Professional of the Year Award

2018 Professional of the Year Award

Pictured L to R:  Governor Bill Haslam, Susan Hadley Maynor, TEDC President, and Robert T. Bibb, TEDC Immediate Past President. 


The Fred H. Harris Professional of the Year Award is presented annually to a member of the Tennessee Economic Development Council for outstanding achievement in economic development. It is given in recognition of the contributions the recipient has made to his or her own community as well as to the State of Tennessee. Given in Honor of Fred Harris, nationally recognized economic development professional.

About the Fred H. Harris Professional of the Year Award 

Fred H. Harris began his career in Economic Development in 1960. He became one of the first members of the Tennessee Industrial Development Council in the mid-1960’s and later held the offices of Secretary-Treasurer, Legislative Chairman and Vice President. He assumed the role of TIDC President in 1971.

During his illustrious career in Economic Development, Fred served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Executive Director of the West Tennessee Industrial Association and past Director of the Executive Committee of the Southern Industrial Development Council.

He retired in 2002 as the Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

In 1996, Fred was awarded the first annual “Outstanding Tennessee Economic Development Award” by TIDC for his outstanding achievement in economic development. In his honor, the award is now known as the “Fred H. Harris Professional of the Year Award."

It is presented annually to a member of the Tennessee Economic Development Council in recognition of the contributions the recipient has made to his or her own community as well as to the State of Tennessee.
 



Nominations

To Nominate someone for the Fred H. Harris Professional of the Year Award, please download and fill out the form, then email it to Suzie Lusk. Nomination deadline is August 31, 2018.

Nomination Application
 



Past Winners

2018 Governor Bill Haslam Nashville
2017 Heidi Smith Nashville
2016 Kingsley Brock Jackson
2015 Philip Trauernich Nashville
2014 Ted Hackney Manchester
2013 Janet Miller Nashville
2012 Steve Hiatt Chattanooga
2011 Douglas Berry Cleveland
2010 Reagan Farr Nashville
2009 Gary Farlow Cleveland
Mike Evans Clarksville
James Chavez Clarksville
2008 Matt Kisber Jackson
2007 James Neeley Nashville
2006 Frankie McCord Alamo
2005 Robert E. Barnes Pulaski
2004 Mark Herbison Murfreesboro
1998 Bill Baxter Knoxville
1996 Fred Harris Nashville

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