David A. Ogle


David A. Ogle
2002 Award of Honor

If you've ever "shopped 'til you dropped" in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, you probably have David A. Ogle to thank. Ogle has used the knowledge he gained from East Tennessee State University, along with his partners, to help develop the once tiny town on the outskirts of Gatlinburg into one of the largest outlet mall shopping meccas in the Southeast.

Ogle is a sixth generation Tennessean. He was born in Knoxville, Tenn., but grew up in Sevier County. He originally attended the University of Tennessee but transferred to ETSU in 1977. He graduated with a B.B.A. in real estate in 1979 and received his Tennessee broker's license while still in college. In 1982, at the age of 24, Ogle became the youngest County Commissioner ever elected in Sevier County at that time. He served three consecutive terms and was a leader on the Budget and Finance Committee.

Ogle started as a broker/manager for his family's real estate business, but felt the company and the region was ready for growth and expansion. He grew the real estate business into a development and construction business. In 1990, Ogle founded Five Oaks/Ogle, Inc., a general contracting firm specializing in commercial construction. Since that time, the firm has completed over $75 million dollars of construction primarily in Sevier County and is a partner in one of the largest real estate development companies in Sevier County. He is also a partner with Oaktenn, Inc., an operator of Marriott brands in East Tennessee.

Ogle is committed to lifelong learning. He is presently a master's candidate in the Construction Management program at Clemson University. Ogle is also dedicated to giving back to community. He serves on the boards of the Sevier County Economic Development Council, Sevier County Utility District, Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, and the Board of Trustees of Carson-Newman College. Ogle is also a proud member of the ETSU Foundation.

In 1992, former Governor Ned McWherter appointed him to the Tennessee Real Estate Commission, the regulatory board for over 35,000 Tennessee licensees. Prior to the completion of his term, Ogle served as its chairman for two years during which time vast improvements were made in the operation of the department.

Ogle is married to the former Melinda Lonas and they are the parents of two boys, Jake, 14, and Taylor, 11. They reside in Greystone Heights in Gatlinburg where they are active in First Baptist Church and numerous sports activities involving their two sons.