Mr. Gary L. K. Best, Owner/Principal
Best & Associates Architects
1726 West Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Maryville, Tennessee 37801, USA
Tel: (423) 977-1610
Fax: (865) 981-1678
E-mail: zbestarch@aol.com

 

Gary Best brings multiple dimensions to the group other than the obvious advantages of being an architect. Being a youth director, owner of his own architectural firm and construction company, Gary’s experience in developing resort and convention facilities will undoubtedly add to the team. A graduate of the University of Tennessee and top of his class; Gary has been running one of the fastest growing architectural firms in East Tennessee. The first and most valued asset that Gary brings to the team are his experience in the development of resort facilities, as well as, his knowledge of the intricate needs of running a major resort and convention facility. Having been the architect for Family Inns of America, the largest privately owned hotel chain in the United States, Gary has mastered a vast amount of knowledge in the development of facilities. In addition the owner of this chain has a hotel and convention center that he has been expanding for the last few years and is planning a 30 million dollar expansion at this time. These facilities include at present 450 rooms and a convention center in excess of 35,000sf. Gary is now planning an additional 450 rooms with extended meeting rooms, parking facilities and retail space. The success of this facility to date is unsurpassed in this area. Gary brings the inside working knowledge of the success of this facility with him. Gary also has been the sole architect for Laurel Valley Golf and Country Club in the Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee. Working with the owners in developing a theme for the development and approaching marketing strategies, this development is fast growing to be a hot spot for tourist in the Smokies. His firm is also developing two other facilities in the East Tennessee area. One of the facilities is approximately 5 million, and the other is about 25 million dollars. Gary’s ability as an architect is not unfounded, as you can see, and his experiences will bring great depth to the team. Creative, energetic, and intense with almost 20 years of experience around the construction industry while graduating top of the class from the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee and later receiving certification as a registered Architect. Recognized locally for such things as beautification awards, design excellence awards, and more regionally as a cover story in such publications as Builder Architect. He serves on advisory boards associated with community activities.

Summary of Strengths:

  • Imaginative/ Problem Solver: Have developed exceptional ability to interpret problems or situations and make quick decisive decisions. Proven success in the architectural firm to master mind major developments from little or no information.
  • Adaptability: Never a sense of a no can do situation but always looking for alternatives as well as willingness to except alternatives.
  • Patient/ Pressure driven: Mastering the pressure of intense deadlines, the more there is to be accomplished the better the performance.
  • Leadership/ Honesty: A leader in community commanding respect from employees, and peers.

Professional Experience:

  • 1992-Present: Owner/Principal of Best & Associates Architects designing some 2,000 homes, 30 motels, 30 churches, 10 restaurants, television studio, 3 Christian resorts, condominium project, and shopping centers.
  • 1989-1992: President/Treasure Best & O'Hara Inc. a design and construction company. Designed some 120 homes, 4 motels, 2 churches, 2 Bed & Breakfasts, 1-38 unit condominium project, and several misc. projects. Built 10 homes, a beauty Salon and a Bed & Breakfast.
  • 1988-1990: Vice President/ Treasure of Architectural Design Collaborative inc. designing 20 home, 1 motel, 5 pools, Car dealership, 2 restaurants, Country club, video store, and master plan for hospital
  • 1988: Associate of Garcia and Associates designing 2 Medical office complexes, 5 doctors offices, 1 restaurant, 2 government housing projects, 1 church, and about 10 houses.
  • 1986-1987: Associate of Ferrell and Associates in charge of marketing and designing 2 medical office complexes, 3 doctors offices, and 2 residence.
  • 1986-1990: Owner of Best & O'Hara Designers designing some 100 homes and additions.

