Haslam Announces Departure Of Finance And Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes

Monday, April 15, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam on Monday announced that Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes will be leaving the administration at the end of May to enjoy retirement and spend more time with his wife in her home country of Spain.

“I am grateful to Mark for the job he’s done as the state’s chief financial officer during the past two and a half years,” Governor Haslam said.  “We’ve presented three responsible, thoughtful and strategic budgets, and he has played a significant role in those efforts.

“Mark has brought a fresh perspective to state government with a focus on running it like a business. He has overseen our customer-focused government initiatives and lean management training to help shift our culture to a results-oriented, customer-service organization.  I most appreciate his willingness to mentor and develop talented people in state government.”

Before joining the Haslam administration, Mr. Emkes, 60, spent his entire professional career at Bridgestone Americas, working his way up from a trainee to chairman, chief executive officer and president before retiring in February 2010 after 33 years at the company.

“I will always be grateful to Governor Haslam for giving me the opportunity to serve as commissioner of Finance and Administration,” Mr. Emkes said.  “It has been a unique and once in a lifetime experience.  Having had the chance to participate on a team that helped make government more effective and efficient is truly a great feeling.” 

He has lived in Nashville since 2000 and serves on several boards of directors in Middle Tennessee.  He is past president of the Middle Tennessee Boy Scout Council and served as chairman of the American Heart Association’s 2010 Nashville Heart Walk.  He is also a member of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, Tennessee Chapter.

Mr. Emkes and his wife, Conchi, have a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Astrid.  They are members of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood.

The commissioner’s last day will be May 31.  The governor has begun a search for his replacement.


Business After Hours And Ridgeland High School Artists Reception Will Be May 12

The Walker County Chamber will host the Business After Hours and the Ridgeland High School Artists Reception – Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America celebrates the connection between Amercians and sports in our heritage. The event will be at the 6th Cavalry Museum on May 12, from 4-6 p.m. Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, ... (click for more)

Senator David Perdue Says The Debt Crisis Is Directly Impacting The Ability To Protect The Nation

Senator David Perdue, a member of the Senate Budget and Foreign Relations Committees, on Thursday highlighted the impact the federal debt crisis is having on the country’s ability to support the military and protect the nation.   Here are highlights: Responsibly Funding The Federal Government:  “The primary role of Congress is to responsibly fund the federal ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Firefighter Arrested For Robbery Of Hixson Convenience Store

The Chattanooga Police Department has arrested a Chattanooga firefighter in connection with a robbery on Sunday morning. The firefighter has been identified as Steven Kyle Ratledge. Firefighter Ratledge was assigned to Station 19 in Hixson and has been with the department for approximately 3 1/2 years. Firefighter Ratledge has been placed on leave without pay as the investigation ... (click for more)

Rescuers Help Man After He Falls 30 Feet From Signal Bluff

Rescuers helped a man back up after he fell 30 feet on a Signal Mountain bluff on Saturday night. However, he was not seriously injured. At 11 p.m., a 911 call was made reporting the fall. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to 1425 East Brow Road. When rescue personnel arrived on the scene, they reported a 25-year-old male had fallen 30 feet off the side of ... (click for more)

Being Proactive With Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. It affects an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide,  There is no cure for Parkinson’s, and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Source: National Parkinson’s Foundation  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In May

Back when we were kids this day’s battle cry was, “Hooray, hooray for the First of May! Outdoor swimming starts today! With temperatures in the high 80s and we dive in to a new month, our monthly walk in a garden heavy with spring time pollen looks promising … AN ORCHID for the movie “Rocky” on its 40 th anniversary: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t ... (click for more)