Patrick C. Polis
Captain Patrick C. Polis is the oldest of four children born to first-generation American parents and grandparents who immigranted to the U.S. He was drafted in January 1966 and completed basic and AIT before being assigned to Signal OCS, Fort Gordon, Georgia. He graduated in class 2-67, 12 January 12 1967 and completed 7 1/2 years of active duty. He was discharged as a Reserve Officer on active duty. He was a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Battalion S-3, Brigade Readiness Officer and served two tours in Vietnam. | He has completed 17 years in business, holding management positions in international purchasing, transportation and distribution, operations, and production. He has also served as a plant manager, president of a small business and executive VP of a $60 million conglomerate consisting of Case Knife, Cutlery World, Parker Brothers and Parker Distribution. He held the position of President and CEO of Cutlery World, a $30 million retail cutlery chain with 140 stores in 39 states. | His civic involvment includes: Board President, Wesley House Community Center; Board President, Midway Rehabilitation Center; Board member, Compassion Coalition of Knoxville; Board Member, Buffat Trace Homeowners Association; Supervisory Committee, Holston Methodist Federal Credit Union; Executive Officer, Cub Pack 213 and Boy Scout Troop 213. | Mr. Polis is also Chaplain, Knoxville Police Department; Chaplain, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1078; Ordained Deacon, United Methodist Church, June 1992 and Ordained Elder in 1996. He has three pastoral appointments: New Life United Methodist Church [11 years], Hillcrest United Methodist Church [6 years] and Washington Pike United Methodist Church [9 years]. All three appointments required revitalization. | Mr. Polis is a Certified Church Consultant, Certified DISC behavior assessment facilitator and a Certified John Maxwell Team Member.