published Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Northwest bank welcomes Riley

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Northwest bank welcomes Riley

Northwest Georgia Bank recently hired Kerry Riley as executive vice president-senior credit officer.

"After months of careful scrutiny to find the right fit for our corporate culture, I am extremely pleased to welcome Kerry to the Northwest Georgia Bank family and the Northwest Way," said Scott Smith, the bank's president and chief operating officer. "Although his focus will be on lending, he brings much depth and experience in several aspects of community banking and will be a solid asset to our organization."

Riley was a senior vice president in correspondent banking at FTN Financial since 1998 after working three years as a vice president-commercial lender. He trained for management at Compass Bank in Birmingham, Ala., in 1983, eventually working as a branch manager. He also worked for AmSouth Bank and First National Bank of Florence, which later sold to SunTrust.

Riley graduated from the University of North Alabama in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in finance and is a 1993 graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.

He and his wife, Beth, live in Hixson.

Callaham design wins 3 awards

Greg Callaham Graphic Design has won three 2011 graphic design awards. Graphic Design USA, a national trade publication, recognized Callaham's billboard designs advertising Audi Chattanooga, Village VW of Chattanooga and the CADAS Scholze Adolescent Center.

"It's an honor to be commended by one's peers, especially at the national level," Greg Callaham said.

One of Callaham's award-winning billboard designs for Audi Chattanooga features the Audi A5 Cabriolet with the headline, "Sunscreen sold separately." The other features the tag line, "Be bold," accompanying the new Audi A7 luxury sedan.

"I chose to have a little fun with the A5 design, and Audi Chattanooga really got behind it," Callaham said.

White, Gardner now accredited

Advanced Surgical Concepts, home office of Dr. James E. White and Dr. Vincent W. Gardner, has received a nod from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Status as an accredited organization means Advanced meets nationally recognized standards. The group accredits more than 5,000 ambulatory health care outfits across the United States.

"Even though accreditation is not mandatory in the state of Tennessee, we at Advanced Surgical Concepts felt strong that we voluntarily affirm the high standard of care that we give to our patients," White said.

Cornerstone taps Steward manager

Cornerstone Community Bank of Chattanooga has appointed Mark A. Stewart as senior vice president and relationship manager in its Miller Plaza branch.

Stewart has 27 years in commercial banking, having worked the last 15 years in the Chattanooga market. Stewart graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in commerce and business administration with an emphasis in corporate finance. Stewart also holds a designation from the Association for Financial Professionals.

He serves on the campaign cabinet for the United Way of Greater Chattanooga. He and his wife, Gloria, and their two boys live on Signal Mountain.

Stewart is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.

CPA firm expands business to city

Hoskins & Co., a privately owned CPA firm in Nashville, has opened a Chattanooga office through the merger with Harry Tate CPA PC.

Deidre Thomas, marketing director for the firm, said the expansion provides the company with a larger presence in Tennessee and will allow the company to deliver audit, advisory and tax services in and around Chattanooga. Tate will be the local managing director.

"In this economic downturn, we are very proud to be expanding and creating job opportunities and offering quality and competitive services," said Harvey E. Hoskins, CPA, partner and managing director. "For the past 25 years, we have been firmly committed to delivering the professional services our clients value. We look forward to extending this promise to clients in the Chattanooga area."

Whirlpool noted for waste-cutting

Whirlpool Corp. has cut the waste at its Cleveland division by 46 percent since 2009, helping the company to be recognized among seven companies for environmental leadership by the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Wayne Scharber, vice president for environmental affairs for the Tennessee Chamber, said Whirlpool has cut the amount of trash generated per unit from 3.65 pounds in 2009 to 1.97 pounds so far in 2011. The company has set a goal of zero emissions to the local landfill.

Others receiving recognition from the state Chamber of Commerce include Babcok & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, Domtar Paper Co. in Kingsport, GM-Spring Hill Manufacturing, JTEKT Automotive Tennessee in Morristown and UT-Battelle in Oak Ridge.

Eades awarded MAI designation

Brian R. Eades of Benchmark Trust Corp. has been awarded an Appraisal Institute's membership designation, held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties, and who advise clients on real estate investment decisions.

The MAI designation is earned upon the successful completion of a graduate-level curriculum that includes a comprehensive exam, a written demonstration appraisal report and qualifying experience hour requirements.

Wilburn joins AEED engineers

Aaron Wilburn has joined the team of design and consulting engineers at Advanced Energy Engineering & Design Inc., a local engineering firm.

Wilburn is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He holds licenses in Tennessee and Colorado. Wilburn has a certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Wilburn will be responsible for lighting design, power distribution, fire alarm systems and arc flash calculations for industrial and commercial customers. AEED is at 408 McCallie Ave. in Chattanooga.

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