Bob Corker grew up in Chattanooga. He attended public schools and
began working at an early age. Throughout his teenage years, he
worked bagging ice in a local freezer plant, worked at the Western
Auto store, and then as a construction laborer.
from the University of Tennessee in 1974 with a Bachelor
of Science degree in industrial management. After working
four years as a construction superintendent and saving $8,000,
he started his own construction company. His first big break
came with a contract to build drive-through windows for Krystal
construction business became very successful and eventually
completed projects in over 18 states. In 1999, he acquired
Osborne Building Corporation and Stone Fort Land Company, the
two largest and most historic real estate companies in Chattanooga.
interest in public service is the continuation of a commitment
he made over 20 years ago. After traveling with his church
on a mission trip to Haiti he recognized a duty to offer
his time and talent in public service. Following the mission
trip, Mr. Corker began a series of initiatives that involved
the Chattanooga community. He founded the non-profit Chattanooga
Neighborhood Enterprise that has helped over 10,000 families
through low-interest loans or personal training become homeowners.
Mr. Corker was appointed Commissioner of Finance and Administration
for the State of Tennessee. Among his responsibilities were
the preparation and implementation of Tennessee's $13 billion
state budget and overseeing the general operations of the
he was elected Mayor of Chattanooga. Through Mayor Corker's
efforts, violent crime in Chattanooga is half what it was
in 2001, the city budget is lean and balanced and tax rates
are poised to become the lowest since the 1950's. Since he
took office, over $2 billion has been privately invested
in the community and teachers in some of Chattanooga's most
challenging schools are now rewarded with incentive pay,
a results-oriented effort that has dramatically raised student
achievement. Departments of city government are now judged
and held accountable by how well they serve the taxpayer.
By applying conservative leadership principles and a businessman's
focus on results, Mayor Corker has made Chattanooga one of
the most admired cities in the nation.
and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married for 18 years.
They have two daughters, Julia and Emily, and live
in North Chattanooga.
Chattanoogan, Mr. Jolley was born in 1928, and graduated from the
University of Chattanooga in 1951. He attended Chattanooga Central
High School and the University of Chattanooga during World War
II. His first job during this period was working in his father's
from college, Mr. Jolley and his father-in-law, Horace E. Collins,
started a construction business. This firm, H. E. Collins Contracting
Company, completed many projects in Chattanooga area including
the West Wing at Erlanger Hospital, additions to Hutcheson
Memorial Hospital in Rossville, and additions to the Hamilton
Memorial Hospital in Dalton.
company also constructed the downtown YMCA, the Gateway Professional
Building, Brainerd Village Shopping Center, several housing
projects, and wind tunnel projects at the AEDC in Tullahoma,
served in several capacities in the Chattanooga Chapter of
Associated General Contractors, and was president of this
organization in 1964. He was a member of the Junior Chamber
of Commerce, served in the Tennessee National Guard for over
10 years, and is a multi-engine instrument rated pilot.
he retired as president of the H. E. Collins Contracting
Company, and began the EMJ Corporation. This company was
organized for the primary purpose of constructing shopping
centers for a firm headed by Moses Lebovitz, Joel Solomon,
and Charles Lebovitz, a company now known as CBL and Associates.
until 1994, EMJ Corporation constructed over 200 shopping
centers, and was listed as the largest retail builder in
the country by the National Mall Monitor Magazine in 1994.
Local projects include Northgate Mall and Hamilton Place
Mall. Other malls include The Avenues in Jacksonville, Florida;
Cool Springs Mall and Center in Franklin, Tennessee; and
Madison Square in Huntsville, Alabama. EMJ maintains offices
in Chattanooga, Dallas, Texas, and Boston, Massachusetts.
retired in 1994, and the company has had continued growth,
recently completing Covenant Transport Headquarters, US Express
Headquarters, the Natatorium at Baylor School, and is presently
completing the addition to the Hunter Museum of American
is a board member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chattanooga,
a golf course rater for the Tennessee Golf Association, and
a supporter of UTC athletics. He finds time to play golf
several times each week, skis three weeks each year, and
builds and flies radio-controlled model airplanes.
H. Morris, Sr.
H. Morris, Sr. founded Progressive Drugs of America in 1963, M&M
Plastics in 1973 and M&M Industries in 1985.
returned to Rome, Georgia in late 1945 after serving in World
War II as a boatswain mate, 1st Class. During the war, he piloted
a landing craft that carried in soldiers and supplies on eight
invasions including Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima and North Africa.
began work as a salesman for Southern Dairies in Rome, Georgia,
where he made deliveries in the morning; put on a suit and
sold in the afternoon, and put himself through school at night.
later worked as a salesman for Rexall Drugs. In 1963 Mr. Morris
began packaging over-the-counter remedies under the name Progressive
Drugs of America or PDA. After learning of the need for a child-resistant
bottle cap for prescription drugs, Mr. Morris worked to patent
designs on closures, many of which are still used today. When
no other company wanted to pay for Mr. Morris's patents, he
plunged into debt and began making and marketing the closures
himself. He began M&M Plastics in 1973 and changed the
prescription vial market. He took on competition from numerous "big" companies
and won a market share. After much struggle, M&M Plastics
became a profitable, growing company.
Mr. Morris sold M&M Plastics and had earlier relinquished
PDA and tried retirement. After one year, Mr. Morris invited
his son, Glenn, Jr., to begin another business, Morris Enterprises,
which later was named M&M Industries. M&M Industries
is a plastic company that manufactures Mr. Morris's patented
Life Latch containers for packaging of hazardous chemicals.
Industries is located in Lookout Valley. Mr. Morris has patents
on a new child-resistant prescription package and is currently
beginning to market "Quick-Wash," a portable washing
a Christian, is 81 years old and has been married to his
wife, Fayne11, for 61 years. They have three children: Glenda
Rothberg, Gloria Pappalardo and Glenn Morris, Jr. and nine
formal education consists of graduating early from a country
school in Waxx, Georgia, and attending some night classes
off campus at the University of Georgia in Rome in 1947 and