February 12, 2015

 Chamber "At Work" News Brief

Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce
2000 Commerce Ave. Dyersburg, TN 38024

Annual Chairman's Awards Banquet

On Saturday, January 31, 2015 we gathered at the Lannom Center to celebrate our members, accomplishments, the Outgoing Chairman, Larry White, and Incoming Chairman, Danny Watson, and all the award nominees and recipients for 2014.  The evening began with the Chairman's reception followed by dinner from Lupo's Italian Steakhouse. Both Larry White and Danny Watson took a few moments to talk about the successes from the last two years and the goals for the years to come for the Chamber of Commerce.  Once the gavel had been passed between the outgoing and incoming Chairman, the Guest Speaker, Vallie Collins, spoke about her experience on the flight that crashed into the Hudson River and how it changed her life.  To bring the evening to a close, the Director of Downtown Development, Steve Guttery, announced the 2014 award winners.  The winners and their photographs are shown below.  The Chamber would like to thank everyone for their nominations and congratulate those who were nominated and those that won on their accomplishments over the last year. We appreciate the hard work, dedication and service each of you put forth for our Chamber and community.  We also want to thank everyone who was able to attend the banquet and our sponsors for their continued contributions to our events and programs.  The attendance for the evening was record breaking and we look forward to sharing another wonderful evening with you next year. 


Diplomat of the Year  
Andrea Joy, Edward Jones

Emerging Leader 
 Jim Cheatham, Universal Contractors

Small Business of the Year - Fyrne Lake Farms, 
Kevin and Dianne Griffith 

Medium Business of the Year - Chick-fil-A, 
Lance and Heather Adams

Large Business of the Year - First Citizens National Bank, Jeff Agee

Distinguished Woman of the Year - Maleia Evans, Tennessee Small Business Development Center

Distinguished Man of the Year - Dr. Kevin Cook, C&C Pharmacy

Table Sponsors
Alexander, Thompson, Arnold, PLLC
RFW Construction
Servpro of Dyersburg/Union City
State Gazette
White & Associates Insurance Agency


Johnson Graduates from the Southeastern 

School of Banking

James D. Johnson Jr. "Dob", Financial Center President of First Citizens National Bank's Green Village location, recently graduated from The Southeastern School of Banking (TSSB).
Johnson joined First Citizens in 2010 as a Senior Credit Analyst. Prior to his promotion to Financial Center President in April 2014, he also continues to serve in the capacity of a Commercial Lender for First Citizens.

Johnson attended both Middle Tennessee State University, Dyersburg State Community College and graduated from Bethel College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He is also a graduate of Southeastern School of Consumer Credit and Dyersburg/Dyer County Leadership Class of 2011-2012. Being an Eagle Scout, he remains involved in local scouting by serving as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 87 with First Methodist Church in Dyersburg, TN. His other community involvement includes: serves as Commissioner of Dyer County District J, member of the City of Dyersburg Police and Fire Department Merit Board, serves on board of directors of Dyersburg Army Air Base Veterans Museum in Halls, TN, serves as a board member of Northwest Tennessee Sports Shooting Association in Dyersburg, TN, and serves on board of directors of WLJT Public TV of West Tennessee.

TSSB is conducted annually by the Tennessee Bankers Association at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Organized in 1939, the TSSB is one of the oldest and largest state association-sponsored banking schools in the country. A two-year, intermediate-level school, it has provided professional training for more than 8,100 bankers since its inception. Instruction focuses on critical banking functions, their interrelationships, and determinants of profitability.

The Tennessee Bankers Association, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Nashville, is a not-for-profit organization representing all of the state's commercial banks and thrift institutions and their 33,000 employees. The Association provides continuing education, develops and monitors state and federal legislative agendas, disseminates information on all facets of the financial services industry, and promotes the public image of financial institutions. Visit the TBA online at www.TNBankers.org.



Work-Ready Community Initiative


A new program is gearing up to help people find jobs that better match their skills and interests, and also help Dyer County better compete for new business opportunities.

The Dyer County certified work-ready community initiative is part of a national effort to encourage those in the workforce to get ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate. Organizers hope to increase the number of local employers who require or recommend that applicants have the certificate before they are hired.

The goal is to have more than 1,300 people in Dyer County certified during the project and to bring on board approximately 40 employers supporting ACT WorkKeys Job Profiling and the National Career Readiness Certificate.

