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Ambassadors

Become an Ambassador

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


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

  • January: Tonia Latham, Epic Nine
  • February: Tonia Latham, Epic Nine
  • March: Tonia Latham, Epic Nine
  • April: Tonia Latham, Epic Nine
  • May: Tonia Latham, Epic Nine
  • June: Tonia Latham, Epic Nine
  • July: Tonia Latham, Epic Nine


Ambassador Spotlight Award

  • January: Wendy Wand, United Way of Blount County
  • February: Jessica Goin, Allstate - Joy LaForce Agency
  • March: Brooke Heinsohn, White Oak Construction & Restoration
  • April: Wendy Wand, United Way of Blount County
  • May: Renee Poole, New Hope Blount County Children's Advocacy Center
  • June: Laura Beth Denton, Allevia Technology
  • June: Theresa Trentham-Hutton, Effectv


Ambassador of the Year

  • 2019: Aaron Killian
  • 2018: Ann Drake
  • 2017: Rick Hudolin
  • 2016: Kevin Ross
  • 2015: Tom Davis
  • 2014: Bill Kilgore
  • 2013: Laura Caves
  • 2012: Chris Mahler
  • 2011: Melissa Gambino

Ambassadors Profiles

Aaron Killian, Chamber Ambassador Chair

 
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."

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 began my career in journalism while still in high school at Heritage by working part time for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Later I studied photojournalism at UT-Knoxville and Texas Tech University before joining the US Army where I served as a Public Affairs Specialist (Photojournalist). Following my time in the Army, I completed a Master's Degree in Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Today I utilize my skills and education to help small business owners promote their businesses using photos and video." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I am a direct decedent of the first king of Sweden, Olof Skötkonung. Although this distinction might sound impressive, it confers exactly no tangible benefits."

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.

Misty Castiglia


Name: Misty Castiglia
Company: Misty Castiglia State Farm
Title: Agent

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "My drive to help others made State Farm a perfect fit for me. Being involved in the community, educating my customers about their risk and how to get the right protection in place is both rewarding and personally fulfilling."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I enjoy hiking in the mountains and spending time under the water scuba diving."

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."

Laura Beth Denton


Name: Laura Beth Denton
Company: Allevia Technology
Title: Marketing Trailblazer

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "While attending college in Dahlonega, GA, I fell in love with living in the mountains. After graduation, I quickly found my way to the Smokies and spent the next 4 years working with local nonprofits. While working as the marketing manager for Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, I was also responsible for managing IT for the nonprofit organization. Technology tasks became overwhelming and were outside of my skill set. I love marketing - working with people and finding creative ways to tell stories. With a quick Google search, I found Allevia Technology. I quickly saw the value and passion within the Allevia team. Allevia Technology became Tremont's IT partner and gave me time back to focus on marketing. In the spring of 2019, my husband and I left Tennessee and spent time traveling out west. We honestly didn't plan on coming back to Tennessee. After several months away from home, we realized we missed our Blount County community and the Smokies. When we returned to Tennessee, I reached out to Allevia Technology. I loved working with Allevia as a customer and wondered if they were interested in expanding their team. After meeting with Luke and Stefan, I was offered a full-time position as their marketing trailblazer. I love working for Allevia Technology because of our passion for helping people and being involved in our local community."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I love backpacking and hiking! In 2019, my husband and I hiked 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in California. For two months, we lived in a tent and traveled from town to town. I love exploring new places and I hope to visit every national park in the country."

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.
"My philosophy is that Relationships Matter and Results Matter. I have over 20 years experience in sales and understand that relationships produce results. After spending several years working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory followed by a career in pharmaceutical sales, I decided to take my passion for working with people and my love of this community and become a realtor. I am very passionate about my career and find such satisfaction in helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs!" 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I love to travel and have backpacked many places around the world and my goal is to visit all continents."

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!"

