Committees, Councils & Taskforces

Committees & Councils

Agribusiness Committee
Mission/Purpose: Dedicated to the promotion and economic successes of the food, fiber and natural resources industries of East Tennessee including all parts of the production and marketing chains from farm products to consumers. Emphasis is given to farm youth development by assisting 4-H and FFA organizations with certain activities.
Chair: Scott Suchomski
Staff contact: Patrice Collins

Mission/Purpose: Ambassadors of the Knoxville Chamber serve as an active volunteer extension of the Chamber to cultivate, promote and maintain a positive relationship between the Chamber, its members and the community. They also help staff events and act as mentors for new members. Click here for more info about the Ambassadors!
Co-chairs: Christa Early, Resource Accounting and StaffingSolutions; Lorena Hubbard of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee  

Staff contact: Lauren Longmire

East Tennessee Military Affairs Council
ETMAC is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1990 to recognize, encourage, support and advocate for, and on behalf of, military activities in East Tennessee. ETMAC brings together the military units in East Tennessee with military and civilian organizations, Veterans, military retirees, political leaders, news outlets, and members of the public. The organization provides a forum to share volunteers, information and ideas, challenges and solutions, and to assist in fundraising activities.
President, Major Stephanie McKeen, TNANG

Staff contact: Patrice Collins

Economic & Community Development Committee
Mission/Purpose: Work with public and private sector individuals and organizations to create and maintain an economic climate in which businesses have the ability thrive and grow. Areas of focus: Innovation Valley work program, targeted industry, new business recruitment, economic development marketing, workforce development and existing industry.
Chair: Harry Gross, Suntrust Bank

Staff contact: Doug Lawyer

Finance & Audit Committee
Mission/Purpose: To ensure that the Chamber operates effectively on a financially sound basis and to focus on strategic planning, new budgets and audit.
Chair: David Metz, Marine Accessories Corporation

Staff contact: Larry Johnson

Government Relations and Public Policy Committee
Mission/Purpose: Foster and maintain strong communications and relationships with governmental officials and agencies at all levels. The committee focuses on public policy and legislation on the local and state levels. The committee is asked to make recommendations and decisions about positions the Chamber ought to take on these policies/bills.
Chair: Susan Richardson Williams, SRW & Associates

Staff contact: Amy Nolan

Infrastructure & Transportation Committee
Mission/Purpose: To make sure that the business community is engaged and aware of the critical infrastructure and transportation (road, air service, rail, barge) issues that affect commerce in our region.
Chair: Ed Medford, Knoxville Utilities Board

Staff contact: Lindsay Hammill

Marketing Committee
Mission/Purpose: The Marketing Committee develops marketing and promotional strategies utilized by the Chamber. The marketing committee’s goal is to assist the Chamber in promoting its initiatives and delivering its messages to the regions business community.
Chair: Steve Merrill, Eagle Distributing

Staff contact: Lynsey Wilson

Membership Committee
Mission/Purpose: To provide leadership to the Ambassador Program and to serve as an active volunteer extension of the Knoxville Chamber to cultivate, promote and maintain a positive relationship between the Knoxville Chamber, its members and the community.
Chair: Jill Green, BGT Recruiting & Consulting, Inc.

Staff contact: Julie Massie

Workforce Development & Education Committee
Mission/Purpose: To engage Chamber members and volunteers in the important work of developing, attracting and retaining a world-class workforce to meet the needs of the region’s existing and target industries.
Chair: Lance Tracy, Radio Systems Corporation

Staff contact: Doug Lawyer