Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors governs the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. The duty of the Board is to shape policy, identify solutions, and implement programs. Members of the Board of   Directors are elected by the membership and should be a fair representation of retailers, manufacturing, service providers and other categories of membership. To be eligible for a board seat one must be an owner of the member business, or an employee designated to represent the business.

The Board of Directors is composed of fifteen (15) directors from the membership, five (5) of whom will be elected annually to replace the directors whose regular terms are expiring. Board terms are for a three-year period, or until their successors are elected and qualified. Board terms begin on January 1 of each year. The Chairman can serve a 4th year as Past Chairman as nominated.

Nominations for the Board of Directors are sought in September and these nominations are sent to the membership for approval in October. Additional names can be nominated as candidates by petition only. The petition process is identified in Article IV, Section C of the Chamber by-laws.

Directors responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • A commitment to a three-year term
  • Attendance at Chamber board meetings as called
  • Serve in a leadership role
  • Serve on one or two additional committees during each year of term
  • Participation/attendance at Chamber sponsored events

Board meetings are open to all members. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every other month from 8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The date, time and location of meetings are subject to change, as required, with board approval. The dates are posted on the Chamber website or can be confirmed by contacting the Chamber office.

Members are invited to contact the Chamber staff to be scheduled to address the board or to add items to the agenda and should do so one week in advance of the meeting. Board minutes and agenda are kept in accordance with the Chamber by-laws and are available by contacting the Chamber office.

2017 Executive Directors

Colin McRae Chairman

Colin McRae

Tennova-Jefferson Memorial Hospital
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Colin McRae was educated in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC School System, graduating in 1993 from West Forsyth High School. He went on to attend East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He later earned a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, located in Richmond, VA.

During graduate school, Colin was recruited by the Hospital Corporation of America, headquartered in Nashville, TN. Upon completion of an internship with HCA in Houston, TX, Colin was selected to participate in the company’s Chief Operating Officer Development Program. At the age of 28, Colin received his for COO position while living in Houston. After serving in this role for four years, Colin was given the opportunity to lead the integration and financial turnaround of a newly acquired hospital in Largo, FL. In 2012, Colin was recruited by the parent company of Tennova Healthcare to become the COO at Physician’s Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. Colin has served as CEO of Jefferson Memorial Hospital since January 2013.

In addition to the Chamber of Commerce, Colin is also a Board Member for the Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County and Jefferson County EMS. Colin lives in Dandridge with his wife Jodi, and sons Aidan and William. The McRae’s are members of First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City.

Roger Mynatt Chairman-Elect

Roger Mynatt
Jefferson County Nursing Home

Roger Mynatt is presently the Administrator for the Jefferson County Nursing Home in Dandridge, TN; a position he has held since January 1992. Prior to his service with JCNH, he served as Supervisor of Health Information at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

Roger holds an extensive list of accomplishments including earning his Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Administration and Planning from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Care Administration from East Tennessee State University, and an Associate of Science (AS) in Political Science from Walters State Community College.

His list of community service credentials is as impressive. He has served on the Board of Licensing for Health Care Facilities for the State of Tennessee as appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Chairman of the Jefferson County FEMA, board member for the Jefferson Memorial Foundation and the Tennessee Health Care Association and the Finance Council Chair for Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jefferson City. He has earned the honor of Fellow for both the American College of Health Care Administrators and the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association.

Roger currently resides in Dandridge, TN with his wife, Kristine, and daughters, Jessica, Jenna, and Julianna. Jessica is currently a senior at East Tennessee State University. His wife, Kristine, is presently working to attain her Master of Arts in Teaching at Carson-Newman University.

He and his family are active members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jefferson City, TN.

Pam Dockery Treasurer

Pam Dockery
US Bank
Community Branch Manager - Jefferson City and White Pine

Pam Dockery is employed at US Bank as their Community Branch Manager. She is a graduate of Jefferson County High School. Pam resides in Dandridge with her family and is a member of First Baptist Church, Dandridge.

Pam is a graduate of the Leadership Jefferson County Program and serves on the advisory boards for both the Leadership Jefferson County and Youth Leadership Jefferson County programs.   She also serves on the Dandridge Planning Commission, Chairman of Christmas in Jefferson County and is active other various community events.

Ron Lawrence Vice-Chair

Ron Lawrence
Darby House Retirement and Vol Magic Wash (Jefferson City)

Ronald (Ron) Lawrence, born in Knoxville Tennessee, graduated from Farragut High School and the University of Tennessee.  In addition, he attended Carson-Newman prior to transferring to the University of Tennessee. 

His initial management position was with Continental Grain Company in St. Louis, Missouri.  After four years in the U.S. Air Force, Ron “retired” with the rank of Captain and joined Champion Papers, now part of Georgia Pacific.  Ron accepted the role of Operations Planning Manager with the South Carolina State Ports Authority and spent five years in Charleston.  During this time, he received his M.B.A. from The Citadel. After graduation, he accepted a position with the Giant Portland and Masonry Cement Company, a company on the NYSE.  Ron left that company as a Vice President and moved to the Knoxville area to begin his career in health care.  In 1981, Ron acquired a nursing facility near Knoxville. Within three years, he built another facility in Farragut, Tennessee. 

Since those early days, he has opened a pharmacy, a physician practice, employs over 30 registered dietitians state-side, an independent living in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and an automated car wash company with locations in Jefferson City and Sevierville.

On a personal note, Ron is married to his wife Carolyn; together they have five children and 16 grandchildren.  His interests include showing Tennessee Walking Horses and he has won world championships at the Walking Horse Celebration.  Other interests include travel, motorcycles, and living on a small farm with both Walking Horses and black angus cattle.  Ron prides himself in being community minded and operating businesses with integrity and high levels of quality service.

Julie Rex Vice-Chair

Julie Rex
First Tennessee Bank
Vice President - Community Banking

Julie joined First Tennessee in 2006 as a small business banker.  Prior to that Julie and her Husband, Steve owned a small business in Baneberry TN for over 6 yrs.

In 2012, Julie obtained her securities and insurance licenses and her role changed to Community Banker.  As a Community Banker, she handles both Business Banking and Private Client Banking including commercial and consumer lending and cash management. She strives to provide prompt, friendly and professional service for all manners of banking needs. But beyond that, she makes it her mission to help her clients in every way that she can. She realizes that banking can be confusing and it's generally not fun to deal with so she tries very hard to keep banking simple and friendly! She works with many very busy professionals that appreciate her flexibility to meet wherever and whenever it is convenient for them.

Julie has served the communities of Hamblen and Jefferson County by participating in the following non-profit organizations:

  • MATS Executive Board and Board President
  • United Way of Jefferson County Advisory Board
  • Encore Theatrical Group Board
  • Carson Newman College Department of Family and Consumer Science Board
  • Lakeway Regional Hospital Advisory Board
  • United Way of Hamblen County Loaned Executive

Julie has completed Morristown Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class and she has recently graduated the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class. She has been married to her husband, Steve over 20 years and they have two awesome kids! Their eldest child, Jacob is a sophomore at Middle Tennessee State University and their daughter Halie is a recent graduate of Jefferson County High School. Both Jacob and Halie participated in the Youth Leadership Program offered by JCHS and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

John W. Zirkle, MD, FACP Chairman Emeritus / Past Chairman (2016)

John W. Zirkle, MD, FACP
Chairman Emeritus / Past Chairman (2016)

John Zirkle is a Jefferson City native and a graduate of Jefferson High School. He obtained his undergraduate education at Carson-Newman (BS and BA, 1966) and his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John’s internship, residency, and fellowship were at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He served on active duty in the U. S. Navy and returned to Jefferson City in 1979, practicing Internal Medicine until his retirement in December 2007.

Dr. Zirkle currently resides in Jefferson City with his wife, Eva, and remains an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City. He is also heavily involved in various volunteer and community organizations.

