September 9th: Dr. Jon Rysewyk, Superintendent

Jon Rysweck, Knox County Schools Superintendent

Dr. Jon Rysewyk returns to visit the North Knoxville Business and Professional Association meeting on September 9th. While Rysewyk was principal at Fulton he was also a member of the NKBPA and we are looking forward to spending some time with him in September.

Rysewyk began his education career as a teaching intern at Bearden High School, and went on to serve as a science teacher, department head and assistant principal. In 2008, he was hired as Executive Principal at Fulton High School, at the same time that the school was being reconstituted by the State of Tennessee.

During his time as principal at Fulton, Dr. Rysewyk led the implementation of small learning communities, which were designed to foster a sense of belonging among students and improve academic performance. Graduation rates rose significantly during his tenure, and the school saw students from every testing group make “adequate yearly progress” according to state standards.

Dr. Rysewyk went on to serve as the district’s Supervisor of Secondary Education and Executive Director of Innovation and School Improvement, before being hired as the founding director of Emerald Academy. In 2017, he returned to Knox County Schools, where he served as assistant superintendent and chief academic officer.

In 2007, Dr. Rysewyk received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. In 2010, he participated in the Leadership Knoxville program; was recognized by the Greater Knoxville Business Journal as part of its “40 Under 40” Class; and received the University of Tennessee’s William J. and Lucille H. Field Award for Excellence in Tennessee Secondary School Leadership.

Larry Cox and Homstead Inc. will be our breakfast sponsor this month. If you would like to sponsor a breakfast email Ethan Kirk ekirk@emeraldyouth.org.

We will be taking donations for VMC’s new Caswell Manor. See below.

Don’t forget it is almost time to elect the 2023-2024 Board members. We are taking nominations now. You must be a member and be able to commit to helping out for the next 2 years. We need good people who care about our local businesses and the community. If you are interested send an email to nkbpa.info at gmail.com

We are taking nominations for board positions.

These are the current Board Positions and their roles in the group:

Board of Directors Officer Positions:

President – Preside over both Board of Director and Membership meetings occurring monthly. A spokesperson for the NKBPA.

Vice President – Steps into the role of President when necessary and gives support to all activities of the Board of Directors.

Secretary – Records and maintains files of meeting minutes for monthly board meetings. Maintain a list of the current Board of Directors and send out reminders of scheduled meetings, sharing the agenda and financial report.

Treasurer – Charge, and custody of NKBPA funds.

Additional Positions and Roles:

Immediate Past President

Communications – Sends out newsletter and meeting invitations to the membership each month, updates website information, and creates an Eventbrite for registration and social media. Coordinate updates and information with the membership chair.

Membership – Keep a current list of NKBPA members and coordinate production of the Directory.

Fulton Liaison – Create monthly content for Fulton Radio and set up Business Spotlight recordings.

Programs – Coordinate monthly speakers and meeting locations.

Breakfast Sponsors – Recruit and compile a list of potential breakfast sponsors. Help with the delivery and set up of food and beverages. Collaborate with the Programs Chair.

Greeting Committee – Recruit a couple smiling faces to welcome folks each month. Arrive early to set up directional signs.

Fundraising and Events – Lead the efforts for proposed events and recruit the help of membership.

July 8: Nonprofit July

Calling our Non-profit members. We’re switching it up for the month of July. We want to spotlight our nonprofit members. We will have a series of short nonprofit member spotlights showcasing our community of those who pour their hearts into our city for the good of others. The first 15 nonprofits will get 3 minutes each to tell us why they do the work they do. So my nonprofit friends, submit your organization TODAY. Email NKBPA.info@gmail.com if you are interested in participating. YOU MUST BE AN NKBPA MEMBER.

Come learn about what they are doing and see if there is a place our members would like to get involved.

The meeting location is to be determined, but we will notify everyone as soon as we have that location.

Non-profits please arrive at 7:45am on JULY 8. The meeting will adjourn at 9am. SO NO GOING OVER YOUR 3-MINUTE TIME SLOT.

We are also looking for a breakfast sponsor this month. If you want to sponsor email Ethan Kirk ekirk@emeraldyouth.org.

Bart McFadden of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley on April 8th

Join us at our monthly membership meeting to learn more about the work of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Our Speaker will be president and CEO of the club, Bart McFadden. McFadden has a long history of service to youth through Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations and is a club alumnus, having attended Boys & Girls Clubs in Johnson City, Tennessee, as a child. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in sports management from East Tennessee State University.

Bart McFadden

Bart McFadden

  • When: April 8th
  • Time: Networking and breakfast 7:45 am, meeting begins at 8, adjourns at 9 am
  • Where: 957 Irwin Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, visit https://bgctnv.org/.

Meeting Schedule for 2022

Mark your calendars for this year’s meetings. Join us on the 2nd Friday, of every month at 8am.

Here are the dates to add to your calendar:

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

Locations and upcoming speakers to be determined. We hope you can join us.