Chrystal Fleenor


Name: Chrystal Fleenor
Company: Hampton Inn by Hilton Knoxville-Airport
Title: Sales Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I began my journey in the hotel and hospitality industry in 2014 at a Hampton and have been hooked ever since. I started off as a Front Desk Team Member and quickly realized that this industry was one I wanted to make my career of. I attended Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge and graduated with my Business Management degree in 2017. During college I worked my way up the ladder and landed myself as an Assistant General Manager. I took a leap of faith in January 2018 and landed the Sales Manager position here at the Hampton Inn Knoxville-Airport and it's been the best move I've ever made. Although being new to Maryville and Alcoa area, I quickly learned the area and fit right in...it's like I've been here all my life. I aspire to be a General Manager of my own hotel one day. I love what I do day in and day out. I have met so many people from all walks of life in a short 5 years, but I hope everyone I met I was able to bring a laugh or a smile to them. I love knowing that I get to wake up and make a difference in someone's life!"

What's one interesting fact about you? "I collect vinyl records, love to go on road trips, volunteer with whatever I can and I am going to attempt my first time at gardening by myself this year."

Tiya Gilbert


Name: Tiya Gilbert
Company: Adams Telecom Systems
Title: Sales & Marketing Consultant

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I've always worked in a clerical position. When my current position became available and was offered to me, I decided to take a leap and challenge myself."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I'm a mother of two amazing kiddos."

Jessica Goin


Name: Jessica Goin
Company: Allstate - LaForce Agency
Title: Business Networking Ambassador

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I have been in the insurance industry for about 20 years. I have also worked in sales for years and I know that it's what I do best. Working with Joy at Allstate allows me to use my knowledge and sales experience to help customers protect their most important assets."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I live on a farm with lots of animals and we spend all of our weekends in the summer on our boat! My family is and always will be my number one priority!"

Brooke Heinsohn


Name: Brooke Heinsohn
Company: White Oak Construction & Restoration, LLC
Title: Digital Marketing Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I began my studies at UTK as a double major in biochemistry and sustainability with a minor in business. Halfway through college, I realized that you don't have to be a doctor to change the world. Thus, my career in strategic communications was born. After giving into my love of research-driven content creation, I dove headfirst into developing my photography, copywriting, graphic design, media management, advertising, and lead generation skills through a series of local nonprofits and student run campaigns. Having served in leadership positions, such as Community Service Chair for an organization of over 200 women, I strongly believe that constant self-betterment stands as a key aspect of communal success. This mentality paired with do-diligence, creativity, and innovation has molded me into the enthusiastic marketing professional you see today."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I geek out about art, music, nature, and human connection. From backpacking to swing dancing, it's rare to find me without my trusted Canon Rebel in hand. Check out bhcarlton.com to learn a little more."

Rick Hudolin


Name: Rick Hudolin (Chamber Ambassador Chair)
Company: United Community Bank
Title: Mortgage Loan Officer


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I began in financial services in February, 2000 and have been doing it ever since. I began originating home loans in 2004 after a few years working in loan servicing. I have been with United Community since 2016 and have developed a very strong sense of community as well as an outstanding network of business and referral partners." 

What's one interesting fact about you? 
"I graduated high school at the age of 16 after skipping a grade earlier in my academic career."

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."

Krista Jones


Name: Krista Jones
Company: M Force Staffing
Title: Sr. Account Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I have 20+ years of Recruiting in all areas of professional placement and within many industries. I began my career in recruiting while living in Fort Worth, Texas and then relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee where I have been for the last 19 years. I am a "relationship builder"​ - someone who cares about the companies that I work with. I enjoy partnering with businesses to determine their hiring needs and support them by providing placement solutions. I have a true passion for what I do!"

What's one interesting fact about you? "I grew up in Oklahoma "way out in the country" on a cattle ranch where we kept 350+ head of cattle at a time. In this country town I attended a K-12 school and had 12 people in my entire 4th grade class!"

Joy LaForce


Name: Joy LaForce
Company: LaForce Insurance Agency - Allstate
Title: Agent/Owner

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "When I started at this agency as a part time / temporary employee in 2009, I never expected to love the position. In 2018, I was presented with the opportunity to purchase the agency from my family. Being an Allstate agent comes with the reward of helping customers in our community protect themselves against life's uncertainties. Our customers are part of our family and we love visiting with them to catch up on their families."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have 2 very spoiled dogs, 2 cats and 6 chickens."

