Ambassadors are a special group of volunteers who perform a vital public relations function for the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. Their primary role is to establish friendly, professional relationships with Chamber members. Each Ambassador adopts a select list of members they contact periodically to obtain feedback on Chamber membership and offer their support. They also serve as volunteers for all Chamber events.
This program is also designed to offer the Ambassadors special recognition and an opportunity to showcase the business they represent. This is an invitation only program and is viewed as an honorary position. Volunteer efforts are rewarded in several different ways, from prizes to extra-curricular events. For more information about the Chamber or the Ambassador Program, contact the Chamber at 865-457-2559.
Diane Allred, Owner of Allred and Associates Realty
Diane has been in real estate for over 16 years. A graduate from Tennessee Wesleyan with a B.S. degree in Business, Diane has always been interested in real estate. She is a real estate broker, owner of Allred and Associates Real Estate, and a GRI graduate. Diane is a member of the Knoxville Multiple Listing Service, giving clients the ability to list their property through realtor.com. Sellers are provided with hundreds of agents to view their property with prospective clients looking for a property that suits their needs. As a buyer, Diane can help find not just a house but a home.
Diane also provides property management services, giving landlords the ability to have someone else oversee their property. Getting the right renter and overseeing repairs gives landlords flexibility and peace of mind.
Diane is married to Carl (Mickey) Allred and the mother of Jennifer, Carla, Amy, Erin, Jessica, and Leslie.
Looking to list your home, purchase a new home, a landlord wanting to rent their property or a renter trying to find a home, give Allred and Associates Real Estate a call at 865-457-7730. Located at 320 Commerce St., Clinton.
Jessica Diveto’s background is in Advertising and Sales for over 10 years. Her ability to identify and create exactly what a customer is looking for, without the customer really knowing it, gives her a unique ability that is difficult to find. She will treat you and your business with the highest level of respect and attention, no matter if you are a small local shop, or a global corporate company. It does not matter if you just opened your doors or have been in business for 30 years, Jessica is there to help. Running a business can be overwhelming and Jessica will be sure to ease your pain so you can get back to building your business!
Jessica has lived and worked in Knoxville and the surrounding areas for over 10 years. She enjoys helping the local community grow and spending time with family and friends. Jessica and her husband Kevin currently reside in Clinton, TN with their two girls Gracie and Rosie.
Promo Joe by Jessica is a locally owned family business with a large corporate reach. We service everyone from local businesses to international corporations. We can accommodate any size and need your business requires. With our buying power, we can negotiate the best deals while not compromising the quality required for our customers’ marketing needs. Founded by Jessica Diveto, Promo Joe by Jessica was created to offer a “Full-Scale” branding operation for customers with the principle that being treated like “family” should never be compromised! Superior customer service is our top priority. We deliver the highest quality products and services while saving time and money for our customers.
Chelsea Dotson, Bristol Park Apartments
Chelsea has worked for Nickel Plate Properties, owner of Bristol Park Apartments in Oak Ridge TN, since November 2, 2015. She has a Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts and has an Associate degree in Business Administrative. She loves to be able to help prospects find their perfect home, even if it is for a short while. She makes sure to ask the appropriate questions to house her prospects in the perfect homes. Before Property Management, she worked at Regions Bank for 2 years and retail for 4 years. She is excited to become an Ambassador for Anderson County, so that she can connect businesses with each other and residents of Anderson and surrounding counties. She is also excited to connect people that are new to the Anderson Chamber and other Chamber programs that don’t know anyone and needs to meet someone new.
Pam Forgety is a 30 year resident of Anderson County and the only Director for Meadow View Senior Living which opened its doors in November of 2009. Meadow View is a 45 apartment assisted living community located conveniently between Clinton, Norris and Andersonville. Pam is happily married to Joe Forgety of Anderson County Schools and is a proud mom and grandmother. Pam is an active church member and supports multiple community organizations. She enjoys cooking and entertaining in her spare time.
Marge Hauschildt, Owner of Pleasantries Cakes and Catering and Pleasantly Essentials
I have always been about helping others succeed in their life long pursuits, which is one reason I became a teacher. I am a master teacher in writing (and I still tutor, edit, and write proposals from time to time), and have served on the QEP committee for the SAILS project at RSCC where I wrote a course and workshops and created workbooks for students that coincided with the workshops. I have also been an editor at SAIC for the FUSRAP division and have done other federal subcontract work with other companies. We brought The Smoothie Patch to Oak Ridge, TN because of our son and my sister who had become partners, again under the veil of helping others succeed. The Smoothie Patch brings a healthy eating option to Anderson and surrounding counties. Our motto is “Think Health. Live Healthy. Be Healthy.” The action required for each individual in the public to realize this motto’s goal is to “Eat Less. Eat Differently, and Move More.” This was the theme to our latest Nutrition & You and Finding Fitness event. The Smoothie Patch offers great food in less portion sizes, all natural smoothies using whole fruits and vegetables without sugar additives, and products that encourage activity and well-being.
Jeanne Mitchell, Business Development Manager for Temp Systems, Inc/TSI Industrial Inc. has worked there for over 20 years. She has been an Ambassador for over eight years and is currently serving her fifth year as Ambassador Co-Chair for the group. In 2011, she was chosen by the past President of the Chamber to chair the 2nd annual Today’s Woman Expo. In 2012, the first Tribute to Business, she won the prestigious R.C. Dudley Hoskins Award for her volunteerism. She is not only involved as an Ambassador, but also gives her time as a member on the Board of Directors of Anderson County Chamber serving her second year on a three year term.
