published Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Check Into Cash promotes 2

Check Into Cash promotes 2

Check Into Cash, a Cleveland, Tenn.-based payday lender and specialty consumer financial services company, recently promoted Tim McMahan to vice president of treasury and promoted Eric Ratcliff to director of call center operations and head of the company’s recovery division.

McMahan has served with Check Into Cash for nearly a decade and has maintained the responsibility for treasury operations during his tenure. Ratcliff has served with the company for 13 years and was previously the collections manager.

Allan Jones, founder and CEO of Check Into Cash, credited the two managers with helping the company’s growth and change.

“As Check Into Cash has diversified our product offerings, Tim has been successful in dealing with the additional compliance and other issues that arise with our strategic banking partners,” Jones said. “His skill has been key to our maintaining strong relationships with the over 80 banks that we work with nationwide. We are fortunate to have Tim as part of the Check Into Cash family.”

In addition to supervising the collections process, Ratcliff will also oversee a new call center that is being created to help market a prepaid debit card. Jones’ expectation is that through the call center, the company will experience even greater levels of growth.

“Over the years, the collections department has changed along with the rest of our growing company,” Jones said. “Eric’s commitment to excellence has been crucial, because as our company’s operations have expanded and become more diversified and complicated, so has the collections process.”

Founded in Cleveland, Tenn., in 1993, Check Into Cash operates more than 1,100 branch locations in 30 states.

TVA executive to lead board

A Tennessee Valley Authority executive has been chosen chairwoman of the board of the Ladies Hermitage Association, which operates president Andrew Jackson’s estate east of Nashville. Emily J. Reynolds, senior vice president for government relations at TVA, was selected by her fellow board members. She also is former chief of staff for ex-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee.

The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with more than 30 historic buildings. It has 180,000 visitors annually.

AREA203 Digital names managers

AREA203 Digital recently hired or promoted new managers at the Chattanooga office of the digital marketing agency.

Dawn Hyde-Burger has been named director of digital media, overseeing all digital media departments for the growing agency. With over 20 years in the industry, Hyde-Burger has become an integral member of the AREA203 leadership team. She developed the agency’s online lead generation program and, within six months, increased an affiliate marketing program for a major client by more than 200 percent.

Casey Knox has been promoted to director of social media and PR. Within her first year at AREA203, Knox launched the social media department and later added digital public relations to the list of agency disciplines. Her work with AREA203 clients includes managing the brand voice for a country’s tourism board through social media. In her new position, Knox will direct and lead all social media and public relation initiatives for clients and will further develop corporate communication strategies.

Melinda Taylor has taken the role of art director. Since joining the agency at the beginning of this year, Taylor has played a significant leadership role within the creative team on projects for local and international clients. She was also a lead designer for the agency’s recent rebranding.

Sylvia Cintrón has been promoted to manager of affiliate marketing to oversee the growth and development of the affiliate marketing channel. With over 15 years experience, she helped position the agency’s affiliate marketing program as one of the top performing teams nationwide. As manager, Cintrón will also conduct reporting and analysis on program performance and identify new partnership opportunities.

Jess Hutton, who joined the company last August, has been promoted to lead copywriter. Hutton’s work for AREA203 includes leading the content development for several projects, including The Crash Pad, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and local nonprofit, Camp Illuminate.

Jeremy Hixon has taken the role of senior user experience (UX) developer. Hixon brings more than 10 years of digital developer experience to the agency and has reviewed articles for Smashing Magazine as a member on a panel of experts. While at AREA203, Hixon has developed websites for clients, such as the Chattanooga Research Institute and Terenine Technology Solutions.

The digital marketing agency has recently landed emerging online community LifeKraze as a client, but has worked on local, regional and international clients LeadPile LLC. and the Guatemala Tourism Board.

Hayes to head education group

The Mary Cameron Robinson Foundation has named Michelle Hayes as its executive director. She brings nine years of nonprofit experience to the job and replaces Jenny Johnston, who recently assumed the outreach and education program manager position with the foundation.

Hayes previously served as the interim executive director at St. Andrews Center of Chattanooga. She also worked at Creative Discovery Museum and served as volunteer and development coordinator at Samaritan Center in Ooltewah.

The MCR Foundation hosts support groups, school programs and a nursing education program to help promote healthy body image and positive self-esteem.

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