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Roane Alliance Announces Changes in Staff Responsibilities

June 24, 2019

ROANE COUNTY, TN.  The Roane Alliance has experienced changes in the past year, and with the announcement of Pam May as new President/CEO, also came a restructuring of staff responsibilities that include several promotions. 

 “I am very excited to lead the Roane Alliance team as President,” said May, “and with one of the strongest teams we have ever had, I am confident we will continue to be a leader in the county, as well.  Our team is ready to move forward, and with that I felt it was important to make some adjustments and promotions based on their strengths so last week I announced to the Alliance Board those changes.”

“Teresa Jackson just reached a major milestone – 20 years at the Roane Alliance,” added May, “and with her experience and knowledge, I have had to rely on her to help get the Alliance on track.  It only made sense to place her in a position as the go-to person for all things Alliance - so I made her Vice President of Operations.”

Visitors will see more of Jackson when visiting the office.  Positioned at the front desk, she is now able to help guests with any variety of needs or questions – specifically industrial and business, given her background as Industrial Services Coordinator and Chamber Member Services.  Jackson also has a good understanding of the services and locations that visitors ask about.

Additional promotions and changes include:

  • Justin Snow, Vice President of Economic Development
  • Allen Lutz, Director of Education and Workforce
  • Courtney Briley, Chamber Manager
  • Sam Jones Ledford, Communications and Marketing Manager
  • Alix Riter, Program Manager
  • Cary Parten, Financial Services and Office Manager

“I have been so impressed with the members of the Alliance team as we experienced all of the changes that 2018 brought, and specifically Justin Snow,” said May.  “His tenacity and drive have made such a difference in building relationships with our existing industries, utilities, and economic development partners such as TVA and the state.”

Relationships are important because it keeps Roane County on the minds of those agencies who are key in bringing new industries into the state.  And, though we are still working towards that big win, Roane County continues to be one of those counties at the top of the list per those partners. 

“Now that new rooftops are showing up in Roane, and recreation has become one of our most important assets, recruiting retail and tourism industries is also something we plan on tackling,” said May.

The Roane Alliance mission is to create an environment and a unified voice that promotes job creation, economic development, enhanced quality of life, education and workforce.  To learn more about the Alliance and its partners please call 865.376.2093 or visit