Eric Bradley & Shirl Emmert

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Eric Bradley, Publisher – The Navigator

Eric Bradley is the owner and publisher of the Smoky Mountain Navigator tourist magazine. A fourth generation Sevier County native, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, the Pigeon Forge Hospitality & Tourism Association, & the Sevierville Hospitality Association, and has worked and chaired numerous other committees for area organizations and charities.

For generations the Bradley’s have called the area home.  Eric’s wife of 20 years, Sara, coaches the SCHS Boys and Girls Soccer teams and last year lead the boys team to their first ever state championship game. He has two amazing kids, Baylie and Jakob. His daughter Baylie just graduated from SCHS and is attending ETSU as a pre-med student, and his son Jakob is currently a student at SCHS and a member of the high school band.

Eric is quick to say that even though he possesses the dancing skills of a drunk sloth on valium, he will at the very least make you feel significantly better about your rhythm and skill on the dance floor.

Shirl Emmert,

Shirl currently serves as president of Sevierville Hospitality Association, as well as, on the board of Pigeon Forge Hospitality. She has been married to her husband, Eddy, for 49 years and they have one son, Nathan, and two granddaughters: Abby and Lindsey.

Shirl worked for TDOT for 31 years. She now works part time as executive assistant to the Regional Manager at Turkey Creek Hospitality.

Shirl says that what she is most blessed and proud of is being a 10+ year breast cancer survivor. Her most daring feat…sliding down a cold icy slope at Ober in a cardboard box dressed like Batman with two coworkers (Batman and Robin) in a promotional competition for the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville.  They won!

As to dancing, Shirl readily admits, “Can I dance…nope. Do I know how to dance…nope. Do I even want to dance…nope. But who can say “no” to Amy Harper, so I am both honored and terrified to accept this challenge.  After all, people need a good laugh every now and then.”

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