About Our Team

Meet the Summit Team

Welcome to the Summit Companies, a business consulting organization that brings together professionals and resources that can provide the strategic planning and guidance to help businesses reach their goals and realize their vision. Each individual member company includes a collection of professionals with the expertise and resources to meet the specific needs of your organization. These member companies include Summit Management Consultants, Summit Human Resources Consultants, Summit CPA Services, Summit Marketing Consultants,  Summit Risk and Insurance, and Summit Brokerage. Whether you need guidance or assistance in one specific facet of running your organization, or you need a company to help you put together and execute a complete strategy to grow, improve, or protect your business, the professionals at Summit can help you get take your business to the next level.

John Vann

John Vann

John comes to Summit with over 30 years of experience in business. In 1990, John co-founded Clinical Trial Management Services, Inc. (CTMS) a contract research organization in Bristol, Tennessee, serving as its CEO from 2000-2007. In 2007, CTMS became part of...

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Anita Fields

Anita Fields

Anita Fields works as a Staff Accountant for Summit and brings several years of Cost and General Accounting experience to the company.Anita has a B.A. of Economics and Business Administration from King College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a concentration in Accounting. Click here to read more.

John Wade

John Wade

John is a Bristol, Tennessee native with over 25 years of experience in management and information technology.  John graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in Business. He started his career in the manufacturing sector and gained experience in production management, industrial engineering, and project management. Click here for more

Brad Logan

Brad Logan

Brad brings more than 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. He began his career with a regional accounting firm as an auditor serving companies in many different industries, including non-profit, education, healthcare, government, and banking. Click here for more

Dick Brabham

Dick Brabham

Dick Brabham has over 35 years professional HR leadership experience in industry, plus several years consulting experience. Dick brings an extensive background in HR strategy and execution, including job selections,recruitment and retention, staff development,… Click here for more

James Buckner, CSP, CHMM

James Buckner, CSP, CHMM

James Buckner has 10 years of experience as an Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) and Risk Management Consultant.  Mr.Buckner is currently holds the designations of Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and Associate Safety Professional.

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Hans Kinner

Hans Kinner

Hans is a highly motivated professional with years of experience in business management, procurement/supply chain, contract development and negotiations, cost avoidance and reduction strategies, Six Sigma Black Belt with P&L responsibility of $500M + and procurement spend of $1B+.

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Andy Stacy

Andy Stacy

Andy Stacy is Summit Marketing’s resident design, digital media, and photography specialist, and his client work is world class. A Fall Branch native, he studied at East Tennessee State University and has developed a strong passion for his craft throughout his career. Click here to read more.

Dustin Dugger

Dustin Dugger

A native of Johnson City, Dustin brings over 10 years of experience of business management to the Summit team.  He was the operations manager of a funeral home in East Tennessee for 8 years. Click here to read more

William Teng

William Teng

William Teng received his MBA (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) in Business Administration from the University of Memphis. He also holds the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). William has more than 15 years of full-time teaching experience. Click here to read more.

John Dodge

John Dodge

John hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After working in factories to pay his way for college, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and then studied industrial economics and earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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Roger Leonard

Roger Leonard

Roger Leonard is a senior advisor to England and Company on projects in the electrical apparatus and utility distribution automation markets. Roger Leonard is a senior advisor to England and Company on projects in the electrical apparatus and utility distribution automation markets.

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Rick Keller

Rick Keller

Rick Keller has been in graphics arts and marketing for over 25 years. He has an extensive knowledge of not only creating the design, but what makes it work in the market place. Click here to read more.

Eric Fields

Eric Fields

Eric brings many years of experience working with businesses and not-for-profit organizations to Summit. After working in cost accounting for a manufacturing company throughout college, Eric began his career after graduation in commercial risk management.

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John Owen

John Owen

John handles Risk Management consulting and insurance services for local business, including Property and Casualty Lines as well as small employee benefits groups. John works extensively in the business insurance venue, focusing on small to mid-size businesses.

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Debra Bradshaw

Debra Bradshaw

Debra Bradshaw served in the United States Marine Corps for 12 years, advancing quickly to Chief Warrant Officer. During her career as a Marine, she served as a payroll accountant, auditor and system administrator, as well as serving as an instructor at the Financial Management School.

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James Swing, CPCU, AU, ARM, ARe

James Swing, CPCU, AU, ARM, ARe

James E. Swing heads up the brokerage operations of The Summit Companies. James has over 40 years experience in the P&C industry and specializes in commercial insurance for businesses with an emphasis on large, complex workers’ compensation risks and alternative market scenarios.

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Barry Steadman

Barry Steadman

Barry Steadman brings over thirty years of graphic design leadership to his role as senior art director for Summit Marketing. A graduate of the University of Tennessee design program, Barry began his professional career with Philips Consumer Electronics Company... Click here to read more

Michelle Brashears

Michelle Brashears

A Kingsport native, Michelle brings nearly 20 years of experience to Summit. She began her career at a Big Four accounting firm as an auditor serving companies in many different industries, including healthcare, not-for-profit, education, government, trucking, manufacturing, retail, and others.

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Curt Henry

Curt Henry

Curt Henry is a seasoned business executive with seven years general management experience and over 20 years in domestic and international marketing and sales. In 2000, Curt was chosen to lead the turnaround of a local manufacturing company with struggling product lines.

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Allison Dyer

Allison Dyer

A native of North America, Allison brings a wealth of experience to Summit. She attended university at an undisclosed state institution in Johnson City, Tennessee, with the original dream of becoming a veterinarian specializing in the duck-billed platypus and the African emu. A tragic accident involving her beloved pet howling monkey...

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John Sanslow

John Sanslow

John comes to Summit with over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, management and business development with 27 of those being in various sales and management positions with an international Fortune 100 company.

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Scott McPhail

Scott McPhail

Scott comes to The Summit Companies after a long career in the restaurant and hospitality industry, where he served in various operational and supervisory management positions. His leadership and skills propelled his unit to a company “Restaurant of the Year”…

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Clayton Miller

Clayton Miller

Clayton Miller has twelve years of experience in public safety as a Firefighter, EMT, Law Enforcement Officer, and 911 Dispatcher and four years of experience as an Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist and Risk Management Consultant. Click here to read more…

Emily Macbeth

Emily Macbeth

Emily sees the big picture for public organizations reaching out to communicate with their communities. She is skilled in working with clients to ensure they are putting the best face on all aspects of their organization. Click here to read more

Julie Pierson-Fields

Julie Pierson-Fields

Since joining Summit in 2009, Julie has spearheaded the development of the firm’s SEO, SEM and social media strategies. If you have digital questions, Julie has answers. Her specialties at Summit include search engine optimization, search engine marketing and social media management/marketing. Click here to read more.

Bri Leonard

Bri Leonard

Bri is Summit’s junior account executive, providing account support for both Summit Marketing and its clients. She helps coordinate the creative and design side of projects, while also assisting clients with any need they may have. Click here to read more.

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