JJeremyeremy Tate is a senior studying Business Analytics with a concentration in Marketing from Lebanon, TN. This is his fourth year to be apart of CEO. One of his visions for CEO is to grow it into a well-known organization on campus that unites the entrepreneurial community under one name.  He is very interested in networking with likeminded individuals.




Christopher Saah is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Dr. H. Lee Martin’s Entrepreneurial Engineering program.  He comes from a large family of Knoxville Entrepreneurs, and he just recently learned how to spell the word entrepreneur.  He is very excited to see CEO grow into a well known student organization that spurs innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.

Vice President



Daniel Lawhon is a senior studying electrical engineering and physics. This is his second year as Director of Development for CEO. His plan for CEO is to focus on fostering an atmosphere of entrepreneurship and creativity throughout UT and Knoxville by recruiting, training, and aiding entrepreneurs in how to get their ideas off of paper and into the market.



Emily Bright is a junior studying finance or accounting with a minor in business management. She is from Oak Ridge, TN and her entrepreneurial goal is to form a national company and to be a millionaire at age 27! She loves to shop, cook, travel, and be completely spontaneous. She also wants a St. Bernard dog more than anything.




Mitchell Poythress is a senior studying Business Management with a collateral in Entrepreneurship. He’s from Nashville, TN and this is his second year involved with CEO. He was a winner in the Fall 2012 Vol Court for his business idea Food Find. Mitchell hopes to CEO become one of the main clubs on campus and hopes to help budding entrepreneurs’ get their start!

Committee Member


gmjVCaVdAzXAO6jQEkuC_qaHtSrkBiNqEzXmg2SBJNAAndrew Pliagas is a senior studying Marketing and a Knoxville native. Andrew first became involved with CEO at the start of the Fall 2012 semester; his election to the Executive Board followed a month later. He is putting his seven years of communications and marketing experience with organizations inside and outside the UT community to work raising awareness of CEO and its mission. Andrew hopes to channel his entrepreneurial aspirations into the automotive industry.




Jennifer Brown is a senior studying Human Resource Management with a collateral in Entrepreneurship. She is from Clarksville, TN. Her entrepreneurial goal is to graduate from business school and become an owner of either a dance studio or be the head HR personnel in her own business. Aside from her entrepreneurial goals, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and playing tennis.

VP Social Media


Professor Tom Graves earned his B.S. in Business from Virginia Tech and MBA from East Tennessee State University. Prior to retiring to Knoxville he spent 33 years in various sales and marketing management positions with Caterpillar Inc. Much of his career was spent outside the USA working with Caterpillar dealers and customers in developing areas of the world. He also owned and managed an art and antique business in Hong Kong. His interest in entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial business planning and plan implementation stems from having developed two internal ventures for Caterpillar, working in management positions in two other “start-up operations”, as well as consulting with several dealers in developing strategic plans for establishing new rental operations. His years overseas have also given him a keen interest in the challenges faced by managers living and working outside their home base.

Faculty Advisor


Dr. H. Lee Martin was recently hired by the University of Tennessee Knoxville to create the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program for the College of Engineering. He is a successful entrepreneur, holder of 20 US patents, author of the book “Techonomics” and a mentor of many area entrepreneurs. While a student at UT in the 70’s, he received the highest student honor (Torchbearer) and he was recognized as the National Young Engineer of the Year by NSPE in 1986. He has received two Research and Development RD100 awards for innovation in product design and started a company that went public in the NASDAQ exchange creating technology for virtual internet home tours.

Faculty Advisor- Engineering


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