Meet chamber's five newest board members

February 11, 2011, Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following newly elected board members to serve a three-year term beginning in 2011. 

“The caliber and character of leadership in this community is astonishing,” said Dr. Tom Lawrence, chairman of the Board Nominating Committee. “That’s the only thing that made the selection process difficult. There are so many men and women ready and willing to serve this region. I feel that these five will bring new and unique perspectives from a variety of fields to the Chamber board.”
The new members were selected to replace retiring directors David Williamson, Mike McCloud, Paul Korth, Tom Lawrence and Toney Hudson.
“I am excited to have these five new additions to the Chamber Board of Directors,” said Jim McGeehin, chairman of the Chamber Board. “All five bring great energy and creativity, and will work closely with the existing Board members and Chamber staff to make Cookeville, Putnam County, and the Highlands a great place to do business.”
Kevin Bowling is president of TechWerks, and draws on more than 25 years of executive business and consulting experience working with public and private companies as well as government agencies. As a former chief operating officer of a publicly traded healthcare firm and vice president of sales and marketing for various organizations,
Bowling closed more than $300 million in new business while directing development of new products and services. As senior business analyst for an international consulting firm, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, specializing in operational and financial turn-arounds, strategic partnerships and corporate alliances. He is currently active in several businesses in healthcare related fields.
Bowling and his wife, Janet, have three sons. He currently serves on various church and civic boards.
Jean Davis served as Mayor of Cookeville from June 1994 to August 1998, was elected in 2002 for a four-year term on the Cookeville City Council, and served from 2006 to 2010 as Vice-Mayor of Cookeville. Davis has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in Memphis and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education from Tennessee Tech University. The majority of her nursing career was spent in community health nursing, although other areas of nursing practice included hospital, vocational nursing instruction and school health supervisor. Davis has received several awards including the Outstanding Alumnus of University of Tennessee College of Nursing in Memphis, Fred Roberson Award of Cookeville Regional Medical Center, and Outstanding Service Award of Tennessee Tech University.
Davis is active with the Tennessee Tech University School of Nursing Development Council, Cookeville History Museum Board of Directors and Putnam County Health Council. Davis and her husband, Bobby, are active members of First United Methodist Church, and are parents of two children and four grandchildren.
Kent Furcron is vice president of product development and operations for Oreck Manufacturing Company. Since he joined Oreck in 1997, he has provided both tactical and strategic operational support in areas such as product development, facility expansion, relocations and product manufacturing transitions. Furcron led reconstruction efforts at Oreck following hurricane Katrina in 2005, and led a multifunctional team to identify alternate facility locations and subsequently relocate operations from the Gulf Coast to Cookeville in 2006 and 2007.
Prior to Oreck, Furcron spent 15 years in various engineering positions with consumer products companies such as Philips Electronics, Regina, Electrolux, Hamilton Beach and Black & Decker. Furcron has been married to his wife, Retha, a registered nurse at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. They have two sons, both students at Tennessee Tech University.
He is currently serving as a member of the Highlands Initiative II Steering Committee and was active in his community prior to relocating to the Cookeville area in economic and community development programs and youth activities. Furcron holds numerous consumer product design and utility patents, received his Associates Degree from Northeast State Technical College, and is a member of the Church of Christ.
Jeanie Lee is marketing, sales and design manager at Winell Lee Mouldings and Hardwoods, a four generation family business. Lee serves on the Better Business Bureau Board of Directors, the Board of the National Christian Women Connection, and the State Executive Council of the Church of God. Lee is president of “Rebuilding the Historical Welcome Center/Depot” in Baxter, the Baxter Beautification Committee. In addition, Lee filled an expired term and has served on the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the past year and been active on numerous Chamber committees.
Lee enjoys life and her desire has always been to “make a difference.” Lee and her husband, Tony, attend the Church of God in Baxter, and have two children, who all work in the family business.
Johnny Stites is CEO of J&S Construction Company, and has accumulated over 39 years in the family business founded in 1957. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian University in 1968, and served in the United States Navy from 1968 through 1971. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as vice president of the Associated General Contractors for the state of Tennessee. Stites also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Tech University College of Business and the Highlands Initiative II Steering Committee.
Stites was a founding member and past president of the Home Builders Association of the Upper Cumberland, founding member and past president of the Putnam County Family YMCA, and founding member and past president of Cookeville Breakfast Rotary, where he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International. He also served on the President’s Advisory Councils at Stran Buildings, Varco Pruden and American Buildings Company, and serves his alma mater on the Board of Trustees and on the Board’s Purpose and Resource Management Committees. Stites and his wife, Rosemary, have four children, as well as 13 grandchildren.
The mission of the Chamber is to be a world-class, regional leader, partner and catalyst by protecting and improving our pro-business climate; cultivating and supporting future community leaders; creating and retaining high quality, 21st Century jobs; enhancing our region’s quality of life; and adding value for our members’ investment.
For more information about the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, call 931-526-2211 or email by clicking here.  


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