Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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October 21, 2013

Hinch named to CCHS Hall of Fame

CROSSVILLE — The faculty, staff and administration of Cumberland County High School are pleased to announce Tonya Hinch as the 2013 Hall of Fame inductee. Hinch is a Cumberland County native and a 1981 graduate of Cumberland County High School. She is the daughter of Brenda Hinch and the late Don Hinch.

While attending Cumberland County High School, Hinch was active in a myriad of school clubs and served as captain of the Lady Jet basketball team her senior year. She served as an editor of the school yearbook, The Plateau, and the school’s newspaper, The Contrail. It was only fitting that her peers chose her Miss CCHS for the class of 1981.

In the fall of 1981, Hinch attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where she realized that hard work and vision would help her to reach her dreams. After graduation from UT in 1985, Hinch began a career with Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati and she was an immediate success. In 1987 she was offered a position with Clairol in New York City where she spent five successful years and was recruited by Neutrogena in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Under Hinch’s leadership Neutrogena increased its hair care business by 50 percent during her tenure as general manager. In 1998, she took another adventuresome career turn and joined Edison Schools. As executive vice president of school operations, she achieved great success in that she was responsible for $500 million in sales from more than 100 schools in 23 states and 7,000 employees. In 2007, she was selected to be a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

At a very young age, Hinch decided to retire from corporate life and start her own company, Retiring Backwards, and personal financial coaching business. This business venture allowed her to return to her hometown of Crossville where she fell in love with the small community that had played such an important role in the life of her family.

Upon her arrival home, she immediately made a positive impact. Her work with the Downtown Crossville, Inc., Taste of Crossville, Fairfield Ladies Club, Cumberland County Youth Livestock Market, Downtown Farmers Market, Fourth Grade Walking Tours and Historic Walking Tours filled her busy days and all the while volunteering her time at the University of Tennessee in the Business Department. To this day, she is quick to clear her calendar to talk with young people who want to learn more about the community she so dearly loves.

Hinch cares deeply about Cumberland County High School and its youth. She is indeed a small town girl who made it big in the city but never lost her small community roots.

Principal Janet Graham stated, ”It is not often that one who has made it so big in the corporate world will bring that expertise back home with such vim and vitality as has our Tonya.”

The public is invited to a reception Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the CCHS library.

Hinch will participate in the Homecoming Parade immediately after the reception and will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame prior to the homecoming football game on Friday night, Oct. 25.

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