Chassen Haynes has served as Director of Business Development with the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD) since the beginning of 2014. Chassen came to TNECD from the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce where he was the Director of Existing Industry & Special Projects. While at the State of Tennessee, Chassen has focused on recruitment efforts in Automotive and Aerospace & Defense sectors, landing over 40 projects which represent more than 16,000 new jobs for Tennesseans and over $4B in capital investment in Tennessee. Notable clients throughout his tenure have included Amazon, Facebook, Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors, Volkswagen, 3M and others.
Chassen earned a BBA (Finance) and an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University, and is currently studying Accounting at Tennessee Tech University. In 2019, Chassen received the Governor’s Excellence in Service Award, then he was recognized as North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect in 2020.