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RHTM Advisory Board

Advisory Board members are dedicated industry partners here to help students excel to the highest level in their expertise area. The board members work to enhance the quality of the department by expanding educational opportunities, dedicating time and energy to provide feedback as well as financial support to our students, and by contributing different ideas and strategies to our students and department each year. Each board member devotes personal time and provides talent and monetary commitment at an appropriate level based on their capabilities.

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 Advisory Board Members
Martha Axford
ABC Design and Consulting
Sean Brobston
Store and Space Planning
Tractor Supply Company
Donna Buchanan
Regional Vice President
Macy’s Cleveland District Offices
Donna Burns
Chief Service Officer
Jewelry Television
Sharon Carpenter
National Sales Manager
Ariat International Inc.
Marilyn Caruso
Customs Operations Manager
Sears Holdings Corporation
Destination by Direction INC.
Paula Clancy
Nouveau Classics
Mike Connor
Connor Concepts
Jed Dance
Bacon and Company
Tom Degges
Store Team Lead
Target Stores
Tom Dorer
Regional Vice President
Aramark Campus Services
Stan Eichelbaum
Marketing Development Inc.
Jim Fein
Director, Event Planning and Operations
New Orleans Downtown
Marriott at the Convention Center
Tom Gaddis
Director of Hospitality Program
Pellissippi State Community College
Robert Gibbs
Conferences—Continuing Education, University of Tennessee
Horace Hamilton
Vice President of Merchandising (Retired)
Janis Holifield
Customer Service Research
Talbot’s Call Center
Ron Houser
Market Partner
Texas Roadhouse
Warren Jahn
Director, Revenue Systems Training/Learning & Delivery
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Brian Keyes
Vice President
Connor Concepts
Laurie King
VP of Operations for Nashville Division of
Ken Knight
General Manager
Crowne Plaza
Alden Kooken
District Team Leader
Brian Lee
General Manager
Blackberry Farms
Heath Lowe
Store Manager
Steve May
Director of Lynchburg Homeplace
Jack Daniel Distillery
Candi Norwood
Business, Marketing & Finance Consultant
TN Department of Education
Scott Pejsa
Regional Vice President, Operations
McKibbon Hotel Management
Max Piet
Senior Vice President Operations
The Meatball Shop
Mark Romano
Regional Vice President
Pilot Travel Centers
Timothy Romero
Regional Vice President
Enterprise Holdings
East Tennessee Regional Office
David Rookstool
Sales Manager
Dr. Pepper Bottling
April Seggebruch
EVP Operations & Finance
Brent Scarbro
General Manager
LeMeridien Tampa
Craig Sheilds
Vice President eCommerce
Jewelry Television
Boyce Smith
Charles Starks
Executive Director
Nashville Convention Center
Janice Taylor
Mind Heart Wisdom Group
Karl Thomas
Owner, Greater Tennessee
Pinpoint HD Media
Jill Thompson
Executive Director
Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association
Dennis Tumlin
Executive Director
Rhea Economic and Tourism Council Inc.
John Whisenant
Executive Director
TN Tourism Roundtable
Susan Whitaker
TN Department of Tourist Development
Blaine Wilcox
Store Manager
Belk Department Store

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