The Joint Operating Committee of the Blount Partnership recently named Bryan Daniels as the new president and CEO. The Blount Partnership is made up of the county’s four key development organizations - the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Foundation, Economic Development Board and the Smoky Mountain Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Matt Murray, Chair of the Economic Development Board, said Daniels has served the organization well as interim director.
“The Joint Operating Committee recently voted to appoint Bryan to the president and CEO position of the Partnership based on his credentials and his past work with each of the partner organizations,” said Murray. “He has served our organization well in an interim position since July 2010.”
Daniels has worked for the Blount Partnership for the past nine years in the primary position of Executive Vice President of Economic Development. He has served as interim president and CEO since the retirement of Fred Forster in July.
“It has been a challenging year for the Partnership through the loss of two key employees as well as the challenges due to the economy, said Doug Horn, chair of the Blount Chamber. “While saddened by the loss of recent key staff members, I’m excited about the confirmation of Bryan as CEO of the Partnership as he will be beneficial to the development of the Partnership, the Blount Chamber and the community.”
In his capacity as EVP of the Economic Development Board, Daniels has been responsible for the operations of the community’s six business parks and economic development programs for Blount County and the cities of Maryville and Alcoa.
Prior to his work with the Blount Partnership, Daniels was a planner with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, and prior to that he worked for the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
“I am very excited that Bryan has been selected as the new President and CEO of the Blount Partnership,” said Bryan Cable, chair of the Smoky Mountain Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I have worked closely with Bryan over the past several months, and I am confident he will do an outstanding job in his new position. I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
Daniels received a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science and Communications and a masters of science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology both from East Tennessee State University. Over the past few years, he has received several certifications from the economic development and chamber professions. He has received his Economic Development Certification (CEcD) from the University of Oklahoma, is a graduate from the U.S. United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) program and designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
“This year has been a very challenging year for the Partnership in many respects,” said Sharon Hannum, chair of the Chamber Foundation. “Through all of the challenges, issues and changes, Bryan has demonstrated key leadership abilities, and I am very confident in his ability to lead the Partnership in the days to come. We could not have chosen a better candidate for this position, and I look forward to the added dimension that he will bring, not only to the Partnership but to the community.”
Daniels is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Blount, past board member of the Blount County Hearing and Speech Foundation and past president of the East TN Industrial Council and a committee member for Blount County’s Relay for Life event. He resides with his wife, Kim, in Rockford.