Board of Directors draws 2 more community leaders

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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors has grown by two this season. New members include recently-elected Patricia Bible, Founder/CEO of KaTom Restaurant Supply and Christian Corts, Regional VP of BB&T.

A native of Greenville, S.C., Corts received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Samford University. He was as a board member for The Children’s Museum of the Upstate; a trustee of South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; and is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina. He has served as a trustee of the Houston Grand Opera and as a banking advisory board member of the University of Houston, Bauer School of Business. Since 2008, Christian Corts has held various positions with BB&T in Winston-Salem, N.C., Houston, TX and South Carolina as a regional corporate banker and regional corporate banking manager. In March of 2018, Corts was named Tennessee Regional President, based out of Knoxville.



Patricia Bible has grown a company founded out of necessity in a home garage in Russellville in the 1980s into the 14th-largest firm in its industry. KaTom Restaurant Supply provides just about everything you need to start a food-service business, except for the food. The Kodak-based company, now run with the assistance of Patricia’s two children Charley and Paula, was recently named to the Inc. magazine list of America’s fastest-growing companies for the tenth consecutive year.

Patricia loves to stay active and enjoys spending time with friends and family, including 8-year-old grandson Jack. She is also an active member of the Carson-Newman University Board of Trustees, Sevier County Economic Development Council Board of Directors, University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Development Advisory Board, United Way of Sevier County Board of Directors, and Committee of 200, an international organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership in business.

“Music allows an opening in one’s soul that compliments the pureness of our existence,” said Bible. “A thriving orchestra benefits our community and enhances the greatness of our next generation. Additionally, music education offers a complimentary gift to all other components of our journey through life.

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