Conya has been employed with Emory Valley Center since 2015. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from East Tennessee State University and has met the professional standards in Career Development Facilitation by becoming a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. Conya has spent her professional career working with individuals who have disabilities, unemployed, and individuals who are displaced including at risk youth, by providing the tools/training necessary to successfully enter or re-enter the community workforce. Prior to joining the Emory Valley Center Team, Conya worked as a Workforce Development Specialist and also worked as a Career Center Specialist, Unemployment Interviewer II, and Disability Navigator for the State of TN. Recently Conya received confirmation of her appointment by Governor Bill Haslam to the Advisory Committee for Purchase for the Blind and Other Severely Disabled as a Representative of the Business Community. Her appointment became effective immediately and will run through September 30, 2017.
Kristin Olsen is the Owner of Small Paws Bed and Biscuit located in South Clinton. Small Paws was established in 2007 and offers outstanding small dog boarding with cozy, clean and stress-free indoor housing accommodations and a large backyard for playtime with your small dog. She is the former Chairman of the Neuter/Spay Program for the Anderson County Humane Society where she served for 10 years and has spoken on many occasions to schools and organizations about the responsibilities of being a loving and caring pet owner. Kristin is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and has lived in Clinton for the past 13 years. She loves her pets, fitness and photography.
Michael Ousley, Edward Jones Financial Advisor
I have been active in business and civic affairs in Anderson County for many years. I am an active member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. With the Chamber, I volunteer as an Ambassador, serve on the Education/Workforce Development Council and Business Development Council and serve on the Board for the Young Professionals of Anderson County. As an Eagle Scout, I volunteer for the Friends of Scouting annual fundraiser to support local Boy Scout troops.
I grew up in Clinton and attended Oak Ridge High School followed by the University of TN, Knoxville. I teach investing classes for the ORICL program (Oak Ridge Institute of Continued Learning) at the Roane State Community College campus in Oak Ridge. I also speak to the students at Oak Ridge, Clinton, and Anderson County High Schools and support their programs dealing with enterprise and personal finance.
Awards and Recognition :
- AAMS® Designation: The College for Financial Planning awards the AAMS® designation to individuals who successfully complete a 12-module professional education program, pass a final examination, commit to its code of ethics and agree to pursue continuing education.
- 2016 Anderson County Leadership Class Graduate
- 2015 Anderson County Chamber of Commerce R.C. “Dudley” Hoskins Male Volunteer of the Year Award
- J.D. POWER APRIL 2015 Edward Jones ranked “Highest in Investor Satisfaction With Full Service Brokerage Firms, in a Tie” in the J.D. Power 2015 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study
- 2014 Best Financial Planner – Courier News Reader Poll
Miguel Pettus, Humana
Elizabeth Powers has been with Mortgage Options Lending since 2011 and been in the Mortgage/Real Estate Industry since 1998. She is a Licensed Mortgage Professional specializing in Purchase & Refinance Residential Mortgages. She enjoys building relationships with Professionals within the local Community, contributing a lot of her success to her involvement in the Chamber. She has been an Anderson County Chamber Ambassador for several years and was the Recipient of the “2010 Ambassador Extraordinaire Award”. She also serves on the Retire TN/ Move to Anderson County Advisory Committee.
Elizabeth is a native Anderson County Resident and currently lives in Hardin Valley with her husband Duwayne and her two sons DJ & Marques. Her daughter Gabrielle is away at school where she is attending Marshall University.
Heather Scott, TN Bank Mortgage Department
Heather is originally from Valdosta, GA and has lived in TN for the past 8 years. She graduated from the University of TN with a degree in Finance and has been with TNBANK since 2015. She loves to help young people and families with the biggest decision of their lives, buying a home. She can also take care of your refinancing needs. TNBANK understands it’s a BIG DEAL, and will make the process as easy as possible.
Heather is married and has a 2 year old son. Her husband is a police officer in Oak Ridge, so she especially likes getting to work with other LEO families. Give Heather a call if you are looking to purchase or refinance your home.
Ryan is the Group Sales Manager at Ober Gatlinburg. He has lived in Knoxville since 2008 and grew up in Jefferson County, TN. He knows the area well and has a deep love for his TN Valley home.
Ryan is here to make any event easy for you. From a company outing to a family reunion, he will take the stress out of your event.
Co- Chair Debbie Sellers, Individual Member
Kathy Stansberry, Co-Owner of Stansberry Insurance
Samantha Watson works for McNeeley Family Physicians and has been an ambassador for 4 years. She is also on the advisory board for the Young Professionals of Anderson County. At her job, Samantha makes it easy for both the patient and employer to navigate the occupational health system and it is her priority to stay up to date on the regulations associated with Workman’s Compensation, The Tennessee Drug Free Workplace program and DOT clearance. We work with both companies and individuals to provide drug screening services (including on site testing) and physical exams as may be necessary for employment/occupational purposes.
Keith Young, Thermocopy of Tennessee
Keith Young has been an Account Executive with Thermocopy, East Tennessee’s largest and most experienced Business Technology provider, since 2015. In addition to the sale and service of office technology machines since 1964, Thermocopy also helps numerous business’s both small and large with document management software and Managed IT services. Prior to Thermocopy, Keith spent 18 years owning a small retail business in Knoxville allowing him a unique perspective on how technology can make business’s more efficient and profitable. Originally from Oak Ridge, Keith now is happily married with 2 children and resides in Knoxville.