Bill Haslam was elected the 49th Governor of Tennessee with the largest margin of victory in any open Governor’s race in our
state's history. His administration’s three top priorities include: making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs
by fostering a business-friendly environment for recruitment and expansion; continuing our state’s momentum in education reform with a focus on
what’s best for Tennessee children in the classroom; and ensuring the state budget is managed conservatively and state government is run
efficiently and effectively while delivering quality service to Tennesseans.
Prior to serving as Governor, Haslam was Mayor of Knoxville for eight years. During his time as Mayor, property tax rates dropped to their
lowest in more than 50 years. Haslam balanced seven consecutive city budgets, reduced city debt by 28 percent, tripled the Rainy Day Fund,
created key education initiatives, and recruited and retained thousands of Knoxville jobs.
William (Bill) F. Hagerty, IV
William (Bill) F. Hagerty, IV leads the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development with the mission to develop
strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.
Prior to joining ECD, Hagerty founded Hagerty Peterson, LLC, a merchant bank and private equity firm from which he is currently taking a leave of
absence. Hagerty has founded, funded and grown a number of successful business enterprises. As an executive, he has served as CFO, COO, CEO and
chairman of a variety of domestic and international firms with companies such as CyMed, the nation's third largest medical records company, NEW
Customer Services Company, the nation's largest electronics warranty company, Sound Advice, a home entertainment retailer and Powerway, Inc, an
automotive supply chain management software company.
His international experience includes having served as CEO of ALAM, Ltd, a joint venture private equity investment platform majority owned by
Lehman Brothers, which he helped establish with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing, China. He also worked for the Boston Consulting Group for seven
years and spent three years based in Tokyo, Japan where he served as senior expatriate with responsibilities throughout Asia.
Joe Scarlett is the retired Chairman of Tractor Supply Company and Founder of the Scarlett Leadership Institute in middle
Tennessee. Scarlett's long retail career has evolved in recent years into a second career in leadership education.
Scarlett held leadership roles at Tractor Supply Company from 1979 until his retirement at the end of 2007. He played a key role in the
initiative to return the company to profitability through improved customer service and focused product selection as part of a classic leveraged
buyout in 1982. Joe also led the successful 1994 effort to take the company public and during his ten plus years as CEO, the company's revenue
quadrupled and the price of its stock increased ten-fold.
Tractor Supply Company was honored by Forbes as one of the "Best Managed Companies in America" and Scarlett was recognized as Ernst & Young's
Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year. Joe has also served for twenty years on the board of the nations largest retail trade organization including
four as its chairman.
Joe and his family also founded The Scarlett Family Foundation whose mission is, ‘to provide educational support to middle Tennessee students of
all ages'. Joe also serves as a board member of the Beacon Center of Tennessee.
Craig Lindvahl is a nationally recognized educator and filmmaker. As an educator, Lindvahl is a recipient of the prestigious Milken National Educator Award, and has twice been recognized as a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the year. As a result of his work with the innovative CEO class in Effingham, Illinois, he was recently named the Illinois “teacher-preneur” of the year.
Jack Schultz is the founder and CEO of Agracel, Inc., an industrial development firm majoring in rural America. Agracel began in 1986 and birthed its first development project in 1993. Since then Agracel has completed over 100 projects in 16 states owning more than seven million square feet of industrial apace, facilitating over 7,000 jobs.
Schultz's book, Boomtown USA: The 7 1/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns, was published in early 2004, after more than three years of intense research. Jack's research has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, BusinessWeek, andEconomic Development America, among numerous other publications.
Managing Director, Austin Consulting
Since joining The Austin Company in 1985, Frank Spano has been employed as a Site Location Consultant, Senior Consultant, Associate Director, Director and promoted to Managing Director of Austin Consulting. In this role, Frank serves as the manager for the group and in addition is currently developing and leading new strategies to increase The Austin Company’s leadership in food and beverage, nutraceuticals and other manufacturing sectors. Frank also serves as a senior project manager, directs site location studies with the Austin Consulting staff and will still continue to conduct detailed field investigation analyses for clients. Read more.
President, Strategic Development Group
Mark Williams is Strategic Development Group, Inc.’s (“SDG”) President. SDG is a fully-staffed business-consulting firm founded in February 1999 that provides a variety of site selection and negotiation services designed to enhance competitive advantage and produce significant cost savings to large corporations and their suppliers during the site selection process. Read more.
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner
Susan Whitaker, a veteran tourism marketing executive, was appointed in January 2011 to the cabinet of Governor Bill Haslam as Commissioner of Tourist Development. Whitaker was initially appointed to the position in 2003 by Governor Phil Bredesen, and reappointed under his administration in 2007.
In this role, Whitaker is responsible for marketing Tennessee’s tourism industry domestically and internationally. Tourism is one of Tennessee’s largest industries, providing a $15.36 billion direct economic impact and generating more than $1 billion annually in state and local sales tax revenue for the past six years. Tennessee is now ranked 9th among all states in total travel.
