By Tom Ballard, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.
“It was really a life-giving experience for me,” Kevin Frazier said in describing his work as a volunteer teacher and mentor for a team of MBA students from the University of Tennessee (UT) who worked during Spring Semester on a project for the Girl Scouts Council of the Southern Appalachians.
The owner of Frazier’s Carpet One in Knoxville says he comes to teaching naturally. He’s the father of three daughters, which is clearly a teaching and mentoring role, and he has been a long-time Sunday School teacher.
“I love to teach; it’s the closest to a hobby I have,” Frazier says, noting, “My wife’s father was Otis Stephens,” the long-time and well-respected UT faculty member.
The UT business graduate says he met Pat Richardson and Glenn Swift, the duo behind the MBA team initiative, last fall during a networking event and was asked a little bit later to accept the mentor/teaching role.
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