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Clay Walker, CEcD





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Clay Walker is the CEO of NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, where he leads the economic development efforts of Sullivan County, Tennessee, and the marketing and recruitment for neighboring Hawkins County.  He has been in his current position since January 2014.  Over the last four years, NETWORKS and its community partners have been involved with the generation of more than 3,300 primary jobs and became known as "Where Tennessee Begins Its Business Day!"
Walker has some 20 years of economic development experience, having worked at the community and regional levels as well as leading his own consulting firm.  He moved from Kentucky - where he last worked as Vice President, Economic Development for West Kentucky Corporation, a 45-county regional organization - to Tennessee in 2005 when he accepted the position of Executive Director for the Gallatin Economic Development Agency, prior to joining NETWORKS.
Walker was born and grew up in Paducah, Kentucky.  He is a graduate of Murray State University, Oklahoma University's Economic Development Institute, and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).  He is the East Tennessee Director of the Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC), past chairman of the Tennessee Economic Partnership and is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council, the International Economic Development Council, and the National Business Aviation Association.  He has been published in several site selection magazines over the years on topics such as workforce evaluation and development, labor laws, and regional marketing.  In 2017, Walker was recognized as a Top 50 Economic Developer by Consultant Connect.
Walker has a son, Ty, who resides in Leadville, Colorado, where he works in computer gaming when he's not skiing with his dad on one of his visits.  Walker also enjoys the many outdoor activities Northeast Tennessee has to offer, NASCAR, and his beloved Racer basketball.


Michael Parker
Director of Economic Development


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Michael was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, but relocated to Northeast Tennessee to complete his education at East Tennessee State University where he received his bachelor's degree in Political Science as well as his masters in Public Administration. Michael joined the NETWORKS team in February of 2011 and has played an integral role in the organization’s success. He is responsible for attraction/recruitment initiatives, including business retention and expansion.  Among his duties, Michael also leads the Northeast Tennessee Red Carpet Tour, an IEDC award-winning annual familiarization tour that offers site location consultants an opportunity to experience the Southern hospitality and pro-business culture Northeast Tennessee provides.
Michael is a 2014 graduate of Lead Bristol and continues to assist with the organization's economic development program day.
Michael married his wife, Morgan, in August of 2016, and they are the proud parents of a daughter named Lillian and a dog named Oliver.  Oliver can often be found at the NETWORKS office and serves as the honorary mascot for the NETWORKS team.

Ronnie Price
Economic Development Specialist

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Ronnie Price serves as the Economic Development Specialist for NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership.  He brings over 36 years of successful economic development experience to the team, having served as CEO of the Weakley County Economic Development Board for the past 13 years and 23 years before that as the Industrial Developer for the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board.

He has served as President of the Tennessee Economic Development Council, Chairman of the Tennessee Economic Partnership Marketing Committee, Chairman of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Development Association, and is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council.  Ronnie was the recipient of the 2019 TEDC Lifetime Member Award.

Ronnie is a native of Hawkins County Tennessee and grew up in the Rogersville Area. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, with a Degree in Business Administration.   Ronnie and his wife Margaret have a son Steven who lives in Austin, Texas.  He is an avid golfer, reader, and supporter of the University of Tennessee sports teams.



Abby Mease
Workforce Development & Special Projects Coordinator

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Abby Mease is the Administrative Assistant for NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership.  She joined the team in December 2018 and is responsible for all administrative tasks, including meeting planning, vendor relations, office organization, as well as financial duties.

Before joining NETWORKS, Abby worked as the Accounting and Administration Manager for Ovation Polymer Technology and Engineered Materials in Medina, Ohio.  She has also served as the Accounting Manager at SpaceBound and the Assistant Controller at Wyndham Hotels.  Abby earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and with a minor in Sports Medicine from Case Western Reserve University. 

Abby lives in Bulls Gap, Tennessee with her husband, Rob, and their Bernese mountain dog.  She enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, working out, spending time with family, and being exposed to new things.




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