Blount Partnership

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: Bryan Cable, General Manager, Hilton Knoxville Airport


Vice Chair: Chris Soro, C2RL, Inc.

Chamber Representatives
Chair: Dave Joe Tipton, Twin City Dealerships 
Chair-Elect: Bob Booker, DENSO
Past Chair: Chris Soro, C2RL, Inc.

Economic Development Board Representatives
Chair: Fred Lawson
Vice Chair: Matt Murray, University of Tennessee
Past Chair: Chuck Alexander, Hickory Construction Company

Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority Representatives
Chair: Tim Seay, Owner, Hideaway Cottage & Log Cabins
Vice Chair: Jewell Overton
Past Chair: Bryan Cable, General Manager, Hilton Knoxville Airport

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