published Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Covenant drivers take championship

Covenant Transport drivers Brian Johnson, Francis Bradley and Frank Silio came in first, second and third, respectively, in the sleeper truck class of the truck driving championship held by the Florida Trucking Association in Tampa, Fla.

Mr. Johnson will represent his Chattanooga-based company in the national competition to be held in Pittsburgh in August.

Mr. Johnson has been with Covenant since 2004 and has achieved more than a million miles of safe driving. He also works in Covenant’s training division as a master trainer.

CPA Acuff earns special credentials

Bill Acuff, a certified public accountant and financial forensics professional with the Chattanooga office of Joseph Decosimo and Co. PLLC, has received the certified in financial forensics credential from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The CFF credential is given to qualified CPAs with considerable professional experience in financial forensics, a news release stated. The credential was established last year.

Mr. Acuff serves as director of forensic services with Decosimo and has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting. He is also a practicing certified fraud examiner and conducts fraud investigations and provides litigation support to attorneys.

He is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University, with post-baccalaureate work at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Devine completes producer school

Scott Devine of Stevens Insurance Associates of Chattanooga was among insurance agents from across the country who successfully completed the National Alliance School for Producer Development held in Nashville. The school is taught by actively practicing agents and is not carrier-specific, a news release said.

Last year, Mr. Devine worked in commercial sales for Ready Mix USA.

The company with which he is now associated specializes in writing insurance for contractors. Chuck Stevens is president of the agency.

Mr. Devine lives in Apison with his wife, Chasta, and their children, Rhyan Elizabeth and Ramsey.

Michael Smith receives key honor

Michael W. Smith, safety director with Covenant Transport, recently received a special honor at the truck driving championship of the Florida Trucking Association held in Tampa, Fla.

Mr. Smith was inducted into the “Championship Hall of Fame” for his contributions to the success of the championship and its future growth and development.

Mr. Smith is a past chairman of the driving championship in Florida. He is also a past chairman of the Florida Trucking Association Safety Management Council.

Covenant Transportation Group is a Chattanooga-based holding company for several transportation providers and is based in Chattanooga.

Lisa Messier joins Cornerstone Bank

Lisa Messier has joined Cornerstone Community Bank as vice president and relationship manager in the bank’s Ooltewah branch.

Ms. Messier is a 28-year veteran of the banking industry who most recently served as vice president of mortgage lending and business development for another area bank.

She and her husband, Tommy, and their two children live in Birchwood.

Jasper firm receives governor’s award

Tennessee Galvanizing of Jasper, Tenn., recently received a 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Hazardous Waste Reduction.

CEO David Ware was presented the honor at a celebration held in Nashville.

The 83-person Jasper company in 2008 invested $750,000 to reduce hazardous waste generation by 100 percent. The company’s self-contained system now produces more than 1.5 million pounds of ferrous sulfate annually that in turn is reused as livestock feed or fertilizer.

A news release also stated that through its innovative recycling and recovery process, Tennessee Galvanizing eliminated its entire hazardous waste stream.

Komatsu wins APICS awards

Komatsu was recently honored as company of the year by the Tri-State Chapter of APICS, the Association for Operations Management.

Walt Nichols of Komatsu and Steve Boleman of Dixie Industries were saluted as co-members of the year by the group.

Anderson gets top lodging honors

Andrea Anderson, general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Chattanooga Downtown, was recently honored as General Manager of the Year for medium property by the American Hotel & Lodging Association at its “Stars of the Industry” Awards in Chicago.

The hotel manager began her career as the operations manager of the Courtyard Chattanooga Downtown at the property’s opening at 200 Chesnut St. in March 2001. She became general manager in January 2005.

In 2008, she won Marriott International’s highest honor, Diamond General Manager of the Year. She has served as president of the Greater Chattanooga Lodging Association.

“Andrea Anderson is truly one of the shining stars of our company and our industry, and her recognition with this national award from AH&LA affirms that,” said Vann Herring, CEO and president of McKibbon Hotel Management, owner and operator of the Courtyard Chattanooga Downtown. “We are proud of her accomplishments, as she continues to delight our guests and our associates with hard work and a strong passion for providing excellent service.”

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