Whitaker oversees the development and implementation of statewide tourism’s comprehensive marketing, publicity and promotions campaigns, all designed to stimulate growth of tourism in Tennessee. Of note is the state’s award-winning consumer website, tnvacation.com, as well as the state’s 14 Welcome Centers. Read more.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner
Robert “Bob” Martineau was selected seventh Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in January 2011. Martineau’s intellect, drive, commitment and affinity for Tennessee are evident in his work over the past 18 months as commissioner. He guided TDEC through its comprehensive Top to Bottom Review, and the results from this department assessment produced a Customer Focused Government implementation plan.
His environmental leadership at TDEC was recognized at the national level in August 2012, as he was elected by his peers as Secretary-Treasurer of the Environmental Council of the States, the national association of state environmental officers. This is the first time a head of TDEC has been elected to any top leadership post at ECOS. He also co-authored a newly published book “Plain English for Drafting Statutes and Rules.”
Commissioner Martineau also spent more than 25 years as an attorney in the field of environmental law, including seven years of service in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. (1988-1994) and 16 years as a partner in private practice at the Waller Lansden law firm in Nashville. Read more.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner
Julius Thomas Johnson was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam and sworn in as Tennessee's 36th Commissioner of Agriculture in January 2011. Prior to his appointment, Johnson served as Chief Administrative Officer of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, a leading farm and rural advocacy organization with the largest membership in the nation. During his 37 years of professional service to the TFBF, he directed the organization's legislative affairs, served as director of research and served as a regional field service director.
He has extensive experience in working with government leaders and agencies at local, state and federal levels. He has served on the Legislative Tax Structure Study Committee, the Governor's Council on Agriculture and Forestry, the Governor's Interagency Task Force on Wetlands and other agricultural committees primarily related to issues affecting rural Tennessee.
As commissioner he directs the work of more than 800 full- and part-time employees with responsibilities ranging from farm and agribusiness development, food safety and pesticide regulation to animal and plant health protection and forest and water resources management. Read more.
Scott Kupperman formed Kupperman Location Services (“KLS”) in July of 2011, after spending 12 years with A. Epstein and Sons International, Inc., a Chicago based Architectural/Engineering/Construction where he provided pre-development and site selection services nationwide. KLS focuses on providing site location consulting services designed to maximize the long-term value of a well-informed facility location decision. The firm specializes in working with companies in the food and beverage industry, including processors, ingredient and packaging suppliers, and distribution facilities for retailers.
Mr. Kupperman’ s 25 plus years of experience includes more than 11 years of experience working for one of Florida’s largest community developers. His background includes the marketing, permitting and acquisition and disposition of over $300 million in land assets to a diversified array of retailers, developers and jurisdictional bodies.
Over the past 10 years, he has worked with clients to provide site selection analyses, site acquisition support, due diligence exercises, entitlement and permitting assignments, and incentive identification and negotiation.
Executive Director of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet
Jude White serves as Executive Director of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet. With a law degree from Vanderbilt University, Ms. White brings a
mixture of experience in judicial and private law practice, non-profit management and state government services. Ms. White recently served as the
executive director of Renewal House, a local non-profit agency in the Nashville community serving families in recovery from addiction. She worked
formerly as an assistant general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, after practicing law and holding a judicial clerkship.
Ms. White has served on multiple boards in her capacity as a non-profit leader and attorney such as: the Center for Non-profit Management; the
Nashville Bar Association; and the Lawyer’s Association for Women.
Allen Borden presently serves as Assistant Commissioner of Business Development for the State of Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development, heading up Governor Haslam's nine regional "Jobs Base Camps" as part of the Jobs4TN initiative. Borden is also responsible for both expansions of existing companies and recruitment of new companies to Tennessee as well as the FastTrack Incentive Team. Borden is focused on job creation across the state.
Borden is from Maryville in Blount County, Tennessee. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and began his career in economic development with the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Borden then held additional economic development positions including Executive Vice-President of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Blount County Industrial Board, and Smoky Mountains Visitors Bureau. He was then appointed by Mayor Victor Ashe as Director of Economic Development for the City of Knoxville. Borden then moved into the private sector where he has held executive positions in the staffing industry, banking industry, call center/outsourcing business, and commercial real estate & development. Borden has now come "full circle" and is excited to be back involved in what he calls "direct" economic development. Borden resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bill Gibbons, Commissioner of Dept. of Public Safety
Bill Gibbons joined Governor Bill Haslam's cabinet as Commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in January 2011. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Gibbons served as Shelby County District Attorney General for approximately 14 years.
As Commissioner, Gibbons oversees the agency's law enforcement, safety education, driver services, and disaster preparedness and prevention programs. He also chairs a cabinet working group of all state executive branch departments and agencies involved in public safety to develop a single, consistent state agenda to combat crime.
Gibbons began his state government career in 1979 as a special policy assistant for former Governor Lamar Alexander and then returned to private law practice in 1981. He rejoined state government in 1996, after former Governor Don Sundquist named him District Attorney General in order to fill an unexpired term. Gibbons was then elected to a pair of eight-year terms in 1998 and 2006.
His accomplishments as DA include a no plea bargaining policy on the most violent crimes, his joint effort with other law enforcement to crack down on possession of guns by convicted felons, and his creation of special prosecution units to focus on gang violence, drug trafficking, domestic violence and child abuse.