ACT's WorkKeys program tests an applicant's workplace skills and aptitude in applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information.

Dyer County is one of only 11 counties in the state participating in the two-year project, all which are located in northwest Tennessee. When the county reaches its goals, it will officially be considered a work-ready community. The employer community embraced the WorkKeys Job Profiling system back in 2008 with over 4,000 certificates issued in Dyer County to date. However, the work-ready community initiative will really step-up the efforts and transform the face of the workforce in northwest Tennessee affording the region an advantage in economic development and recruitment of new businesses and industry.

The cost of the assessment as well as job profiling is funded by grant funds resulting in zero costs to jobseekers or employers. The certificate is awarded at four levels based on performance: platinum, gold, silver and bronze.

The program is a partnership between ACT and the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board.

Amy Maxey

Business Services Coordinator

Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board


Email: maxey@nwtnworks.org





The Department of Revenue

Two notices have been  posted to the Department of Revenue's website.  One notice provides guidance on the calculation of the minimum selling price that retailers may legally advertise and sell cigarettes.  Please click the following link to find more information about this notice. 

The other notice provides information about an increase in the 911 surcharge collected from consumers of prepaid wireless calling services. Please click the follwing link to find more information about this notice.


Vendor Registrations Are Now Being Accepted for ABWA's 5th Annual Girls' Night Out

Photo Caption:  Members of the Southern Accent Chapter of ABWA gather during the 2014 ABWA Girls' Night Out Event.  Pictured from left to right Damaris Cook, Wendy Smith, Maleia Evans, Wendy Brock, Jan Jernigan, Edie Smith, Sonya Burks, and Sandy Tarkington.  Photo Courtesy of the State Gazette


The Southern Accent Chapter of ABWA has announced that the Fifth Annual Girls' Night Out Event will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the DSCC Gymnasium from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  This event is the chapter's annual fundraiser that has raised almost $13,000 over the past four years to help Dyersburg State Community College students achieve their educational goals. 


Vendor registrations are now being accepted, and all vendors are encouraged to register early this year to guarantee their space at the event.  Vendors who register prior to April 16, 2015 will receive Early Bird pricing of only $50.  After the Early Bird deadline, exhibit space may still be reserved for $60. 


This year's planning committee has added many new and exciting elements to the evening including complimentary shuttle service and onsite childcare.  Heather Balthrop, ABWA's GNO Committee Chairman shared, "It's so exciting to be planning ABWA's 5th Annual Girls' Night Out FUNdraiser!  This is truly one of the most fun nights of shopping in the West Tennessee area. I can't wait to see the new products and services the vendors will be showcasing.  They always bring out their best and have incredible deals for attendees. And with the addition of complimentary shuttle service and onsite childcare, this promises to be the best Girls' Night Out yet.  And when it's over, ABWA will get to donate all the proceeds to the DSCC scholarship fund.  What could be better than that?  Register your booth now to make sure you're part of the FUN!"


"The Mission of the American Business Women's Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.  The Southern Accent Chapter of ABWA (serving Dyersburg and the surrounding area) lives this mission with a passion.  Join us on April 30th, at our annual Girls Night Out event, and share in the joy that comes from women empowering women to do great things, through scholarship funding for education at Dyersburg State Community College," stated ABWA Chapter President, Maleia Evans.


Members of the local Southern Accent Chapter of American Business Women's Association include Heather Balthrop, Beth Bell, Wendy Brock, Sonya Burks, Laura Beth Butler, Diane Caldwell, Kelly Comer, Damaris Cook, Maleia Evans, Sherry Fisher, Jessica Harrison, Kerrie Heckethorn, Jan Jernigan, Megan Brock, Edie Smith, Wendy Smith, Sandy Tarkington, Janiece Wright, and Buffy Worley.  Registration forms can be obtained from any Southern Accent Chapter member as well on the Chapter website, www.abwa-southernaccent.org.  For questions or more information, contact Heather Balthrop at 731-478-7607 or email balthrop.h@gmail.com.




Security Bank Announces Employee
Promotions to Operations Officer



DYERSBURG, Tenn.--David Hayes, President and CEO of Security Bank, announced today the promotion of four Security Bank employees to Operations Officer positions.  "Part of any successful organization is to groom its future leaders. These employees join others that have shown great leadership in making Security Bank a leader in our industry and in our community. We congratulate them on their many contributions to our organization. It is a pleasure for me to work alongside them in helping our customers accomplish their dreams, said Hayes."


