published Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Business Digest: Curtis named VP for Dobbs Mills

Curtis named VP for Dobbs Mills

Veteran textile designer Susan Curtis has been named vice president of product and marketing development for Dobbs Mills, where she will be responsible for both the Phenix and Looptex brands.

In her new role, Curtis will apply her more than 25 years of experience in the flooring industry to the two residential broadloom carpet lines, which are sold in specialty retail and home center channels, respectively, throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Curtis comes to Dobbs Mills from The Mohawk Group, where she served as senior director of color and design. Before joining Mohawk, she supervised product development for Invista and held the positions of creative director at Atlas Carpet Mills and director of product development at Bentley Carpet Mills.

"We are confident that her exceptional experience, particularly as it relates to design, development and marketing, will be extremely beneficial to the Phenix and Looptex lines," said Mark C. Clayton, chief executive of Dobbs Mills.


Thompson joins Miller & Martin

Travis R. Thompson has joined Miller & Martin's litigation department as an associate.

"His depth of experience in products liability class actions will further strengthen our pharmaceutical, technology and class action practices" said Travis McDonough, chairman of the firm's litigation department.

Thompson received his bachelor's degree from Trinity University in 2005. He earned his law degree from Florida State University College of Law.


Dralle named at Fillauer

Fillauer Companies Inc. has chosen Traci Dralle as director of marketing.

She previously worked for nine years as the vice president of sales and marketing of Trulife where she managed sales, marketing and clinical education teams. She also directed brand creation and product management for orthotic, prosthetic and post-mastectomy products.

"Her years of experience in the O&P Industry and proven success will help Fillauer Companies to continue its expansion," said company President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Williams.


Virginia College opens Culinard

The Culinary Institute of Virginia College has opened at 721 Eastgate Loop Road.

Culinard students can choose to pursue a diploma in culinary arts or pastry arts, both of which can be completed in 36 weeks, according to Virginia College School of Business and Health in Chattanooga.

The intensive programs put students in the kitchen on the first day of class and prepare them for careers in restaurants, hotels, resorts, casinos, cruise ships, catering companies, hospitals and more, according to Virginia College.


Hoffecker tapped by Orange Grove

Orange Grove has selected Heidi Hoffecker as director of development, according to Executive Director Kyle Hauth.

She has been a long-time advocate for people with disabilities and is tasked with not only raising funds but awareness about the work done by Orange Grove.

Hoffecker holds a bachelor's degree from Maryville College and a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has been a partner with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz since 2006 and a member of the board of Orange Grove since 2009.

"Heidi is a tireless champion for the underserved and marginalized groups of people in our society," said Hauth.


Parkridge group adds Smith

Parkridge Medical Group-Hamilton Family Medicine has added Nathan Smith to the practice.

He began his nursing career in the Chattanooga area in 2002 after earning a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University. He earned a master's degree from Southern Adventist University. Smith has worked as a nurse practitioner in the area for the past six years.

He is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the Chattanooga Area Nurses in Advanced Practice.


DoubleTree gets recertified

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Chattanooga has received its three-year recertification of achievement in environmental hospitality practices from the Tennessee Hospitality Association recently.

The DoubleTree, a Vision Hospitality Group property, was previously awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in pollution prevention and also the Environmental CARE Award from DoubleTree Hotels Worldwide.

Bill Mish, general manager of the DoubleTree Hotel, said that "the recertification of the hotel speaks volumes about the commitment of our team's members."


Godbold added to law firm

Andrew J. Godbold has joined the Chattanooga office of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC.

Godbold graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a bachelor's degree in 2008 and received his law degree at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2012.

The Chattanooga native is a member of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute.

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