Gibbons chairs Operation: Safe Community, an initiative to reduce crime in Memphis and Shelby County. He continues to serve in this capacity as Commissioner. Gibbons has also served on the Board of Directors for the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), as well as the U. S. Department of Justice's Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Prior to serving as District Attorney, Gibbons was a partner in the law firm of Evans & Petree and served in part-time elective positions as a member of both the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission.
Born in El Dorado, Arkansas, Gibbons holds both undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University.
He is married to United States Court of Appeals Judge Julia S. Gibbons. They have two children.
Guillermo Mazier, Manager of Strategic Accounts, Atlas Advertising
Mazier is the Strategic Accounts Manager for Atlas Advertising, a niche economic development marketing and technology agency that serves more than 90 different economic development clients in 43+ states and 6 countries. With a strong background in international business and development, Maizer has developed tactical marketing programs, corporate communication strategies and messaging across multiple campaign engagements throughout North America.
Jerry E. Durham, Technical Manager State of Tennessee Division of County Audit
Jerry is technical manager for the State of Tennessee, Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of County Audit. The division has statutory responsibility for audits of county governments in Tennessee. A 25-year veteran of the division, Jerry has served as an auditor, audit supervisor, training instructor, and technical manager. Jerry is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). As technical manager for the division, he is responsible for developing professional compliance procedures and monitoring the division’s performance under GASB, AICPA, OMB, and GAO accounting and auditing standards. He recently led the committee responsible for implementing Statements on Auditing Standards 104 through 111 for the Division of County Audit. Jerry’s current assignments include assisting the Division of County Audit and local governments in implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition, Jerry teaches two training classes for the Tennessee Department of Audit and has taught training classes for several other professional organizations. He has served the National State Auditors Association External Peer Review program as a reviewer and serves as a field reviewer for the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting program.
Jerry was a partner in the accounting firm of Crosthwaite Durham and Associates. He also served as controller for Rural Healthcare of America, Inc., and taught accounting as a member of the adjunct faculty for Columbia State Community College.
Jerry received his accounting degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Jerry is married and has three children and one grandchild
John R. Eschenberg, UPF Federal Project Director
John R. Eschenberg was named the Federal Project Director for the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex in 2012. This multi-billion dollar investment is the largest post-war construction project in Tennessee’s history and represents NNSA’s single largest capital investment. The facility will provide state-of-the-art technologies to process uranium for nonproliferation activities, medical isotope production, nuclear fuel supply for the US Navy, and stockpile viability.
Eschenberg serves on the Board of Directors for the Emory Valley Center, Methodist Medical Center, Tech 20/20, the East Tennessee Economic Council, and the Oak Ridge Rowing Association, and is an active supporter Oak Ridge community initiatives.
Eschenberg has more than 20 years of industrial experience in a variety of defense, commercial, and Department of Energy settings, including responsibility for multi-billion dollar design and construction projects. He has held employment with Halliburton-NUS Corporation, Brown & Root Environmental Corporation, and the Department of Navy.
He holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland and is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va., and the Executive Management Program at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John was recognized as the National Management Association’s Executive of the Year for 2009.
Mark Mamantov is a Member at Bass, Berry & Sims and Chair of the firm’s Public Finance practice. He has more than 25 years of transactional experience with heavy emphasis on tax-exempt finance. He has participated in public finance transactions in more than 70 percent of the counties in Tennessee and has been actively involved in drafting legislation related to public finance matters, including local economic incentives.
As founding member of the firm’s Knoxville office, Mark is actively involved in the East Tennessee community. He has handling lending matters for banks across the region and serves as bond counsel to some of the largest non-profit entities in the State. With a significant amount of his work devoted to economic incentives, Mark advises municipal entities and private parties on property tax abatement, tax increment financing and other government incentives.
Mark is actively involved in the National Association of Bond Lawyers, having served as chairman of all three of that organization’s national seminars, and is a frequent speaker on related topics.
Opher Aviran, Consul General, Israel
Aviran was appointed in August 2010 to serve as the Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern U.S. After joining Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983, he has since served as the Second Secretary; Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Rangoon, Burma; Cultural & Scientific Affairs Attache at the Embassy of Israel in The Hague, The Netherlands; and Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission, at the Israeli Embassy in Canberra, Australia.
Richard E. Brown, P.E., UPF Procurement Manager
Richard Brown is a 40-year veteran with Bechtel’s Procurement organization, specializing in global supply-chain management for the engineering and construction industries.
Brown recently joined the Y-12 National Security Complex as the Manager of Procurement for the nation’s new Uranium Processing Facility. Y-12 is managed and operated by B&W Y-12, a partnership of the Babcock & Wilcox Company and Bechtel Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Before joining Y-12’s UPF team, Brown led the Water Treatment Plant Equipment Group, responsible for $1.2 billion of major equipment for DOE’s Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plan Project in Hanford, Wash.
Additionally, Brown has held key positions as Bechtel’s Corporate Manager of Purchasing, Project Procurement Manager for new launch complexes at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base. His career also has included a three-year stint in Korea as Bechtel’s Area Office Procurement Manager. In the early 1980s, he was the Supplier Quality Manager for Bechtel Power, specializing in nuclear power plant construction.
Brown is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. degree in metallurgical and materials engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Quality Engineering) in California.
