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Michael Bird A native-born Texan, Michael graduated from Texas Tech University in 1981, with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. He followed his BS with an MBA from University of Memphis. CFP designation, ChFC and multiple certifications from the Institute for Business and Finance, including specialties in income distribution and investments. Michael began his career in manufacturing before moving into financial planning, which makes his approach more analytical than most. He has held various leadership positions in many organizations, including President-elect, FPA of Memphis, before moving to Johnson City in 2007 and has most recently served as Treasurer for the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport. Michael conducted a weekly financial radio show on WJCW, 910 AM from 2011 to 2013. Michael is currently serving clients at Secure Money Matters in Bristol, TN.
Betsy Cunningham
Bob Gardner Professor and Graduate Coordinator (interim) Mathematics and Statistics
Sam Ross Born and educated in Pensacola, FL, Sam graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harding University in 1979, with a BS degree in Business Management. He followed his BS with an MBA from Tennessee Tech. He holds a Masters Degree in Financial Services from the American College. Sam began his career with MetLife as a financial services representative. He has held various management positions during his past twenty-five years in the Tri-Cities area. He has set many company and industry sales records, qualifying for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table seven times. He has held various officer positions in many of the local professional organizations. Sam is currently serving clients at Secure Money Matters in Bristol, TN.
Rob Russell Rob Russell is currently the Director for the Center of Academic Achievement at East Tennessee State University. He also appeared on the game show Jeopardy in November of 2015. He was previously director of the former ETSU Writing and Communication Center. He teaches an American literature course in the Department of Literature and Language each semester, and is a guitarist, singer and songwriter for the band The JV Squad.
Pat Williams
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