Press Releases

January 28, 2019
Don Viar Appointed As Highlands Economic Partnership Chairman

The Highlands Economic Partnership is pleased to announce Don Viar has been appointed Chairman for 2019. Viar will replace outgoing chairman, Twin Lakes CEO, Jonathan West.


Viar serves as CEO to EpiOn.IT, formerly Epic Technologies. EpiOn.IT began as a  small-town technology company and progressed its way into a national cloud IT services firm. Viar has worked with over 500 companies during his career.


“Don’s placement as chairman of the Highlands Economic Partnership solidifies our progression as an organization,” said President/CEO George Halford. “Having worked with Don on the Chamber board, I have total confidence in him leading the Highlands into our next phase.”


Prior to joining EpiOn.IT, Viar served as the Retail Controller for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a founder of ConnectedHealth.Net (a $15 million subsidiary of Ernst & Young), Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young's Emerging Technologies team and Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young. In these capacities, he frequently served as a trusted advisor to the top executives of multi-billion dollar and Fortune 100 companies. 


“I’ve been an active supporter of the Highlands for many years,” said Viar. “I’ve seen firsthand the output of this organization from contributing as a Platinum Level investor and serving as chair for the Information Technologies Pathway for the Highlands’ Workforce Development & Education program.”


Viar is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems and a Master’s in Business Administration. Since 2012, Viar has served on the board of directors for the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chairman of the Board in 2016.


Launched in 2006, the Highlands Economic Partnership is a collaborative, public/private sector program designed to boost economic and community development in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White counties.