FWKCC honors ‘above, beyond’ members

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce honored its Enterprise Club members with a special inaugural luncheon Thursday, April 29, in Chesapeake’s West.

“This is a first-time event we plan to offer annually to bring together our Enterprise Club members,” FWKCC president/CEO Julie Blaylock explained. “They go above and beyond for us every year, and we wanted to do an event to thank them and express our appreciation for their contributions to our organization.

“Enterprise members are the pillars of our Chamber community,” she added. “They provide support to our organization and, more importantly, to the hundreds of businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits we serve. They have modeled true leadership by supporting us all.”

Enterprise Club members include nearly 40 businesses and entities, including Town of Farragut, Knox County Government, First Utility District, First Horizon Bank, LCUB, Tennova Healthcare, FirstBank, The Knox Fox Real Estate Group, farragutpress, TDS, Dex Imaging, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Parkwest Medical Center, Fairfield Inn & Suites/Marriott and SouthEast Bank.

Of the event, Blaylock said, “We were proud and honored to be able to bring together so many regional business leaders and business owners, who we rarely have the chance to get in the same room together, and to be able to tell each of them, ‘Thank you’ in person for the impact they are making in the community via their support of our Chamber.”

She and board chair Christine Dean of AA-Air Company and Central City Heating & Air Conditioning, specifically thanked Chamber Board member and ambassadors, the VIP Committee and committee chairs, along with event sponsors, His Security & Technology, The Knox Fox Real Estate Group, Movement Mortgage and Burns Mailing and Printing.

The Chamber also took the opportunity to recognize Terry Smiley of FirstBank for being named the Chamber’s 2022 Ambassador of the Year.

Keynote speaker was Matt Ryerson, president/CEO of United Way of Greater Knoxville, who discussed several aspects of societal challenges, including housing, transportation and the lack of affordable child care while sharing what can be done as a community to address these issues.