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Farragut West Knox Chamber increases staff


A recent addition to the staff of the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce has bolstered its ranks and increased the Chamber’s ability to reach out to its members.

Judy Briody, community activist and former farragutpress reporter, was recently hired as media coordinator for the Chamber.

“I’m in charge of anything related to the media,” Briody said. “I’m going to be in charge of the newsletter and take pictures at the networkings. I’ve been doing mail correspondence, spreadsheets — a little bit of

everything.”

Briody worked for farragutpress from 2003 to 2005, then continued to do freelance writing for the paper and Cocoon Publishing.

Briody said two of her children would be going off to college next year, so she decided to get back into the business field. She worked with Chamber staff and members on a regular basis while at farragutpress, so she sought an opportunity to work with the Chamber as one of its employees.

“Bettye [Sisco] and I happened to run into each other one day and she started talking about how the Chamber was growing and how they might have to add someone to the staff,” Briody said of the Chamber. “She said the position was kind of media related, so I said ‘let’s talk about it.’ We went to lunch and it sounded like something that would interest me because of all the people I knew from my time at farragutpress.”

Briody said she looks forward to becoming more involved in Farragut, a town she has lived in for the past 15 years with her husband, Brian, and three children. A Chicago native, she moved to Knoxville more than 20 years ago.

Briody will be working closely with Joeva Merrion, executive assistant to Chamber president and CEO Bettye Sisco. Merrion was hired in February.

“I tend to do a little bit of everything,” Merrion said. “Books, events, act as Bettye’s assistant, customer service, data base

management. …”

She said she has some experience in accounts payable and receivable. Merrion had been in sales and marketing for several years prior to joining the Chamber.

“I think the thing I enjoy the most is meeting all the wonderful members we have,” Merrion said. “We have quite a lot of great people in the Chamber.”

Merrion said the Chamber membership is about 704, compared with about 640 when she started six months ago.

“We’ve had a surge in membership,” she said. “I think our members truly work with each other to provide business and they spread the word of about what the Chamber has done for them. I think our growth is due to membership support.”

An Illinois native, Merrion lives with her husband and two

children.

Freda Faddis is a six-year member of the Chamber staff and serves as office manager.

“I handle all of the new members,” she said. “I process applications and walk people through the process of what it takes to become a member.”

In her off time, Faddis said she drives a bus during the school year that carries special needs students.

“I really love working with the kids,” she said. “The thing I like most about the Chamber is meeting the people. We have a lot of good members in the Chamber.”

Faddis said her favorite Chamber events are the annual auction and 5K run.

For more information on the Chamber, call 675-7057.

 

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