Stephen Brereton, Consul General, Canada
Brereton has been the Canadian Consul General in Atlanta since Sept. 2009. His Canadian Foreign Service career has included assignments as the Trade Policy Counselor at the Canadian Mission to the European Union based in Brussels and diplomatic responsibilities at the Canadian Embassies in Tokyo, Japan and Havana, Cuba. Most recently he served as Consul General at the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, New York.
Steve Osborne is the financial analyst for the Comptroller of the Treasury, Office of State and Local Finance. In this role, he assists Tennessee cities, counties, and other governmental entities with debt and budgetary compliance and other fiscal matters; helps oversee the issuance of debt for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency; and manages various other analytical projects. Prior to joining the Comptroller’s Office, Steve held positions with J.C. Bradford and Company and Avondale Partners. He holds undergraduate degrees from Austin Peay State University and Belmont University and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Gary Gilmartin is the President of Gilmartin Engineering Works and a Vice President of Longenecker & Associates. Gilmartin has more than 30 years of nuclear plant operations, construction and strategic weapons programs experience. As a leading energy expert, Gilmartin applies his nuclear construction expertise and a unique combination of experience in management, energy systems and engineering to solve complex problems and support the energy and nuclear business sector. Gilmartin has excelled in assignments in plant operations, engineering, and quality assurance, including completing Naval service and qualifying for command of a Trident Nuclear Submarine. He currently serves on the ASME NQA-1 engineering and procurement subcommittee.
Gilmartin worked at the Y-12 National Security Complex where he was responsible for Quality Engineering and for the growth of complementary work missions in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Lab.
Before joining Y-12, Gilmartin served as a product line manager for Diamond Power International, a subsidiary of the B&W Corporation. Gilmartin managed research, design and implementation of boiler optimization equipment.
Gilmartin holds a Masters in Business Administration from Brenau University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lacy Beasley, Municipality Consultant Director, The Shopping Center Group (TSCG)
Lacy Beasley grew up in Roswell, New Mexico and spent her formative years in Lubbock, Texas. As Municipality Consultant Director she is responsible for
developing strategic retail marketing plans for municipalities. She left the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce in 2005 to join The Shopping Center Group. A
graduate of Lipscomb University, she earned her double major in Marketing and Management. Lacy Beasley has served on the ICSC TN/KY Idea Exchange Committee,
CCIM Economic Outlook Committee, and Economic Development Association of Alabama [EDAA] Retail Committee. She has spoken on retail trends and best practices
in retail recruitment to the Tennessee Valley Authority, Alabama Certified Municipal Officials, Tennessee Economic Development Council, Tennessee League of
Municipalities and other organizations. Spearheading the Municipality Consulting for TSCG since 2009, she has consulted over 40 municipalities and community
development organizations. She married a Tennessee native, Ben Beasley, in 2001 and enjoys being an aunt to eight nieces and nephews.
Sterling van der Spuy, Administrator, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD)
Twenty years of experience working for the State of Tennessee in numerous functions with emphasis on connecting job seekers to employers. Over the past seven years served as the primary contact for our Agency to Economic and Community Development for company locations and expansions. Functions include coordination of activities, partner communication, training programs, and overall management of Workforce Services Division. Workforce Services includes the Workforce Investment Act, Job Services (American Job Centers), Trade Adjustment Assistance, Veterans programs, Reemployment Services, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, Alien Labor, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and several other programs under the Employment and Training Administration. Utilizing these federal funded grants and programs, Workforce Services works to align and leverage resources to support both new and existing businesses by making connections to many partner programs. Tasks associated with these programs include initial recruitment, pre-screening, screening and pre-employment training, employer recruitment functions and training that includes On-the-Job training and Incumbent Worker training.
Current initiatives also include supporting implementation of Pathways to Prosperity, Labor and Education Alignment Programs (LEAP) and continued support for the Jobs4TN Jobs Base Camps, all of which are driven by the goal of being #1 in the Southeast for high quality jobs!
As Retail Development Program Manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Melissa Halsell consults and assists communities with their retail
attraction and retention strategies in TVA’s seven-state region. On TVA's Economic Development team for ten years, Melissa is actively engaged in various
programs and initiatives which help communities and economic development organizations build their capacities to create jobs and increase investments.
Prior to TVA, Melissa served on the staffs of the Greater Paducah Economic Development Council and Jackson Purchase Energy both in Paducah, Kentucky.
Currently, she is serving as Tennessee Alliance Public Sector Co-Chair for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). She is also an associate
member of the National Retail Federation (NRF). Melissa is a native of Chattanooga and a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
In 2008, she participated in TVA’s Leadership and Management for Accelerated Performance Program in partnership with the Owen Graduate School of
Management at Vanderbilt University. She resides in Nashville with her husband John.
Marla Rye is President of Workforce Essentials, Inc. in Clarksville, TN and holds the title of Executive Director of the North TN Workforce Board which serves 9 middle TN counties. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Austin Peay State University in Business and Accounting, attending two years at the University of Tennessee.
Marla has been with Workforce Essentials for a total of 22 years. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has been recognized on local, state, and national levels for leadership through community service and economic development.
Marla oversees employees and offices in 35 counties in TN in the Labor and Workforce Development arena.
