About Us

Tradebank of Knoxville

The Tradebank of Knoxville franchise began operating in East Tennessee in 1995.  We are the only barter exchange in Knoxville that has maintained a local office since inception and our first client is still a member today!

Today, with more than 500 members and growing, Tradebank of Knoxville is the largest Tradebank International franchise in the United States and internationally and we are proud to say we have a number of members who have been with us since the beginning, with many more for 10 years or longer.

At Tradebank of Knoxville, we are here to serve our members, who have embraced the concept of “think trade first,” to build their businesses with barter and beyond.

Tyke Hillmer, Knoxville Regional Owner

Tyke Hillmer

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tyke Hillmer has traveled around the world in service of our great nation and, after 20 years in the United States Army, retired from military service and is now in his next leadership position as the owner of the Tradebank of Knoxville franchise of Tradebank International. 

During his three combat tours in the Middle East, having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Tyke’s military experience includes work as a Commander (Executive Director), a General’s Aide de Camp, Executive Officer (Managing Director), Inspector General (Consultant), Plans and Exercise Officer (Senior Planner / Project Manager), Operations Officer (Director of Operations), and Supply Officer (Director / Project Manager). He has executive level experience overseeing the daily operations of several companies/divisions with thousands of team members and equipment while coordinating logistics with international partners and developing and executing strategic plans. 

Given his extensive managerial and leadership experience, Tyke is well-suited to the challenges of business ownership, and is no stranger to the professional civilian world. With family members who have successfully started some of the most recognizable dining and lodging establishments in East Tennessee and beyond, Tyke has worked in the hospitality industry and seen first-hand what it means to run a company dedicated to serving customers with the highest quality and doing what’s right.

In January 2019, Tyke took on the task of leading the largest franchise in Tradebank International, which has been serving East Tennessee businesses since 1996. His mission is to bring new business to Tradebank members and help them benefit from utilizing trade. To that end, he’s built a strong team and together they are excited to expand, enhance, and develop Tradebank of Knoxville for years to come.

In his spare time, you can find Tyke playing competitive tennis, volunteering at the McNabb Center on the Knox Challenger Committee and church, or coaching sports for his two youngest sons.

Felicia Slattery, Knoxville Business Broker

Felicia Slattery

Felicia Slattery comes to Tradebank of Knoxville after 15 years of business ownership, professional speaking, and communication consulting where she helped small business owners in 81 countries around the world build and grow their businesses using successful marketing strategies such as speaking, writing, networking, social media, and video. 

A serial entrepreneur, Felicia is the best-selling author of 8 books, with topics ranging from speaking and marketing, to a Christian journal for business professionals, to two plant-based cookbooks. She holds two master’s degrees, one in communication and one in adult education and training and worked for more than a decade as an adjunct instructor at several colleges and universities including the University of Illinois at Chicago, among others before starting her businesses. 

Prior to joining the Tradebank of Knoxville team as a Trade Broker in August 2021, Felicia was a member of the organization herself, and she brings her wealth of experience in communication to serve the members through writing 3 weekly newsletters, planning special events, and rolling up her sleeves to help everyone associated with Tradebank of Knoxville best leverage their experience to grow their businesses through barter and beyond. 

Felicia and her husband of more than 20 years have two older teenage daughters and, in her free time you can find Felicia teaching plant-based cooking through her YouTube channel and Facebook group, hiking throughout beautiful East Tennessee, volunteering at her church, and still working with a select group of her private clients coaching, speaking, and writing for them. 

Learn More About Tradebank Barter

Founded in 1987, Tradebank International is an international barter exchange company headquartered in Canton, Georgia. One of the largest barter exchanges in the world, Tradebank represents thousands of business owners and professionals with regional offices across the United States.

Tradebank completes trades for its clients much like a commercial bank does for checks, or a brokerage firm does for stocks. As an intermediary, Tradebank receives a commission on each trade transaction and saves all parties the trouble and process of collection.

Tradebank clients can search the Internet for products and services that are offered by other clients. Trades are conducted over the telephone with the assistance of experienced Tradebank Brokers, who work closely with clients to facilitate their success.

Mission Statement

To be the major nationwide retail and corporate trade exchange system, networking together thousands of progressive companies who understand and use barter as part of their everyday marketing plans.

Dedicated to the growth and prosperity of all of our clients, by acting as an aggressive, financial, marketing and service organization.