Tonia Latham


Name: Tonia Latham
Company: Epic Nine
Title: Marketing Consultant and Social Media Extraordinaire

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "After 18 years working with local nonprofits, Tonia Latham stepped back into the for-profit business world in 2018. Throughout that year, she also established her own marketing firm to help small businesses and solopreneurs with their marketing journey. In spring 2019, she joined the Epic Nine marketing team, where she empowers businesses of all sizes to tell their stories in ways that set them apart in the digital marketing world."

What's one interesting fact about you? "Tonia was a Navy Baby -- born at Naval Air Station Pensacola! She is very proud of her Veteran father, who faithfully served in the United States Navy."

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."

Adam McCall


Name: Adam McCall
Company: Regions Finance
Title: Financial Relationship Consultant

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I started my career in finance a little different than most. I was coming home from 4 years of Naval aviation only knowing that I was interested in helping people. Working everyday in banking affords me the opportunity to help our clients better their lives and make smart financial choices about their future."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have a passion for farming and horses and have rode professionally for over 20 years."

Chuck Morrow


Name: Chuck Morrow
Company: Laforce Insurance Agency
Title: Licensed Sales Professional

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. " I have been in many facets of customer service, and have landed pleasantly in a career that I love. I not only love what I do, but also work with the best team in Blount County."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan."

Renee Poole


Name: Renee Poole
Company: New Hope Blount County Children's Advocacy Center
Title: Development Director

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I spent several years in Oregon volunteering and cultivating my love of people and the nonprofit world. Not long after moving to Tennessee, I became introduced to the Children's Advocacy Center model and found my passion. What I also discovered was the beautiful, giving nature of our local community. I love being able to talk to people about the great work we are doing at New Hope to bring hope into the lives of children. The Ambassador Program is another opportunity for me to connect with our community in a meaningful way."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have a strong aversion to butterflies. I once walked backwards through a 4 story aquarium to avoid room full of them."

Andrea Pope


Name: Andrea Pope
Company: SERVPRO of Blount County
Title: Co-Owner

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "This is really what I consider my third act. I graduated from college, worked in marketing and insurance and then went part-time while my kids were young. I had recently made the decision to go back to school for esthetics and get my license. I then landed a great job in that field, the kids were grown and my husband, who had worked in my family's restoration business for 25+ years, came home and said, let's buy this business and start all over! So here we are, loving life and truly living a dream in Blount County."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I'm a licensed esthetician and a skin care junkie!"

Angela D. Roberts


Name: Angela D. Roberts
Company: Tillman Companies, LLC.
Title: Marketing

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I've worked in the field of Business Development Management and loved building relationships with loical businesses. Tillman Companies is family owned and being involved with the community of Blount County is always a great experance. I get to meet incredible people, get to see people's dreams come true as we renovat or build for them, this is always fun! The ambassador program is a meaningful way to build lasting relationships in an exceptional community."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I love to spend time with my two kids in my home town of Williamsburg, KY!"

Perry Roberts


Name: Perry Roberts
Company: CBBC Bank
Title: Vice President

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I have lived in Blount County community my entire life. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, I worked for 2 regional banks before accepting my current position with CBBC Bank. I enjoy my current position very much, and I enjoy advising and assisting commercial and consumer clients with their financial needs."

Megan Seaton


Name: Megan Seaton
Company: First Horizon Bank
Title: Private Client Relationship Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "After graduating from Auburn University in 2013, I had hopes of furthering my education by obtaining my Master's Degree in Knoxville. Before I decided to make the move, I applied for a teller position at First Horizon Bank. Little did I know my life would change forever! First Horizon invested so much in me at such a young age. I have had exceptional leaders and mentors who have taught me about banking and who have led me on a journey to be the best at serving my customers one opportunity at a time. First Horizon has always been a place where I can come and channel my inner creativity, while at the same time being empowered to do so. Because First Horizon invested in me, I now have the tools to change the world by helping others. While employed I have been blessed to work as a Teller, Financial Service Representative, a Banking Center Manager and now a Private Client Relationship Manager. In my current role as a Private Client Relationship Manager I am able to build and nurture relationships with clients. These relationships are built across a wide range of financial issues, where my primary focus is helping clients find answers, develop solutions and overcome challenges. My clients are busy, with diverse needs and often complex financial issues at play, and I know how to connect my clients to professionals who bring trusted insight. It's a puzzle sometimes. But I find tremendous satisfaction in helping my clients lead strong, confident financial lives."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I am a DIE HARD football fan. Don't let my southern charm fool you! I can hang with the best of them when it comes to cheering on my Auburn Tigers! I must say though, I got it honest. Growing up in Alabama, we would get up every single fall Saturday and either go tailgate or watch football while grubbing on an abundance of guilty pleasure, football food! I absolutely loved it too! I am so very thankful that my Dad gifted me with the love of football!"

