Resume Talk

Guest Speakers for SHIP’s Resume Talk Sessions

Hospitality & Tourism is an industry that reaches out to provide a wealth of opportunities in all aspects of the business world.  Sevier County is richly blessed with dedicated business leaders, who have built their own resumes as entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry leaders.  For many, their stories of success were not overnight.  There was a tremendous investment of time, a gazillion steps, obstacles, and opportunities along the way.

Imagine the benefit of sitting in a room with an executive as they talk about their personal resume. SHIP Interns will gain a deeper understanding of life and work in the Great Smoky Mountains’ region of East Tennessee.  They will come away with insights on their business and the enormous demands on a business that thrives within a $4 billion tourism mecca.

SHIP’s Resume Talk is an ‘up close and personal time’ with a Sevier County business leader, for a unique perspective inside their world of work.  SHIP Interns are offered an exclusive opportunity to listen and hear their stories in Resume Talk sessions.  Each session includes time for Q&A, behind-the-scenes tour, lunch and a fun-type activity.  Although participation is voluntary, the Intern is responsible to schedule time off with their employer.  (Attendance may be limited based on the first registrations received).

Scheduled Resume Talk Sessions

July 22, 2020     Ryan DeSear – General Manager, US Operations at Ripley Entertainment

October 14, 2020     Leon Downey – Director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

November 11, 2020     Lori McMahan Moore – Account Executive, Sports Facilities Management, LLC

March 17, 2021     Eugene Naughton – President of The Dollywood Company

April 14, 2021     Jackie Leatherwood – General Manager, Greystone Lodge on the River

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