profit hospital system in the Tri-City area shortly after college and worked for 8 years in community relations. I relocated to Maryville in 2014 and started a family. During that time, I performed contract work for a non-profit health insurance provider and stayed home with my two daughters.While waiting for our third daughter to make her entrance, Jeremy LaDuke, owner of Epic Nine Marketing, approached me about serving in business development. I was honored to accept the position in December 2016 and have enjoyed integrating myself into our wonderful community. I love what I do and I love building relationships!"

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have been an avid runner since high school."



Name: Jane Knight
Company: Melaleuca the Wellness Company
Title: Director III


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"My career path has always been in education, teaching in elementary, high school and college. Now I have the best of both worlds as a manufacturing rep for Melaleuca. I teach people about the options they have to purchase clean nutritional products that directly affect their health, and household products that are safer, more affordable and environmentally responsible. I coach people on how to use Melaleuca as a realistic way to increase their income to get out of debt and have financial freedom without a large investment. I am still educating people with a mission to enhance the lives of those I touch by helping them reach their goals."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I love to garden, especially herbs."



Name: Kate Oliver
Company: WATE TV
Title: Integrated Digital Specialist


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"Originally from England, I came to the States on golf and academic scholarships. My love of media emerged in my last year of University when I created a documentary about the Kingston Coal Ash Spill in Roane County, Tennessee. Since then I've written and produced primetime episodes for major networks, developed innovative media technology in Silicon Valley, and I now run the Digital sales department at WATE TV, an ABC affiliate based in Knoxville. I took the position because I enjoy learning more about local businesses, tailoring media plans based on client goals, and watching them grow as a result."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I've traveled the entire U.S. and 30+ countries."


Name: Jill England
Company: A-z Office Resource, Inc.
Title: Account Manager


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"My background is in healthcare administration. I worked for over 18 years for a healthcare cooperative negotiating and administering group purchasing contracts for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Upon the closure of that organization, I entered the field of sales and started working as an account manager with A-Z. I work with a variety of customers helping them maximize their savings and streamline their office supplies and other workplace product lines procurement processes."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I was fortunate enough to live all over the country when I was growing up, from Alaska to Florida, and several states in between. None were any more beautiful than East Tennessee."



Name: Charlotte Chance
Company: Charlotte Chance Agency, Farmers Insurance
Title: Owner


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I started in the financial and insurance industry in the late 1990's with Randy Allen & Associates. From 2004-10 I worked at a local bank, as a representative and also a manager. I started my agency with Farmers in January 2011 and I really enjoy helping people protect and grow their assets."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I am a 22 year leukemia survivor."




Name: Rick Hudolin
Company: United Community Bank
Title: Mortgage Loan Officer


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I started in the mortgage business in 2000 and quickly realized what a great opportunity it would be to truly make a positive impact on peoples lives. The most rewarding aspect of my job is assisting somebody in buying a new home. I have served in several different capacities in lending and banking over the years but nothing compares to mortgage lending. I have been with United Community Bank since August 2016 and realized quickly that I have found my home."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"I have competed in several BBQ competitions and have won a few trophies along the way."




Name: Theresa Trentham-Hutton
Company: Comcast Spotlight
Title: Account Executive


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I began my career in the cable industry in 1988 before transitioning over to the advertising side in 2000. I have enjoyed building lasting relationships with my clients and helping them reach their business goals through successful Advertising and Marketing."

What's one interesting fact about you?
"We vacationed in TN as a family when I was very young - I always told my parents when I was old enough I was moving here. The day after I turned 19, I put my clothes and my dog in my car and drove to TN!"




Name: Lynda Blankenship
Company: Premier Solutions International
Title: National Benefits Specialist

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"As a former attorney and after 30 years as a small business owner, joining PSI as a representative for LegalShield and IDShield, was a natural choice. The biggest perk for me is the opportunity to interact with the community and educate individuals and small businesses about the revolutionary legal resources now available."

What's one interesting fact about you?
I love restoring old furniture.




Name: Dixie Willard
Company: Dixie Willard Design
Title: Owner/Interior Designer

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I got my BFA in Interior Design at Chaminade University of Honolulu. (Yep, Hawaii. And the campus is stunningly beautiful!) I worked for an architecture firm where I could see the ocean from my window, worked as a designer and bookkeeper (weird, right?) for a high-end furniture store, and did e-design for Pottery Barn Kids, PBTeen, and West Elm. In the middle of all of that, I studied my ever-loving rear off to earn my NCIDQ certification. Now that we're done travelling around the world (Air Force) and raising our kids, my husband and I have finally settled down in our forever home here in East Tennessee (where we’re close to our extended family, but not too close). When I’m not sprinkling design fairy dust for my clients, I spend waaay too much time looking at design magazines, reading design blogs, and surfing Pinterest. (I am such a design geek—I take continuing education classes for fun.)

What's one interesting fact about you? I named my dogs Sammy and Sadie my chief morale officers.




Name: Jeffrey Jeter
Company: OneSouth Financial Group
Title: Financial Advisor

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I am a registered investment advisor and live in Maryville with his wife, Jen and two daughters; Olivia and Reagan. We belong to the Fairview United Methodist Church where I teach Youth Sunday School and sit on the finance committee; and Jen performs with the choir. Professionally, I am a board member and secretary for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) – Knoxville; and member of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. I am also a founding member and vice president of a local BNI Chapter. Formerly, I served as fighter pilot in the U.S. Army for seven years. I am a veteran of Desert Storm and proud member of both the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and the American Legion."

What's one interesting fact about you? "In 1988, I was the youngest Apache Pilot in the US Army."



Name: Troy Adams
Company: Realty Executives
Title: Realtor

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I have always worked some sort of sales throughout my life. I've worked for big corporations like American Airlines, Family Christian Stores, and BNSF Railroad.I wanted to take things into my own hands, hence my move to real estate with Realty Executives. I have a real passion for helping others."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I am a huge baseball fan....specifically the Texas Rangers."



Name: O.K. Walters
Company: Blount Broadcasting Corporation
Title: General Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I relocated to east Tennessee last summer to take my position at BBC. I have managed and operated several other radio stations in Florida and currently remotely manage a small FM station in central Florida. I love the east Tennessee area mainly due to the people. Where I came from people would cross the street to avoid talking to you - here they cross the street to talk to you."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I worked as a professional golf caddie at TPC Sawgrass in Florida and I am an excellent player."



Name: Michael Anderson
Company: Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling
Title: Equipment Replacement Specialist

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"Prior to entering the heating and cooling industry, I spent 30 years in the financial services sector, in mid- and senior management positions in bank operations, telecommunications, IT finance and corporate purchasing. I was fortunate to be able to join a growing local business where I have a role delivering real solutions and value to customers right here in Blount and surrounding counties."

What's one interesting fact about you? "Despite being a "techie", most of my hobbies involve things that are decidedly non-technical : antiquarian books, antique watches, fountain pens, and artwork."