Trae Baker

---Trae currently works in loan operations and has been handling impairment analysis, performing property evaluations, and working on financial analysis review, CRA and Fair Lending.  In each of these roles, he has done an outstanding job. He was also named CRA officer in 2014. Trae attended University of Tennessee at Martin where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his MBA.  Trae also graduated from Barret School of Banking in Memphis.  In his spare time, Trae participates in Relay for Life, Feed the Need, Union Mission Christmas boxes, United Way, and the Community Cancer Fund BBQ.  He and his wife Melissa attend Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


Emily Davis

---Emily is an important part of the Technical Support area of Security Bank and the Security Bancorp holding company. She provides support and product expertise for the systems that support the entire organization. Emily received her Associates degree in Managing Information System from Dyersburg State Community College.  Her many honors include Security Support Person of the Year and several Above and Beyond awards.  In addition to a busy schedule at Security Bank, Emily volunteers with the Kiwanis Goodfellows food boxes and Sorghum Valley Christmas.  She is a graduate of Dyer County Leadership.  She and her husband Jimmy Joe have two sons, Gunner and Gavin.



Alana Lovins

---Alana handles the reconcilements and cash management functions for Security Bank's sister banks in the Security Bancorp holding company. She is also responsible for Accounts Payable for one of those organizations.  Alana received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from University of Tennessee at Martin.  She is very involved in the community by participating in Relay for Life, Mission March, Kiwanis Goodfellows food boxes, March of Dimes, Feed the Need, Walk Across Tennessee, and Women in Networking.  She and her husband Greg have one son, Evan, and attend Parr Avenue Church of Christ.



Carin Nash

---Carin works in Security Bank's E-Banking group supporting, not only Security Bank but also the other five banks in the Security Bancorp holding company, with customer inquiries related to internet banking, Bill Pay, ATM/Debit cards and credit cards, merchant capture clients, and ACH origination clients. Carin attended Dyersburg State Community College.  In her time at Security Bank, Carin has received Above and Beyond awards and the Operations Team of the Year award.  Carin is very active in the community with service activities including March of Dimes, Relay for life, Mission March, and Sorghum Valley. She and her husband Nick have one daughter, McKinley. They are members of Fairview Baptist Church in Newbern.



Flu Season is in Full Swing
It's not too late to get a flu shot

As doctor's offices, urgent care centers and hospitals are seeing, flu season is active, with hospitalization rates close to what they were two years ago. Flu is one of the nation's leading causes of death, with roughly 24,000 people a year dying from flu and its complications. Latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the flu hitting hard in all but seven states.

Dyersburg Regional Medical Center has seen a growing number of flu-symptomatic patients in the emergency room since December. Numerous patients have also been admitted for treatment of flu-related complications.

While health officials fear this will be an unusually bad year for flu, it's too soon to say. The timing of the flu is unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February but can continue as late as May.

The good news: it's not too late to get the flu shot. Even if the flu season peaks soon, it will still be around for months.

"Vaccination is the simplest step you can take to protect yourself," said Dr. William McKee, board certified Internist and Pulmonologist.
There are three main things you can do to be safe this flu season:
* Vaccinate. Get the flu shot for yourself and everyone in your family. It's available at your doctor's office and many urgent care centers in our area, with many offering same-day appointments. The CDC recommends everyone older than six months, except people with severe egg allergies, get immunized. Both shot and nasal spray vaccine forms are safe and effective and rarely have side effects.

* Get Treatment. If you do get the flu, your doctor or an urgent care center can prescribe antiviral medication to treat flu illness and prevent serious flu complications. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses are particularly vulnerable to catching the flu and experiencing complications. It's important to treat high-risk individuals promptly to avoid hospitalization. Treatment with antiviral medication works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness. These drugs can also lessen serious flu complications.

* Prevention. Stay away from sick people and wash your hands frequently to reduce the spread of germs. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, and resist touching your eyes, mouth and nose. Avoid close contact with people who have the flu or symptoms and if you're sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading it to others.

"Though this year's flu vaccination is not a perfect tool, it's the best way to protect against flu infection," said Dr. McKee. "Caregivers at our clinic and DRMC take the safety of our patients seriously, and we've had a high participation rate with voluntary vaccination efforts among our clinicians and physicians."

