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 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.
Jane Haney, Major Account Manager, Thermocopy
Jane Haney is the Major Account Manager of Thermocopy of Tennessee, Inc., the largest business technology provider in East Tennessee. She has been with Thermocopy for the past 33 years and has served several terms as a Chamber Ambassador. Originally from Athens, Tennessee, Jane moved to the Knoxville area and began a banking career that led her to meet Randall Sumner, originator of Thermocopy in 1964. Today, Jane works closely with the Leadership Team at Thermocopy and the President Steve Sumner, who is a past Board of Director. Through her continued production and revenue numbers along with her retention of customer base, she has met the criteria for many years to make Thermocopy’s Presidents Club.
Her hobbies include spending time with her dog, Elvis, and her extended family of great nieces and nephew. Travel is her main objective beyond meeting her customers’ needs. She is always volunteering to assist in any and all chamber programs and activities when time allows.
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
Miguel Pettus is the Sales Representative for Humana. He has been a residence of Anderson Co. for the past 35 years. A graduate from Tusculum College with a M.A. degree in Education, Human Resources Development and Training, Miguel has always been interested in helping serve the community. Humana has provided him the opportunity to give back through volunteering and educating our communities about healthy well-being. He loves coaching youth basketball, cooking, and traveling with his family.
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.
Co- Chair Debbie Sellers, Mary Kay
Mom, Grandma, Lola & Aunt, Allie Grace’s (fur baby) mom, Mary Kay Sales Director and Volunteer- 50+ year Anderson County resident addicted to Facebook. My passion and mission is to help women feel good about themselves, through a new “look” or beginning a new career in investing in changing lives of the women God places in your life with makeup.
Living my first 30 years fearful of everything, my favorite quote is “feel the fear and do it anyway”. Best words of wisdom from my mom-“if everyone is telling you the same thing, everyone isn’t wrong”. Most embarrassing moment….maybe when my dirty undies fell out of the back of the SUV onto a four lane in Arkansas and the highway patrol stopped traffic to help me pick it up….you can read it on Facebook!! Best decision I ever made was to attend BSF- LIFE CHANGING Bible Study! BSFinternational.org Second best decision was to enter into the world of Mary Kay 31+ years ago…again LIFE CHANGING. All I wanted was to make an extra $50 a month. Mission accomplished!
I love happy, strive to live in my pink bubble- will run from negativity. When I leave this beautiful earth I hope when people remember me they smile.
Kathy Stansberry, Co-Owner of Stansberry Insurance
In 2014, Kathy and her husband, Steve, lifelong residents of Anderson County, opened their own insurance office at 419 Eagle Bend Road in downtown Clinton.
Steve and Kathy have 25 years of combined insurance experience and pride themselves on always doing what is right for their clients. Their commitment to great customer service and long lasting relationships has been key to their success. They excel in supporting the self-employed and small business owners that otherwise have no insurance benefits. Stansberry Insurance specializes in long term care insurance, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, fixed annuities, critical illness and dental plans. In addition, they work with Seniors in finding the best fit for their Medicare coverage needs which includes Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. Companies they represent include Mutual of Omaha, Humana, United Healthcare, Genworth and Transamerica just to name a few.
Kathy and her husband has been members of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years and Kathy has been actively involved with the ambassador program. Chamber seminars and networking events have been essential in growing their business and continue to keep them connected to the Anderson County community. Please feel free to call Stansberry Insurance at 865-269-4861 for your life and health insurance needs.
Mark Wilson, Platinum Financial Funding
Mark has been a resident of Clinton for 33 years, a graduate of Anderson County High School, and has been a member of The Anderson County Chamber for the last 5 years. He has over 14-year experience in the Real Estate and Financial/Mortgage industry. Prior to joining the team at Platinum Financial Funding LLC., Mark worked as the Vice President and Mortgage Lending Manager and also as a Business Development Manager. Mark’s industry experience includes: loan originating, underwriting, servicing and customer service which brings an invaluable amount of knowledge to the Platinum Team. Mark stresses the importance of taking excellent care of the customer and believes that the team’s motto of “putting the customer first to build relationships that last,” is the only way to do business.
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.