Creating a Sense of Community Throughout The Appalachian Highlands

June 2017

Mitch Walters CEO, Friendship Family of Dealerships Growing up in Ohio, Mitch Walters’ first job was a lawn mowing business and a Kool-Aid stand; both experiences that helped shape the boy into the man he is today. “As long as I can remember, I have worked and I expect I

Frank Waldo Co-Owner, Tele-optics, Inc. Appalachian Miles for Smiles Frank Waldo has a heart for giving back and a heart for the Tri-Cities area. His mother is from Kingsport and his father is from California, but growing up in the military, they were always on the move. After Frank finished serving in

Ernie Rumsby President, TC-MAC Scrappy. Tenacious. Persistent. Warm. Caring. These are just a few of the words that can be used to describe Ernie Rumsby, President of Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council or TC-MAC. Originally from Detroit, Ernie cut his teeth on the mean streets of the motor city during the 1960s: a

Steve LaHair Owner, Chef's Pizzeria Stephen LaHair started folding pizza boxes at the local pizzeria when he was thirteen years old. When he moved to the Tri-Cities area he was given the opportunity to work for Dennis and Bobbie Phillips and the rest, they say, is history. Having lived in the area, with