September 2, 2014

 Chamber"At Work" News Brief

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




The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the upcoming Small Business Lunch and Learn, Social Media Marketing, featuring Guest Speaker, Steve Holt.

Steve Holt has been a keynote speaker, consultant, teacher, and writer for over a decade. He has helped thousands of people improve their businesses and their personal development through his workshops and keynote speeches across the country and internationally. His work has focused on small business development, social media, leadership, motivational topics, and training & development. He has written 4 books on Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and his humorous and entertaining speaking style leaves audiences with the ideas and tools they need to become a success and grow.


Steve is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Investments, he has an MBA degree from The University of Tennessee at Martin, and has taught both Computer Science and Economics courses in higher education since 1999.


In this session you will get detailed, actionable items for implementing social media engagement on the most popular tools, like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.  You will learn best practices for social media engagement and how search engines and good search engine optimization play a role in your social media channels.  You will see real life examples of businesses who are successfully using social media to grow their business and how you can do the same.  Finally, you will learn why having a strategy for engaging your customers/constituents on mobile networks is so critically important to your social media plan.

This event is FREE for Chamber members and $10 for non-members and will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Lannom Center, lunch will be provided. For event details and to register for the event, contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor by email at or call (731)285-3433. 




Beginning with the Class of 2015, Tennessee Promise will provide Tennessee high school graduates the opportunity to attend a community or technical college free of tuition and fees.


Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015. It will provide students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state's 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate's degree program. While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will assist the student as he or she navigates the college admissions process. In addition, Tennessee Promise participants must complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA) at their institution.

Administration of Tennessee Promise         

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) will administer the scholarship component of Tennessee Promise, while local, non-profit partnering organizations will coordinate the mentoring and community service pieces. County mayors selected partnering organizations for their counties in the summer of 2014. Once a student applies to the Tennessee Promise program, his or her respective partnering organization will be responsible for reaching out regarding program requirements and mentorship connections.

For more information about the Tennessee Promise please visit the Tennessee Promise website,


Johnson and Wood Graduate from

 The Southeastern School of Banking



James "Dob" Johnson, Financial Center President of First Citizens National Bank's Green Village Financial Center, and Heather Wood, Training Coordinator with First Citizens' Professional Learning division, both recently graduated from The Southeastern School of Banking (TSSB). The school is conducted annually by the Tennessee Bankers Association at the Owen Graduate School of Management on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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. Since it was established, The Southeastern School of Banking has concentrated on developing the banker's analytical skills and management techniques. TSSB students learn how to compete effectively in the ever-changing financial services environment.


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

Young Joins Security Bank as 

Vice President and Lender


David Hayes, President and CEO of Security Bank, announced today that John Young has joined Security Bank as a Vice President. Young will be concentrating on further growth and development of all aspects in lending and business development.


"We are glad to have another local person joining our team. John brings with him a great financial knowledge, and we are looking forward to him bringing his personal strengths to our bank. John will be an asset today and into the future," Hayes commented.


Young graduated from Dyersburg High School in 2005.  He then went on to The University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.  Upon returning to Dyersburg, he became a Certified Public Accountant.


"I am very proud to become a member of the Security Bank family," said Young.  "Security Bank has all the credentials of a true community bank. With a very impressive management team, Security Bank has offered service to Dyer County and the surrounding area with local ownership since 1931, endorsing a customer first attitude with a serious commitment to personal service.  I am excited about the opportunity to serve my home town's lending needs with an organization such as Security Bank."


Young is heavily involved with the community through the Kiwanis Club of Dyersburg, the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, and HOSTS Mentoring.  He and his fianc�e, Whitney, attend First United Methodist Church in Dyersburg.


Enrollment for Fall Semester Up Sharply at 

University of Memphis Lambuth Campus


The University of Memphis Lambuth Campus expects to enroll 855 students for the fall 2014 semester, an increase of 29 percent over 2013. The number of first-time freshmen is up 37 percent.


Students at the Lambuth Campus also are stronger academically. The average high school GPA is 3.45; the average ACT score is 22.


"The University of Memphis Lambuth Campus could not be happier with such a dramatic enrollment increase and such an academically prepared study body," said Dr. Niles Reddick, vice provost for the Lambuth Campus. "Faculty and staff are ready for another great year in Jackson and are committed to ensuring student success." 


U of M President M. David Rudd said, "We are extremely encouraged and pleased with the impressive enrollment growth at the U of M Lambuth Campus. The success of the Lambuth Campus is crucial to the economic vitality and workforce development needs of West Tennessee."





