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January 26, 2012 | Tom Ballard

Tech 20/20 selects new CEO, elects officers, adds new board members

It’s a new year with a new set of officers, some new and returning board members, and a new CEO for Tech 20/20. The elections occurred at the organization’s board meeting on January 26.

Tech 20/20 Vice President John Morris, who has led the organization’s Center for Entrepreneurial Growth, steps up to the top position on February 1. He succeeds Mike Cuddy whose retirement from the position is effective January 31. (EDITOR’S NOTE: An interview with Morris will be posted early next week on

UT administrator Fred Tompkins is the new Chair of the non-profit organization, succeeding Knoxville entrepreneur Mike Carroll. Oak Ridge banker David Bradshaw, who is the current Chair of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, was selected as Chair-elect. Bradshaw is the immediate Past Chair of the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership and East Tennessee Economic Council.

Members of the executive committee are Tompkins, Bradshaw, Carroll, Tom Ballard (Pershing Yoakley & Associates), Darrel Kohlhorst (B&W Y-12), Rhonda Rice (Knoxville Chamber), Tom Rogers (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Laurens Tullock (Cornerstone Foundation), and Lawrence Young (Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee).

New board members include Teri Brahams (Pellissippi State Community College), John Eschenberg (U.S. Department of Energy), Arlene Garrison (Oak Ridge Associated Universities), Chris Mainini (Radio Systems), Mark Watson (City of Oak Ridge), and Jill Van Beke (Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development). Lynn Youngs (UT) takes the seat vacated by Alex Miller (UT).

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