Tom Conaway

Director of Finance

Tom Conaway is responsible for planning and implementation of all accounting functions, including the monthly financial close process, budgeting/forecasting, P&L management, financial and variance analysis, billing accuracy, revenue assurance and risk-management compliance. He has worked at the center for more than six years.

Conaway started his career at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) and served as an auditor in the West Palm Beach, Fla., office, for four years.  He then went to work for Comcast and held various positions, including regional manager of financial planning and analysis, and successfully managed the budget process for six years. Conaway moved to Knoxville to become director of business operations for Comcast’s Knoxville market for seven years, during which time key year-vs.-year cash flow growth steadily increased from +2 percent to +15 percent.

He has been a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant and is a 2008 graduate of Introduction Knoxville. Conaway served as a “loaned executive” with United Way of Greater Knoxville and as a treasurer for two years with Farragut Youth Baseball. He has assisted with Junior Achievement functions and is active with Third Sunday Ministries at First Baptist Church of Concord.

Conaway, who was born, adopted and raised in West Palm Beach, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Florida in 1984.


Phone: 865-251-6005
Mobile: 865-740-8536



701 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902


What is your favorite activity to do in Knoxville?

While we no longer do it as much, hiking with family in the nearby Smoky Mountains has to be at the top of my list.  Over the years, we have conquered most of the easy trails, and a few of the tougher ones, as well.

What is your favorite location in Knoxville?

We like Cove Park.  It is a renovated campground positioned on the waterfront.  It was a great place to take the kids to play when they were younger, and now it is a great place for picnics, fishing and a walk or run around the trail.

What do you think sets Knoxville apart as a great city to visit?

People told us before we moved here that Knoxville is a “big town with a small town feel,” and I have always thought that is very true. You have the restaurants, shopping, sports, churches, recreational activities and events that you would find in a large metro area, yet the people exude “Southern hospitality,” and every place in town is family-friendly.

What is your favorite part about working at the Knoxville Convention Center?

It is such a crossroads for the City of Knoxville, which is to say everyone in town knows about it, everyone has been here and enjoyed some event, and so many unique organizations have held events here. It is truly exciting to be part of this place, and the key role it plays for the city.