A native of Greeneville, Tenn., which is located within the Tennessee Cherokee Mountains, Bryan Daniels, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications & Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from East Tennessee State University.
Daniels began his career with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development based in Nashville. During his time with the State of Tennessee he was involved in reform of the Appalachian Regional Commission Grant Program and the Industrial Training Service program. Daniels left the State of Tennessee in 1997 and began working as a contract Economic Development Planner for the firm of Barge Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon based in Nashville. During this time he worked with several communities within Tennessee and Virginia. His clients were municipalities trying to develop their local economies and seeking state and federal support for their goals.
From 2001 thru 2010, Daniels accepted the role of executive vice president under the Blount Partnership. He managed Blount County, the cities of Maryville and Alcoa’s economic development efforts. Daniels was directly responsible for the economic development offices and staff located in Maryville, Tenn.; Munich, Germany; and Yokahama, Japan. Daniels also managed the operations of the community’s four industrial parks, two science/technology parks and the economic development programs for Blount County, City of Maryville and City of Alcoa.
In 2010, Daniels was named president and CEO of the Blount Partnership. The Partnership is comprised of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, the Blount County Economic Development Board, the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority and the Blount Chamber Foundation with a combined annual partnership operating budget of $4.5 million. The 24-person staff is responsible for all economic development activities within the jurisdictional boarders of Blount County and the Cities of Alcoa, Maryville, Townsend, Rockford, Friendsville, and Louisville.
During Daniels tenure, Blount County has recruited over 50 new and expanding companies in the areas of research & development, corporate headquarters, manufacturing, and back office support centers. The total capital investment of these companies has exceeded $2 billion and created more than 9,000 direct new jobs with wages above Tennessee’s statewide average. The Blount County local governments adopted the new tourism authority structure which was written by Daniels and Senator Doug Overbey. The authority was unanimously adopted by the 107th Tennessee general assembly as a new local/state entity and has been championed by the Department of Tourism as a best practice for local governments to adopt. Blount County has now been a destination for large recreational organizations such as the HOG Rally, Destination Vacations, etc. Preparations are being made for a new venue that will provide meeting and convention space which will attract more opportunities for the Blount County region.
Daniels has continued his professional education by graduating from the Economic Development Institute located at the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council. He is also a graduate from the U.S. Chamber’s Institute of Non Profit Management and attained the designation of IOM. Daniels has attained the status of Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives, International Economic Development Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Daniels is very active in the community and has participated in the following leadership activities:
2001 - Graduate of Johnson City, Tennessee Leadership 2015 program
2005 - Graduate of Blount County, Tennessee Leadership Program
2001-10 - East Tennessee Economic Development Agency, Marketing advisory member
2002-09 - Blount County Hearing and Speech Foundation
2004 - President, East Tennessee Industrial Council (16 county region)
2004 - Relay for Life Board Member
2007-16 - East Tennessee State University Foundation Member
2007 - United Way Industry Campaign Chair
2009 - Vice President East Tennessee State University Alumni Board
2010 - Present East Tennessee Economic Development Agency, Board Member
2010-13 - Tech 2020 Board Member (Tennessee High Technology Incubator Program)
2012 - Present East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Member
2013-17 - President Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives
2013-19 - Chairman S.E. Board of Regents - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
2013 - Present Board of Directors – International Economic Development Council
2014 - Chairman, Blount County Relay for life
2016 - Present - Vice President Tennessee Economic Development Council
2018 - Leadership Tennessee Class VI Member
2011 Knoxville Metro Area 40 under 40 Inductee
2011 East Tennessee State University Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
2015 Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year