Guest Speakers

ETSU student Entrepreneurs’ Club meeting to host April Eads

JOHNSON CITY — The East Tennessee State University student Entrepreneurs’ Club will welcome April Eads as its speaker on Monday, November 3, at 5 p.m. in room 322 of Sam Wilson Hall.

Eads’ topic will be “Entrepreneurship in Existing Organizations: Transforming a Power Company into an Essential Services Company.”

Eads is the business development manager for Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES). She began her career at BTES in 1996 in the Customer Service Department, later moving to the Engineering Department. Several years later, she was promoted to business development manager, where she manages the Key Accounts Program and works with community partners in assisting local industry by facilitating resources that encourage job growth and capital investment in the community.

A recipient of the ETSU College of Business and Technology 2013 Horizon Award, Eads received both  Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Science degrees from ETSU after earning an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology degree from Northeast State Community College.

In addition, Eads graduated from Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). There are only 1,200 people in the country with the CEcD credential, and only 30 of those reside in Tennessee.

The public is invited to this free program. Directions to Sam Wilson Hall can be found by visiting For additional information, contact Mitzi Brookshear at or (423) 439-7444. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.