He is presently the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairman in 2016.

2017 Board of Directors

Dr. John Cagle

Dr. John Cagle
Jefferson County High School
Assistant Principal/CTE Director

John Cagle is a life-long native of Jefferson County. He graduated from Jefferson County High School in 1981 before continuing a path of education that would lead him to some impressive heights. His list of accomplishments is numerous including receiving his Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree in Business Administration and Management from Hiwassee College in 1983. He has also attained his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business and Marketing Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Specialist in Education (Ed.S) in Educational Leadership and Administration from Carson-Newman University.

While completing his B.S. degree at the University of Tennessee, he was honored with the “Outstanding Graduate in Business and Marketing Education.”

John is a graduate of the first Leadership Jefferson County class and currently serves as chairman of the Jefferson County Building a Better Future Leadership & Education Foundation team.  He is a former president of the Tennessee Association of Career & Technical Education, and has served on the Region II Policy Committee for the national ACTE organization.

He is presently the Assistant Principal and CTE Director at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, TN.

Ed Franklin

Ed Franklin
Franklin Realty

I arrived in this area in 1972 post two tours in Vietnam (education is a zero!!!) dropped out of high school Lancaster, PA in 1967 - (native of) where I was working in a Cotton Mill and quit that job to join the army on June 12, 1968.

My two tours in ‘nam were with the 1st Air Calvary as a search and destroy field demolition specialist. That time was spent in helicopters hopping from all four zones on varied missions of need.

After returning, I stumbled on East Tennessee because of love, marriage and the Appalachian Trail!!!  Once I settled here, I married and raised two daughters, Melissa and Carrie. Melissa and Carrie each graduated Jefferson County High and now live and work in the local area. I worked initially in small shop financial offices while, at the same time, pursuing a position with what was then Jefferson County Bank (Mr. H.B. Jarnagin – Bob Jarnagin’s dad) for two years before being hired. I spent eighteen plus in that capacity with Jefferson County Bank and First Tennessee Bank, primarily as a lending officer.

My last twenty-three years have been in real estate. I have been involved with numerous charity organizations, our church and earlier years with youth sports, etc.

I am married to Tammy Hunt of Duck River, TN, with a step son, Zach. Tammy and I are partners in Franklin Realty in Dandridge, TN.

I am 64 looking forward to 74 and with no change in site for the future. A stray seed that landed here and, thankfully, took root on April 23rd, some forty-three years ago!

Kenneth Dobbins

Kenneth Dobbins
First Peoples Bank

Ken serves as Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer for First Peoples Bank of Tennessee. He has been in the financial services industry since 1984 and enjoys helping others achieve their financial objectives. Ken received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and Masters of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. One of his interests is music and is a former President and currently serves on the Board of the Joy of Music School in Knoxville, TN. The Joy of Music School provides free music lessons and instruments to financially disadvantaged youth.

David Longmire

David Longmire
Jefferson County Facilities and Safety Director

David Longmire serves as Jefferson County Director of Facilities & Safety in the County Mayor’s office.

Born in Tribune, Kansas- David’s family moved back to Tennessee in 1963. His first job was at Berkline in Morristown, TN and then later Jeffery Chain Manufacturer.  He found his real passion when at the urging of Paul Jarnagin, owner of Jarnagin Motor Company, Rutledge, TN he went to work in retail automobile sales.  David worked there for 15 years and was instrumental in the Dealership winning Ford Motor Company’s Coveted President’s Award for 7 years in a row.

David is a member of Jefferson City Assembly of God where he serves as a Board Member and Praise and Worship Leader. David’s wife Nancy is employed at First Peoples Bank.  They have one daughter, Amy (Eddie) Hogsten and two grandchildren, Ezekiel and Sawyer.

David and Nancy have now lived in Jefferson County for the past 13 years. David has a wide array of interest including, racing, car shows, and traveling.

