News From The Peak

Peak Technical Institute sister company supporting sponsor of the Smoky Mountain Air Show

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— Today, the Smoky Mountain Air Show Partnership announced that Vanquish Worldwide will be the premier sponsor for the Smoky Mountain Air Show on April 16-17, 2016 at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Peak Technical Institute, along with Business Owners Benefits Association, both sister companies to Vanquish, are supporting sponsors for the upcoming air show.

15TYS_SMAS_RackCard1_Page_1Vanquish Worldwide, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, headquartered in Blount County, provides logistics solutions and a wide variety of services to government and commercial clients worldwide.

This premier sponsorship will assist the Smoky Mountain Air Show in hosting thousands of visitors at McGhee Tyson Airport in April and will also benefit HonorAir Knoxville, which is the chosen community partner of the air show.

“Vanquish is thrilled to support such a long awaited aviation event sure to positively impact our region,” said Eric W. Barton, president & CEO of Vanquish Worldwide. “However, as a veteran, I believe this air show has an even greater importance as it allows us to increase awareness and funding for HonorAir Knoxville, which truly does honor those who have given so much for this great nation.”

“Vanquish Worldwide is a leader in the logistics and transportation industry and now takes the lead as the premier sponsor for the Smoky Mountain Air Show,” said Howard Vogel, Chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “We would like to thank them for their support and look forward to working with them to host thousands of visitors in 2016.”

For more information about Vanquish Worldwide and its sponsorship with the Smoky Mountain

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The Smoky Mountain Air Show is about our community; the families who live in it; and special people who serve or have served our country through military service.

Peak Technical Institute Announces Legendary Football Coach Phillip Fulmer as a Consultant & Brand Ambassador

MARYVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Peak Technical Institute (PTI), providing industry-leading vocational courses and professional development programs, announces a new partnership and consulting agreement with legendary football coach Phillip Fulmer.

Fulmer will join the PTI team as a consultant on the unique leadership program, Leading By The Reins™, an all-inclusive three-day executive outdoor leadership retreat. Additionally, Coach Fulmer will serve as ambassador for the PTI brand, providing consultation to each PTI program.

fulmer“I am excited to work as a consultant and ambassador for Peak as they grow and build their brand and business. They are a very hard working and talented group of people with outstanding leadership,” said Fulmer.

By joining PTI’s Leading By The Reins roster, Fulmer will work alongside program director and lead instructor, Mike Branch, an internationally known horse trainer who has spent decades training wild mustangs and observing the social character of horses. Branch understands what qualities and character must reside within a human for a horse to willingly follow, and through his Leading By The Reins program, participants work on winning the trust and assurance of their designated horse whose nature is to be fearful. By applying the same principles and learnings in the workplace, course participants advance their leadership skills and Become Someone Worth Following™.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with Coach Fulmer,” said Mike Branch. “He is known as the man who led Tennessee football to the national championship, and he has remained a respected leader not only in East Tennessee but throughout the nation. I am thrilled that our Leading By The Reins program will be enhanced by such a renowned leader.”

Fulmer is a founding partner of BPV Capital Management and currently serves on their Business Development Team. Prior to joining BPV, he served as the Head Football Coach for the University of Tennessee. During his tenure, he coached and mentored countless All-Americans and NFL draft picks. A Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion player himself, Coach Fulmer’s football team was consistently top-notch, winning numerous SEC titles and the school’s first BCS national championship.

Fulmer’s ability to motivate his players and superior recruiting approach earned him unprecedented recognition from his peers with numerous awards, accolades and honors. Fulmer continues to be a sought after event speaker on topics of leadership styles, organizational skills and communication methods.

“We feel Coach Fulmer’s ongoing leadership in the community and skillset are a natural fit for our Leading By The Reins program and the entire institute,” said PTI President Eric W. Barton. “With Fulmer working alongside our expert instructors, we will build on our unrivaled training programs and further benefit our students.”

