Foreman’s Conference Speaker Bios

Kim Vance is a partner with Baker Donelson, PC, and one of America’s most sought-after labor law attorneys.

Kendall Bear is an over 20-year employee of Rockwood Electric and the current General Manager for Rockwood Electric. Prior to Rockwood Electric, Kendall worked for TVA at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and the Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge, TN.

John Corum is the Vice President of Administrative Services at Cleveland Utilities. Prior to this current position, John was a lineman at Knoxville Utilities Board, line instructor at Western Nebraska Community College, and safety director for Cleveland Utilities.

Lt. John Harmon has been with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security since 1995. He currently serves as the Supervisor of the Special Programs Unit in the Chattanooga district.

Adam Denton works for Winchester Utility System as the Water Plant Manager/Safety Director. He has been in the industry for more than 10 years.

Doyle Totty, a US Navy Veteran, spent 22 years at Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative serving its members through Engineering/Operations and Finally as Safety Coordinator before retiring in 2012. He is current the Safety Director for Dickson Electric System.

Chris Bailey is the Director of Sales for WESCO-Anixter. WESCO is a leading provider of business-to-business distribution, logistics services, and supply chain solutions.

Jason Settle is a Senior Project Manager at Hi-Line Engineering a GDS Associates, Inc. company with over 25 years’ experience in the power engineering industry. Prior to joining Hi-Line Jason spent 17 years at Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc as the V.P. of Engineer and Operations (10 Years) and System Engineer (7 Years).

Brian Lewis spent the past 29 years in the safety and health industry. He was a compliance officer for TN OSHA before becoming a JT&S Instructor in 2017.

Danielle Zatkos is in her fifth year with Corning Optical Communications, and currently is the Regional Manager for Tennessee and Kentucky broadband. Danielle’s main responsibility is to support the goals and needs of rural service providers. Prior to joining Corning in 2017, Danielle obtained bachelor’s degrees in public Relations and Spanish from The Pennsylvania State University.

Mike Birdwell is the manager of Ancillary Services by SVE Connect, a subsidiary of Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative and Ben Lomand Connect. Mike worked with BLTC and Ben Lomand Connect for 29 years.