With more than 25 years of electronic Test & Measurement experience, TEVET founder and president, Tracy Solomon has created a small business and culture built around integrity, service dedication, and community advocacy – all characteristics of his own identity.
From the start, the commitment of service was instilled through his family’s military heritage of service and the family farm that they all worked to ensure their survival. His family’s military heritage includes numerous branches of service since WWII – most notably his father who was a Vietnam Purple Heart recipient from the TET Offensive and his grandfather who was a WWII Purple Heart recipient from the Pacific Theater.
After graduating from South Greene High School, Tracy continued the tradition of serving our nation through enlisting with the Navy for the first Gulf War. During his service as an Aviation Electronics Technician, Tracy developed a fascination for test and measurement equipment. Upon his honorable discharge, he took this fascination and made it into a career.
With industry experience and the commitment to service as his driving motivation, he founded TEVET in 2004, a small business in Greeneville, Tennessee that is a trusted source for technology products and services for the government, military, and universities. From a humble home office, the award-winning business has grown exponentially to over 30 employees that are both headquartered in Greeneville but also work remotely across the United States.
Along the way, Tracy has made sure that any success that he or TEVET realizes is shared with our community – both in East Tennessee and across the United States. Locally, Tracy has participated and actively supported the Holston Home for Children, Greeneville High School JROTC program, local DAV chapter, and other organizations on a consistent basis. He is also an advocate for the revitalization of historic downtown Greeneville through the purchase, remodeling, and utilization of the Capitol Theater which has become a beacon for community activities, concerts, plays, and gatherings over the past few years.
In his spare time, Tracy with his wife Patty and their two dogs can be found boating, traveling, and taking on new adventures.
For Tracy, the tradition of service is only kept alive through practice. He is thrilled to participate in Dancing with the Tri-City Stars and help raise awareness for our community.
2014 – Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year by the US Small Business Administration
2014 – Nunn-Perry Award for superior Mentor-Protégé Program performance in the US Department of Defense
2015 – National Defense Industrial Association’s Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year