To find out more about Leading By The Reins, visit or call 865-238-4004. Follow Leading By The Reins on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Peak Technical Institute

Since 2009, PTI has been approved and regulated by the State of Colorado, Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Division as well as the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. PTI currently has four comprehensive Certificate granting programs, with plans to continue to grow and expand. PTI is headquartered just outside of Greater Knoxville, Tenn. Website:

Barton – Gambetta Scholarship Established at Kaskaskia College

Pictured are:  Dr. Penny Quinn, President of Kaskaskia College, Jay Jolliff, KC Foundation Treasurer, Eric W. Barton, and Jack Johnston, President of the KC Foundation.
Pictured are: Dr. Penny Quinn, President of Kaskaskia College, Jay Jolliff, KC Foundation Treasurer, Eric W. Barton, and Jack Johnston, President of the KC Foundation.

The Kaskaskia College Foundation is pleased to announce the endowment of the Barton—Gambetta Scholarship for a deserving student beginning in the Fall 2016 semester.

According to Eric W. Barton:  “This endowed scholarship has been established by my family in honor of our dear mentor, friend and life-long educator, Mr. James R. Gambetta.  Jim cared deeply about extending education to as many people as possible and considered it an honor to serve, during his 31 year career, as a faculty member of both the Odin and Sandoval Schools.”

Upon graduation at Sandoval High School, Eric W. Barton went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps as both an enlisted Marine and an officer.  He later began his work as an entrepreneur establishing several successful businesses, one of which being a technical college, Peak Technical Institute.

James R. Gambetta and Eric W. Barton, both being advocates of higher education, are pleased to assist students in achieving their educational goals.  “As a student’s critical thinking and cognitive skills improve through education, the surrounding communities’ economy becomes more productive.  Education is the driver of economic success in our nation.  It is for this reason we must work together to educate the generations to come,” Barton said.  This scholarship will continue the tradition of the Barton family providing educational opportunities to deserving students.

For more information and criteria for the Barton—Gambetta Scholarship, or other Kaskaskia College Foundation scholarships, please contact Suzanne Christ at 618-545-3069 or by email at

Find the Kaskaskia College press release online at:

Local Leadership Program, Leading By The Reins, Partners with Race Horse Leaders At Churchill Downs


pic2As dawn arrives on the first Saturday of May, and the misty daybreak gives way to its evanescent rise, twin spires begin to reveal a majestic aura. The flower gardens of the paddock reveal fresh spring scents, and you can hear the sounds of stately steeds exercising in the early morning coolness. The pounding of hooves against the dirt sends a thunderous wave and sound of strength through the well-muscled chests of magnificent beasts. This track, these “Downs,” the surface of which has felt the feet of champions for generations, will this day support the feet of those destined for exaltation.

As you behold the gardens, the track, the spires, you suddenly realize there is no place in all of sports that has held the feet of more leaders than that upon which your feet now stand. You are in awe; you feel inspired – inspired to “become someone worth following.” You know you are at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs opened in 1875 and began two of the most prestigious races in all of the racehorse industry, the “Kentucky Derby” and the “Kentucky Oaks.” These races are the oldest continuously contested sporting events in American history. That in itself qualifies Churchill Downs as the leader in the racehorse industry.

Year after year Churchill Downs has not only inspired champions but supported such heroes as “Sir Barton,” “Gallant Fox,” “War Admiral,” “Whirlaway,” “Citation,” “Secretariat,” “Seattle Slew,” and “Affirmed,” just to name a few. These noble steeds and numerous others have gone down in the annals of racing history as true leaders, leaders that have inspired hope and given birth to new vision.

