Regional Business Coordinator
Teresa Smith is a Regional Business Coordinator located in Johnson City. She conducts outreach and marketing activities within the business community to promote the benefits of employing people with disabilities. She provides professional development and employment services to assist Tennessee businesses in recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified employees. She works in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services to increase employment opportunities for individuals served by this state agency. Teresa has been in this role since 2003.
She is a graduate from East Tennessee State University where she received her BBA in human resources management. Teresa has over nine years of human resources experience. She was the Human Resources Manager at Hurd Corporation in Greeneville, TN where she was responsible for contract administration in a 200-employee union manufacturing facility. In the position of Human Resources Manager for Best Manufacturing in Johnson City, TN, she managed a dynamic workforce, hired over 400 employees, and developed contingent workforce strategies. During this time, Teresa recruited and hired several employees with disabilities. In both positions, she was responsible for legal compliance including ADA, hiring, training, benefits, workers’ compensation and the safety/environmental programs. Teresa is a member of the Northeast Tennessee Diversity in Employment Consortium and Business Services Teams in Local Workforce Development Areas 1 & 2. In addition, she is a member of the Bristol and Elizabethton Chambers of Commerce.