Get ready, get set: Network

Chamber event picks up meeting pace

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce FUEL committee, from left, Katie Park, Chloe Pool and Cody Barnes, headed up the group’s first Speed Networking event Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Milestones Event Center in Farragut.
You may have heard of speed dating, but Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce recently took the concept in a completely different direction.

It’s Focus Unite Engage and Lead Team — which consists of Chloe Pool, Katie Park, Adrian Hall, Victory Harbin and Cody Barnes — hosted its first “Speed Networking” event Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Milestones Event Center in Farragut.

While FUEL’s focus is on “our talented young professionals, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders,” as Chamber president/CEO Julie Blaylock explained, the event — described in promotions as “a structured way for anyone NOT comfortable walking into a room/event full of strangers with an opportunity to make high-quality connections in a short amount of time” — was open to all Chamber members.

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‘Motherhood’ raises $ for ET C-Hospital

Realizing the importance of children’s health, Motherhood Maternity in Turkey Creek currently is hosting a fundraiser for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. “Everyone who is pregnant sooner or later ends up at Children’s Hospital,” assistant store manager Maryann Griffin said in explaining the event, which will run through the end of the month.

Every person donating will be entered in a drawing for a gift basket.

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Rather & Kittrell brings new tenant to Farragut

Partner management team of Tennessee Pension Administrators, LLC: Daniel McWhirter, left, Matt Grabeel, Sheila Young and Kim Miller (not pictured). The company is relocating to Farragut Professional Park Monday, Nov. 25.
A long-standing partnership is bringing a new business to Farragut.

Tennessee Pension Administrators, LLC., is moving into renovated office space in Farragut Professional Park, 11911 Kingston Pike, Monday, Nov. 25. The location is adjacent to Rather & Kittrell Capital Management, which purchased 90 percent ownership of TPA nearly three years ago with an eye toward eventually moving it closer, explained Chris Kittrell, company partner in both firms.

“We have worked really closely with TPA for years and respected the work of Matt Grabeel and his team,” Kittrell said of TPA. “They are exceptional at the details of administering 401k plans, and we are one of the largest area providers of advisory services to business owners on their 401k plans.

“The synergy we had with their firm and the chance to combine our expertise helped us realize early on we wanted to bring them closer to us, if we could, making the end result for our clients even better,” he added.

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business briefs

• University of Tennessee student entrepreneurs Jeremy Piper, Dalton Maddox, Christopher Mikulec and Michael Richards are making it their business to help others experience the joy of camping outdoors. They recently formed Coonhound Camping, which provides no-hassle campsite set-ups. The company recently received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Achievement Award in Washington, D.C., as part of the Chamberís annual Dream Big Awards.

• Realtors Mary-Ann Linkowski, Pamela Dunn Shown and Dan Pastor with Weichert, Realtors — Advantage Plus in Knoxville have been named top agents in the Weichert, Realtors office for October. Linkowski was named overall Top Agent of the Month, and Shown and Pastor were named Top Selling and Top Listing agents, respectively.

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