For more information on the flu, visit the special flu section at www.dyersburgregionalmc.com. To find a primary care doctor visit the "Find a Doctor" link on the home page.

Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and provide you with information for conversations with your physician.




Wine Tasting event in Dinosaur Hall on
 February 12th


Discovery Park of America is planning a Wine Tasting event in Dinosaur Hall on Thursday, February 12th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.  According to Event Assistant Lauren Jones this has been one of the most requested repeat events for the park.  "We had a wine tasting event last fall, and people loved it!"  Jones went on to say that all the regional wineries were on board for a repeat as well.  Event Director Rick Adams said that the park plans to have a little different feel for this wine tasting event.  "Since it will occur two days before Valentine's Day, we are going to have a few more love songs and a lot more chocolate," Adams said.


Athens, Discovery Park's major liquor distributor will be on hand featuring its "One Hope" brand which 'gives back' to a number of charities.  In addition the Paris Winery out of Paris, TN, the Purple Toad Winery out of Paducah, KY and the White Squirrel Winery out of Kenton, TN will be offering tastes of their finest.  "If a guest tastes a wine that he or she likes, they will be able to go to our cash bar and get a full glass," Jones commented.  "They weren't able to do that last time." 


When asked if this event is just for "sweethearts" park officials said absolutely not!  "We invite everyone to come out and enjoy an evening out, some delicious appetizers and maybe find a new favorite wine available at a regional winery," Jones said.  We might have a few love songs playing, but this event is for everyone!


According to CEO, Jim Rippy, anyone attending the Wine-Tasting event is going to get a special treat.  "We have a new exhibit called "The Chamber" that opens on Friday, February 13th," Rippy said.  "We are going to let everyone who attends the Wine-Tasting have a 'sneak peek' at The Chamber."  The
TitanicExhibition will also be open throughout the evening, and for an additional $6.00 guests can enjoy the opportunity of an evening viewing of the 
Titanic Artifact Exhibition.


Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and are on sale now on line at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com, at the ticket counter or by calling the park at 731-885-5455.  Each guest will receive free tastes from all the venues, appetizers a sneak peek at The Chamber exhibit and a coupon good for one free glass of wine. 


Discovery Park of America is a unique combination of education, entertainment, history and fun.  It has been open since November 1
st, 2013 and has had over 323,000 visitors.  For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit the website. 






Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs is proud to announce its team members who have earned promotions and have passed the Uniform CPA Examination.

"ATA's mission is to help our clients succeed. Our team members continually excel in the accounting industry and provide the highest quality accounting and auditing services to our clients," said Al Creswell, CPA and Chief Manager, Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs. "It's an honor to recognize these individuals for their determination and leadership within our firm."

These individuals were recently promoted:

* Barry Hamilton, CPA (Dyersburg, Tenn.) has been promoted to Senior Manager;

* Bill Parnell, CPA (Milan, Tenn.) and Sandra Tharpe, EA (Dyersburg, Tenn.) have been promoted to Manager;

* Nhung Nguyen, CPA (Jackson, Tenn.) and Ben Nanney, CPA (Nashville, Tenn.) have been promoted to Senior Accountant; and

* Evan Johnsey (Jackson, Tenn.); Kevin

 Lewis (Jackson, 

Tenn.); Jenny West (Murray, Ky.); and Valery Lewis (Dyersburg, Tenn.) are now Senior Associates. 

In addition to these promotions, Bill Parnell (Milan, Tenn.); Nhung Nguyen (Jackson, Tenn.); and Ben Nanney (Nashville, Tenn.) recently passed the Uniform CPA Examination. 


The Uniform CPA Examination is one of the nation's most comprehensive examinations. Sections covered in the test include auditing and attestation, financial accounting and reporting, regulation and business environment and concepts. To be eligible to sit for the exam, candidates must have completed a minimum of 150 semester hours, which include a baccalaureate or higher degree from an academic institution recognized by the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, with a minimum of 30 semester hours in accounting and 24 semester hours in general business subjects.


Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC (ATA) is a regional accounting firm that offers a comprehensive array of tax, audit, accounting, and consulting services to businesses and individuals. Founded in 1946, the firm was named the ninth largest accounting firm in the State of Tennessee by American City Business Journals in 2015. ATA has 15 partners, approximately 140 team members, and 11 offices located in Dyersburg, Henderson, Jackson, Martin, McKenzie, Milan, Nashville, Paris, Trenton and Union City, Tennessee and Murray, Kentucky.

For more information about Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs, visit www.atacpa.net.


Business Before Hours

Join us on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Tennessee Realty for our next Business Before Hours. There will be coffee, a light breakfast AND a chance to win a CASH PRIZE! This free networking event is for Chamber members and their guests!  This is a perfect way to network with fellow business and community leaders in a casual setting.  
For more information about this upcoming event or to schedule the next Business Before or After Hours at your business contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, at hcaylor@dyerchamber.com.

Dyer County Youth Leadership 

Dyer County Youth Leadership Education Day started with a tour of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Newbern.  Tenth grade students from Dyer County High School, Dyersburg High School and Christ Classical Academy learned about career opportunities and how rapidly they can start working through programs at TCAT.  

The class also toured Dyersburg State Community College and heard about dual enrollment, how easy it is to enroll at our community college and how affordable college can be.  Paired with DSCC Biology students, youth leaders conducted a lab experiment locating bacteria in public places.  First South Bank sponsors Dyer County Youth Leadership providing the seven month program at no cost to the students.  Transportation is provided by Dyer County Schools-Transportation.  Later this month, Youth Leadership will visit with State Representative, Bill Sanderson during their Legislative trip to the State Capitol.   
 Shoot Dyer County

The 2015 Shoot Dyer County Photography Contest is on display at Dyersburg State Community College. You'll see a sampling of recent images of Dyer County displayed in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) through February 28th.

Shoot Dyer County is produced by the Dyersburg/Dyer County Photography Club and the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce. "The photos were set up for display on Saturday January 31st and they are already being complimented on as being some of the best yet. This is such a great project and amateur photographers of all ages have entered pieces. I really hope people will come out to see all these great photos. Voting for the People's Choice award will be a chance for the public to voice their opinion." said Club President Tammy Barham. The public has the opportunity to vote for the People's Choice award worth $200.00. A panel of judges will choose first place winners in each of the seven categories; Agriculture, Historical, Events/Human Interest, Landscapes/Scenic/Architectural, Altered Images/Creative, Wildlife, and a new category this year Magazine Cover. The judges will also choose a Best Image of Dyer County also worth $200.00. Altogether a total of $1,100 in prize money will be awarded to the winners at the LRC on Saturday February 28th at 1:00 p.m.

Sponsors for the 2015 Shoot Dyer County contest are: Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, First Citizens National Bank, First State Bank, Security Bank, Dyer County Government, City of Dyersburg, The State Gazette and Dyersburg State Community College.

For more information, please contact Perry Rautmann atdyersburgphoto@gmail.com







Thank you to our 2015 Corporate Sponsors



Red River Waste Solutions
1601 N. Highway 51 South
Union City, TN 38261
(731) 884-2860

The Sandbox
620 Mall Blvd
Suite D2
Dyersburg, TN 238024
(731) 445-8087

Presicion Auto Body Dyersubrg
110 Everett Ave
Dyersburg, TN 38024






Anderson Farms


Burks Broadcasting - SL100 / Eagle 97.3 / WTRO


Dyersburg Army Air Base Memorial Assoc., Inc.


First South Financial Credit Union    


Ford Construction Company   


MedSouth Medical Center      


Stanley P. Young D.D.S.


Animal Care Hospital   


Dyer County Animal



First Choice Medical Care  


Four Seasons Realty   


James & Wilks Pharmacy  




Air Evac


Bobby O. Cook, D.D.S. 


CaRe Petroleum



Dyer Distributing, LP   


Edward Jones   


Merle Norman 


Russom's CARSTAR



Walden's Cabinets     


Burks Beverage Company, L.P. 




Red River Waste Solutions    


Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs  


Dyersburg State Community College   


Horner, Hawkins & Kerber, D.D.S.    


Joe M. Enoch & Associates, PLLC    


R & S Carpet Sales  


Dyersburg Electric System           


Electronic Communication Systems        


First Choice Medical Care        


AKC Janitorial Service & Supplies     


Dave's on the Square   


Dyersburg Regional Medical Center       


Dyersburg Regional Women's Clinic    




Independent Radiology Associates   


Kroger Food Store #392




Sells, D. L., Inc. - McDonald's Restaurant



The Sandbox


Murray Guard Inc.


