Elijah Charles Pless

Bo is a graduate of Elizabethton High School and the son of Eddie and Kim Pless. He served as Executive Board Member and Senior Class Secretary for the Student Government Association, vice president of the Carter County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Group, and Calvary Baptist Church’s Student Leaders in Christ Council. His awards include, Tennessee Division 2 Class AA State Marching Band Champion, Most Outstanding Band Student, Wynell White Biology Award and Paul H. Pless Award. He has co-authored a book “Footprints of Appalachia”. He was active in Varsity Basketball and Varsity Baseball at EHS. He completed community service hours through Mission Fuge Camps, Hale Community Ministries, Carter County Chamber of Commerce and Race for Wandell.

Bo received his Engineering degree from Milligan College. He was chosen for the AAC all-freshmen team and the Champions of Character team in Basketball. He completed an engineering internship with Eastman Chemical Company. He received the Outstanding Student Scholarship Award in Engineering, in spring 2018. He received the Milligan College Outstanding Undergraduate Research Project in the Science division at the 2019 RISE Above Research Conference.

He is an engineer at Eastman, in Kingsport, Tennessee.  He and his wife, Aria, reside in Johnson City.

    The Niswonger Foundation was established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee. This dream was envisioned by Scott M. Niswonger, who founded Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation. These companies were the first two Greeneville-based companies to be taken public in the history of Greene County, Tennessee. Jointly, the companies have combined annual revenue of over one-billion-dollars and employ more than 5000 people.


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    P.O. Box 1508
    Greeneville, TN 37744


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