Raised in Dover, TN, Marla and her husband, Ritchie Rye, reside in Cumberland City, TN and have two children, Haley and Hunter.
Ken Green is the Chief District Support Officer at the Tennessee Department of Education. He previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Oak Ridge Schools in Tennessee and as the Senior Educational Manager for K-12 Services at the College Board. He has also served as principal for Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, TN and West High School in Knoxville, TN, as well as assistant principal for Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, TN.
Mr. Green has served on many educational councils and committees, including chairing the Y12 Community Relations Council and the TN ACT Council. He received his bachelor’s degree in English education, master’s degree in education administration and supervision, and has completed over 30 hours at doctorate level from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner
Prior to coming with the department Phillips was managing director in the Department of Finance and Administration overseeing customer-focused government initiatives administration wide.
Early in his career, Phillips worked in the Budget Office of F&A before going into the private sector where he worked in medical sales and marketing. In 1991 he founded a surgical instrument company that conducted business in the United States and 30 other countries.
In 2009 he returned to state government to serve as transportation administrative director of the Department of Transportation’s Central Services Division.
Phillips has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and earned a law degree from the Nashville School of Law.
John J. Dreyzehner
John J. Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, joined Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet September 19, 2011, as the 12th Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health having over 20 years of service in clinical and public health leadership at the federal, state and local levels.
Dreyzehner began his medical service in 1989 as a USAF flight surgeon. Following honorable discharge as a major, he spent several years practicing occupational medicine, joining the Virginia Department of Health in 2002. He also concurrently practiced addiction medicine for several years while working on substance abuse prevention in his public health role.
Dreyzehner graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and earned his Master of Public Health degree at the University of Utah, where he also completed his residency in Occupational Medicine. He and his wife Jana, a child psychiatrist, have two sons.
As a Location Consultant for Austin Consulting, Brandon is responsible for performing site location studies for industrial clients. Specific areas of
expertise include food processing plants, industrial manufacturing, warehouses, and distribution centers. Brandon’s work on location studies has included
labor market analysis, favorable area analysis, metropolitan area site searches, community assessment, and site and building evaluation.
Brandon is also experienced in site evaluation for the site certification services which Austin performs for state, regional, and local economic
development organizations across the country. Most recently, Brandon has played a key role in the development and launch of the Select Tennessee
statewide industrial site certification program and currently serves the role of Project Manager for Austin’s administration of the program.
Prior to joining The Austin Company, Brandon served as the Director of Business Recruitment for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
Brandon was responsible for developing and implementing an aggressive business attraction plan for the greater Fort Wayne region. Brandon began
his economic development career in Tennessee, where he was responsible for the marketing and business development activities for the Tri-Cities
Economic Development Alliance in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.
Brandon received Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from Milligan College in east Tennessee.
Brandon is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council.
Graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Accounting, Associates degree in Applied Sciences
focus on Computer Accounting and continued education at Tennessee State University to become eligible to sit for CPA exam. Came to work in the Tennessee
Department of Revenue and worked in various positions for 16.5 years, with the last 6 years as liaison with Economic and Community Development. In January
2008 left State Government to go to work for a local CPA firm in the Nashville Area, specializing in State and Local taxes as well as the economic development
incentives. In March 2012, rejoined State Government in the Department of Economic and Community Development to work in the liaison roll with the Tennessee
Department of Revenue. Works with existing industries as well as new business coming into the State with tax questions, registration and tax issues that
arise in the course of doing business.
Jeff Fleming’s career spans 29 years. He currently serves as Assistant City Manager for Development in Kingsport, Tennessee. He is a certified professional planner with BS & MA degrees from East Tennessee State University. His experience includes economic, retail, residential, and downtown development and redevelopment. He was instrumental in facilitating more than 1 million square feet in new development and redevelopment since 2005, plus an additional $64 million Downtown. Kingsport is located 80-miles due north of Asheville, North Carolina at the intersection of I-81 and I-26. Jeff and Cristi, his wife of 27 years, have two adult children: Zack, a recent graduate of Carson-Newman University and Katelyn, a rising junior at ETSU. Jeff also serves as Vice President of the American Association of Retirement Communities.
Director, Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development
Tom Rogers was named Director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in June, 2008. His responsibilities include directing engagements with industrial partners, forging new ORNL entrepreneurial support efforts, and leading a number of strategic initiatives such as the Carbon Fiber Composites Cluster and development of the Oak Ridge Science and Technology Park.
Prior to joining ORNL, Tom was the founding President and CEO of Technology 20/20, a national award-winning public-private partnership focused on a building a robust regional entrepreneurial support system. Tom has also served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, as President of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, and began his career at TVA in the areas of economic development and strategic planning.
Tom is Chairman of the East Tennessee Economic Council, and serves on the boards of Tech 20/20, Southern Appalachian Fund, Meritus Ventures, the Tennessee Valley Corridor, Pathway Lending, SunTrust Bank, the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership, and the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Tom holds a B.A. with honors from Michigan State University and a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife Mary Brown live in Knoxville and have two grown sons.
President, Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association
Managing Director, Workforce Development and Conference Center at Northfield, South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance
Thomas Brewer leads the strategic planning and operational management of the Workforce Development and Conference Center at Northfield in Spring Hill, Tennessee. This non-profit provides a unique public/private entity focused on Workforce Development and Economic Development for the Southern Middle Tennessee region.
