January 2018 Around Town

Tennessee Veterans Business Association Dinner, Expo and Veteran Job Fair

The TVBA Dinner, Expo and Veteran Job Fair are set for January 29 and 30 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. The two-day event connects government, industry, active duty and retired military personnel, and veteran-focused nonprofits for a business showcase and hiring event.

Activities start Monday, January 29, at the Crowne Plaza with a cocktail networking reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and awards presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Business Expo and Veteran Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, with more than 100 companies slated to attend. The expo is free to the public and offers networking, a business-to-business trade showcase and opportunities for employers to meet veterans seeking career opportunities.

Led by U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Vanquish Worldwide CEO and entrepreneur Eric W. Barton, TVBA offers member businesses a comprehensive benefits package. For more information or to register for the event, call 844.949.8822 or visit GoTVBA.com.

Pilot Flying J team members do Push-ups for Pennies, raise more than $15,000 for Knoxville Challenger Sports

By completing Push-ups for Pennies, Pilot Flying J raised more than $15,000 for Knoxville Challenger Sports, an organization that provides sports opportunities for children and young adults with special needs.

Team members participated in the first annual Push-ups for Pennies event by securing monetary pledges for each pushup they could complete during a weeklong span in November. Pilot Flying J also sold T-shirts as part of the fundraiser, which the company plans to host each November.

“We launched Push-ups for Pennies to show support for an organization that gives back to our community beyond measure,” Josh Perrin, director of operations support for Pilot Flying J, says. “Knoxville Challenger Sports makes a tremendous impact in the lives of people with special needs by helping them come together and enjoy fun sports activities, and our team was proud to push our abilities to the limit to raise funds for them.”

Knoxville Challenger Sports provides participants opportunities in baseball, basketball, golf, swimming and bowling. In addition to the monetary donation, Pilot Flying J provided sports equipment to the organization.

To learn more about Pilot Flying J, visit PilotFlyingJ.com or download the mobile app. For more information about Knoxville Challenger Sports, go to KnoxvilleChallengerSports.org.

Health Care Innovation 
EasyWhip Wins Fall 2017 Vol Court Pitch Competition

A time-saving surgical tool created by University of Tennessee graduate student Lia Winter took home the top prize at this semester’s Vol Court Pitch Competition. Winter pitched the device, EasyWhip, to beat a record 23 competitors.

Vol Court is hosted twice a year by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT’s Haslam College of Business.

EasyWhip is designed to help improve the speed and consistency of certain orthopedic procedures.

Winter, from Pittsburgh, is both an MBA candidate in the Haslam College of Business and a master’s degree candidate in the UT Institute for Biomedical Engineering. She won $1,500 along with a sponsored prize package, which included free office space in the UT Research Foundation Business Incubator, consulting services courtesy of PYA, legal advice from Morehous Legal Group and design services from Innovative Design Inc.

Second-place winner Matthew Young pitched his technology-enabled mirror business, Smart Mirrors. Originally built as a gift for his father, Young’s product delivers information to users directly on the mirror’s surface. Young, a senior in finance from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, won $1,000 and the sponsored prize package.

Third place and $500 went to Quantum Lock, a technology that enhances the security of smart lock technology in private homes. Erica Grant of Richmond, Virginia, a Ph.D. candidate in the UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, founded the company.

Facilities Services Building Earns Preservation Award

The UT Facilities Services Complex on Sutherland Avenue has received an East Tennessee Preservation Award.

The awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and projects contributing to the protection of East Tennessee’s heritage. Awards are presented by the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

UT’s Facilities Services Complex is an adaptive reuse of a 90,000-square-foot industrial facility that sits on a 7-acre parcel of land in Knoxville’s Marble City neighborhood.

Acquired by the university in 2013, the property was once a nationally recognized marble-processing plant, producing major stonework for buildings like the National Gallery of Art and the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

Since the building’s 2016 renovation it has served as the headquarters and warehousing space for the Department of Facilities Services.

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