Currently the Oak Ridge Area Manager for Pinnacle Financial Partners, Mr. Bradshaw’s background includes community development lending, commercial banking, and teaching. For seven years, he provided technical assistance and CDFI financing to start-up and early-stage companies located in Southern Appalachia, often allowing these companies to reach their financial goals. For the past 10 years, Mr. Bradshaw has provided commercial deposit services, loan products, and cash management services to an array of small-to-medium sized businesses in the Oak Ridge market. In 2012, he led his bank’s successful effort to open a full service commercial banking office in Oak Ridge’s historic Jackson Square. Mr. Bradshaw occasionally teaches consumer lending and finance classes at Roane State Community College, serves on several non-profit community boards, and served as the mayor of Oak Ridge from 2001-2007.
Currently the Chief Manager of Visionary Horizons Wealth Management, with offices in Tennessee and Kentucky, Mr. Kiger is an entrepreneur who also started a software business and four additional corporations, all of which are operating today. He also helped to establish a Knoxville based angel network and an angel investment fund. He is active on the boards of several area nonprofits that give resources back to the community. Mr. Kiger’s experience of 20+ years of investment management and startups equips him to mentor entrepreneurs. He is able to support businesses through challenges in an effort to help them progress through different growth stages ultimately to attain sustainability or to participate in an exit or a merger.
Cofounder of three early-stage technology companies as either CEO or COO, Dr. Tompkins is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During the majority of his more than 40 years as an engineering faculty member, he also served in a number of administrative roles including President and CEO of the University of Tennessee Research Foundation, Inc., Vice President for Research, and Dean of Engineering. He is a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a registered engineer in Tennessee. His work in harvesting, managing, and marketing the intellectual property accruing to university research programs heightened his interest in developing strategies for successfully commercializing new technologies and inventions.