Announcement made Thursday --
Mt. Juliet native Charity Toombs has been named the marketing director for Wilson County's forthcoming 78,000-square-foot EXPO Center, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto announced Thursday, Sept. 24.
A graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, Toombs graduated summa cum laude from Tennessee Technological University in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree in professional communications with a minor in business communications.
"I am delighted to begin this challenging yet exciting next chapter for Wilson County as I take on the role of marketing manager for the Wilson County EXPO Center," Toombs said. "The opportunity to spearhead a project that will be an integral part of the county's growth is truly an honor."
Toombs' experience has come through various roles in marketing, business development, advertising and consulting. She joins the county from 12th and Broad, a Gannett Company geared toward young professionals in Davidson County, where she served as the advertising and sponsorship manager.
In that role, she developed new sales territory, increased market share, doubled revenue and new Nashville brand sales from $0 to $1.5 million, according to a news release issued by Hutto's office. She previously worked with Sandusky Newspaper Group in Wilson County and aided in the launch of "East of the City, a glossy magazine affiliated with The Lebanon Democrat. She also spent time working as marketing manager for The Democrat and The Mt. Juliet News, as well as with Sharing Spree and Minor Jewelry.
"Charity will be an asset to the community," Jeff Joines, chairman of the Wilson County Agriculture Center Management Committee said. "Her experiences and background will be a great benefit in this versatile role."
Wilson County Human Resources received 29 applications for the position. From those applications, the committee interviewed five candidates.
The hiring committee included Hutto, Joines, Agriculture Center Director Larry Tomlinson, Wilson County Finance Committee Chairman Mike Justice, Wilson County Tourism Committee Chairman Wendell Marlowe, Human Resources Generalist Bethany Massey and Williamson County EXPO Center Director Kenny Wallace.
The EXPO Center will consist of a main exhibit hall and four multi-purpose rooms able to be broken into sections. The facility will accommodate trade shows, banquets, concerts, sports and other events. It is expected to be finished by early fall 2016.
According to Hutto's office, Toombs will begin work on Oct. 12, booking events for next year's calendar.