Schools are gearing up for another year and parents are rushing around to make sure they check off all the to-do's on their students' back-to-school list. Urgent Team, one of the largest and fastest growing independent operators of urgent care centers across the Southeast, reminds parents of the importance of a back-to-school check-up.


Getting kids ready to start school can be a hectic process, but it is important to make sure they are healthy and have the required vaccinations before sending them off to school.


"When students return to school it increases child to child interaction which equates to more exposure to illness," said Lynn Scarbrough, Vice President of Clinical Operations. "Taking preventative action with vaccines and making sure your child starts the year healthy, can help reduce the spread of illness and illness-related absenses throughout the school year."


Some of the vaccines Urgent Team offers includes: Flu shot, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Chickenpox. Urgent Team does not provide immunizations for anyone under 4 years old.


As the start of the school year gets closer, don't forget Urgent Team has centers that are open late and on the weekends, and our physicians and nurse practictioners can administer required vaccinations for children age 4 and up, all without an appointment. Urgent Team also offers sports physicals and will give back $5 to local high school athletic programs for every athlete we conduct a sports physical for, from that school. This program runs through October 2014.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your local Urgent Team Center. Our locations and contact information can be found at


About Urgent Team


Urgent Team is one of the largest independent operators of urgent and family care centers in the Southeast, delivering quality and affordable family healthcare at 17 locations throughout Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Urgent Team's convenient, walk-in centers provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services including treatments for injuries and illnesses, occupational health and wellness care. Urgent Team's online and mobile sites allow patients to find a convenient location and register prior to visiting a center.  Urgent Team's corporate headquarters are located in Nashville, Tenn.  For more information, visit 

Painting Classes at Discovery Park of America 


Discovery Park of America is offering two new six week introductory painting classes for both children and adults beginning Tuesday, September 2nd and continuing through Tuesday, October 7th.  Space is limited and seats will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.  

Painting for Children will meet each Tuesday from 4:00 - 5:00 in the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) at Discovery Park.  This six week course is designed to provide children ages 8 - 15 with an introduction to painting.  No experience is required and all materials will be supplied.  The cost is $60 for Discovery Park members and $65 for non-members.

Introduction to Painting will meet each Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:30 in the LEC.  This six week course is designed for adult beginners, ages 16 and up.  Participants will learn various styles and techniques of painting with acrylic paints and watercolors.  The course fee includes all materials, including a 24-color Pelikan� watercolor paint set. 

 You can enroll in Painting for Children or Introduction to Painting at the ticket counter at Discovery Park or by calling 731-885-5455.  Payment is due at the time of registration.


March of Dimes Kicks-Off in Dyer County


The 2014 March for Babies campaign in Dyer County officially kicked off on Thursday, July 24 at the McIver's Grant Public Library. Teams and sponsors gathered in celebration of another great year for the Dyer County March for Babies season. This year's Walk will be on Saturday, September 27 at Okeena Park in Dyersburg. If you would like to join in the efforts for stronger, healthier babies and have a team or become a sponsor please contact Dan Brooks at 731.668.1023 or by email

March for Babies is the March of Dimes biggest fundraiser and America's favorite walking event. People have been walking for babies since 1970 and have raised $2.1 billion to benefit all babies. For more information on The March of Dimes visit





Over 200 businesses and community leaders attended the annual Membership Matters Luncheon hosted by the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce at the Lannom Center on August 18. Dyer County native Brian Staron, a nationally known entertainer and motivational speaker, gave the keynote address to the group.


Chamber Chairman, Larry White opened the meeting with the customary pledge of allegiance and word of prayer, followed by brief remarks from Dyer County Mayor-elect Chris Young. "I am excited to be a part of the team and look forward to working with the Chamber," said Young.


Chairman White also presented retiring Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill with a commemorative engraved crystal plaque in appreciation for his years of dedicated service to the community and support of the Chamber.  "The Chamber is the greatest tool for recruiting industry and I have enjoyed working with our Chamber," Mayor Hill shared as he accepted his plaque.


"Mayor Richard Hill has been a great supporter of the Chamber and a very active participant in all our efforts to attract, retain and grow our industrial and commercial base," noted Chamber White.  "We will certainly miss him, but we also look forward to working closely with Chris Young in the next four years."


