Business Briefs

Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, Inc.
Scott KaiserFisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, Inc., has hired Scott W.B. Kaiser as an employee benefits insurance consultant. Kaiser will operate out of the agency’s Nashville office.
Kaiser is a 15-year volunteer of The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. A six-generation native of Tennessee, Kaiser earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University.


Legal Aid Society
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumber- lands, has added Peggy Pellett to the firm as a VLP administrative assistant in the Nashville office.
She will work with Legal Aid Society’s Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP), which creates opportunities for lawyers from the private bar to provide free legal help to low-income clients across Legal Aid Society’s 48-county service area. Pellett earned a bachelor of science from the University of Colorado and has a degree in communications technology from the Colorado Institute of Art.

State of Tennessee Government
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced Katie Ashley will serve as director of legislation, the governor’s chief advisor and strategist for legislative matters. The Crockett County native is one of the longest serving Haslam staffers, starting out on his campaign in 2009 before becoming a legislative liaison in 2011 and handling one of the governor’s top priorities: education in Tennessee.
10-24-17 Ashley_Katie_Governor's Staff_Offical PortraitAshley has served as deputy director of legislation since 2015, helping develop and implement the administration’s overall legislative priorities and strategy while managing the administration’s legislative liaison team across 23 departments. She has also been instrumental in the governor’s Drive to 55 initiative and with the passage of the Tennessee Promise and FOCUS Acts. Ashley will replace Warren Wells as director of legislation on December 1.
Before joining the governor’s campaign as scheduler, Ashley was a constituent relations manager in U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Martin cum laude with a bachelor’s in University Studies, with an emphasis in political science.
Ashley, 31, and her husband, Luke, live with their daughter, Ryall, in Franklin and attend Church of the City there.

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith will serve as his chief of staff to oversee day-to-day operations of the governor’s office and serve as top advisor and strategist. Smith joined the governor’s office in August 2016 and most recently served as senior advisor to the governor. He has served in the Haslam administration since 2011, previously as deputy commissioner for policy and external affairs for the Tennessee Department of Education.

Smith, 42, has played a key role in many of the administration’s major initiatives, helping shape the governor’s successful 2017 Next Tennessee legislative agenda and taking leading roles in advancing the IMPROVE Act, the governor’s signature initiative to enact the largest tax cut in state history while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation network, and developing the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, the governor’s effort to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens. While at the Department of Education, Smith was central in the development and advancement of several key administration policies and reforms, including enhancement of the state’s education funding formula; revisions to the state’s education accountability system; and expansion of school choice options.

Smith, an attorney, formerly worked in private law practice as well as the nonprofit sector representing clients in both a legal and consulting capacity. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a law degree from the Nashville School of Law. He and his wife, Christina, have three young daughters.