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Six innovators, leaders named to Business and Technology Hall of Fame

Contributed • Jan 3, 2020 at 5:45 PM

The significant career accomplishments of six professionals and graduates of East Tennessee University were highlighted during the College of Business and Technology Hall of Fame Awards ceremony held earlier this fall.

The college presented three categories of awards – Horizon Award, Award of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement Award – to alumni with noteworthy achievements in business, technology and public or community service.

• Jim Harlan and Stanley P. Williams were both recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harlan is an East Tennessee native and recent retiree who served as the vice president of integrated global supply chain at Eastman until 2015.

He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1979, obtained his MBA from ETSU in 1987 and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University’s School of Business in 2003.

For 40 years, Harlan successfully filled a variety of technical and executive leadership positions within engineering, operations, business and supply chain, spanning 12 countries and four continents for Eastman.

He was recognized by Supply Chain Insights as having a “Supply Chain to Admire” in both 2014 and 2015. Also in 2015, DC Velocity named Harlan as a “2015 Rainmaker” for contributions and advancements to the logistics profession.

Harlan and his wife, Donna, reside in Jonesborough and have two daughters, Katherine and Rebecca, and two granddaughters, Lily and Magnolia.

• Stanley Williams graduated from ETSU in 1969 with a B.S. in marketing and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-71.

In 1979, Williams founded Technical Sales Corporation and became the youngest manufacturer representative in the country. TSC originated pre-fabricated sewage pump stations in the late 1980s and became the leader in the industry.

Williams was also one of the founders of the Sun Coast Utility Contractors Association in 1975 and was named to its Hall of Fame in 1982.

Williams later became the top lending distributor for 19 out of 20 years to EBARA, one of the top six largest pump companies in the world market, and was named to the EBARA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Williams is a member of the Silver Society within the Distinguished President’s Trust at ETSU and currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife.

• Timothy D. Coleman, Bucky Mabe and Mary Gail Manes each received the Award of Excellence, presented to individuals whose work has brought distinction to the College of Business and Technology.

Coleman is an electronic products professional with 41 years of experience serving the military and commercial electronics markets. In his current role as the director of operations at Industrial Electronics Services Inc. in Gray, Coleman works with the IES team to develop and execute strategic initiatives, operational objectives and production goals utilizing LEAN principles.

Through Coleman and his team’s efforts, IES became the first electronics products manufacturing facility in Tennessee to achieve Revision D aerospace certification of the AS9100 standard in September 2017.

Coleman earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology from ETSU, and associate degrees in computer engineering technology and electronic engineering technology from Southwest Tennessee Community College and Northeast State Community College, respectively.

Coleman’s work experience includes Siemens, Federal Express, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Texas Instruments, ITT and DoD/NATO. He worked in the United States, Japan, Germany and Mexico before joining Industrial Electronics Services.

Coleman lives in Kingsport with his wife Teresa. They have three daughters and two granddaughters.

In 2001, Bucky Mabe graduated from ETSU with a major in finance, and in 2005, he partnered with his father, Clarence “Coach” Mabe, founder of S&M Amusements, and a friend to create a new business.

His love of games and family came together with his first owned-and-operated video game arcade, Rockin’ Raceway in Pigeon Forge. The company has since expanded into Florida, Missouri and South Carolina with arcades, a mountain coaster, multiple thrill rides and 7D Dark Ride Adventure rides.

Mabe and his wife, Sarah, have three sons. He is actively involved with Special Olympics, the Buddy Walk and a supporter of the Gray Community Chest.

Mary Gail Manes graduated summa cum laude with a degree in computer science from ETSU and later obtained a master’s degree in computer science, software engineering. Additionally, Manes became a Certified Information Systems Security Professional in 2002.

After graduating from ETSU, Manes held numerous positions supporting the U.S. Department of Energy and in 1994 she assumed a management position in the Computer and Information Security Department and was responsible for both classified and unclassified computer security programs.

Manes later served as manager and senior manager at Ernst & Young’s cybersecurity consulting practice, and eventually led the security architecture practice for the Southeast region.

In March 2001, she and three colleagues founded Itillious Inc., a cybersecurity consulting company. Manes became the president and CEO of the company in 2003.

Itillious Inc. provides consulting and assessment services for numerous clients, many of which are Fortune 100 companies and businesses in the health care and energy sectors.

Manes currently lives in White, Georgia, with her husband, Dave, and their son.

• The Horizon Award is presented to graduates of the College of Business and Technology establishing noteworthy careers in business. The 2019 recipient is Jay Terry.

After completing his bachelor of business administration degree at ETSU, Jay Terry began his medical device sales career with Mizuho OSI as an account manager.

Terry was named “Rookie of the Year” for setting new sales records for his territory and placed second in sales among all account managers.

After two years, Terry was promoted to enterprise business manager and won the “President's Club” honor for two consecutive years before leaving Mizuho OSI to start his own business, J-Go Tech.

Some of J-Go Tech’s products have been listed as Amazon top-sellers in several countries and featured by influential media outlets in technology.

Terry lives with his wife, Dee, and their two children in southern New Jersey.

To learn more about academic programs available from the ETSU College of Business and Technology, visit www.etsu.edu/cbat.

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