Ambassadors

Become an Ambassador

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 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 -- Renee McCammon, LeConte Realty
  • February -- Operation Thank You Ambassador - Keith Edmonds
  • March -- Heath Barberry, Rice Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
  • April -- Teresa Huskey, Y12 Federal Credit Union
  • May -- Ann Drake, Realty Executives Associates
  • June -- Ann Drake, Realty Executives Associates
  • July -- Renee McCammon, Jackie S. Mills Realty
  • August -- Ann Drake, Realty Executives Associates


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

Ambassadors Profiles

Vanessa Sparks, Chamber Ambassador Chair


Name: Vanessa Sparks (Chamber Ambassador Chair)
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."

Rick Hudolin, Chamber Ambassadord Chair Elect


Name: Rick Hudolin (Chamber Ambassadord Chair Elect)
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."

Gayle Abbott


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!"

Doug Allen


Name: Doug Allen
Company: Five Star Food Service
Title: Sales Director


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"With the exception of two years, I am a career employee with Five Star Food Service. I have worked in various sides of the business but mostly in operations in Tullahoma, Tennessee and Huntsville, Alabama branches. I had the opportunity to move to Maryville with Five Star in 2010 working in operations in our Alcoa facility. I moved into sales five years ago and totally love it! I have a large territory reaching from Rogersville to McMinnville, and to Loudon and all areas in between. My clients include offices, industrial, medical, and schools selling traditional vending and a relatively new concept called a micro market. I was very active in the Tullahoma Chamber and look to be the same here. I am a avid golfer and love UT sports of any kind." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"2009 Tulllahoma Chamber Ambassador of the Year."

Heath Barberry


Name: Heath Barberry
Company: Rice Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram
Title: Sales Consultant


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"Providing excellent customer service is something that I take pride in. I began serving our community, in the pest control industry, in 2011. A good friend of mine, who works at Rice, suggested I should sell cars. For five years, he would occasionally bring it up. I resisted because of the reputation the industry as a whole has garnered. It wasn't until I had an opportunity to watch him interact with a client that I discovered there is, at least one, dealership that will treat customers with the respect they deserve. Seeing that, and the fact that I was tired of crawling crawlspaces, helped me decide to make the move. I've yet to regret that decision." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I'm an Eagle Scout. Literally."

Robert Berlin


Name: Robert Berlin
Company: Open Roads Media
Title: Video Marketer | Photographer


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I was a scrappy kid in high school. At 17 years old, I walked into the Knoxville News-Sentinel and announced that I'd be working there soon. The very next week, I had my first byline in the paper. From there I attended several universities to study photojournalism, served in the US Army as a photojournalist and then worked for newspapers and magazines in Alaska, Montana, Missouri and Texas. A few years ago, I returned to Maryville where I graduated from Heritage in 1988 and was blown away by how the city has improved! My mother asked me to stay, but honestly, she wouldn't have had to try that hard to convince me. I love this place!" 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"Recently found out that I'm a direct descendant of the 1st King of Sweden. I also learned there's no money to go with this distinction."

Lynda Blankenship


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.

Charlotte Chance


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."

Cathy Clark

Name: Cathy Clark
Company: Leblanc & Chandler CPA
Title: Bookkeeping Associate


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"Cathy began her experience with Quickbooks over 20 years ago working as a bookkeeper in her family’s electronics company in Oklahoma. Since then, having transplanted and rooting herself into the Blount County community in 2002, she has continued to sharpen her accounting skills while acquiring a background in payroll processing, office management, tax preparation, insurance credentialing and more. Her tenacity and talent for problem solving, along with a forthright desire for client satisfaction, made her one of Intuit’s top ranking team members. Her directive is to help businesses grow and to provide guidance in all of the financial characteristics of having a successful company. Utilizing Intuit technology and other helpful tools, she looks to make bookkeeping as user friendly as possible for each and every client. Cathy also has a heart for volunteerism, supporting non-profit organizations like The Alzheimer’s Association and LTVEC Birth to Three, as well as coordinating various church community outreach programs over the years. She balances a strong work ethic with a dedicated family life and cherishes spending time with her husband and two children." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I was an exchange student in Germany during high school for a summer."

