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VOL. 41 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 13, 2017

Rogero names Brace COO, deputy mayor

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Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero has announced new government appointments, including the promotion of David Brace.

Brace is the new chief operating officer and deputy to the mayor, replacing Christi Branscom, who recently resigned.

Brace, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee, has been senior director of Public Works for the past two years.

Brace has been with the city for 15 years, beginning in the Community Development Department before moving to Public Service, where he became director in 2011. Since 2015, he has overseen all of the City’s Public Works departments: Public Service, Parks and Recreation, Engineering, Plans Review and Inspections and Fleet Services.


As COO, he will continue to have broad oversight over those departments as well as Finance, Purchasing, Information Systems, Employee Benefits and other departments. Chip Barry, who is deputy chief of operations, will oversee the city’s 311 service, real estate operations and the public assembly facilities managed under contract by SMG (the Knoxville Convention Center, the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum and Chilhowee Park), as well as other general support for operations.

Rogero also announced Sheryl Ely will become the new director of Parks and Recreation, replacing the retiring Joe Walsh, the longtime director.

For the past two years, Ely has been the deputy director of Public Service.

Previously, Ely spent nine years with the state’s Local Planning Assistance Office as a planner, including six years as the regional director.

“David and Sheryl are already invaluable members of my team, and their hard work and great collaborative leadership will serve all of us well in their new positions,” Mayor Rogero says. “We have a lot of major projects under way, so it’s great to have such experienced and dedicated people ready to step up and take the reins.”

Mayor Rogero also announced two other changes. Rachel Butzler, the City’s Solid Waste manager, will be promoted to deputy director of Public Service to fill Ely’s position.

Nicholas Bradshaw, who has been serving as interim deputy director of Fleet Services, will assume that role on a permanent basis.

UT researchers earn $1.7 million grant


The University of Tennessee has announced four faculty members have received a National Science Foundation grant totaling $1.7 million.

The grant funds a joint proposal for research done with Carnegie Mellon University.

Bogdan Bichescu, Randy Bradley, Audris Mockus, and Russell Zaretzki will all contribute to a project.

The UT professors are attempting to map the use of open source code throughout modern software. Open source code can be identified, used, and modified by anyone, as opposed to commercial software, which users cannot see or modify and must wait for creators to update.


“Open source software builds upon itself,” says Bradley, an assistant professor of information systems and supply chain management.


“There are multiple modules that combine to create powerful enterprise software and even much simpler programs such as your web browsers. The end product is usually a compilation of modules incorporated, adapted, or borrowed from other programs, which can result in a black box solution.”

These solutions are referred to as “black box” because developers are often unaware which open source elements are buried in the architecture of their software. Tracking the origins of the open code and what software it has now become part of can be extremely complex.

“Tracking the evolution of open source code is possible because both historical and ongoing developments are typically recorded in software repositories that allow any software developer to view, copy and modify the code,” says Zaretzki, the Joe Johnson Faculty Research Fellow and associate professor of business analytics and statistics.

UT plans to employ tracing methods used to study visibility and transparency in traditional supply chains.

“Supply chain models deal with similar issues to trace recalls,” says Bichescu, an associate professor of business analytics and statistics. “A better understanding of the interweaving fabric of open source software development could have implications that ultimately lead to programs that are less vulnerable to disruptions.”

Business researchers rarely receive NSF grants. However, UT’s team was able to put together a successful proposal by combining their diverse expertise in the areas of supply chain management, business analytics and open source software ecosystems.

MCB picks Beal as Johnson City VP


Jerry B. Beal has been named by Mountain Commerce Bank as vice president, relationship manager and private banker at the bank’s Johnson City branch.

Beal has been in banking for more than 30 years, demonstrating proficiency across the financial services sector.

Previously, Beal acquired financial services industry experience while serving in community bank branch leadership, commercial loan underwriting and account management and business development with several financial institutions in East Tennessee and North Carolina. He has expertise in commercial services as well as private banking.

“We’re pleased to welcome Jerry to Mountain Commerce Bank,” says Bill Edwards, MCB president and chief executive officer. “His extensive background and familiarity with the local community will be an asset for our Johnson City-area business and personal banking customers.’’

Beal holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wingate College in North Carolina.

Asbury’s Miller wins Excellence honor

Luke Miller, therapy director at Asbury Place in Kingsport, was recently honored at the LeadingAge Tennessee Conference.

He received an Excellence in Caring award, recognizing a support staff member who has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in job performance.

Miller has worked at Asbury Place for 14 years.

“Luke’s easygoing attitude, positive outlook and keen interest in improving the overall rehabilitation experience are all reasons he is more than deserving of this award for Excellence in Caring in the support staff category,” says Norene Cochran, health care administrator for Asbury Place Kingsport.

“A key member of our therapy staff, Luke continually seeks ways to improve the quality of life for all residents of Asbury Place, not only in the health care setting, but also for our residential living population and the surrounding community.”

Cochran cited Miller’s role in organizing what is now an annual car show at Asbury Place as an example of bringing together Asbury Place and the community.

“In 2016, Luke worked with a few car club friends and the full support of Asbury Place to organize an on-campus barbecue and car show,” Cochran adds. “Residents, staff, family, friends and community members join the festivities, which include food, spectacular cars, snow cones, fresh popcorn and door prizes.

“In two short years, this event has become quite the gathering and has brought our community and our facility closer together.”

Haslam College welcomes 10 new faculty members

A cohort of 10 new faculty members have joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business.

The newcomers are:

Chung Eun Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics. She comes to Haslam from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Wei Zheng, associate professor whose major research interest is experimental design. He comes to the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

María Padilla-Romo, assistant professor, Department of Economics. She was previously at Texas A&M University.

Ashleigh Eldemire-Poindexter, instructor, Department of Finance, comes from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

Mark Taranto, clinical professor in the Department of Finance. He comes from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Melinda Micheletto, lecturer of marketing. Previously a professional specialist at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Micheletto holds a Ph.D. in marketing from Haslam.

Lance Saunders, assistant professor, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Most recently, he was an assistant professor of supply chain management and analytics at Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his MBA at UT before completing his doctorate at Virginia Tech in 2013.

LaTonya Jordan, lecturer, Department of Accounting and Information Management. She comes from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she was a project implementation manager. Jordan holds a degree in accounting from UT and a master’s in public administration from Tennessee State.

Dana Parks, lecturer in accounting. Prior to joining Haslam, she worked in fraud investigation and dispute services for EY in Atlanta and also was a dispatcher and crime analyst for the Anderson County, Tennessee, Sherrif’s Office.

Parks holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and business administration, as well as a master’s degree in accountancy, all from UT.

Sara Williamson, lecturer, Department of Management. She previously was an adjunct professor of business and management at Pellissippi State and Roane State.

Williamson holds a master’s degree in management and leadership from Webster University in St. Louis, a master’s degree in public administration from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.