State hospitality association fills Walt Baker’s spot

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 1:42pm
Staff reports

The Tennessee Hospitality Association tapped Metro Councilman Greg Adkins to replace its disgraced former executive.

Adkins, who represents District 26 on the Metro Council, will serve as THA's CEO, leaving the Tennessee Public Transportation Association, where he has been the executive director since 2007.

He replaces Walt Baker, who was fired after sending out an email comparing first lady Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee.

Prior to his work with the TPTA, Adkins served as legislative services manager for the state transportation department.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Greg’s background and experience in association management and government relations to be joining us,” said Bill Mish, general manager of the Doubletree Hotel Chattanooga and president of the hospitality association. “He understands our mission and will be a great asset to our team and to our members."

Adkins will start work on July 14.

Adkins is also president of the board of directors for the Tennessee County Services Association, a statewide organization of mayors, county legislators and county highway officials, and continues as a board member of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association.

1 Comment on this post:

By: govskeptic on 6/16/10 at 5:01

Another lobbyist serving as elected representative as well. I see hugh
conflicts in these type arrangements, but the fact is, we have these in
all legislative bodies across the state. How does one seperate those
interest of those which butters his bread from the average non associated taxpayers? Answer-Taxpayer loose!