Donnelle Collins


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."

Ann Drake


Name: Ann Drake
Company: Realty Executives Associates 
Title: Real Estate Specialist


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"A few twists and turns have led me to my most exciting career thus far. After obtaining a Master of Public Health from the University of Tennessee, I worked for several years at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety. An opportunity presented itself in pharmaceutical sales and I spent several years as a sales representative for two major pharmaceutical companies. When my twins were in middle school, my husband and I decided it would be best for me to spend a few years as a stay at home mom, investing all my time and energy in their education and spending many hours in community involvement. As my kids started making their choices for college, I decided it was also time for me to make a decision. I wanted a career that would combine my desire to help people, to utilize my selling skills, and be a major contributor to the community. I have been a licensed realtor for a year now and absolutely love it!" 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I have some very interesting stories from traveling to and backpacking in many parts of the world."

Keith Edmonds


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."

Breanna Endsley

Name: Breanna Endsley
Company: Hilton Knoxville Airport
Title: Sales Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"After graduating from ETSU with my degree in marketing in 2015, I returned home to Maryville to start the job search. The hospitality industry came out of nowhere and was not my first choice of careers. I started out at the front desk at Hampton Inn, just to get my foot in the door, and eventually was offered the opportunity to become the sales manager in early 2016. I’ve been hooked since! In January of 2018, I joined the incredible sales team at the Hilton Knoxville Airport and couldn’t be more excited to continue learning more about the industry! Traveling and helping others have always been passions of mine and this career path has opened the doors to be able to do both." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I was born and raised in Las Vegas. After moving to Tennessee in 2001, I continue to go back once, twice, sometimes three times a year!"

Jill England

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."

Monika Hancock


Name: Monika Hancock
Company: Volcue, LLC
Title: Catering/Sales Manager


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I have an extensive background in fundraising and nonprofit development. After 15 years, I decided I wanted to go a different direction with my career. I transitioned into managing the social media accounts for Volcue, LLC which owns Holly's Gourmet Market, Puloe's Grille, Shuck Raw Bar, Nama Sushi and Cru Bistro. I also manage the catering for Puleo's Grille and help with Holly's Gourmet Market's catering. I have been blessed with being able to do something that I love and enjoy. My passion is meeting new people and helping make a difference in my community." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I am 2018 Ms. Tenneessee Conintental US. I love competing in pageants because it gives me an avenue to make a difference within my platform which is mental and emotional abuse."

Teresa Huskey


Name: Teresa Huskey
Company: Y12 Federal Credit Union
Title: Member Service Leader

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I have been in the banking industry going on 11 years. I have been with Y12FCU 5 years. When I started I worked as a Teller and over the next couple of years advancing to Consumer Finance. My career path is to advance with Y12FCU when given the opportunity.Providing excellent customer service is something I strive to provide to our Members. I enjoy the opportunity to work for a great company Y12FCU. I'm also grateful for my Manager to let me serve as an Ambassador on behalf of Y12FCU."

Jeffrey Jeter


Name: Jeffrey Jeter
Company: OneSouth Financial Group
Title: Reirement, Wealth & Estate Planner

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I am a licensed financial advisor. I focus on families and small businesses to develop savings & investment strategies that will lead to the most efficient and reliable options for transitioning to retirement income or business exit plans If you are earning an income now and saving for the future (IRA, 401k, 403b, SEP, Investment Account or Pension), I can generally show you ways to increase your retirement income by 30-50% without any additional risk or out of pocket 'sacrifice' A lot of people think that they don't need a plan, or that they don't make enough money to need a planner. Nothing could be further from the truth. Failure to plan IS a plan to fail! Inaction IS a decision! Let's have short conversation to see how we might get along."

What's one interesting fact about you? I am a combat veteran and fighter pilot.

Jeremy Johnson


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."

