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Joines, former Dollywood VP, GM Emeritus, becomes Senior VP, COO of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment

Posted by webmaster | Posted in Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, Fee Hedrick Press Releases | Posted on 22-01-2015


Barbara JoinesPigeon Forge, Tenn., January 22, 2014 – Barbara Joines, vp and general manager emeritus for the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has joined the corporate office of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment as senior vice president and chief operations officer (coo). Joines retired with 30 years of service from Dollywood three years ago and has since been president of her own consulting company, Let Us Look Now.   She has been working in the Fee/Hedrick corporate office since August as a consultant. Her new position was created to reorganize with additional leadership support to the company and she officially assumed the role on Jan. 1.

Joines’ new responsibilities for Fee/Hedrick include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company including management responsibilities for The Comedy Barn Theater, The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show Theater, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater, Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and SeePigeonForge.com. She now reports to David Fee, president and chief executive officer, who has stepped down from day-to-day operations of the company to concentrate on the production of shows.

Fee said, “Barbara is a very unique individual. She has an extensive business background in the theme park and tourism industry including experience in accounting, food & beverage, human resources, merchandise, safety, security, maintenance, marketing, and public relations.   Expertise gained from five years as operations director for Music Mansion Theater creates a win-win for our new coo position. We are thrilled to have her join our team on a permanent basis.”

Joines said, “I am fortunate and very blessed. I have had great opportunities, experiences and successes in my life and this new leadership role gives me the opportunity to share some of my experience in a variety of ways for a different company. Fee/Hedrick’s responsibility to 400 plus employees is essential and I am ready to begin 2015 with a new team and new opportunities.”

Joines has been actively involved in the community for years. As a charter board member for The Dollywood Foundation, Joines is honored to be involved in the oversight of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Book Program. Recently, she chaired the Alzheimer’s Tennessee fundraising WALK for Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke and Hamblen Counties and will continue to serve on their planning committee. She is proud of her past involvement with the American Eagle Foundation, Friends of the Smokies, Leadership Sevier, Smoky Mountain Young Life, and the Southern Gospel Music Association.

A native of Littleton, Co., Joines and her husband, Gary live in Wears Valley. “I don’t think there is any better place to live in the United States than Sevier County,” she said.   The Joines’ are active members of First Baptist Church of Sevierville and have four children: sons, Larry Headla and wife, Christy, Michael Headla, Travis Joines, and daughter, Tanya (Joines) Smith and husband, Adam. +++