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The Trust Company of Tennessee’s Linck earns business exit planning certification

September 15, 2023

The Trust Company of Tennessee Senior Vice President Sheryl Linck has earned the Certified Exit Planner (CExP™) certification from the Business Enterprise Institute (BEI).

Founded in 1987 and with offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities, The Trust Company of Tennessee currently has more than $4.5 billion under management. The firm helps individuals, families, business owners and nonprofits make better financial decisions through wealth management, personal investment strategy, corporate retirement plans, estate planning and personal trust services.

Sheryl Linck
The Trust Company of Tennessee

Linck completed the 18-month program through a three-part process that included a boot camp, 15 advanced exit planning training sessions and 40 hours of graded case study work. Her case study responses led BEI to invite her to help with the program, and she will be a guest speaker for future students working to obtain the certification.

“Sheryl has been a catalyst in expanding our business advisory services, and this certification provides her with more tools to help clients who are planning the future of their businesses,” said Daniel Carter, president of The Trust Company of Tennessee. “We’re also excited – but not surprised – for her to be selected to teach future classes. The way she coaches business owners in a smart and compassionate way is a great skill to pass along to future exit planners.”   

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sheryl attended Duquesne University and earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Master of Business Administration (MBA). In addition to CExP certification, she’s obtained Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) certification and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School.

About The Trust Company of Tennessee

Founded in 1987 by Sharon J. Pryse, The Trust Company of Tennessee is a state-chartered trust company with more than $4.5 billion under management and more than 85 employees. Based in Knoxville, the firm also has offices in Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities. The company helps individuals, families, business owners and nonprofits make better financial decisions through wealth management, corporate retirement and personal trust services. For more information, visit

About the BEI Certified Exit Planner Designation

Business Enterprise Institute (BEI) trains and certifies BEI Certified Exit Planners (CExP™) to create comprehensive Exit Plans that meet the objectives of their business owner clients. Through training, rigorous testing and ongoing continuing education, CExP™ designation holders provide comprehensive, professionally executed Exit Planning services. BEI requires specific training as a prerequisite to certification to assure that practitioners have the knowledge and understanding necessary to perform competent services, and to assure a level of consistency and continuity in their work product. A primary requirement for becoming a CExP™ is to hold a valid license as a Certified Public Accountant, Attorney, Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant or equivalent professional experience. For more information, visit