Tom spent 34 years with General Motors (GM) where he held various positions including Plant Controller and Planning Administrator at the Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex. He was responsible to execute the GM Global Launch Process for all new vehicle platform architectures and led the very successful new model launch of the Chevrolet Traverse and $1 Billion retooling of the assembly plant prior to his retirement.
As one of the first Saturn Corporation Finance Team members in 1987, Tom developed new financial reporting systems for the GM wholly owned subsidiary along with the responsibility for Construction Accounting of the $2 Billion project.
Prior to his assignment with Saturn Corporation, he was the International Joint Venture Controller for GM Central Foundry Division and successfully developed and negotiated business agreements with Chinese government officials for a Greenfield Iron/Aluminum Automotive Casting Foundry in Beijing. He also developed and negotiated the business model with German company, Kobelschmidt, for aluminum pistons to be molded / machined / supplied to all GM engine assembly plants.
Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in Indiana with Finance and Engineering majors.
He is currently the Board of Directors President for the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA), a Vice-President of the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Maury County, YMCA of Maury County, Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance, Maury Regional Medical Center and the Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Center. Tom is also a member of Rotary International, Columbia Cycling Club and USA Triathlon & Multisport Development.
Kim Ketchum, Corporate Director Business Development NAFTA, is a native Tennessean. Raised in Culleoka, Tennessee, on a diary farm, her parents are Donald and Ernestine Galbreath. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving her country for 8 years both abroad (Europe) and the Continental United States.
She has worked in the automotive industry for the past 23 years – all in Operations, she recently transitioned from VP Shock Absorbers, NA to her current role in Business Development for all of Magneti Marelli Business Lines in the NAFTA Region. Prior to Magneti Marelli, she was employed with ArvinMeritor and with D & A Technology, both automotive suppliers. Her passion for keeping the American workforce active is what keeps her motivated in such a fast paced recovering industry.
Kim has served on the Board of Directors for the Giles County Chamber of Commerce for 3 consecutive terms. She also assists the Economic and Development Commission by introducing the workforce of Giles County to potential industry newcomers. She is on the Board of Trustees for Martin Methodist College and is a graduate of University of Phoenix with her Bachelors in Business Management. She is a Rotarian with the Giles County Charter recently awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award in her charter. She is a member of the GSC (Gulf South Conference) Basketball Official Association where she works Women’s East Division II College Basketball as a hobby.
Kim and her husband, Wendell, own a small convenient store located in Giles County, in the community of Flagsprings. She currently resides in Lynnville, Tennessee on a 92 acre farm with her husband and their 3 children.
Ron Harr is President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. He was raised in Bristol, worked in Nashville and Knoxville, but has lived more years of his life in Chattanooga than anywhere else.
He first came to Chattanooga as a boarding student at McCallie in 1968. He attended Washington and Lee University and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1976 with a B.S. in Communications.
He had an 18-year career with AT&T in Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville, where he worked in public affairs and customer service. He managed a call center in Chattanooga from 1989 to 1991. He then moved to Knoxville as the company’s District Director for East Tennessee.
In 1995, he returned to Chattanooga as the V.P. of Communications and Public Affairs for BlueCross BlueShield. In 2002, he was named CEO of Volunteer State Health Plan, the company’s TennCare subsidiary with 700 employees and over $1 billion in revenues. In 2007, he became Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Public Affairs and Properties as the company was beginning its move to Cameron Hill.
He retired from BlueCross in 2011, and immediately started planning a life-dream voyage on his sailboat. He sailed from Chattanooga on a 2,101 mile trip that took him through the Gulf and the Florida Keys and then up the Atlantic coast to Jacksonville. He came back to apply for the job as head of the Chamber.
He is married to Linda Andreae and has two grown daughters. One is an architect in Charlottesville, Virginia and the other is a marketing manager in Nashville.
Managing Director, BBK
Bill has over 30 years of experience in Manufacturing, including international operations and Manufacturing Engineering. He has a proven ability to start-up new operations, improve existing operations, and form joint ventures with off-shore entities.
Bill has successfully managed and improved performance within multi-site international operations and launched new products on a global basis. His capability with problem analysis and problem solving has resulted in significant Cost, Quality and Safety performance improvements. Bill’s new product program management skills have led to numerous on-time, and under budget new product/plant launches. He has a broad experience base with multiple manufacturing processes and systems including assembly, machining, casting, injection molding, metal stamping, die manufacturing and advanced manufacturing techniques.
As Plant Manager at General Motor’s (GM) Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex, one of GM’s largest North American manufacturing facilities, Bill was responsible for the restart of the 6.9 million square foot manufacturing plant for the launch of new engine and vehicle lines. Management responsibilities included an annual operating budget of $210M with hundreds of salaried managers and engineers and over one thousand hourly employees. During his tenure, he hired 150 salaried employees and over 800 hourly employees and managed a $600M capital spending program to add new engine and restart vehicle assembly lines. He was also responsible for maintaining the day-to-day operations of an existing engine manufacturing operation, a sheet metal stamping operation, and an injection molding operation while reducing product manufacturing costs, improving throughput, and improving product quality.
