published Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Business Digest: Niedlov's hires Turner

Niedlov's hires Turner

Niedlov's Breadworks has hired Whitney Turner, a long-time member of Chattanooga's specialty coffee community, to oversee retail operations.

She was most recently general manager of Pasha Coffee and previously spent several years as an assistant manager at Rembrandt's Coffee House. Turner is actively involved in the Barista Guild of America and is one of the only practicing level one-certified baristas in Chattanooga.

"She will have control of our coffee program from top to bottom, and I'm confident that under her leadership the Niedlov's Coffee experience will become one of the city's best," said Niedlov's owner and General Manager John Sweet.


Stites & Harbison brings on Gant

Stites & Harbison PLLC has added attorney Christopher Gant to the firm's Atlanta office.

Gant joins the creditors rights and bankruptcy service group. Gant's practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters, loan workouts and restructuring, lender liability matters, commercial and residential foreclosures and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Stites & Harbison, Gant worked for a boutique litigation firm that represented various national, regional and community banks throughout Georgia.

Gant earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2007. He is admitted to practice in Georgia. He grew up in Chattanooga and graduated from McCallie School in 1997.


CRI adds VP tech operations

CRI, a Chattanooga-based provider of business communication solutions, has hired Rob McCree of Chattanooga as vice president of technical operations.

McCree comes to CRI from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he spent an 11-year stint as a technician and manager for the company's signal system.

"Rob's technical expertise and background as a manager and trainer make him the perfect person to lead our technical team," said Alan Burdine, president and chief operating officer of CRI.


Elrod named group sales manager

The Chattanoogan hotel has hired Adriane Elrod as its new group sales manager. She is responsible for securing new and existing group rooms business at the upscale hotel.

Elrod has worked in sales for the past decade, most recently in the hospitality industry as the director of sales for Candlewood Suites in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

In that role, she led her sales team to producing the highest sales records to date at the hotel. Elrod spent almost four years as a marketing associate with Sysco Gulf Coast, where she was honored for her exemplary sales achievements.


Hutton appoints Hall

Trey Hall has joined the Hutton Construction team as director of operations, said Bob Elliott, the company's vice president.

For the last 11 years, Hall has been employed as a senior project manager, responsible for multiple projects, including educational facilities, churches, stand-alone retail boxes and in-line retail developments.

He most recently played a key role in construction and re-development of the Catoosa County Public School system. He graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University.


McDade named firm partner

Kenny McDade has been promoted to partner of Killian Clark Partnership, Architects.

A Chattanooga native, McDade graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1992 with a bachelor's of architecture and planning. He has worked for Killian Clark for the past 18 years and was instrumental in the design of the Catoosa County Colonnade, the Crossville Medical Center addition, the Dade County Government Building, and dozens of other projects in Georgia and Tennessee.

Killian Clark Partnership, Architects, has been providing architectural design services for more than 20 years.

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