1. President and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber, Mike Odom
Former President and CEO of the Round Rock, TX. Chamber, Mike Odom, has moved to Knoxville to take over as the new President and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber. Earning the Chamber of the Year Award for 2018 in Round Rock, Mike is no stranger to successful organizational management and community partnerships. His fresh perspective is sure to drive our city’s economic growth. “Our future is extremely bright,” said Mike. “Our mission is to drive regional economic prosperity, for the entire region. We have to make sure that we are communicating effectively, and that we are doing a lot of listening because communication is not a one-way street.” Mike has already started meeting with Knoxville leaders, including Interim President of the UT System Randy Boyd and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia, to talk about Knoxville’s economic growth. They all agree that now is Knoxville’s time to reach its full potential. Oh, and he knows a little about good jambalaya and donuts the size of your head. Listen below.