R. Lynn Shipley, Jr.
2004 Award of Honor
R. Lynn Shipley graduated from ETSU in 1972 with a degree in Business Education after serving briefly in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating, Shipley began working at Signet Bank in Bristol, Va., as a Management Trainee.
Shipley quickly rose through the ranks at Signet Bank, eventually becoming a vice president and senior lending officer in just ten years.
Shipley made a lateral move in 1984 to First American National Bank. However, by 1992, Shipley was named President of First American's Tri-Cities region. In 1996, Shipley was named Chairman of First American's Tri-Cities Advisory Board of Directors.
In 1999, First American became part of AmSouth Bank. The merger was completed in April 2000. During that time, Shipley provided the market leadership for the conversion. He also was the key communicator with employees and customers.
In addition to an impressive career path, Shipley has a history of extensive community involvement efforts. His efforts include service to his alma mater, as he is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the ETSU Alumni Association.
In the late 1970s, he served as president of the Bristol Life Saving Crew (BLSC), which became the Mobile Coronary Care unit during his tenure. The BLSC was the first advanced life support service between Nashville and Richmond. Shipley was in the first class of cardiac technicians in the BLSC, and served until 1996.
Also, Shipley co-founded the Tri-Cities United Way Day of Caring in 1992, which began with 100 volunteers. Since that time, the effort has grown into a full week's worth of activities with over 1500 volunteers working on projects throughout the Tri-Cities each year.
In 1993, as president of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Shipley initiated a regional program where the three chambers in the Tri-Cities place one of their directors on the other two chambers' boards. This program is still in existence. Also during this time, Shipley led the task force charged with bringing a new hotel and project developer to what is now the Marriott MeadowView Hotel, Resort and Conference Center.
Additionally, he chaired the Model City Coalition in the late 1990s. This coalition was responsible for developing a plan for the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown Kingsport. A number of the recommendations of the coalition have been implemented and the plan continues to be a guiding force in the redevelopment of the city.
Shipley currently belongs to several civic groups, including: Girls Incorporated of Kingsport (Chairman), Kingsport Economic Development Board, Greater Tri-Cities Business Alliance, Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, Northeast State Technical Community College Foundation, and the United Way "Week of Caring."
Previously, Shipley belonged to the ETSU Advisory Board for the Chair of Banking, Virginia Title Corporation (Director), United Way of Kingsport (Past President & Director), Boy Scouts of America (Executive Board of Sequoyah Council), Kingsport Tomorrow (Vision Council Board), Wellmont Health System Foundation (Board of Directors), FunFest (Chairman), Holston Valley Health Care Corporation (Board of Directors), Tri-Cities TN/VA Regional Chamber Coalition (Chairman), United Way of Kingsport (Campaign Chairman), Kingsport Chamber – Economic Development Council (Chairman), Rotary Club of Kingsport, Tennessee Economic Partnership (Sullivan County Chairman), Kingsport Chapter of the American Red Cross – J. Fred Society (Chairman), Bristol Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Tomorrow, United Way of Bristol (Board of Directors & Chairman of the Evaluation and Admissions Committee), Bristol Chamber of Commerce (Director & Legislative Task Force Chair), and the Governor's Advisory Council for Emergency Medical Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia.