shown: Virgin Falls, Sparta Tennessee
Director, Business Programs, USDA - Rural Development
A native Tennessean - graduated Hendersonville High School - 1982 and the University of Tennessee - Knoxville 1986. Began work for the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA - note FmHA is the predecessor agency to Rural Development, April of 1987 in Morgan County, Tennessee as an assistant county supervisor. Also served as county supervisor for FmHA in Scott, Blount, Knox and Sevier Counties. In 1990, transferred to the FmHA state office as a program analyst, which included service as the agency management control officer, appeals coordinator, public information coordinator and freedom of information officer. Transferred to the rural business-cooperative service (RBS) as a rural business and cooperative development specialist in April 1997. Named RBS program director for Tennessee in August 1998. RBS is one of the three federal agencies which make up the USDA mission area of rural development. RBS provides a wide array of loan, grants and technical assistance programs, which focus on job growth, business development and cooperative assistance in rural Tennessee. Currently resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his three children. Congressman David Davis - see photo attached David Davis, elected to the 110th Congress in 2006, to his first term as the representative of the First Congressional District in Tennessee, is a strong advocate for the people of East Tennessee. He is a member of the Small Business Committee, Education and Labor Committee, Homeland Security Committee and the Republican House Policy Committee. With 8 years of experience from 1998-2006 in the Tennessee State Legislature, Davis is known as the "Father of Open Government" in Tennessee. He sponsored legislation to raise accountability standards of government. Davis served on the Tennessee State House Transportation Committee, House Government Operations Committee, House Public Safety and Rural Roads Subcommittee, and was Chairman of Commerce, Labor, and Transportation Sub Committee. A critic of unnecessary growth of government, Davis was a leader against the state income tax in Tennessee. Davis was raised in Limestone Cove, Tennessee, where he worked his way through college to become a Respiratory Therapist. He received his Respiratory Therapy Certification from East Tennessee State University in 1979 and an A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy from California College in 1983. Later, Davis would receive a B.S. in Organizational Management from Milligan College in 1991. Davis married the former Joyce Engle in 1980; together they have two children, Matthew and Rachel. Managing several hospitals, Davis decided to take great personal risk and start his own business. His business, Advanced Homecare was named #1 in the country for patient care. After selling that business in the early 1990's, Davis started another healthcare company, Shared Health Services, which provides wound-care and hyperbaric oxygen and healthcare services. Davis is a member of Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.