UT Center for Industrial Services Announces Hirings, Promotions

The UT Center for Industrial Services (CIS) announces the hiring of several new employees to serve the needs of Tennessee business and industry, and the promotion of some current employees as part of a reorganization.

Gordon Reed, Kenny Smith, Kevin Cooper and Bill Hicks join CIS as Solutions Consultants. Reed, an industrial project management expert, represents the Upper Cumberland region; Smith, a production, quality assurance and continuous improvement expert, represents the Northeast Tennessee region; Cooper, a supply chain and planning expert, represents the Southern Middle Tennessee region; and Hicks, who previously worked for CIS, returns to represent the East Tennessee region with his expertise in Lean Manufacturing and environmental, health & safety compliance and management systems. Solutions Consultants interface with the center’s customers and drive the initiation of projects and partnerships across the state.

Felicia Roberts joined CIS as a Registration Specialist where she will help customers find the training they need by managing the registration process for CIS with a focus on customer service excellence. She also will manage the center’s learning management system that keeps track of customer registrations and transcripts.

Dwaine Raper and Misty DePriest, who previously served as Solutions Consultants, have been promoted to Solutions Consultant Team Leader and Resource Manager, respectively. Former Solutions Consultant Rod Kirk has taken on a new role of Technology Acceleration Specialist. He will focus on supporting and consulting manufacturers and businesses on ways new technology and technology innovation can better their businesses. 

CIS is an agency of the UT Institute for Public Service. The center, which is headquartered in Nashville, has offices across the state. CIS delivers solutions, in the form of training and consulting, which address customer needs for growth and innovation, performance improvement, regulatory compliance and sustainability. 


For More Information:

Adam Foote, Marketing Specialist, UT Center for Industrial Services

(615) 253-6365 or adam.foote@tennessee.edu

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