Bill also served as the Executive Director of Global Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering for GM. He was responsible for the start-up and implementation of new Powertrain plants and products including engines, transmissions, and metal castings throughout the world. In this capacity, he managed a $1B annual capital budget, and led 650 managers and engineers who were located in Europe, South America, Asia and North America. His team established strategies for long term global sourcing of machinery and equipment and managed procurement and start-up of all Powertrain programs. During the last 15 years of his tenure, Bill’s organizations were responsible for the start-up of 14 new or retooled plants and the launch of 24 new products on a global basis.
Education and Certifications
- Masters of Business Administration, Eastern Michigan University
- Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
- Executive Development Program Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana; INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France; Hong Kong Technical University, Hong Kong China
Vice President & Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
Bruce Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and director of its Metropolitan Policy Program. He regularly advises on policy reforms that
advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas. Bruce is a co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013) which argues that in the
aftermath of the Great Recession, US cities and metropolitan areas have become the vanguard of economic policy innovation and have assumed leadership on
investing in infrastructure, making advanced industry a priority and upgrading the education and skills of American workers.
Currently, Bruce leads two signature initiatives at Brookings: the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation,
which presents fiscally-responsible state policies and practical metropolitan-led solutions that leaders can use to catalyze the next economy; and
the Global Cities Initiative, a Joint Project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase, which helps American city and metropolitan leaders become more "globally
fluent," expand the global reach of their economies, and create an international network of global cities that naturally trade and grow together.
Bruce gives dozens of lectures and presentations annually in the United States before public, corporate, civic and university audiences. He has also lectured about urban and metropolitan issues in countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Turkey. In 2006, he received the prestigious Heinz Award in Public Policy for his contributions to understanding the "function and values of cities and metropolitan areas and profoundly influencing their economic vitality, livability and sustainability."
Bruce is the editor or co-editor of several books on urban and metropolitan issues, and his commentaries and articles have appeared in a wide range of publications.
After the 2008 presidential election, Bruce co-led the housing and urban transition team for the Obama Administration and served as a senior advisor to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Shaun Donovan, for the first 100 days of the Administration. He is also a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Before joining Brookings, Bruce served as Chief of Staff to Henry G. Cisneros, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has also served as the staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Affairs. Bruce is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School
Mark Muro, a senior fellow and the director of policy at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, manages the program's public policy analysis and leads its advanced industries (AI) activities. Mark is an expert on regional innovation systems and economic development and has published extensively on manufacturing, energy issues,
and regional industry clusters.
Muro most recently led the development of a state advanced industries strategy for Colorado’s space / aerospace sector and is currently developing a national definition and measurement of the North American AI sector. He was also the lead author of “Unify, Regionalize, Diversify: An Economic Development Agenda for Nevada.”
Mark is also the author with Bruce Katz of “The New ‘Cluster Moment’: How Regional Innovation Clusters Can Foster the Next Economy.”
Principal, Detroit McKinsey & Company
Srikant Inampudi is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Automotive and Assembly Practice and leads our Auto supplier work in NA.
He has over 12 years of automotive experience. Since joining the firm, Srikant’s work in A&A has been primarily focused on Corporate/Business unit strategy
and developing and implementing transformation programs to increase operational effectiveness of A&A companies. He has worked with automotive OEM’s and
suppliers in both passenger car and commercial truck space. While Srikant’s client focus is clearly in the automotive space, he also serves clients in
Industrial electronics, private equity, high tech and health care. His recent client experiences include:
- Worked with both passenger and commercial truck OEM to optimize material costs, industrial foot print and optimizing dealer performance
- Worked with a Tier-1 auto supplier to size the market for a new technology focused on intersection of infotainment and safety. Sized the market and developed a detailed understanding of OEM requirements.
- Evaluated M&A targets in infotainment space for a strategic buyer – Tier-1 auto supplier
- Developed corporate strategy for a Tier-1 automotive player to optimize their product portfolio
- Developed a BU strategy for a Tier-1 automotive supplier to pursue growth options outside of automotive
- Designed and executed an operations improvement program for an OEM to optimize material costs, CAPEX and quality
- Designed and executed a “turnaround” of NA operations for an European supplier by optimizing customer portfolio and manufacturing footprint
- Developed and executed a global R&D footprint strategy for an OEM to optimize ER&D
- Led several due diligences for PE players focused on both auto supplier and aftermarket space
His knowledge development and research interest is centered around developing value creating strategies for automotive suppliers.
He has co-authored McKinsey quarterly article on “How do you create value as a NA supplier” in 2007, which was one of the top 5 quarterly articles
Prior to joining McKinsey, Srikant worked for Motorola as a business planning manager in Chicago. Srikant holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from the University of Chicago
Vice President, Manufacturing - Smyrna
Susan Brennan is vice president, Manufacturing - Smyrna for Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). Brennan is responsible for the operation of Nissan's Smyrna Assembly Plant, where she oversees safety, quality, operations, productivity, environmental compliance and new model introduction of Smyrna-built products such as the Nissan Altima, Maxima and Pathfinder and the Infiniti JX.
Smyrna will begin production of the Nissan LEAF electric car in late 2012, and the Nissan Rogue crossover in 2013.
