When meeting CBBC’s Kathy Johnson for the first time…smiling, standing with outstanding posture in her business suit…you might never guess she was employed early on as a potato chips truck driver who traversed hilly terrain while wrangling the stick shift and clutch of a cantankerous company vehicle.

Yes, she segued into more “conventional” positions after that, eventually working her way up at CBBC Bank from bookkeeper to her current position as senior vice president, commercial lender and community outreach. That outreach role…and all her community spirit…won her last year’s 2018 Athena Women’s Leadership Award.

But she wants folks to know she’s a down-to-earth country girl at heart…one who has a BIG heart for the Blount Chamber and its transformative power in helping businesses of all sizes.

After more than three decades, she’s become the “Face of CBBC” at Chamber functions by participating in nearly every aspect of the Chamber’s activities. And she recruited so many new members in the its 2016 membership campaign, she earned the “Godmudda” award. Her enthusiasm for Chamber membership is nothing short of inspirational.

“Chamber membership is a win-win, actually,” Kathy said. “CBBC’s first year at the VIP member level was our BEST year for business up to that point. I absolutely think there’s a correlation.”

“Chamber leadership raises a company’s visibility. The bank’s sponsorships of local Chamber events link its name to the core of what Blount County is all about…its people, their businesses and their success and growth,” she said. “When our bank visibly invests in its community and has its name linked to meaningful activities, our core values shine through.”

“Potential customers want to do business with a lender displaying that kind of heart,” Kathy said, smiling broadly. Convincingly. With heart. And that’s how she got the Godmuddah Award.

Ready to raise your company’s visibility? Contact Jessica Hahn at jhahn@blountpartnership.com.