Bill Eanes, assistant dean at the Blount County campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community campus, has accepted a position with the Blount County Chamber Partnership.
Eanes will become a program specialist and will handle programs relative to the Economic Development Board, the Tourism Bureau and the Chamber. Eanes will report to Bryan Daniels, executive vice president of the Economic Development Board.
“We’re excited to have Bill as a part of the Blount Partnership. His primary focus will be toward programming that helps Economic Development Board initiatives,” Daniels said. “He’s got a great work ethic, a very positive attitude, and I think he will serve our organization well.”
One area where Eanes said he will assist would be in helping with the VIP program. The VIP program is a group of chamber members who have given above their normal chamber dues and that money goes toward economic development efforts that support existing businesses and also help bring in new business, Daniels said.
Eanes said his job will help Daniels spend more time recruiting businesses to Blount County while Eanes deals with “in-house” and local priorities. Eanes also will work closely with Bonny Millard, executive director of the Blount Education Initiative.
Eanes said he has been with Pellissippi State a little more than four years. “This has been one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” he said.
For many, Eanes was the face of the Blount County campus of Pellissippi State and Eanes said that was because 50 percent of his job was to be out in the community representing the college, and the other part of his job was making sure faculty, staff and students were happy.
“I think what I’ve learned here while in this role is what a dynamic community Blount County is, and I’ve used this role to understand what makes this county successful. I look forward to continuing to do that in this new role,” Eanes said.
Eanes said he was excited for what the future holds for Pellissippi State in Blount County. “What a great opportunity it will give residents of Blount and surrounding counties to really have a premier technical community college in their back yard,” he said. “I’d like to thank Dr. Allen Edwards for giving us the chance to come here and do this job the last four years,” he said.
Eanes said the staff and faculty at the college is like family. “It was a hard decision to leave but professionally I felt it was the right opportunity to move on and upward.”