Allen Morgan

Allen Morgan
Carson Newman University

Allen Morgan begins his fifth year as Carson-Newman's Director of Athletics. He was named to the position on March 12, 2012, and officially began his duties May 1, 2012.

Year four on the job for Morgan resulted in record increased in the Eagle Scholars program and unprecedented success on the field of competition.  Carson-Newman was the only program in the country to send its volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer and football teams to NCAA postseason play.  On top of that, the Eagles' had their highest ever finish in the Learfield Director's Cup standings. 

Carson-Newman saw a trio of teams earn SAC titles while eight clubs went on to NCAA tournament play in Morgan's third year at Mossy Creek.  Softball won its first outright title since 2005 and its 14th overall while the men's basketball program earned its first ever back-to-back NCAA tournament bids with a SAC tournament title win over #3 LMU. Volleyball, women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and outdoor and indoor track and field to go along with softball all made postseason play.

Year two saw Carson-Newman make four appearances in NCAA postseason events (football, men's basketball, men's golf and men's soccer's run to the national title game).  Morgan also hired a new men's golf coach in Randy Wylie.  Wylie's first tournament was the 2014 SAC Championship.  He only guided C-N to its first conference title in a decade.

In his first year on the job, Morgan oversaw the start of Carson-Newman’s swimming program.  He also hired a former LPGA player in Suzanne Strudwick to helm the women’s golf program and a two-time Olympian in Tony Parrilla to coach cross country and assist with track and field.

Morgan replaced David Barger, now Athletics Director Emeritus, who spent 32 years at Carson-Newman.

A 1968 C-N alumnus and trustee, Morgan retired from a long career in education, culminating in his service as superintendent of Knox County Schools from 1992-98. The system’s last elected superintendent (1992), he oversaw its transition to an appointed position when the Board of Education hired him to continue the job in 1996. He oversaw more than 50,000 students and some 7000 employees at 91 schools, and was selected Superintendent of the Year in 1997 by Tennessee’s State PTA.

Morgan’s 22 years of public school administration included three years as assistant principal of Karns High School and 13 years as principal of Powell High School.  His commitment to professional excellence and student growth led Powell to be the first Knox County School named “BEST” by the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce; it was one of just four Tennessee high schools to be named a finalist in the National Schools Recognition Program (1990-91).  Beyond academic excellence, he led PHS through an extensive renovation program during his tenure.

Upon his retirement from Knox County, the 1964 Carter High School graduate joined Clayton Homes as president of CMH Parks, its communities and subdivision group. In that capacity for a decade, he directed the efforts of almost 300 employees and led the development of some 22,000 homes in communities across the country.

Morgan entered C-N in the fall of 1964 as a freshman baseball player and was part of the team that won the 1965 NAIA National Championship, the institution’s first athletic national title.  He coached baseball at Powell before taking the school’s helm as principal.

C-N’s AD is married to Phyllis Mitchell Morgan, who retired after 30 years as an elementary school teacher.  The Morgan’s are active members of Knoxville’s Wallace Memorial Baptist Church.  Their son Chris is a 1997 grad of Carson-Newman. He is married to Melanie and together the couple has a daughter, Collins.

Since joining the South Atlantic Conference (SAC), Carson-Newman has brought home 76 conference titles spread across 19 sports.

Fourteen sports have advanced to NCAA Tournament play in the last decade, led by seven-straight NCAA Tournament appearances by women’s soccer, men’s soccer, and softball. The women’s soccer team reached the Final Four in both 2004 and 2005.

For three decades, Carson-Newman’s football program has been a national powerhouse. The Eagles have won five national championships, played for nine, and recently reached the NCAA Semifinals in 2009, a game televised nationally on ESPN. 

In 2013, Morgan helped found the Eagle Scholars program, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the South Atlantic Conference, which is dedicated toward recognizing Carson-Newman student athletes for their efforts in the classroom.  The program has seen a 72 percent increase in students attaining a 3.25 GPA or higher since its first-year inception.  At the same time, Carson-Newman has cut the number of athletes on probation from 44 in 2012 to a mere four as of the fall of 2015.

