published Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Business Digest: Lana Toomey named at Chattanooga Business Machines

Toomey named at Chattanooga Business Machines

Chattanooga Business Machines has chosen Lana Toomey as president of the company.

Toomey, who has served as the company's chief operating officer for the past two years, has 15 years with the company.

She has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"On the 30th anniversary of the company, the time is right to make this change," said owner Harry L. Fields III, who will now serve as chief executive. "Lana's proven skills and talents will help lead this company's growth and expansion."

Toomey will also oversee the management of Parrot Distributing, a nationwide wholesale distributor of Panasonic office equipment, which is also owned by Fields.

Toomey, a refugee from the Ukraine who came to Chattanooga in 1989, resides in East Brainerd with her husband and three children.


Taylor tapped for foundations

Erlanger Health System has appointed Julie Taylor as chief development officer for the Baroness Erlanger Foundation and the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Foundation.

In her new position, Taylor has the responsibility of overseeing the Erlanger Foundations. She will lead fundraising efforts for both Erlanger and Children's Hospital, manage development teams and cultivate relationships with the Foundations' board of directors and the community to promote awareness and funding opportunities.

"She brings experience, success and professionalism to the table, and she will be a tremendous asset to us," said Gordon Street, chairman of the Baroness Erlanger Foundation.

Carrie Kennedy, chairwoman of the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Foundation, said officials are "excited that Julie has joined our team here at Children's Hospital."

Taylor most recently served as director of development at WTCI-TV.


Vision Hospitality promotes Piercy

Reggie Piercy has been promoted to vice president of operations for Vision Hospitality Group.

Previously the director of operations, Piercy will continue to assume full responsibility for Vision's hotel operations and expanding hotel portfolio.

Piercy has been with Vision for nearly two years, during which time he has contributed to several essential human resources and training initiatives.

"Reggie is a strong member of our team and has exemplified Vision's values throughout his leadership over the operations team," Vision Chief Executive Officer Mitch Patel said.


Scott joins MIT office

Lana Scott, formerly of Chattanooga, has joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Office of Digital Learning as a video support specialist.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Scott of Chattanooga left Harvard Business School Publishing where she was a video producer on several high profile projects including HarvardManage Mentor, a best-selling online management tool.

She holds a master's degree in visual and media arts from Emerson College.


Allegra cited by Nielson

Chattem Inc.'s anti-allergy medicine Allegra has won Nielson's Breakthrough Innovation Award.

Allegra was one of 14 out of 3,400 products picked for the award, which was chosen for its distinctiveness, relevance and endurance as an over-the-counter product.

Nielsen cited Allegra for the work to expand the brand into the OTC market and the advertising campaign messaging.

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