Chairman-elect Danny Watson presented results of a recent Membership Survey which gave the Chamber generally high marks for its programs and services. Highlights of the survey included:

  • Overall 84% of members that took the survey responded that we are at least meeting their expectations or EXCEEDING their expectations.
  • 90% of members that took the survey said that the Chamber is performing at least average, above average, or well above average on major duties such as events and programs, business recruitment/retention, and interaction with local and state government.
  • On average, 58.5% of members are aware and participating in programs and services offered
  • The top five requested topics for workshops were: 1.) networking, marketing, and sales 2.) leadership/supervisor training 3.) human resources 4.)social media and technology 5.) grant writing.

In response to the survey and the members' request for more workshops and networking opportunities, the Chamber has coordinated the following new events:


Small Business Lunch and Learn Series

September 8th - Steve Holt, Social Media Marketing, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

October 14 - Alissa DeWitt, Motivated Employees...the Heart of a Company, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

November 7 - Steve Holt, How to Develop a Social Media Plan, 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.

December 1 - Maleia Evans, Professional Etiquette and Workplace Appropriateness Training, 11:30 - 1:00p.m.


CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program for anyone wanting to start or expand a business.  The CO.STARTERS program helps equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. CO.STARTERS guides small-business owners and entrepreneurs through lean business modeling methods in a simple, intuitive way. The course will conclude with a "Shark Tank" themed Pitch Night.


During his keynote speech, Staron had the audience laughing as he discussed the importance of customer service and how a change of mind towards your customers will have a big impact.  Staron noted, "There are three important things to remember when it comes to customer service. The first is to treat your customers as guests, the second is to empower your employees to operate your business, and the third was the little things matter." Upon conclusion of his presentation, Staron called state representative, Jimmy Eldridge, to the stage to use as a muse for his magic trick.  Having Staron as the Keynote Speaker for this event was the perfect combination of good fun and serious business.


Chamber staff also launched an improved version of the organization's website, which has been optimized by member TenCom Services for smart phones and tablets. The new site can be viewed online at


"We are always trying to improve and upgrade our programs and services," said Chamber President Allen Hester. "Our members expect us to stay current with the latest social media tools and trends. It is something we work on all the time; it never stops."


The Mid-Year Report contained a number of facts and figures about the Chamber's performance so far this year. Some highlights included:

  • Ranked among Top Ten Micropolitans for Economic Development
  • We have worked on 12 new industrial projects so far this year and have had site visits by several companies interested in locating a facility in Dyersburg
  • The Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market has seen a 50% increase in growers and crafters this year with up to 24 booths on the Saturday markets
  • Held 19 Ribbon Cuttings thus far with assistance from our Diplomats, Mayors, and other dignitaries
  • Held the 2014 Business Expo on May 1st with record vendors and attendees.

   Founded in 1944, The Chamber is celebrating 70 years as the voice of local business, representing over 500 members, 10,000 jobs and $300 million dollars in annual payroll.


Main Street Fall Festival


The Main Street Fall Festival is September 27th in downtown Dyersburg.  We will have some new things to see and do this year.  The Antique Car Show, Duck Splash, Farmers Market, kayak float trip and Music at the Market will remain the same.  New this year will be Kids Zone, Pumpkin Decorating, Build a Space Shuttle, and Petting Zoo at the River Park.  On the Square we will have Magic by Brian Staron, Music by The Genre Band, Stephen Whitson, Allen Hester and Steve Newman, and Derek Wales.  On the Market Stage you will see Jimmy Anderson and Cane Ridge.  Boss Hoss Cycles will join us for the Hot Rod Cruise In and 50's Show and Rough Country will bring out the lifted trucks. The first Sunset on the Square will be held on the SmithReed Asset Management stage downtown.  Our partners, Matthew 25:40, Knights of Columbus, and Caterpillar will be cooking up Cajun chickens, barbecue, and more.  If you would like to be a vendor on the Square, contact Steve Guttery at 731-285-3433.


Dyer County Adult Leadership Reception 
Leadership Ag Day provides information about West Tennessee's largest industry


All Dyer County Leadership Alumni are invited to meet the new Leadership Class during the Annual Event Mixer at the Lannom Center on Tuesday, October 7th at 5:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, October 3rd. 

Applicants must apply for Dyer County Leadership by no later than September 30th.  Applications are available at the Lannom Center or online at Leadership Alumni offers two matching scholarships and eligibility is based on several factors.  For more information, contact Steve Guttery at 731-285-3433 or at 


The Dyer County Adult Leadership program was initiated in 1987 and has over 500 graduates.





The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) have partnered to bring the CO.STARTERS Entrepreneurship Program to Dyer County.


Join us for our interactive basic business building program this fall!


