April finds us at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church

Emerald Ave

Our host this month is Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church, 1620 N Central Street37917. Our speaker will be the Honorable Judge John Rossen.

Be sure to mark the date change on your calendar. Our April meeting is on the 3rd Friday (the 21st). Breakfast will start at 7:45am and the meeting will adjourn at 9am. 

The Business Spotlight will be Nathan Myers from Northwestern Mutual. for more information about Nathan visit nathanmyers.nm.com.

Last month’s new roll out of the member check-in went well. We encountered a few small snags, but that’s to be expected with anything new. The feedback we received was very positive, so we will be making that our standard going forward. . Members are now checked in by taking their name badge. So our members need not stand in line to sign-in. We only ask that our guests sign-in.

If you missed the March meeting here is how it goes: Members are now checked in by taking their name badge. Name badges are arranged in alphabetical order by COMPANY NAME. Once you have your name tag, you do not have to sign in, this gives you time to network and enjoy breakfast. We only ask that our guests sign-in.

Members, please make welcome anyone who is not wearing members name tag.

Attendance is taken by returning your name tag at the end of each meeting, so if you left with your nametag, please remember to bring it back. The next month’s business spotlight is drawn from the returned name tags.

If you have paid your dues, and you do not have a name tag, or you have another representative who does not have a name tag, please let Charmin know and a badge will be made for you by the next meeting.

Rather than take up valuable time verbally making announcements we ask that announcements be placed on the table in flyer or brochure format. That way interested parties can take your reminder with them. It also helps us to have the information to post on our social media.

Get to know Art Mearns of the Grande Event Center

On a Roll with Charmin

Learn more about The Grande Event Center’s business development guy, Art Mearns. He offers exceptional service for events both large and small. Spectacular venues from weddings and receptions to small business meetings, catering, decorating and over the top service, you owe it to yourself to check out what the Grande Event Center has to offer. 5441 Clinton Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37912, phone (865) 243-3100 or visit their website at http://www.knoxgrande.com

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North Knoxville Business and Professional Association Original Six (6) Founders

The NKBPA history begins with the first meeting  —  June  2003

Larry Cox, City Councilman Jerry Askew, St. Mary’s Hospital Mike Reynolds, FHS Principal Kitty Hatcher, FHS Vice Principal, Bill Warwick, FHS Alumni and President, Eddie Willis, Dande Printing Service

Fast forward to now…

Eddie Willis, Larry Cox and Bill Warwick

We are proud of our North Knoxville heritage and very proud to say that three of the original six founders are still active and on the Board of Directors. These three are Eddie Willis, owner of Dande Printing Service and our first president; Larry Cox, owner of Homestead, Inc. and Chicken City and ex-City of Knoxville Councilman; and Bill Warwick, retired City of Knoxville Fire Fighter.

All three men are also members of the Fulton High School Alumni Association Wall of Fame.