August 21, 2014

Your brand is your reputation

We recently posted the following quote by Jeff Bezos on the Ackermann PR Facebook page. “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” Pretty thought provoking, don’t you think? As the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, the largest retailer […]
August 14, 2014

Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation celebrates 25th Evening of Elegance

Exclusive first stay in Dolly’s Celebrity Suite at DreamMore Resort included in auction  Sevierville, Tenn. – This Saturday, August 16, the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation will celebrate the 25th year of its signature event – the Evening of Elegance ball and auction – with […]
August 13, 2014

Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone Promotes Jake Brewer and Rick Gentry to Director Positions

Knoxville, Tenn. – August 13, 2014 – Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone has announced the promotion of two commercial real estate professionals to key positions as Directors within the company – Jake Brewer and Rick Gentry. Since the inception of Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone […]
August 12, 2014

Knoxville woman spends her “time and money wisely”

Knoxville, TN – Today during an event at Meridian Trust, the memory of Mrs. Nadine Dempster was honored as eight non-profits were recognized as the charitable beneficiaries of her estate.  The following charities each received $770,000:  Bachman Academy, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Emerald Avenue United […]
August 7, 2014

2014 Knoxville Film Festival Details Announced

Knoxville, Tennessee [August 7, 2014] – Today, during an event at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8, officials with the Knoxville Film Festival unveiled details of the 2014 film festival set to take place September 11-14. In its second year, the Knoxville Film Festival, produced by […]
August 4, 2014

Childhelp Launches Seersucker Day Program in East Tennessee

One-of-a-kind fundraiser to help protect victims of child abuse KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – [August 4, 2014] – It is said that a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds, and five children die from abuse and neglect every day. This is the driving force […]
August 4, 2014

Free Document Shred Day sponsored by ORNL FCU and Cintas scheduled for August 9th in West Knoxville and Kingston

ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) will team up once again with Cintas Document Management Company for a free Document Shred Day on Saturday, August 9th, from 9 a.m. until Noon at both the West Knoxville and Kingston branches of ORNL FCU. ORNL FCU members, as […]
July 28, 2014

FROM THE KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL – Cathy Ackermann: Lessons from the recession

http://www.knoxnews.com/business/cathy-ackermann-lessons-from-the-recession_78281692 During the recent recession (from which many businesses are still trying to emerge), we watched some companies slash their marketing and PR initiatives as “nonessential” expenses. And you know what happened? Nothing. That’s right. When they pulled out of the marketplace and decided to […]
July 24, 2014

Rocky Top General Store in Harriman to Host Next ORNL Federal Credit Union Small Business Counts Cash Mob

WHAT: ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) is organizing a community cash mob at Rocky Top General Store in Harriman to support small business and owner David Webb. WHEN: Thursday, July 31st, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Rocky Top General Store 316 Ruritan […]
July 23, 2014

Stop! Collaborate and Listen

Millennial – Baby Boomer – Generation X, Y, Z – Oh, my! It seems that almost everything we do these days is lumped into a generational category. Oh, your generation handles things so differently. We use titles and tags as an excuse as to why, […]
July 22, 2014

Date Night Knoxville to feature New York Times bestselling author, along with former lead singer of Newsong

Special one-night event to benefit Knoxville-based marriage ministry Knoxville, Tenn. – Whether it’s going out to dinner and a movie, having a picnic in a nearby park or roller skating at the local rink, married couples are finding creative ways to devote much needed one-on-one […]
July 16, 2014

Renowned chef joins Sevierville Convention Center staff

Sevierville, Tenn. – The Sevierville Convention Center (SCC) announces the addition of Chef John Morris to its staff. Morris comes to the SCC after a stint with the Knoxville Convention Center. Prior to that, he was the executive chef of the Knoxville Hilton running the […]
July 15, 2014


You may not know me, but you probably know my type. I’m the one typically playing devil’s advocate. The consummate but thoughtful critic. I’m the guy in the meeting that likes to take a step back by asking multiple questions before even considering making a […]
July 10, 2014

Learning a lot from a Little

Growing up, I had always heard people talk about “doing the little things” or that “little things mean the most.” I don’t think I truly understood just how much these “little things” meant until I met my “Little Brother” for the first time almost two […]
July 10, 2014

Sweet Celebrations to Host Next ORNL FCU Small Business Counts Cash Mob

Once a small neighborhood ice cream shop and bakery supplying only Kay’s Ice Cream and sweet treats to customers, Sweet Celebrations has evolved over the last two years into a full gourmet café becoming a favorite lunch spot in the Maryville community. Owners Cherise and […]
July 2, 2014

Break a leg: Conquering interview anxiety

Symptoms: Sweaty palms. Dry mouth. Flushed cheeks. Shaky voice. Trouble putting your thoughts into words. Shortness of breath. Any of the symptoms above sound familiar? While this list could sound strikingly similar to the side effects associated with the latest and greatest prescription drug (as […]
July 1, 2014

KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL: Proton Power expanding

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2014/jul/01/proton-power-expanding-lining-up-commercial/ By Ed Marcum Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Since setting up shop in a vintage home in Roane County about six years ago, entrepreneurs Sam Weaver and Dan Hensley now oversee a renewable energy business with 100 workers at three locations in East Tennessee. After […]
June 20, 2014

House-Hasson Hardware to unveil technology advancements at annual dealer market in Sevierville

Convention Center adds second House-Hasson event to 2014 schedule Sevierville, Tenn. – House-Hasson, America’s largest independent regional hardware distributor will host its Summer Mega Sale Dealer Market, the hardware industry’s premier buying event, Thursday, June 19 through Saturday, June 21 at the Sevierville Convention Center. […]
June 19, 2014

Branches Gallery & Re-Store to Host Next ORNL FCU Cash Mob

WHAT: ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) is organizing a community cash mob at Branches Gallery & Re-Store in Madisonville. All proceeds will benefit the Branches of Monroe County, Inc. non-profit organization. WHEN: Thursday, June 26th, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Branches Gallery […]
June 18, 2014

LEADING in Today’s (Crazy) World

The challenging times in which we find ourselves call for today’s business leaders to stretch beyond their comfort zones. Several recent research studies show that strong and effective leaders do the following: They Know Themselves. They understand their leadership style and how to optimize their […]
June 12, 2014

TONIGHT: Loudon Ice Cream Shop to Host Next ORNL FCU Cash Mob

WHAT: ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) is organizing a community cash mob tonight at Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Loudon. WHEN: Thursday, June 12th, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor 504 Grove Street Loudon, TN 37774 For more than […]
June 4, 2014

You Reap What You Sow

Did you know that gardening is really good for you?  To support a healthy lifestyle, the National Institutes of Health recommends gardening for 30-45 minutes a day three to five times a week. I know what some of you are thinking – “Gardening is not […]
June 3, 2014

Sevierville Convention Center employee honored by ConventionSouth magazine

Faye Hughes receives 2014 Southern Hospitality Recognition of Excellence Award Sevierville, Tenn. – The Sevierville Convention Center’s Faye Hughes has been recognized for her dedication to excellence and professionalism in the meetings and hospitality industries by ConventionSouth magazine, a leading travel and tourism industry trade […]
June 2, 2014

StoneMill Log & Timber Homes Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary

Knoxville, Tenn. – StoneMill Log & Timber Homes, founded in 1974 by John R. Sterchi, Jr., is celebrating its 40th year in business. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the log and timber industry amongst its employees, this family-owned and operated business […]
June 2, 2014

Childhelp – Give the Gift of Family

I’ve been happily involved with the East Tennessee chapter of Childhelp for a little more than a year now, and it continues to startle me how many child abuse victims are in need of help right here in our own backyard. Check out Childhelp’s latest […]
May 30, 2014

Finances, Soccer and Fun Converge With $500 Prize from ORNL Federal Credit Union

Knoxville, Tenn. – Increasing your financial literacy this summer can earn you a chance to win $500 on the soccer field! That’s the offer of ORNL Federal Credit Union, provider of a free financial literacy program called “FoolProof” and title sponsor of the Knoxville Force, Knoxville’s […]
May 29, 2014

NeXovation, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Nashville Superspeedway from Dover Motorsports, Inc.

Nashville, Tenn. – [May 29, 2014] – Nearly three years after reducing its public access and closing to competitive racing, the Nashville Superspeedway motor racing complex will have a new owner. U.S.-based NeXovation, Inc., a global innovation company and active pursuant (highest bidder) for the […]
May 22, 2014

BLOG: Teach Me How to Vaca…

I recently spent a sun-filled week in Port Orange, Florida on vacation – just me, my fiancé, friends, the fish, a few retirees AND my iPhone/iPad/laptop. Before leaving for Florida, I told myself I was going to do my best to “unplug” from the digital […]
May 22, 2014

Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass winners announced

Sevierville, Tenn. – Sevierville’s 10th Annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival, held May 16 and 17 in downtown Sevierville brought 40,000 local and out-of-town guests to downtown Sevierville for an opportunity to enjoy great food and world-class bluegrass music. Fifty-six cook teams attended the Bush’s […]
May 16, 2014

“Prepping” for Doomsday & much more: thousands expected for emergency preparedness event at Sevierville Convention Center

Sevierville, Tenn. – An expo touted as “the largest Prepper Show east of the Mississippi River” is scheduled for this weekend, May 17-18, at the Sevierville Convention Center.  The Mountain Prepper Home, Gun & Outdoor Expo will feature dozens of speakers and numerous vendors, classes […]