WHO/WHAT: The Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) in Martin recently announced they will offer CO.STARTERS, a nine-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. NTEC will be partnering with the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce to bring CO.STARTERS to Dyer County. Small-business owners and entrepreneurs in the program learn lean business modeling methods in a simple way by building and testing small models first. In the process, they receive customer feedback, adjust to consumer needs, and avoid making bad business assumptions.


WHEN: Tuesday nights, 6 to 8 pm, beginning September 16 and ending with a "Pitch Night" inNovember.


WHERE: The Lannom Center, 2000 Commerce Avenue, Dyersburg, TN



  • Knowing Yourself: Introductions, Assumptions, Working Style, Team Building, Obstacles
  • Knowing Your Customer: Problem, Solution, Benefit, Competition, Advantage, Customer
  • Getting the Relationship Right: Marketing & Message, Getting, Keeping, & Growing Customers
  • Building the Model to Scale: Starting Small, Distribution, Revenue, Typical Sale, Price
  • Strengthening Your Structure: Business Structure, Licenses, IP, Hiring
  • Discovering the Bottom Line: Startup & Ongoing Needs, Fixed & Variable Costs, Break-Even Point
  • Accounting for Growth: Break-Even Point, Sales Projections, Cash Flow, Accounting
  • Planning for the Future: Raising Capital, Growth Plans, Goal Setting, Pitch Prep

COST: Participation in CO.STARTERS will be $150, with a $50 discount for applications submitted before September 3. Chamber members receive a special discount of $75.  College students can participate at half price, with the top two student applications awarded free participation. Free application for this program is now open at


Have questions about CO.STARTERS? Visit our website at, email Chris Donaldson at or call 731-676-5326.




There's an app for that!


If you are traveling in the State of Tennessee and you decide to check out the nearest farmers market, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has a smartphone application for you!  Pick Tennessee Products is a much celebrated program that supports and promotes member farmers markets, growers, pick-your-own operations, wineries and organics.  Most farmers markets, and many of the producers that frequent them, take advantage of the free Pick TN program and the new app that connects your family with healthy eating choices.  The Pick TN app can even find nearby farm tours, corn and hay mazes, bed and breakfast lodging, trails and seasonal vegetables.  "In just a few taps you can find blackberries at the Lazy Dog Farms in Bethel Springs, TN," says Steve Guttery, Main Street Dyersburg Farmers Market Manager.  "The Main Street Market has been with Pick TN since 2007 and the new app gets tourists and visitors to our market quite often," says Guttery.  With the recent surge in farmers markets in Tennessee, Pick TN carries the most complete list of markets and makes that available to everyone for free!  To download the app, first read about it at  Pick Tennessee Products mobile application is available at the App Store and Google Play.

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We will be posting events, updates, member news, and more! 

The Olive Branch Mens Shop

On Thursday, August 14th the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the newly opened menswear store in Dyersburg, The Olive Branch Mens Shop.  The ceremony was held at the store which is located at 470 Mall Blvd in Suite C.  Store owner, Shannon Shoulders, Chamber staff, and Diplomats all gathered to celebrate the opening of the new store.  The Olive Branch Mens Shop is a menswear store that carries popular brands like Southern Pride, Southern Proper, and many more. The store is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The phone number for The Olive Branch Mens Shop is (731) 325-5478.  For more information, please visit The Olive Branch Mens Shop Facebook page or go by and check it out.

Heaven Cent Thrift Store 

On Friday, August 15th the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Heaven Cent Thrift Store in celebration of their new location.  Chamber staff, Diplomats, government officials, and friends all joined together for the ceremony and enjoyed light refreshments and a tour of the new building and new visions for the program.  Heaven Cent Thrift Store is now located at 325 South Mill Ave in Downtown Dyersburg.  The store is open on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  You can donate by dropping off or if you need a pickup they do those as well.  For more information, please follow the Heaven Cent Facebook page.


In This Issue
New Members
Membership Renewals
Calendar of Events
Board of Directors

Thank You to our 
Corporate Sponsors


Roses & Rust
Antiques, Furniture, and Gifts
43 Unionville Rd.
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 612-3767

Matthew 25:40 Inc.
432 West Court Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 286-9054

Dachser Transport 
of America, Inc.
1 Bekaert Road
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 599-4497

Reelfoot Family Walk-In Clinic
708 E Court Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(731) 285-8247




Dyersburg/Dyer County Union Mission

Edward Jones

First Choice Medical Care

Chic Farm Company

Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Dachser Transport of America, Inc.

Dyersburg Christian Center

Hester Farms

Sonic Drive-In

Transitions of Dyer County

Triple T Tire & Alignment

Urgent Team

A-1 Construction

Dyersburg Trophy

Farm Credit Services of Ripley

Servall Termite & Gutter

Charles James Construction

City of Dyersburg

Craig Fitzhugh

Dyersburg Parks & Recreation Dept.

