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Weekend edition July 21, 2023 | Shannon Smith

News Roundup | Shoes, boards, and cars & coffee

Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region.

Backpack donations needed for KAUL Shoes for School event

Shoes for School is a family-friendly event hosted by the Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) that provides new shoes, school supplies, and other resources to local students ages 5-12. This year’s event is Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at Caswell Park.

While shoe orders are closed, backpacks are the largest need individuals and organizations can help fill. Sturdy backpacks, with either straps or wheels, are recommended. For many students, the backpack they receive at Shoes for School will be the only one they have for the entire year.

Backpacks can be dropped off at the Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 E. Fifth Ave., or any Knoxville UScellular store, by Friday, July 28.

New appointments to Knoxville Chamber Board of Directors

The Knoxville Chamber Board officers and committee vice chairs for the 2023-2024 fiscal year have been announced.

The Chamber’s overall direction and policy stances are guided by the Board of Directors, and a member of the Board leads each of the organization’s five councils: business climate, economic development, infrastructure, entrepreneurship/small business, and talent.

The new leaders for the Board include:

  • Chair – Dave Miller, President, East Tennessee, First Horizon Bank
  • Past Board Chair – Wes Stowers, Chairman, Stowers Machinery Corporation
  • Treasurer – Randy Jenkins, CFO, Partners Development
  • General Counsel – Mark Mamantov, Member, Bass Berry & Sims
  • Board Secretary – Nikitia Thompson, Owner/Broker, Realty Executives-Nikitia Thompson Realty, LLC
  • Vice Chair, Infrastructure – Debbie Billings, Commercial Realtor, Heritage Realty
  • Vice Chair, Business Climate – Harry Boston, President/CEO, Boston Government Services, LLC
  • Vice Chair, Entrepreneurship/Small Business – Marty Brown, President and CEO, PYA, P.C.
  • Vice Chair, Talent – Rob Stivers, Market Executive, Regions Bank
  • Vice Chair, Economic Development – Jim VanderSteeg, President and CEO, Covenant Health

Knoxville cars and coffee event to be featured in new online video series

DHG MOTO is currently in production of a new, episodic video series called Cars and Coffee Exposed. The series travels across America creating a wellspring of stories, visuals, and excitement around the cultural happenings that are Cars and Coffee events. The series premiers on the Powertube TV Network in early September 2023.

Production started with the taping of the massive Cars and Coffee Palm Beach, FL show on June 18, with the next on-location shoot at Harper Auto Square’s Cars and Coffee in Knoxville on Sunday, August 6. Three more locations are scheduled for production in September and October 2023. Pre-production on ten locations is underway for 2024.

“Having Cars and Coffee Exposed at our event is something that we’re very proud of,” said Knoxville event organizer Connor Hinkle, Harper Auto Square VP of Marketing. “We’ve had great success hosting Harper Auto Square’s Cars and Coffee for the past ten years, and we’re thrilled to share our community’s enthusiasm for everything automotive with the rest of the nation.”

Ministry Brands acquires Church Motion Graphics

Ministry Brands, the leading provider of software and services for faith-based, non-profit, and other purpose-driven organizations, announced the acquisition of Church Motion Graphics, a leading ministry-focused design studio dedicated to creating eye-catching background graphics and videos that are specifically designed for use in worship environments.

“Church Motion Graphics is a natural fit for the tens of thousands of customers who rely on Ministry Brand’s suite of offerings and an integral part of our vision for the future of faith-based community management,” said Pat O’Donnell, CEO of Ministry Brands, which is based in Knoxville. “The ability for purpose-driven organizations to deliver the look and feel of quality faith-aligned content, that is also engaging and impactful, is an incredibly valuable addition to the suite of solutions we offer our clients.”

Church Motion Graphics augments Ministry Brands’ ShareFaith solution – a robust library of ready-to-use images, videos, and kids’ curriculum packages for churches.

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