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: Bob Booker, DENSO 
Chair-Elect: Rick Shepard
Past Chair: Chris Soro, C2RL, Inc.

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

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

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