Aaron Killian

 
Name: Aaron Killian
Company: Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling
Title: Equipment Replacement Specialist


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I’m very involved in the community, having volunteered in various capacities for the Maryville Downtown Association, Leadership Blount, United Way, The Gate, New Hope, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT), Alcoa Kiwanis, and many more area nonprofits through the years. Russell and Abbott has been on the forefront of community involvement for several years, and when they approached me to join their team as an equipment replacement specialist, I jumped at the chance. I have always had a calling for wanting to improve people’s lives, and what better way to help people than by making them more comfortable in their home?" 

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

Jane Knight

 
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."

Tina Lewis


Name: Tina Lewis
Company: TNBank
Title: Personal Banker


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I have been in the banking industry for over twenty years. Starting at a teller position, I have been promoted to lead the Maryville branch of TNBank as a Personal Banker. I seek to put the customer first, and exceed the typical customer service that one would receive. This is why I have chosen to continue my career at TNBank, a hometown bank that values their customers." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I like to fish and ride my motorcycle."

Becky Martin


Name: Becky Martin
Company: Speech Pathology Services of East Tennessee
Title: Speech Language Pathologist


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"For the last 28 years I have been providing speech language pathology services to individuals in Blount County diagnosed with Stoke symptoms, Parkinson's Disease, ALS, Head and Neck Cancer and other neurological diseases. During the last 6 years, however, I have expanded my career growth into the area of dementia. My goal is to reach individuals and families living with dementia and assist in optimizing their quality of life through early intervention. I recently joined with Speech Language Pathology Services of East Tennessee to provide therapeutic assessment for dementia staging, education for compensatory strategies for home safety and communication, and to assist in connecting individuals to the many community resources that Blount County has to offer. Unfortunately, community resources for emotional, financial, and physical support are often not sought after and/or provided until the later stages of dementia. My goal is to change this for our residence of Blount County. Through the process of early intervention, individuals living with dementia can live longer, happier lives while preparing for the future. I am excited to be able to represent the Chamber and to be a member of the Ambassador Program while pursuing my personal and career goal." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"Both my parents, myself and my children all graduated from Maryville High School."

Renee McCammon


Name: Renee McCammon
Company: Realty Executives Associates 
Title: Real Estate Specialist


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I spent seven years in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., where I began my career as a real estate specialist. I earned my licensure in California and Nevada during my time in Lake Tahoe. After moving back to my hometown of Maryville, I received my Tennessee license in real estate and started working for this amazing company, Realty Executives Associates ." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I am remodeling a 1942 cottage in Maryville on my own."

Mike McCullough

Name: Mike McCullough
Company: Y-12 Federal Credit Union
Title: Assistant Branch Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I've been in banking for 10 years, cumulatively, and I've been with Y-12 Federal Credit Union for 7. I started at our Maryville branch where I worked as a consumer loan officer for 6 years before accepting the position of Assistant Branch Manager at the Eagleton Branch in March of 2017. My career path at this time would find me staying in a branch setting, becoming a manager, and focusing on developing my team to help them meet their professional goals."

Nick Meals

Name: Nick Meals
Company: Ingram, Overholt, & Bean
Title: CPA/Tax Department

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I began my career in 2004 working in the Nashville area. After getting married and moving to Maryville in 2007, I fell in love with the area and wanted my professional life to be centered here more with each passing year. When the opportunity arose to join IOB in 2017, it was a no-brainer. I love working with closely-held businesses and their owners to solve any tax, business, or personal financial issues that arise." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"Growing up my dream was to go to Nashville and become a country music superstar."

Kellie Moths


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."

Tony Saddy


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."

Jennifer Shepherd


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."

Anne Taylor


Name: Anne Taylor
Company: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, Knoxville
Title: Marketing Manager


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"Having been in the marketing field for over six years, I came to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because they have donated hundreds of thousands of service hours to our community. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system holds a long tradition of giving back to communities in which employees live and work. Giving back to the community has been a vital part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system and it is one of our core value. It is this spirit that gives meaning to the company’s motto: “Movers Who Care®.”They are also the fastest-growing franchised moving company in the country." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"Passionate about entrepreneurship and a proud supporter of local business."

Theresa Trentham-Hutton


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!"

Dixie Willard


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.

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