Similarly, inspired by lessons on leadership taught to me from years of training horses, the “Leading by the Reins” program was born. This program, offered by Peak Technical Institute of Maryville, Tn., is a unique equine leadership program for corporate executives, coaches, pastors, police, and city officials – virtually any position you can imagine leadership is required.

pic3My years of training horses from wary wild Mustangs to magnificent Gypsy Vanners from LexLin Gypsy Ranch, have taught me the importance of not only knowing what leadership characteristics are, but also that unless the characteristics are a part of who I really am inside, I will never truly become a leader to the horses in my sanctuary. These characteristics include such attributes as: vision, value, courage, character, boldness, commitment, passion, drive, responsibility, attitude, honor, integrity, veracity, focus, confidence and awareness, to name a few.

Additionally, horses have taught me that character also requires skill, as it is skill that will enable me to cause the horse to realize my leadership role, supported by my character. The equine is dependent upon this in order to willingly surrender its trust, its respect, and its loyal cooperation.

pic4In our program “Leading by the Reins,” I begin each day with a lecture on these skills and characteristics, then each participant is assigned a horse for the three days of leadership training. The leadership training is very much a paradigm shift using the relationship with a horse as not only a visual but a real true living, breathing, and thinking individual that knows nothing but to tell the truth. Unlike a role-play situation that is usually done in many training seminars, the horse doesn’t get to read the script and play along for the sake of a certificate at the end of the training. No, this course is a real training seminar that will change your life because you will see the true effect of your leadership unfold before you.

The “Leading by the Reins” program is paramount in its class, just as Churchill Downs is the premier track in the race-horse industry. That is why we at “Leading by the Reins” have entered in partnership with Churchill Downs through the sponsorship of “Susan’s Girl.” This race is number three on “Kentucky Oaks” day, Friday May 1st, at Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs will continue to be the place where leaders arise. “Leading by the Reins” will be the place where leaders are made.

To find out more about “Leading by the Reins” and how you can “become someone worth following,” visit our website at, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest, or call us today at (865) 238 4004.

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch… Or Free Commercial Driver Training

Beware of free Commercial Driver Training (CDL)! “Free” CDL training has “fine print”:

  • You may be locked into a 1-2 year commitment with one company to cover the training loan.
  • You may be required to pay your loan balance in full if you leave the company before your contract ends.

Statistics show that most new drivers switch employers 1-2 times in the first year before they find the best fit. Do your research and make your CDL Training choice carefully.

Instead of risking your finances and future with a company that isn’t a good fit, you could make a better choice! At Peak Technical Institute, you can start training with little or no money down and have 90 days before your first payment is due. Since most carriers provide tuition reimbursement, you can get the training you need and then choose the company that is the best for you and your family. Couple PTI’s in-house payment plan with tuition reimbursement programs from the carrier of your choice, and you could have virtually no out-of-pocket cost for your training. The difference is you get the choice of what company to work for, and you have over 40 trucking companies to choose from with Peak Technical Institute!

At Peak Technical Institute, we invest in our students’ quality education and prepare them to be the safest and best drivers for whichever company they choose. We introduce our students to recruiters in person and to trucking company websites in the classroom. Most students know where they are going to work before they graduate.

Our goal at Peak Technical Institute is to provide excellent driver education and to pair our students with reputable and successful trucking companies. Peak’s class size is limited to four students for each instructor, so our students get twice the drive time of other schools as well as the finest instructors in the industry. Peak Technical Institute is authorized by Tennessee’s Higher Education Commission, and we are recognized by many carriers as the only place they refer local students.

Choose wisely. Choose Peak for your future and the future of your family.

Drive a Truck. Drive your Life. 855-399-7325 (PEAK)

PHM:The Secret World of Estate Management

Forbes covers DEMA (Domestic Estate Managers Association’s) national convention. Our own Fitzgerald Heslop was in charge of putting the convention together. Read all about the amazing work he did. Read More


The Rise of PHM in NY Times Article

Say hello to the New Domestics, armed with a quiver of graduate degrees and a corporate mind-set, or at the very least a grounding in organizational psychology, social work and finance. Their skill sets reflect the new reality of private service, which aims to mimic the systems and structures of the corporate world.

Plus, they can still do your flowers.

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