Q: What is your area of expertise?
A: Photography, graphic design.
Also, before my work at The Lexington Progress, I was employed as a police officer at the Gallatin TN Police Dept. and the Henderson Co. Sheriffs Dept. I am a 2004 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (B.S. Criminal Justice Administration).
Q: Other Interest?
A: I enjoy spending time with family, going to the river, and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Vols football!
I also enjoy volunteer work where I am very active in Rotary International. I am proud to have been a member of the Lexington Rotary club for the past 10 years. In January of 2015, I was elected to serve as Rotary District Governor for Tennessee for the year of 2017-18.
Q: Why did you join the Chamber?
A: I first started attending Chamber dinners when I was in the 8th grade. My father, Mike Reed, was a chamber board member at the time. I was always interested in the concept of business leaders working together to improve the community. I continued attending the Chamber dinners with my dad when I was in high school, and I even wrote a term paper regarding the 'Chamber's role in the community' for one of my marketing classes.
Q: Why do you serve on the Chamber Board?
A: I hope to be an advocate for our local businesses. I believe that when we shop locally, we not only support local jobs but many other aspects of the community. I have observed over the years that the businesses in Henderson County are VERY generous in giving back to the community, whether it's supporting a local non-profit organization or sponsoring our youth sports teams. Henderson County businesses need our support, both as a Chamber and as consumers, to continue their good work in the community.
Q: What do you feel is the Chamber's role in business here in Henderson County?
A: I believe that the role of the Chamber of Commerce in our community is to bring various local leaders together to share information and resources with the goal of creating an economic environment that is conducive to the success of all local businesses. I also believe that this cooperation is needed to recruit industry, maintain a first class education system, and ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.
I am proud to call Henderson County home, and I look forward to watching our community's continued success!