Educational and Personal:

  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honors - University of Tennessee 1985

ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS:

Restaurants:

  • A & W Fast food Restauran,t Maryville TN.
  • Booneway Farms Deli, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Broasted Foods, Madisonville, TN.
  • Brooks Seafood House, Morristown, TN.
  • Catfish Willies, Sevierville, TN.
  • Chambers Restaurant, Sevierville, TN.
  • China Pearl Restaurant, Knoxville, TN.
  • CiCi’s Pizza Pigeon, Forge, TN.
  • Da'lapaz Mexican Restaurant, Gatlinburg, TN.
  • Dominos Pizza, Madisonville, TN.
  • Horn of Plenty, Knoxville, TN.
  • Fresh Market, Maryville, TN.
  • Genelli's Pizza and Subs, Maryville, TN.
  • Krystal (Sloan Center), Madisonville, TN.
  • Monterey Mexican Restaurant, Maryville, TN.
  • Red Apple Bakery & Deli, Maryville, TN.
  • Robert's Steaks & More, Maryville, TN.
  • Ruby Anne's, Maryville, TN.
  • Taco Bell, Madisonville, TN.
  • TCBY, Madisonville, TN.
  • Winstead Family Restaurant, Spring City, TN.

Theaters and Studios:

  • DV Communications, Knoxville, TN.
  • Music Mountain Theater, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Shop At Home Studios & Office, Knoxville, TN.
  • Yesteryears Music Palace, Sevierville, TN.

Retail Facilities:

  • A Welder & Supply, Morristown, TN.
  • Airport Auto Auction, Alcoa, TN.
  • Awesome Bounce Arena, Maryville, TN.
  • Bargain House Furniture, Morristown, TN.
  • Beaty Chevrolet Addition, Knoxville, TN.
  • Beck Hardware, Sevierville, TN.
  • Bridges Funeral Home, Knoxville, TN.
  • Carpet World, Morristown, TN.
  • Cedar Springs Christian Book Store, Knoxville, TN.
  • Cherokee Sports Complex, Maryville, TN.
  • Collins Retail Facility, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Crabtree Commons, Alcoa, TN.
  • Creekside Fine Wine & Spirits, Maryville, TN.
  • Easy Auto, Knoxville, TN.
  • Fair Park Shopping, Maryville, TN.
  • Fairview Plaza, Maryville, TN.
  • Fireworks Supermarket, Cleveland, TN.
  • Fireworks Supermarket, Sevierville, TN.
  • Great Smokey Mountain Flea Market, Sevierville, TN
  • Image Specialists, Maryville, TN.
  • Industrial Gas & Supply, Knoxville, TN.
  • Knoxville Harley Davidson, Knoxville, TN.
  • Lee's Craft Mall, Maryville, TN.
  • Lexus Dealership of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN.
  • Macawber Engineering, Maryville, TN.
  • Matlock Tire, Maryville, TN.
  • Matlock Tire, Lenoir City, TN.
  • Matlock Tire, Athens, TN.
  • Merita Bread, Knoxville, TN.
  • Monroe Rentals, Madisonville, TN.
  • Mr. Transmission, Oak Ridge, TN.
  • Myers Retail, Maryville, TN.
  • Myers Bros Hardware, Lenoir City, TN.
  • Piggly Wiggly, Etowah, TN.
  • Rice Chrysler, Alcoa, TN.
  • Rentpro Knoxville, TN.
  • Showtime Video, Maryville, TN.
  • Sloan Center BP and Convenient Store, Madisonville, TN.
  • Ted Russell Marina, Knoxville, TN.
  • Thacker Commons, Spring City, TN.
  • Thomas-Hill Auto, Sevierville, TN.
  • United Rental, Knoxville, TN.
  • Westend Tire Supply, Maryville, TN.
  • World of Wheels Alcoa, TN.
  • Zorb Pigeon Forge, TN.

Resorts and Country Clubs:

  • Butterfly Gap Retreat, Maryville, TN.
  • Cold Creek Resort, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Eagle Rock Smokey Mountain Base Camp, Maryville, TN.
  • Gatlinburg Falls, Gatlinburg, TN.
  • Heritage Park, Townsend, TN.
  • Lake Benson (UPC State Camp), Dickson, TN.
  • Landmark Pointe, Sevierville, TN.
  • Laurel Valley Country Club, Townsend, TN.
  • Legacy Mountain, Sevierville, TN.
  • Legacy Preserve, Sevierville, TN.
  • Middlecreek Valley Resort, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Richmont Inn, Townsend, TN.
  • Silver Creek Country Club, Morganton, N.C.
  • The Preserve, Sevierville, TN.
  • White Stone Christian, Resort Paint Rock, TN.
  • Youth With a Mission, Nashville, TN.

