When Mayor Madeline Rogero took office, she promised to make Knoxville more business-friendly.
Now, in an effort to make good on that promise, she's named 11 people to the newly-created Business Advisory Council. The council's job is to promote communication between the city and local businesses and to act as a sounding board for any business-related initiatives the city is thinking of enacting. The council will meet quarterly starting Aug. 29 at 8:30 a.m. in the conference room on the fifth floor of the City-County Building.
Here are the appointees, according to the city's press release: David Andrews, Andrews Electric; Margaret Backhurst, AIA LEED AP, Director of Design, Red Chair Architects; Tom Catani, Regional Vice President East Operations, US Cellular; William Garibay, Owner, ES&H (Environmental Safety & Health); Neal Green, Owner, All Occasion Catering; Joseph A. Ledford, PE,Chairman/ Office Manager, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon; Adam Palmer, President/Co-Founder, Saw Works Brewing Company;Whitney Peter, President, The Sharp Companies/Volunteer Drywall; Joe Petre, President, Conversion Properties, Inc.; Damon Rawls, Owner, Jani King of Knoxville; and Deborah C. Stevens, President/Managing Shareholder, Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.