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 also develops community initiatives and partnerships for a better Knoxville. Chloe loves mentoring.
Over the years, 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
Cody is a Sales and Service Representative at First Citizens Bank in Farragut, and firmly believes in doing all that is within his power to meet his customer’s needs.
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.