Industrial Buildings:

  • Best Self Storage, Seymour, TN.
  • Bonanza Produce, Knoxville, TN.
  • CHS Textile, Knoxville, TN.
  • Dial Brown St, Knoxville, TN.
  • East Tennessee Temperature Control, Morristown, TN.
  • ET Graphics Office/Warehouse, Lenoir City, TN.
  • Hollis McClain Storage, Knoxville, TN.
  • Hot Rod Body Ware, Knoxville, TN.
  • Industrial Ironworks, Inc., Knoxville, TN.
  • Johnson Props, Lenoir City, TN.
  • Lindsey Storage Buildings, Maryville, TN.
  • Lynch Office Warehouse, Knoxville, TN.
  • MDSI, Knoxville, TN.
  • MMD Industry, Maryville, TN.
  • Macawber Engineering, Maryville, TN.
  • Neely Produce, Knoxville, TN.
  • Nippendenso Addition, Maryville, TN.
  • Nuclear Lead, Oak Ridge, TN.
  • Oak Ridge Tool Engineering, Oak Ridge, TN.
  • PPL Industries, Maryville, TN.
  • Rock Tenn, Knoxville, TN.
  • Ruan Trucking, Maryville, TN.
  • Ryder Truck Fuel Center, Knoxville, TN.
  • Sea Ray, Knoxville, TN.
  • Tennessee Valley Winery, Loudon, TN.
  • Worley Rifle Range, Knoxville, TN.
  • Woodcraft, Morristown, TN.
  • WYKO, Greenback, TN.

Schools:

  • Bearden High School Addition, Knoxville, TN.
  • Blount County Children’s Home, Maryville, TN.
  • Christian Evangelism Center, Kingsport, TN.
  • First Apostolic Church, Maryville, TN.
  • First United Pentecostal Church, Camden, TN.
  • Fort Craig Elementar,y Maryville, TN.
  • Friendship Cafe (John Sevier Elementary), Maryville, TN.
  • Hardin County Christian School, Savannah, TN.
  • Hillside Christian Academy, Humbolt, TN.
  • Monroe Christian Academy, Madisonville, TN.
  • Pine Top Christian Daycare, Kingston, TN.
  • Sequatchie Valley Head Start, Spring City, TN.
  • Seventh Day Adventist Addition, Maryville, TN.

Motels, Hotels, and Inns:

  • Baymont Inn Strawberry Plains, Knoxville, TN.
  • Best Western, Knoxville, TN.
  • Candlewood Inn & Suites, Alcoa, TN
  • Candlewood Inn & Suites, Knoxville, TN.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, Athens, TN.
  • Comfort Inn, Harriman, TN.
  • Comfort Inn, Knoxville, TN.
  • Days Inn Exit 407, Sevierville, TN.
  • Days Inn 80 unit, Sevierville, TN.
  • Fairfield Inn, Knoxville, TN.
  • Family Inns of America, 7 Story, 58 Unit, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Family Inns East, 3rd Floor Addition, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Family Inns West, 3rd Floor Addition, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Family Inns South, 3rd Floor Addition, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Family Inns Smokey Shadows, 3rd Floor Addition, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Grand Vista Hotel, Vonore, TN
  • Hampton Inn, Dandridge, TN.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, Kingston, TN.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites, Mont Eagle, TN.
  • Holiday Inn Express, Clinton, TN.
  • Holiday Inn Express, Farragut, TN.
  • Holiday Inn Express, Newport, TN.
  • Holiday Inn Express, Oak Ridge, TN.
  • Howard Johnson, Spring City, TN.
  • Jameson Inn, Dandridge, TN.
  • Knox West Motel Renovation 128 Unit, Knoxville, TN.
  • Mainstay, Knoxville, TN.
  • Motel 6, Knoxville, TN.
  • Super 8, Hotel, Alcoa, TN
  • Super 8, Motel Catlett’s 60 unit, Sevierville, TN.