First Southern Real Estate






Calendar of Events 

February 12th

Business Before Hours at Tennessee Realty from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


February 13th

Ribbon Cutting at The Sandbox at 10:00 a.m.


February 14th

Happy Valentine's Day


February 16th

President's Day


February 16th

Legislative Coffee at the Lannom Center at 7:30 a.m.


February 17-18th

Adult Leadership goes to Nashville


February 19th

Meet and Greet Lt. Col. George Hardy at Dave's on the Square from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


February 24th

Ribbon Cutting at Life Choices Dyersburg at 11:30 a.m.


February 27th

Diplomat Meetin at noon at the Lannom Center



Add your company's events to the Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar  by visiting www.dyerchamber.com


Celebrate Your New Business With A
Ribbon Cutting 

Contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, to schedule your Ribbon Cutting at

(731)285-3433 or hcaylor@dyerchamber.com

2015 Diplomats

Andrea Joy

Edward Jones


Buffy Worley 

First State


Edie Smith 

Tennessee Realty - Edie Smith


Helen Maclin 

First Citizens National Bank


Holly Comer 

State Gazette


Holly Nichols 

Dyersburg Health Care and Rehabilitation


Jan Jernigan 

White & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc.


Jessica Harrison

Servpro of Dyersburg/Union City


John Young

Security Bank


Judy Gregory

Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce


Kristol Sentell 

First Citizens National Bank


LaDona Russom

Russom's CARSTAR


Megan Brock

Security Bank


Melissa LaBonte

University of Memphis Dyersburg Office


Patrick Williams

Johnson-Williams Funeral Home 


Paul Malone

Regions Bank


Sharon Davidson 

First South Financial Credit Union


Tiffany Brimm 

The Highlands of Dyersburg


Wendy Brock

Burks Broadcasting


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:: Executive Committee ::

Danny Watson, Chairman

Larry White, Immediate Past-Chairman

Jeff Agee , Immediate Past-Chairman


Allen Hester, President/CEO

Joe M. Enoch, Treasurer

Eddie Anderson, Vice Chair Agribusiness

Don Crews, Vice Chair Business


Joe Yates, Vice Chair Downtown


Paul Carson, Vice Chair Community


Dr. Karen Bowyer, Vice Chair Education

Steve Bullard, Vice Chair Existing Industry

Bob Kirk, Vice Chair Governmental &


Terry Layman, Co-Vice Chair Economic


York Walker, Co-Vice Chair Economic


Tommy Allmon, Vice Chair Membership &

     Organizational Development

David Hayes, Vice Chair Regional


John Ford, Vice Chair Transportation

Penny Guthrie, Vice Chair Retail



:: Board Members ::             

Bill Reffert      

Mike Pennington

Brent Hayman     

Mike Sanders

Carol Harris        

Patrick Williams

Chad Davis      

Eric Maupin     

Jason Roberts        

Stan Welch      

John Uitendaal             

Kurt Walker       

Tony Dement   

Leigh Anne Walker      

Walt Bradshaw

Tim Loyd

Jeff Shytle

Jimmy Deese

John Tucker

Ed Presley

Kevin Cook


:: Ex Officio Members :: 

Mayor Chris Young, Dyer County

Mayor John Holden, Dyersburg

Mayor Olen Parker, Newbern

Mayor James Davis, Trimble

John Lannom, Legal Counsel

Donna Hastings, TN Center for Applied Technology

Neel Durbin, City Schools Superintendent

Dr. Dwight Hedge, Dyer County School Superintendent

Steve Lane, Dyersburg Electric

Eddie Burks, Dyer County Planning Commission

Jimmy Williamson, NW TN Port Authority



Allen Hester, CCE

President/CEO CEcD

Email: ahester@dyerchamber.com


Tammy Hall, IOM

Vice President, Finance & Administration

Email: thall@dyerchamber.com


Steve Guttery

Director of Downtown Development

Email: sguttery@dyerchamber.com


Hannah Caylor

Membership Director

Email: hcaylor@dyerchamber.com


Tiffany Pride

Administrative Assistant

Email: tpride@dyerchamber.com


Judy Gregory


Email: jgregory@dyerchamber.com



Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce
(731) 285-3433