French's Catering & Design

Executive Impact

Little Caesars

Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie, Gresham PLLC

Huddle House c/o Best
Wade Petroleum

The Outhouse


Dyer County Sheriff


Dyersburg Urology Clinic 


Heartwork Center for Cardiology  


Lone Oak Retrievers  


McDowell Center for Children 


Steel Fab Inc.  


Tucker Tire & Oil Company           




The Chamber's Monthly 12@12 Lunch

On the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 12 Chamber members come together for lunch with Chairman of the Board, Larry White, Chamber President/CEO, Allen Hester, and Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, to discuss membership benefits and promote their business during a round table discussion and introduction.


We invite you to attend an upcoming 12@12 event! Please contact Membership Director, Hannah Caylor, to RSVP! Lunch is provided for FREE to Chamber members. Call today and reserve your spot at an upcoming 12@12 this year!


Calendar of Events 


September 1st - 6th

Dyer County Fair 


September 8th

Small Business Workshop Social Media Marketing

September 15th


September 16th

NovaCopy 3D Printing Lunch and Learn


September 16th

Monthly 12@12 Lunch


September 20th 

Newbern Depot Days


September 24th

First Citizens National Bank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


September 25th

Security Bank Women In Networking Fall Fashion Show


September 27th

Main Street Fall Festival


September 27th

Run Baby Run 5K and Fun Run



For more details  

click on the event title 

Upcoming Small Business 

Lunch and Learns


September 8th

Steve Holt, Social Media Marketing

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.


October 14th

Alissa DeWitt, Motivated Employees...the Heart of a Company

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.


November 7th

Steve Holt, How to Develop a Social Media Plan

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.


December 1st

Maleia Evans, Professional Etiquette and Workplace Appropriateness Training

11:30 - 1:00 p.m.


2014 Diplomats

Andrea Joy

Edward Jones


Buffy Worley 

First State


Dakota Simpson 

Simpson Entertainment


Edie Smith 

Tennessee Realty - Edie Smith


Helen Maclin 

First Citizens National Bank


Holly Comer 

Achieve Medical Weight Loss


Holly Nichols 

Dyersburg Health Care and Rehabilitation


Jan Jernigan 

White & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc.


Jessica Harrison

Servpro of Dyersburg/Union City


Kristol Sentell 

First Citizens National Bank


Kyle East 

Woodmen of the World


Megan Brock

Security Bank


Melanie Hardy 

Regions Bank


Patrick Williams

Johnson-Williams Funeral Home   

Patty Rose 

Comcast Spotlight


Sharon  Davidson 

First South Financial Credit Union


Stephany Hamm 

Extendicare of West Tennessee


Tiffany Brimm 

The Highlands of Dyersburg


Celebrate Your New Business With A
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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

(731)285-3433 or



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:: Executive Committee ::

Larry White, Chairman

Jeff Agee, Immediate Past-Chairman

Joe Emery, Immediate Past-Chairman


Danny Watson, Chairman-Elect

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


Danny Watson, Vice Chair Membership &

     Organizational Development

David Hayes, Vice Chair Regional


John Ford, Vice Chair Transportation

Ben Youree, Vice Chair Healthcare


Penny Guthrie, Vice Chair Retail



:: Board Members :: 

Andrew Harrington

Mary Burks-Minton            

Bill Reffert      

Mike Pennington

Brent Hayman     

Mike Sanders

Carol Harris        

Patrick Williams

Chad Davis      

Pollyanna McClure

Eric Maupin     


Stan Welch      

John Uitendaal        

Tommy Allmon      

Kurt Walker       

Tony Dement   

Leigh Anne Walker      

Walt Bradshaw


:: Ex Officio Members :: 

Mayor Richard Hill, 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

Joseph Townson, Dyer County Fair Board

Steve Lane, Dyersburg Electric

Eddie Burks, Dyer County Planning Commission

Jimmy Williamson, NW TN Port Authority


Allen Hester, CCE

President/CEO CEcD



Tammy Hall, IOM

Vice President, Finance & Administration



Steve Guttery

Director of Downtown Development



Hannah Caylor

Membership Director



Tiffany Pride

Administrative Assistant



Judy Gregory



Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce

2000 Commerce Avenue
Dyersburg, TN 38024

Telephone: 731.285.3433
Fax: 731.286.4926

Thank You to Our 2014 Corporate Sponsors


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