Churches:

  • Bright Hope Tabernacle, Maryville, TN.
  • Christian Evangelism Center, Morristown, TN.
  • Englewood First Baptist, Englewood, TN.
  • Fairview Baptist, Mohawk, TN.
  • Evening Light Saints Church of God, Alcoa, TN.
  • Fellowship Baptist Church, Maryville, TN.
  • First Baptist Church Huntsville, Huntsville, TN.
  • First United Pentecostal Church, Humboldt, TN.
  • First Church of the Nazarene, Knoxville, TN.
  • First United Pentecostal Church Camden, Camden, TN.
  • First United Pentecostal Church Columbia, Columbia, TN.
  • First United Pentecostal Church Parsens , Parsons, TN.
  • First United Pentecostal Church Union City, Union City, TN
  • Foothills Church of God, Maryville, TN.
  • Foresthill Baptist Church, Maryville, TN.
  • Grave Church of the Nazarene, Columbia, TN.
  • High Praises, Maryville, TN.
  • Hindo Community Center, Lenoir City, TN.
  • Impact Fellowship, Maryville, TN.
  • Lamp Light Full Gospel Church, Maryville, TN.
  • Laurel Valley Wedding Chapel, Townsend, TN.
  • Maranatha Church of the Harvest, Lenoir City, TN.
  • Mt. View Church of God, Sevierville, TN.
  • New Life Tabernacle, Jackson, TN.
  • New Life Tabernacle, Gallatin, TN.
  • Old Piney Baptist Church, Maryville, TN.
  • Pecks Memorial Methodist Church, Maryville, TN.
  • Pine Grove Baptist Church, Greenback, TN.
  • Pleasant View Baptist Church, New Market, TN.
  • Russellville Baptist Church, Morristown, TN.
  • Third Street Baptist Church, Maryville, TN.
  • Valley View Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN.
  • Wolf Creek Baptist Church Spring City, TN.

Miscellanous:

  • Blair Park Condos, Corbin, Ky
  • Chilhowee Vet. Clinic, Maryville, TN.
  • Community Bank of Loudon County, Lenior City, TN.
  • Davis Vet Clinic, Knoxville, TN.
  • Florida Steel Misc. Buildings and Studies, Knoxville, TN.
  • Heritage Museum, Townsend, TN.
  • Jackson Flats Condos, Knoxville, TN.
  • Merchant Village Shopping Center, Knoxville, TN.
  • Oak Park Villas, Maryville, TN.
  • Oak Street Apartments, Maryville, TN.
  • Ron Baker Apartments, Knoxville, TN.
  • Tanglewood Townhouses, Knoxville, TN.
  • The Village of Arcadian Springs (Subdivision), Anderson, TN.
  • Victoria Gardens Condos, Knoxville, TN.

Offices:

  • All Animals Veterinary, Dickson, TN.
  • Animal Care Center, Ooltewah, TN.
  • Armory Place Medical Complex Phase 1, Maryville, TN.
  • Blount Discount Pharmacy, Maryville, TN.
  • Blount OB/GYN Office, Maryville, TN.
  • Brogli Lane Veterinary, Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Community Home Health Care Office, Maryville, TN.
  • Country Oak, Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • Creek Wood Professional Park Master Plan, Maryville, TN.
  • Cross Creek Medical Park, Maryville, TN.
  • Dr. Grayson Eddy Office, Knoxville, TN.
  • Dr. Louis Sommerville's Office, Maryville, TN.
  • Dr. Marvin Beard's Office, Maryville, TN.
  • Dr Steve Pershing Office, Maryville, TN.
  • Dr Thurston Pediatric Office, Maryville, TN.
  • Gatlinburg Falls Office, Gatlinburg, TN.
  • High Street Medical Offices, Maryville, TN.
  • Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital Young, Harris, GA.
  • Metro Communications, Knoxville, TN.
  • Norwood Post Office, Knoxville, TN.
  • Page & Associates Office, Kingston, TN.
  • Ron Drain Office, Knoxville, TN.
  • Shop at Home Corporate Offices, Knoxville, TN.
  • Sun Coast RV, Alcoa, TN.

Residential:

  • 500 Log Homes
  • 2,000 Personal Residences