Board of Directors

The McMinn County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday each month at noon in the McMinn County Courthouse Annex conference room. The Executive Committee meets the third Monday at noon at the same location.  Meeting dates are published in The Daily Post-Athenian at the beginning of each calendar year. Any deviations from the regular meeting dates, times, and locations are published in this notice.  The Daily Post-Athenian is notified of any changes in regularly scheduled meetings or special called meeting of the Executive Committee or Board of Directors.

McMinn County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors 


  • *Will Estes, President (Estes Law Firm)
  • *David Alley, Past President (Starr Regional Medical Center)
  • *Farah Reynolds, Vice-President (East Tennessee Industrial Warehouse, Inc.)
  • *Scott Cass, Treasurer (East Tennessee Auto Outlet)

Board of Directors

  • *John Gentry (McMinn County Mayor)
  • David Crews (representing McMinn County Commission)
  • Chuck Burris (City of Athens Mayor, representing City of Athens)
  • Bob Lambert, Jr. (representing City of Etowah)
  • *Eric Newberry (representing Athens Utilities Board) 
  • *John Goins (representing Etowah Utilities Board)
  • Jerry Smith (greenbelt property owner/Smith Funeral Home)
  • Rob Preston (representing Athens Chamber of Commerce)
  • Duran Tullock (representing Etowah Area Chamber of Commerce)
  • Stewart Smith (representing TN College of Applied Technology)
  • Patty Weaver (representing Education Community-Cleveland State Community College)
  • Jason Housley (Simmons Bank)
  • Rhonda Owens (Adient)
  • Chuck Gilreath (Thomas & Betts)
  • Steve Keylor (Waste Connections)
  • Sherry McKee (Metro Transport Group)
  • Chris Adams (Athens Federal Community Bank)
  • Erin Holbrook (DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee)
  • Jason Robertson (Southern Construction/Erosion Solutions)

Ex-Officio Non Voting Members

  • Tina Tuggle (representing City of Etowah)
  • *Seth Sumner (representing City of Athens)
  • Mike Bell (State Senator)
  • John Forgety (State Representative)
  • Jeff Schumacher (The Daily Post Athenian)
  • Brittany Freeman (representing Town of Englewood)
  • Lois Preece (representing City of Niota)

* Executive Committee Members