Dr. Hal Morrill

Dr. Hal Morrill
Morrill and Diamond Eye Care

Hal Morrill grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee. After graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, he was the chief optometrist for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He and his wife, Patricia, moved to Jefferson City in 1979 and began his solo optometric practice. He was a very active member of the Rotary Club for over 33 years, serving as president and being honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He also founded the JCHS Interact Club (a high branch of Rotary) and helped guide them to be an award-winning club for over 18 years.

Always very active in his church, Holy Trinity Catholic, he and Patricia were on the original parish council in forming the church in 1991 and he chaired the building committee for the church construction. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and the Tennessee Academy of Optometric Physicians.

They have three daughters, Allison, Andrea and Meredith and six grandchildren. In January 2014, he joined with Dr. Jeremy Diamond to form the Drs. Morrill and Diamond Eyecare practice. This allowed him to be semiretired and able to pursue his hobbies and they especially enjoy traveling.

Brandon Otto

Brandon Otto
Perkins Family Restaurant

Brandon Otto is the Operating Partner of Perkins Restaurant in Dandridge.  Born in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, he moved to Dandridge in 2005.  Brandon is engaged to Jefferson County native Emily Walker and will be married in April.  Since making his home in Tennessee, Brandon has been active with many local groups including the Dandridge Community Trust.  He was the recipient of 2016's Patriot of the Year by Jefferson County High School. 

Chad Parker

Chad Parker
Cate Insurance Agency

Chad Parker is a business insurance specialist with the Cate Insurance Agency. He is a member of the exclusive Pacesetter Program thru State Auto Insurance Company. Pacesetter chooses approximately 50 insurance agents across the United States each year to participate in their award-winning training program with only about half the participants remaining at the end of the class. As part of the Pacesetter program, he has achieved “Super Producer” status that few agents ever attain.

Chad graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electromechanical Engineering from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003.

He has volunteered in Upward football and basketball as a coach for five years and he also enjoys playing golf.

When Chad isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Natasha, and his two daughters, Blayne (5) and Rylan (1). He and his family attend Arrowhead Church.

Ben Strand, Jr.

Ben Strand, Jr.

Ben Strand, Jr. is currently Of Counsel in the law firm of O’Neal, Parker & Williamson, PLLC of Knoxville and Dandridge. He does only mediation and arbitrations. He recently served as Interim Executive Vice-President of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Judge Strand practiced law in the firm of Strand and Goddard in Dandridge for many years. He has also served as Circuit Judge (1975-1976) and recently retired after 16 years as General Sessions, Juvenile and Probate Judge for Jefferson County, Tennessee. For many years, he was an Adjunct Professor or Associate Professor in the College of Business Carson Newman University.

Ben Strand moved to Jefferson County at the age of four and graduated from Maury High School, Carson-Newman College, University of Tennessee College of Business, and Cumberland School of Law Samford University Birmingham, Alabama and attended Juvenile Judges School at the University of Nevada Reno.

Judge Strand has served as a member of the Jefferson County School Commission and as a County Commissioner. He was also appointed by Governor Bredesen to the Criminal Justice Co-ordination Council.

He has received the McCain-Abernathy Award for his legislative skills from the Tennessee Juvenile and Family Judges and co-recipient of the first Leon Ruben Award for an outstanding Judge from the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference.

He served from 1958 to 1963 in the Tennessee Air Force National Guard.

Married to Louisa Woodard Strand of Jefferson County, Alabama, they are the parents of three children; Meg Strand of Rutherford County, TN, Trey Strand of Dandridge and Craig Strand an attorney with O’Neal Parker and Williamson. He has one grandson Aiden Christopher Strand.

Judge Strand has attended First Baptist Church Dandridge since 1944 where he has served as Deacon, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher and on various committees including the building, finance and pastor search committees.