Joe Emert

Past President

Joseph "Joe" Emert is a 7th generation East Tennessean who grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, and whose family were early settlers of Tennessee. He was raised on family stories of the area while spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, especially the Townsend, Tremont, and Cades Cove areas. He and Cindy, his wife of 43 years, have visited, hiked, and backpacked national parks across the country. They were early supporters of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the Appalachian Bear Rescue, and Co-Chaired the group that built the Sam Houston Statue, "You Shall Hear of Me," in Maryville. He serves on the East Tennessee Historical Society Board of Directors as Past President and on the Board of Directors for the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. In 2018 he was appointed to the National Park System Advisory Board, where he serves as Chairman of the National Historic Landmarks Committee. Emert is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and served on the Board of Advisors for the College of Nursing. A former Chancellor's Associate for the University, he has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni and Accomplished Alumni of the University of Tennessee. Upon his retirement from the medical device industry, he was awarded the Medtronic Lifetime Achievement Award for his career. He is a member of the First Families of Tennessee, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Joe and Cindy are the parents of two grown sons.