Volunteer of the Year Award

The Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Award will be granted to individuals who give of their time and talent to further the economic progress of our state. Their activities and accomplishments in the field of industrial and economic development extend far beyond those necessary to satisfy the requirements of the vocation for which they are compensated.

The award recipient will be honored at the TEDC Annual Fall Conference. The Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Award is given in memory of our good friend, Jim Spradley.

Jim Spradley began working for the L & N Railroad in 1959. He became the Manager of Industrial Development of the company when it became CSX Transportation in 1979.

While serving in that role, Jim was active in the recruitment of Nissan to Smyrna, TN; Saturn to Spring Hill, TN and Variform Plastics to Jasper, TN.

Along with his involvement with many other economic development projects throughout the state, Jim was also active with the Nashville Area and Tennessee Chambers of Commerce and served as the President of the Nashville Volunteer Chapter of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity.

The Tennessee Economic Development Council honors Jim’s dedication to economic development each year by awarding the “Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Award." It is granted to individuals who give of their time and talent to further the economic progress of our state.

Their activities and accomplishments in the field of industrial and economic development extend far beyond those necessary to satisfy the requirements of the vocation for which they are compensated.



Nominations

To Nominate someone for the Jim Spradley Volunteer 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 Dr. Matthew Murray Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Blount County
2018 Darrell James Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Dickson County
2018 Tom Dyer Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Shelby County
2017 Philip Smartt Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Wilson County
2016 C. Roger Blackwood Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Robertson County
2015 Jeff Golden Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Warren County
2014 Stephen Chambers Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Four Lake
2010 Charles T. Floyd Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Kingsport
2009 Ross Tarver Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Cleveland
2008 Claude Ramsey Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Chattanooga
2007 Nelson Steed Jim Spradley Volunteer of the Year Lebanon
2006 Pres Lawhon TIDC Volunteer of the Year Knoxville
2005 John Hassmiller TIDC Volunteer of the Year La Vergne
2003 Charles Haygood TIDC Volunteer of the Year Hendersonville
2002 Richard Swift TIDC Volunteer of the Year Clarksville
2001 William Walter TIDC Volunteer of the Year Columbia
2000 Russell Gwatney TIDC Volunteer of the Year Memphis
2000 Dan Mahoney Jim Spradley Award Johnson City
1999 Larry Elkins TIDC Volunteer of the Year Rogersville
1998 Gayle Moyer Harris TIDC Volunteer of the Year Franklin
1997 John Willimas TIDC Volunteer of the Year Jackson
1997 Dr. R. Michael Browder Jim Spradley Award Clarksville
1996 Terry Leonard TIDC Volunteer of the Year Greeneville
1996 Honorable Jimmy Naifeh Jim Spradley Award Covington
1995 Earl Bradley TIDC Volunteer of the Year Clarksville
1995 De Witt Ezell Jim Spradley Award Nashville
1994 David Fite TIDC Volunteer of the Year Jackson
1994 Honorable Robert Rochelle Jim Spradley Award Lebanon
1994 Honorable Matt Kisber Jim Spradley Award Jackson
1994 Michael E. Magill Jim Spradley Award Nashville
1993 Tom Wheeler TIDC Volunteer of the Year Cleveland
1992 Mike Curry TIDC Volunteer of the Year Pulaski
1991 Cromer Smotherman TIDC Volunteer of the Year Lawrenceburg
1990 Leslie S. Dale TIDC Volunteer of the Year Memphis
1989 Halstead "Ted" Meadows, Jr. TIDC Volunteer of the Year Crossville
1988 Steve West TIDC Volunteer of the Year Maryville
1987 Harold "Hoot" Gibson TIDC Volunteer of the Year McKenzie
1986 L.D. "Don" Pennington TIDC Volunteer of the Year Dyersburg
1985 Waymon L. Hickman TIDC Volunteer of the Year Columbia
1984 Julian P. Townsend TIDC Volunteer of the Year Jackson
1983 William R. Brakebil TIDC Volunteer of the Year Athens
1982 R. Jack Fishman TIDC Volunteer of the Year Morristown
1981 Dan Buckner TIDC Volunteer of the Year Dickson
1980 Gene Record TIDC Volunteer of the Year Henderson
1979 Curtis S. Lowery TIDC Volunteer of the Year Brownsville
1978 Fred R. Lawson TIDC Volunteer of the Year Maryville
1977 William S. Lawrence TIDC Volunteer of the Year Jackson

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