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 -- Operation Thank You Ambassador - Aaron Killian
  • March -- Aaron Killian, Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling
  • April -- Aaron Killian, Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling
  • May -- Aaron Killian, Russell & Abbott Heating and Cooling
  • June --
  • July --
  • August --
  • September --
  • October --


Ambassador of the Year

  • 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

Rick Hudolin, Chamber Ambassador Chair


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 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."

Renee McCammon, Chamber Ambassador Chair Elect


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."

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."

Rhoni Basden


Name: Rhoni Basden
Company: Girls Inc of Tennessee Valley
Title: Executive Director

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I have always had a love for people and relationship building- being involved in the non profit world has allowed me to do what I love! I get to meet incredible community members who make an impact and share my time with girls who are changing the future!"

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have lived in all four corners of the US but truly have found a home in Blount County!."

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."

Donnelle Curran


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


Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position.
"I began working as Assistant Branch Manager for Simmons Bank in January 2015 and was promoted to Branch Manager in July 2018. I began my banking career in 2011 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"

Amanda Davis


Name: Amanda Davis
Company: Quality Financial Concepts
Title: Office Assistant

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I discovered my passion for customer service 15 years ago and have never looked back! After several years of working in accounts receivable, I made the switch into the financial industry. In 2017, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join Doug and Teresa Horn at Quality Financial Concepts in Downtown Maryville allowing me to do what I love in serving clients. I thoroughly enjoy assisting our clients as well as coordinating the event planning and marketing for the firm."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I have an obsession with jewelry and accessories!"

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."

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."

Andrew Ellis


Name: Andrew Ellis
Company: Epic Nine
Title: Content Strategist/ PR Specialist

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "Graduated from Berean Christian Academy in 2010. Went on to obtain my BS in Criminology and Philosophy from ETSU. Fate landed me in the video production and marketing field. Joined Epic Nine August 2018 and have continued serving small businesses!"

What's one interesting fact about you? "I drove from the Grand Canyon to Nashville in 24 hours on a road trip through 14 states in 18 days."

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."

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."

Jessica Roberson Goin


Name: Jessica Roberson Goin
Company: Treasures Jewelers
Title: Marketing and Sales

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "Marketing and sales have always been my passion, because ultimately it is about how many people we help in this life that matters! I started at Treasure's Jewelers in December of 2004 at the age of 17 for only seasonal help!! I worked here throughout college while I earned my marketing degree!! I left for around five years and when my beautiful daughter was about six months old in December of 2012, I came back to help seasonally and I have been back since! I have watched this business grow by helping others!! We have been Blessed to expand our store by creating true relationships and we have so many customers who are like family to us!! We recently started hosting one-day events for businesses and non-profit organizations where they receive special discounts and we donate 10% of the profits to the non-profit organization of their choice!! These parties allow me to combine all of the things I enjoy the most - marketing, sales, and helping others!! Just as Zig Ziglar says "You Can Have Everything In Life You Want, If You Will Just Help Other People Get What They Want!""

What's one interesting fact about you? "I started running and working small businesses with my dad at the age of 12 and have been in sales of all different kinds since then!"

Carlton Hackney


Name: Carlton Hackney
Company: Realty Executives Associates
Title: Affiliate Broker / REALTOR®

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I am in the Real Estate Market. I want to be in position where I can elevate people to where they are to be able provide for one another. In January 2017, I was given the news that I was to have baby and I wanted to be able to spend time with him. With the arrival expected for September I had some time to prepare for the change in direction. I joined a field where I am able to spend time, and moreover help others families in the directions they'd like to go. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to serve families and build community."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I speak Spanish!"

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.

Amber Johnson


Name: Amber Johnson
Company: Realty Executives Associates
Title: Real Estate Agent

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. " I started working at the real estate office at the front desk over a year ago and decided I loved it and got my license."

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."

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!"

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."

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. "My career in insurance began as a part time/temporary employee. I was hired to help out in the office while an employee was on maternity leave. A few years later, I became the full time office manager. I was able to purchase the agency in December of 2018."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I love watching our 7 chickens scratch in the lawn."

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."

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."

Brook Nash


Name: Brook Nash
Company: Edward Jones
Title: Financial Advisor

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "When it comes to your financial future, it's important to work with someone who takes time to understand you and your situation. We take a step-by-step approach to identify your goals and develop specific strategies to help you achieve them. Contact me today and/to see how personal service can make a difference. 1515 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville, TN 37804 Bus. 865-233-5532 | www.edwardjones.com/brook-nash"

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."

Vanessa Sparks


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."

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!"

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."

Ray Tiller


Name: Ray Tiller
Company: State Farm- Craig Sutter Agency
Title: Account Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "Insurance producer and I meet with my agent, and after that I decided to give insurance shot and now I love it!"

What's one interesting fact about you? "I also have my own clothing brand."

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!"

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."

Joi Whaley

Name: Joi Whaley
Company: The Daily Times
Title: Advertising Sales Manager

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "I started in the financial industry with Y-12 FCU until I joined The Mountain Press as the advertising director. I spent almost 16 years with The Mountain Press until my good friend Evelyn Sandlin called to recruit me for The Daily Times. I've always wanted to live in Maryville so I jumped at the opportunity to not only move to Maryville but work with someone I have admired throughout my career. I spent 15 years on the membership committee with the Sevierville Chamber and know the ambassador program gives me a chance to build meaningful and lasting relationships professionally and personally."

What's one interesting fact about you? "On a dare I entered a beauty pageant - won and ended up competing for the title of Miss Tennessee."

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!"

Luke Wood


Name: Luke Wood
Company: Allevia Technology
Title: Chief People Person

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. "What started out as one man's journey through the ranks of the Coca-Cola warehouse/service departments, ended with him getting to serve his community, while fulfilling his passion and working for the finest IT provider this side of that side. I've been in the IT business for a decade now, and I've done just about all you can do. I've been a tech, a sysadmin, and a director. Now I'm on the sales/account management side of it, and it is the best thing I've ever had the privilege of doing."

What's one interesting fact about you? "I once had a solo onstage in Carnegie Hall."

Leslie Woodall


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

Briefly describe your career path and how you got to your current position. " I starting in real estate in 1997 with CENTURY 21 Real Estate Group (now CENTURY 21 Legacy) After 14 years serving Blount County residents with their real estate needs, I joined Blount County Habitat for Humanity as the development director. I enjoyed several years with Habitat and worked with some amazing partner families while learning the importance of affordable housing. In 2017 I returned to real estate with CENTURY 21 Legacy and I'm loving being back in the industry helping people with one of their largest investments.....their home! I live by Zig Ziglar's motto: Stop Selling and Start Helping."

What's one interesting fact about you? "When not with clients, you will probably find me in the Great Smoky Mountains! I love to hike and spend time just hanging by the the river reading a good book."

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