Organized in 1973, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly-skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation, the University of Tennessee complex, and the TVA region.
ETEC Annual Meeting Full of Surprises
Two stalwarts of East Tennessee’s business community and U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann were honored today with the Muddy Boot Award, given by the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) in an on-going tribute to individuals who through their work and activities build a better community.
This year’s business honorees are Mike Pasqua, who helped found and grow SAIC’s Oak Ridge offices, and later led the transition to Leidos; and Mike Belbeck, executive vice president for operations of Covenant Health and active in numerous organizations across the region.
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann returned from Washington to receive his Muddy Boot Award, which was presented by incoming Tennessee Lt. Governor Randy McNally. Covenant Health’s Jan McNally, who recruited Mike Belbeck to be her successor as administrator of Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, presented his award, and Sherry Browder, current chair of ETEC and a former colleague of Mike Pasqua at SAIC, presented that Boot.
The Council’s Pat Postma also presented the Postma Young Professional Medal to Wade Creswell, CEO of the Roane Alliance.
State Senator Randy McNally, Congressman Fleischmann, and Sue Cange, DOE principal deputy assistant secretary of Environmental Management, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities CEO Andy Page made presentations during the event, which was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Ridge.
Andy Page, on behalf of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, donated $100,000 to the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell project, at the meeting, surprising co-chairs of that effort Pat Postma and Alan Tatum midway through the meeting.
“The Muddy Boot Award is given to people who get things done, and this year’s winners clearly have gone above and beyond to make this region prosper,” ETEC President Jim Campbell said. “It’s been a pleasure working with these three gentlemen over the past years, in some cases decades, and we wish them great success in the years to come.”
The Muddy Boot Award was created in the 1970s to honor individuals who have gone above the call of duty—like those who served the nation during the Manhattan Project—to make the community, the state of Tennessee and the nation a better place to live and work. Over 70 people have received the award. A full list of recipients and more information about the award can be found on the ETEC website, www.eteconline.org.
Source: ETEC | December 9, 2016