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Advisory Board Members

Martha Axford

Director of Operations
RHS Properties

Brian Keyes
Vice President
Connor Concepts

Terrie Baird

Store Team Leader

Target Stores

John Lucas
Presdient and General Manager
The Imperial Palace of Mississippi Company

Donna Buchanan

Regional Vice President



Merilyn Mangum

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Peabody Hotel Group


Sharon Carpenter
Apparel Key Account Manager
Ariat International, Inc.


Bill Marrison
Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority

Marilyn Caruso

Retail Consultant


Steve May

Director of Lynchburg


Jack Daniel Distillery

Paula Clancy
Nouveau Classics


Derek McCann

Director of Rooms

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Mike Connor
Connor Concepts


Dixie Minatra

VP and Regional Manager

Belk Department Stores East Tennessee Region

Jed Dance
Bacon and Company


Max Piet
VP of Franchise Relations
Ruby Tuesday

Donnie Dockery
District Team Leader
Target Stores

Gary Price

Vice President of HR & Food Service

Pilot Travel Centers

Tom Dorer
Regional Vice President
ARAMARK Campus Services

Gary Prosterman
Development Services Group

Leon Downey
Executive Director
Dept. of Tourism - Pigeon Forge

Mark Romano
Regional Vice President
Pilot Travel Centers

Stan Eichelbaum


Marketing Development, INC

Timothy Romero

Regional Vice President

Enterprise Holdings, East Tennessee Regional Office

Emily Ellis
Gaylord Entertainment/American Hotel, Lodging & Educational Institute

David Rookstool
Regional Sales Director
Pepsi Beverages Company

Tim Engle

Senior Vice President, Strategic &

Corporate Development

Jewelry Television

Boyce Smith
Store Manager
Wal-Mart Super Center


Tom Gaddis
Director of Hospitality Program
Hospitality and Tourism Program
Pellissippi State

Joy Smith

Marketing Educator Consultant
Department of Education, Division of Career Technical Education.


Robert Gibbs


Conferences-Continuing Education, University of Tennessee

Janice Taylor


Mind Heart Wisdom Group

Doug Hamburger
District Manager

Karl Thomas
Owner, Greater Tennessee
Pinpoint HD Media

Horace Hamilton
VP of Merchandising

Jill Thompson

Executive Director

Knoxville Tourism Alliance

Janis Holifield

Customer Service Research

Talbot's Call Center

Dennis Tumlin

Account Executive

The Coca-Cola Company

Allyn Hosman

Market Manager


Brad Wahl

Director, Brand Marketing

The Krystal Company

Ron Houser

Market Partner

Texas Roadhouse

John Whisenant

Executive Director

TN Tourism Roundtable

Mike Huffaker
Sr. VP of International Operations
Stores, Inc.

Susan Whitaker
Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development

David Kent


University Center Book and Supply Store

Charles Whitehead

Vice President of Sales

Biltmore Wines

Contact the Department of Retail, Hospitality,
and Tourism Management

1215 W. Cumberland Ave.
110 Jessie Harris Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-1911

Fax: 865-974-5236

Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism
Phone: 865-974-2141

Retail & Consumer Sciences
Phone: 865-974-2141