Launched as a result of the Chamber’s 2018 Strategic Planning sessions, board leaders Katie Park (SouthEast Bank) and Jonathan Dzermejko (TDS Telecom) worked with chamber staff to present the concept of a young professionals initiative specifically for the Farragut West Knox area. The first event to gauge interest was held in Farragut in May 2019, to resoundingly positive reception. Two more events were held before a small committee of area professionals was hand-selected to continue evolving the program.
In under a year, the program created its own brand, established committee roles/meeting schedules, and held more unique events for up and coming professionals/leaders.
West Under 40’s goals are to provide opportunities for young professionals to connect, learn, grow as individuals and within their industries, and give back to their community. Or, as one of our founding committee members says, “Be more than a business card.”
If you’re interested in helping to grow this initiative, sponsor or support future events, or volunteer, contact the chamber directly and we’ll get you connected. To see future events, click here and look for West Under 40.
Chloe Pool, Chair, Media & On-Site Coordinator
First Utility District of Knox County
Chloe is Communications Manager for First Utility District of Knox County. She tells stories through written word, photography and videography, and she develops community initiatives and partnerships for a better Knoxville. Chloe loves mentoring.
Chloe has served on staff for Fellowship Church as a young adults pastor; serves committees for diversity/inclusion and young professionals through American Water Works Association’s Clean Water Professionals; and is a founding member of Women in Water, a women’s growth initiative.
Chloe is a published author, writing for an international organization while living abroad in Kabwe, Zambia; Tennessee Association of Utility District’s quarterly magazine; American Water Works Association’s Streamlines Magazine, and has helped develop various training curricula.
In her free time, Chloe loves playing drums and song writing.
Adrian Hall, Finance
Adrian J. Hall is a multi-million dollar producing Mortgage Loan Officer with Movement Mortgage, and one of the youngest financial industry professionals in Knoxville with numerous accolades and accomplishments.
He is the founder of TheAdrianHall.com, a financial literacy network that educates and challenges others to seek the best versions of their financial lives and is editor/co-host of the podcast “Cash Talk”, a popular growing personal finance podcast.
Adrian has written personal finance articles for Out & About Nashville, presented at the University of Tennessee, volunteered on the board of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, co-ran TNMIC Networking Committee—a networking group exclusive to young credit union professionals, and has dedicated time to numerous local nonprofits.
Adrian is a devoted husband, dog lover, hip hop music aficionado, and car enthusiast. He invests in Knoxville real estate, operates multiple rental properties, and is a self-declared housing nerd.
Cody Barnes, Events Coordinator
First Citizens Bank
He has a heart for community growth, and feels that connecting and encouraging the next generation of leaders is one of the best ways to accomplish this. Striving to help others in any way possible is his passion.
Cody received his Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and a B.S. of Integrated Marketing Communications from Bryan College.
Knoxville is where Jared grew up, graduating from Halls High School and also living in Farragut for a couple of his teenage years. He moved back to Tennessee in 2017 after living in Iowa for 5 years, and 3 years in San Diego, CA before that.
Jared served four years in the United States Marine Corps as a Combat Correspondent (photojournalist and broadcaster), and spent the majority of his enlistment stationed at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.
Guitar, football, basketball, movies, cars, comedy and music are just a few of Jared’s interests and hobbies. He spends most of his free time at home with his girlfriend Lacey and their dog Mia.
Landry & Azevedo Attorneys at Law
As a West Knoxville native she is driven to enhance the growth of our young professional community. Kaylor has always had a heart for others and assisting in their success. As a board member of West Under 40 she welcomes the opportunity to play a larger role in the future of our leaders.
Kaylor attended The University of Tennessee where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management with a Minor in Marketing. When she isn’t working, Kaylor enjoys being active, spending time with her friends, family, and trying new foods.
Computer Systems Plus
Amber is the Marketing Coordinator for Computer Systems Plus, an IT company located in South Knoxville which has quickly become her favorite part of Knoxville. She believes in the power of long lasting relationships and investing in your community.
Amber also volunteers in a smaller community oriented group called Fountain City Forward, helping tell their story on social media while giving back to the Fountain City community and it’s businesses. She has a huge desire to see communities come together, making their towns and neighborhoods a better version of what it was from past generations, while maintaining history, tradition and quality of life. She believes this can be done by simply building relationships and investing in the people around you, while showing the love of Christ.
Amber moved to Knoxville in July of 2019 from San Diego, California so her husband could pursue his degree at The University of Tennessee using his GI Bill. She feels as though Knoxville is Tennessee’s best kept secret and loves the small town feel it has. She has a background in Marketing, Public Relations, Sales and Social Media, with a BA in Mass Media.
Amber is also the mother to four strong-willed and sweet daughters (yes, FOUR!), is a certified Personal Trainer, is typically reading 3 books at the same time, and always on the hunt for the next thrifting “find.”