We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Roane Alliance Leadership: Staff & Boards

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You'll find the friendly, experienced and committed Roane Alliance staff and board of directors helpful and knowledgeable. Every day, we and our partners work toward unified goals for improved quality of life and increased prosperity for Roane residents. Connect with us and find out why Roane is attracting success.  

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Wade Creswell

President/CEO of The Roane Alliance

Wade Creswell joined the Alliance team in 2014 as president and CEO. Previously he served as VP of development, public relations, and health services at Michael Dunn Center, one of Roane County's largest employers. He is a recipient of the Roane Chamber Young Professional Award, a former Roane Chamber board member, and served on the Kingston City Council, where he also served as vice mayor. Wade is also a graduate of Leadership Roane County (2004) and East Tennessee Regional Leadership (2015).

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Pam May, CTTP, TMP

Vice President

Pam May joined the team in 2008, promoting Roane Alliance and the county to potential industry, visitors and retirees. Pam is a Certified Tennessee Tourism Professional (CTTP) and Tourism Marketing Professional (TMP), serving as treasurer on the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council (METTC). Pam is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Leadership Roane County. She enjoys boating on Watts Bar Lake with her family or live music at local venues.

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Justin Snow

Director of Economic Development

Justin Snow joined the Alliance team in 2017.  Previously, he spent 17 years working for AT&T in the telecommunications industry.  He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he earned a BS in Business Administration and played on the baseball team.  Justin enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and coaching his son’s sports teams.

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Samantha Jones

Tourism Coordinator/Executive Assistant

Sam Jones joined the Alliance Team in May 2016. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee where she earned a BS in public relations with a minor in business administration. Sam enjoys teaching Bible study, collecting vinyl records, baking cupcakes and singing karaoke.

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Allen Lutz

Education and Workforce Development Specialist

Allen Lutz joined the team in 2008. He was the education director for Junior Achievement of East Tennessee and the first director of JA BizTown prior to coming to the Alliance. He was also a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army, serving on active duty 21 years. Allen has a MBA from the University of New Orleans and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Roane County.

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Teresa Jackson

Member Services Coordinator

Teresa Jackson has served on the Alliance team since 1999. She attended the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Roane County and completed Tennessee Basic Economic Development. She serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Roane Academy, and is Roane's ThreeStar program coordinator. Teresa enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Carey Parten

Office Manager

Fiscal Services and Office Manager Cary Parten joined the team in 2016. Cary has held positions in IT management, finance and telecommunications, from Colorado to Tennessee. Cary is a graduate of Colorado Tech with a BS in business management. He enjoys helping others with technology and working on his family farm in Loudon County.  

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Courtney Briley

Chamber Programs Coordinator

Courtney Briley joined the team in May 2016. A native of Roane County, Courtney received her BS from Middle Tennessee State University in recording industry-music business with a minor in public relations. Courtney enjoys filmmaking, creative writing and singing/performing on stage in community theater productions.

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Alix Riter

Receptionist/Executive Assistant


Receptionist/Executive Assistant


Alix Riter is the newest member of the team.  Alix is a native of Roane County and a graduate of Roane State Community College with an A.S. in Business Management.  She is a TnAchieves mentor and previously worked at Proton Power.  Alix stays busy with two boys active in sports and enjoys the lake life Roane has to offer.


Dr. Julian Ahler
Kingston, TN

Kendall Bear
Rockwood Electric Utility
Rockwood, TN

David Bell
Roane County Commission
Kingston, TN

Ron Berry
Ron Berry Insurance
Rockwood, TN

Marilyn Calfee
Kingston, TN

Suzie Clay
Uselton, Clay & Bright
Kingston, TN

Cecil Crowe
City of Oliver Springs
Oliver Springs, TN

John Eschenberg
Oak Ridge, TN

Lynn Farnham
Roane County Government
Kingston, TN

Kevin Helms
City Manager
Harriman, TN

Junior Hendrickson
Roane County Commission
Harriman, TN

Jim Henry
Coldwell Banker
Kingston, TN

Buddy Holley
City Councilman
Harriman, TN

Mitchell Kyker
Kyker Funeral Home
Harriman, TN

Gail Lyke
First Bank of Tennessee
Rockwood, TN

Darryl Meadows
United Community Bank
Kingston, TN

Kenyon Mee
Kingston, TN

Mayor Tim Neal
City of Kingston
Kingston, TN

Jim Owens
IDB Treasurer

Jim Palmer
IDB Chair

Terry Payne
Oak Ridge, TN

Dana Peterka
Reigonal Director of SCORE
Rockwood, TN

Jason Pilant
Roane Medical Center
Harriman, TN

Al Reardon
CNS Y-12
Oak Ridge, TN

Ken Reuter
Oak Ridge, TN

Tom Rogers
Oak Ridge, TN

Becky Ruppe
City of Rockwood
Rockwood, TN

Barry Stephenson
Oak Ridge, TN

Jerry Stephens
AGA Insurance
Kingston, TN 

Sheriff Jack Stockton 
Roane County Sheriff's Office
Kingston, TN

Sharon Templeton

Energy Solutions
Oak Ridge, TN

Mark Watson
City of Oak Ridge
Oak Ridge, TN

David Webb
Rocky Top General Store
Harriman, TN

Chris Whaley
Harriman, TN

George Wilson
Knoxville, TN

Ron Woody
Roane County Executive
Kingston, TN

Bill Young
Harriman Utility Board
Harriman, TN

Industrial Development Board Members

Jim Palmer
Oak Ridge, TN

David Webb
Vice Chairman
Rocky Top General Store
Harriman, TN

James Owens
Dienamic Tooling Systems
Kingston, TN

Quentin Craig
Rentenbach Constructors Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN

Teddy Haywood
Blue Springs Boat Company
Oak Ridge, TN

Bob Kite
Rockwood, TN

Jane Long
GLJ Enterprise
Harriman, TN

Jeff Nichols
Oak Ridge, TN

Tommy Thompson
Co-owner Nealy Thompson Heating and Air
Rockwood, TN

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