Joint Operating Committee

The Joint Operating Committee is the executive board that helps guide the political and policy direction of the Blount Partnership. The Partnership includes the Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority.

Chair: Chris Soro, C2RL, Inc.

Vice Chair: Chuck Alexander

Chamber Representatives
Chair: Rick Shepard 
Chair-Elect: Trevis Gardner, MKAA
Past Chair: Chris Soro, C2RL, Inc.

Economic Development Board Representatives
Chair: Matt Murray, University of Tennessee
Vice Chair: Greg Wilson, First Horizon Bank
Past Chair: Fred Lawson

Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority Representatives
Chair: Tim Seay, Century 21 Smoky Mountain Real Estate
Vice Chair: Jewell Overton, ProNova Solutions
Past Chair: Bryan Cable, Hilton Knoxville Airport

Legal Counsel: Thomas Bickers, Attorney, Paine, Tarwater & Bickers, LLC