Born in Maryville, Tennessee, John Proffitt grew up on the family farm and has lived in Blount County the majority of his life, where he currently resides with his wife, Janet Isenberg Proffitt. John retired from the Tennessee D.O.T. in 2009 where he worked some 20 years as an appraiser, review appraiser, and estimator for right-of-way planning and acquisition. Prior to that, he worked for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of Property Assessments, doing appraisals on mainly commercial and industrial properties. Earlier, John worked for the Hugh F. Parker Company in Knoxville as a real estate appraiser and property development and management trainee. John holds a bachelor of science in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee, and upon graduation John entered the U.S. Navy Flight program, where he interred flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida. After serving in the Navy, he did graduate work at UT, taking courses in business, finance and real estate. Since 1989, John has served on the Board of Directors for Citizens Bank of Blount County and Twin Cities Financial.