Before joining Nissan in 2008, Brennan spent 16 years in a variety of manufacturing management roles first at Douglas & Lomason Co. and at Ford Motor Co. During her 13 years at Ford, she served in several plant manager positions before being named director of manufacturing in 2000, director of the manufacturing business office in 2006 and, finally, director for the automaker's global manufacturing business office.
In 2005 and 2010, she was named by Automotive News as one of the "100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry."
She spent five years as a chemical and biological researcher and conducted a breast-cancer epidemiological study at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. She was also a pharmaceutical researcher for Hoechst-Celanese in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Brennan is a founding member and immediate past president of the Southern Automotive Women's Form (SAWF), a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to promoting the personal and professional advancement of women in the automotive industry who are located in the Southern Region of the United States.
Brennan is member of the Tennessee Women's Forum, a charter group of the International Women's Forum, and she has served on the board of directors of the Clara B. Ford Academy in Dearborn, Mich.
Brennan holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, and has received their Distinguished Alumni Award. She also holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois.
Linda J. Davis
TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Davis serves as the Employment Security Administrator overseeing the Unemployment Insurance Program and Labor Market Information. Davis began her career
as an interviewer in the Crossville Job Service office before transferring to the Labor Market Information Unit in Nashville. She has thirty-one years of
experience in the department.
Consul General of Japan
Kato was named Consul-General of Japan in Nashville in Sept. 2012, coming from a previous post as Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul-General in the
Republic of the Philippines. Since entering the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982, Kato has held a number of posts around the world including Minister
and Head of Chancery, Embassy of Japan; Director, International Cooperation Dept. National Institute for Research Advancement; and Deputy Chief of Mission,
Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan.
Deputy-Consul-General of Japan, Nashville, Tennessee
Mr. Iryu entered Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA) in 1984, after graduating from Keio University. He received his M.A. in
Economics from Queen’s University, Canada. In Tokyo, Mr. Iryu served as Deputy Director of the Regional Policy Division, Asian and Oceanian
Affairs Bureau, MOFA. He also served as Deputy Director of the Ocean Affairs Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, MOFA. His overseas assignments
have included Japan’s Embassies in Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, and Malaysia. He has also served as Advisor for the Executive Director of
Japan at the Asian Development Bank, in Manila, Philippines.
ECD European Union Export Assistance Representative
Ixmann is part of the TNTrade initiative and works with Tennessee companies interested in exporting their products to the European Union.
Ixmann has works for the AHP Group, the Institutional Pharma & Healthcare Company, focusing on internationalization and trade fair participations.
CCE President/CEO Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce
As CEO of the Chamber, Hardy leads a 500-member organization with the mission to enhance the economic vitality of the greater Oak Ridge community while
providing exceptional business and leadership opportunities for its members. Hardy’s experience in the areas of economic development and chamber of commerce
management spans more than three decades in four states.
ECD China Export Assistance Representative
Shao is part of the TNTrade initiative and works with Tennessee companies interested in exporting their products to China.
As a Chief Executive of the DC Center in China, Shao is responsible for managing the District’s first international office.
Over the past twenty years, Shao has counseled over 100 groups in the China market, including Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, IBM, IMAX and Discovery Channel.
Laetitia has recently joined PA Consulting Group as an Economic Development Representative. Laetitia formerly held the role of Investment Officer at
the Canadian High Commission in London, England, from 2000 to 2010. Her main responsibilities included promoting Canada as an investment destination in
the Life Sciences sector and ICT/new media industries. In addition, she was responsible for managing the High Commissioner's program of visits to VIP
investors in Canada. Prior to working at the Canadian High Commission, Laetitia held various commercial roles within multinationals, including Reed
Elsevier and France Telecom. Originally from Montreal, she has been living in the UK since 1989.She has a Bachelor's degree from Bath University in
Modern Languages and European Studies.
ECD United Kingdom Representative
Worthington is part of the TNTrade initiative and works with Tennessee companies interested in exporting their products to the United Kingdom.
Worthington has over thirty decades of professional experience in international trade. Currently, Worthington works with IBT Partners in Paris,
France, and has also held positions in the Netherlands, Brussels and London.
ECD Mexico Export Assistance Representative
Garcia is part of the TNTrade initiative and works with Tennessee companies interested in exporting their products to Mexico.
Garcia has worked at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Trace Center, the World Trade Organization and the European Commission.
Garcia has managed more than 150 projects for 14 different countries and is currently Official OSEC Expert for Switzerland and Mexico Trade Representative for
Enterprise Ireland and Manitoba Trade and Investment.
Turkish Consul General
Aydin has worked for the foreign ministry since 1996. He has held positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Anakra; and Embassy of the
Republic of Turkey in Nigeria, Washington D.C., Canada and Malaysia. Currently, Aydin is Turkish Consul General in Houston, Texas.
State of Tennessee Canadian Director
Robert (Bob) Bathgate has had over 25 years of experience in the field of economic development and trade. As the Canadian Director for the state of Tennessee,
Bob is headquartered in Peterborough, Ontario and works with Canadian companies in identifying profitable business opportunities thru the establishment of
satellite operations in “The Volunteer State”. To date, over 76 Canadian companies have set up fully integrated manufacturing operations in the state.