Pictured above – Larry Rector

Rector is a licensed CPA and holds an accounting degree from Tennessee Tech

Cookeville – Larry Rector has been announced as the new Executive Director of Pacesetters, Inc. A native of Putnam County, Rector brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge, according to Pacesetters, Inc.

“He has a proven track record of leadership in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors,” said Pacesetters, Inc. in a release to the Upper Cumberland Business Journal. “He is also known for his compassionate leadership skills. Larry had a lengthy career with a Fortune 500 organization but has also worked extensively in the behavioral health arena. He has worked as a psychiatric technician, assistant activity director, direct support professional and in crisis intervention.” 

Rector said Pacesetters, Inc. has been a welcoming environment.

“I can’t begin to explain how welcomed they made me feel,” said Rector. “Right then, I knew I had made the right choice coming to Pacesetters.”

Rector is a licensed CPA and holds an accounting degree from Tennessee Tech. He also earned an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Amberton University before becoming the Executive Director in late 2022. 

Founded in 1971, Pacesetters began as a volunteer program and adult activities center providing a humane and productive lifestyle for those with developmental disabilities. Since then, the company has grown to offer residential support to approximately 97 people in five counties, including Putnam, Overton, White, Warren and Macon.

Community Participation is a big part of what they do.

According to pacesetterstn.com, participation includes “groups of 3 or fewer, includes persons supported going out into the integrated community to create connections, be a part of the larger community, volunteer, look for job opportunities and other means of community participation.”

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The organization also provides health support and is contracted with the grant-based Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to provide needed support, services and equipment to individuals with severe disabilities and their families.

“Pacesetters,” continued Rector, “like other nonprofit agencies, face many challenges, but we have the team to persevere and to continue to Empower and Support our individuals.”

For more information call (931) 537-9100 or email info@pacesetterstn.com. They are located at 2511 Hwy 111 N in Cookeville.

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