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Weekend edition October 15, 2021 | Kailyn Lamb

KaTom Restaurant Supply makes list of fastest growing women-led companies and other Knoxville news

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region. If you have some business news that you would like to be included in Teknovation Weekend, please email us at

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  • A news release from the Women President’s Organization announced the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies. In 2020, these companies generated $4.1 billion in revenue and employed more than 24,000 people across the nation. Two Tennessee companies made the list, with KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc. earing the number 10 spot. KaTom is based in Kodak and offers wholesale restaurant supplies and equipment. It first opened in 1987. The full news release can be found here.
  • Four people who have been spotlighted in previous articles in and two colleagues from the PYA family have been named to the latest “40 Under 40” list published by Knox News and Those whose efforts have been featured in previous articles are, in alphabetical order: (1) Mike Benn, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Songboarding; (2) Bowie Benson, CEO at Carbon Rivers LLC; (3) Ed Rottmann, Chief Operating Officer for Stowers Machinery Corporation; and (4) Alexa Sponcia, Owner and Operator of Hard Knox Pizza. PYA colleagues who were also selected are Kathryn A. Taylor, Consulting Senior Manager with the firm, and Goran Musinovic, Vice President at Realty Trust Group LLC, a PYA affiliated company.
  • ChoiceSpine LLC announced in a news release that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the company clearance to market its Triton Sacroiliac Joint Fixation System. The joint fixation is a 3D-printed screw that can be used for conditions such as degenerative sacroiliitis and sacroiliac joint disruption. The window design of the screw also allows for graft delivery and promotes new bone growth. ChoiceSpine is based in Knoxville. The full news release can be found here.


  • The Knoxville Chamber announced several ribbon cuttings in its weekly newsletter. Realty Executives opened an office in West Hills last month. The firm has offices across the nation and focuses on residential real estate. Regions Bank recently renovated its branch on Cumberland Avenue. The location has been modernized to help improve customer experience. On October 1, Vision Quest VR opened in the West Town Mall and offers 40 different experiences including games and educational programming through virtual reality. The company also has a location in Johnson City.

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