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Meet Our Knoxville and Chattanooga Team

Here is our Transworld Team in East Tennessee:

Doug Kose

Doug Kose, President

Doug Kose is the President of Transworld Business Advisors of Knoxville and Chattanooga. He is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) with the IBBA and has his real estate license through the TN Real Estate Commission. Kose is a trusted counselor to the business community assisting visionary entrepreneurs to sell, acquire, and establish new businesses. Kose works diligently to help business owners navigate the challenges involved in selling their companies. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Bearden.

Previously, Kose was a CEO of a non-profit agency and an Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales at the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two girls, Anabel and Adeline. Transworld Business Advisors has received local recognition including being named the 2019 'Best of Knoxville' and 2020 & 2021 Best in Class from the Knoxville News in the business broker category. Also Transworld has received over 100 ‘5-Star Google Reviews’!


Phone: (865) 315-7327


Drew Rutherford

Drew Rutherford, Sr. Business Advisor

Drew Rutherford is the Senior Business Advisor and has extensive experience in the Knoxville market, and a well-known reputation for developing and maintaining outstanding client relationships Drew previously. Drew previously served as General Manager of All Occassions Party Rentals. He established and ran Tailgate Tennessee since its inception in 2012. Drew was also a former Media Relations Graduate Assistant with the University of Tennessee Athletic Department from 2010-12. 

Drew is on the Board of Directors for Random Acts of Flowers and has also been involved with mentoring youth by volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Winning Edge Leadership Academy. Drew was recently named one of Knoxville's '40 Under 40' honorees for his service to the community. 


Phone: (865) 696-8551

Sheila Hansen

Sheila Hansen, Sr. Business Advisor

Sheila Hansen’s mission is helping buyers find good businesses and/or franchise opportunities, and helping sellers find good buyers. She focuses her efforts in the Sevier County area - which is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. It's also the birthplace of Dolly Parton (a national treasure and her business role model) and Dollywood. Sevier County includes the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Kodak, and Seymour. This tourist area sees over ten million visitors every year and it's also a lovely place to live and raise a family. Attractions, restaurants, resorts, and every business you can imagine is located here.

As a small business owner herself, Sheila brings the experience of being on all sides of the transaction (startup, purchase, owner/operator and sale). She understands what the buyer and seller need to complete the business sale transaction. She and her husband, Bob, live in Sevier County, have two sons and five grandchildren. So come on down, whether you're from the lakes of Minnesota, the hills of Tennessee, or anywhere from sea to shining sea; call her! Let's make your dream of owning (or selling) your business come true. Sheila works closely with the Knoxville/Sevier County team and our amazing Transworld (worldwide) team! Wherever you come from, wherever you may wish to go, she can help.


Phone: (865) 686-8333

Lauren Wingrove

Lauren Wingrove, Business Advisor

Lauren Wingrove has started and run her own businesses in the past. Lauren will help business owners sell their businesses as well as assist buyers looking for a good business and/or franchise opportunity. She will focus on the Chattanooga Metro Area. Chattanooga's has been deemed one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. 

Lauren and her husband, Lanny, live in Hixson, TN. They have one daughter and two sons and are the proud owners of two retired greyhound racers. "Chattanooga is no longer the best-kept secret in the South" Lauren says. "My goal is to work with entrepreneurs so they get top dollar for the companies they've nurtured for years, as well as help those new to Chattanooga, find a good business or franchise to buy. We're taught how to start a business, but very little is taught on how to sell a business."




Phone: (423) 680-7500