Johnathan Stocking


Name: Johnathan Stocking
Company: The Charlotte Chance Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance
Title: Agent

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I was first licensed as an insurance agent in 2001 and owned and operated an independent health insurance brokerage for many years. I am excited to be in the Farmers Protégé program in order to someday open my own Farmers Agency."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I am also a Licensed Realtor® with EXIT Real Estate Professionals Network, so I understand what other realtors and lenders need from their insurance agent in order to save their deals!"

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!"

Abraham Ullrich


Name: Abraham Ullrich
Company: Ullrich Print Plus
Title: Sales

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I have always liked working for may dad, so we decided that I could take on an expanded role with the company."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I am a pretty decent golfer."

Janie M. Wallace


Name: Janie M. Wallace
Company: CASA of the Tennessee Heartland
Title: Program Coordinator

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. " I joined CASA of the Tennessee Heartland part-time in September 2018, and started as the Blount County Program Coordinator in January 2019. I have had successful careers in both administration and human resources. I worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for 33 years and for Nyrstar Tennessee Mines for 4 years. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Organization Management degree from Tusculum College and hold two professional certifications in human resources (PHR and SHRM-CP). I have been involved in a variety of non-profit and faith-based activities. I am currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. I was a former board member of Family Promise of Knoxville. Additionally, I have participated in both local and foreign mission trips supporting children in need."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have traveled to ten countries on four continents."

Wendy Wand


Name: Wendy Wand
Company: United Way of Blount County
Title: Vice President

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I have always worked in nonprofits, from college to now. I am passionate about service and I have always been drawn to areas where I can reach people while they are in need. After my undergrad I moved to China serving through two mission based nonprofits but Blount County called me home. I found my job at United Way in 2011 and genuinely felt called to this work. I completed my Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management while here and have slowly moved up the ranks. All through my career I have never been fully certain of what type of job I belonged in. I thought United Way would give me the vision to see where my best fit was. However, what I've learned here is that I love serving nonprofits. I love helping them succeed, seeing their goals and making connections they may miss. My entire career path has led me here to serve in this way."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I think our National Parks are one of the absolute best things we have ever done as a country. My top bucket list item is to hike in every National Park. As of 2019 I've hit 15."

Jessica Williamson


Name: Jessica Williamson
Company: ParkMed Urgent Care - TeamHealth
Title: Community Relations Manager & National Website Specialist

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "Graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies, I pursued a career is non-profit. I started at the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley when I first moved to Knoxville in 2015. I was promoted to Violence Prevention Project Coordinator in June of 2016. I was responsible for the leadership and implementation of all areas related to the delivery of the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grant including but not limited to; collaborative work with community partners, marketing, research, reporting, participant recruiting and project planning. My desire for a career focused on marketing and community relations became evident and I started working for TeamHealth in August of 2017."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I love cooking & baking, trying new foods and recipes!"

Leslie Woodall


Name: Leslie Woodall
Company: Century 21 Legacy
Title: Realtor

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. The master communication, Zig Ziglar, once said, "Stop selling and start helping" and that has been my motto in real estate sales. I began my real estate career in 1998 with CENTURY 21 Real Estate Group. I worked for 14 successful years before entering the nonprofit world as the the Director of Development with Blount County Habitat for Humanity. After 4 years with Habitat I rejoined the real estate world in 2016 with CENTURY 21 Legacy. I have a passion for our community, and it's success, and I'm blessed with a career that will allow me to share my passion with others.

What's one interesting fact about you? "I love to spend time in our amazing Smoky Mountains. Whether I'm hiking or just relaxing in the river, the GSMNP is my happy place."

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