November 8, 2018
Governor-Elect Bill Lee Announces Transition Team and Inaugural Leadership
With Tuesday's successful election behind him, Governor-elect Bill Lee (R) began the process of preparing himself to succeed current Governor Bill Haslam (R) in January by announcing the key members of his Transition Team and Inaugural Committee on Thursday.
Governor-elect Bill Lee has selected four trusted advisors from his campaign to comprise the Senior Leadership for his Transition Team. These four individuals will be working closely with Governor-elect Lee to guide him through the process of selecting his first cabinet.
Butch Eley will serve as Chairman of the Transition Team. Prior to joining the Transition Team, Eley served as the Chief Growth Officer of DBI Services, a leading provider of performance-driven operations, maintenance and asset management services. In addition to his work at DBI Services, Eley is perhaps best known in Tennessee for founding Infrastructure Corporation of America, a leading infrastructure asset management firm. During the Bill Lee for Governor campaign, Eley served on the campaign's Business Advisory Coalition.
Blake Harris will serve as the Executive Director of the Transition Team. Prior to joining the Transition Team, Harris worked as an attorney and general political consultant. During the Bill Lee for Governor Campaign, Harris was responsible for developing the campaign strategy that ultimately propelled Governor-elect Lee to victory.
Chris Devaney will serve as Deputy Director and Legislative Liaison for the Transition Team. Prior to joining the Transition Team, Devaney worked in the non-profit sector as the Executive Director of CNP Hati, a Christian mission organization focused on preventing childhood malnutrition. Devaney is best known in Tennessee as the former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, a position he held from 2009-2015. Devaney has also served as a senior aide to Senator Bob Corker (R) and former Senator Fred Thompson (R). During the Bill Lee for Governor Campaign, Devaney served in the role of Campaign Manager.
Laine Arnold will serve as the Transition Team's Press Secretary. Prior to joining the Transition Team, Arnold held the same role for Governor-elect Lee's general election campaign. Prior to joining the Bill Lee for Governor Campaign, Arnold was the Press Secretary for Randy Boyd's gubernatorial campaign in 2017-18.
The Transition Team rolled out a new website on Wednesday that includes detailed information about the Governor-elect's policy priorities, a section where Tennesseans can apply to work for the new administration, and a section where Tennesseans can share their own ideas with the Governor-elect's Transition Team.
The website can be accessed by clicking the link below:
In addition to announcing the Senior Leadership for his Transition Team, Governor-elect Lee also announced the two key leaders of his Inaugural Committee on Thursday. The two individuals selected by Governor-elect Lee will be responsible for heading up the planning and coordination of the inaugural activities that will take place across Tennessee heading into the Governor-elect's swearing-in ceremony and celebration at the state capitol in Nashville on January 19, 2019.
Stuart McWhorter will serve as Chairman of the Inaugural Committee. McWhorter served as the Finance Chairman of the Bill Lee for Governor Campaign. McWhorter currently serves as the Chairman and President of Clayton Associates in Brentwood, Tennessee, an investment management company primarily focused on the early stage investment cycle in the healthcare and technology sectors.
Kim Kaegi will serve as the Executive Director of the Inaugural Committee. Kaegi served as a fundraising consultant for Governor-elect Lee's general election campaign. Kaegi is a well-respected and successful campaign fundraising consultant. Prior to working for Governor-elect Lee, Kaegi led the fundraising efforts for Governor Bill Haslam. Kaegi also led both of Governor Haslam's inaugural celebrations in 2011 and 2015.
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