Martin receives CRS designation

Martin receives CRS designation

December 6th, 2009 by Staff Reports in Business Around the Region

Sam Martin, who is a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

A news release stated Realtors receiving the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate.

Mr. Martin is a multimillion-dollar producer and a member of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors' professional development committee and the Chattanooga and River Counties MLS services.

Wade, Eaves get posts at EPB

The EPB has announced its promotion of David Wade from senior vice president of electric system to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

The local electric power distributor and telecommunications business said Greg Eaves was elevated from senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer to executive vice president. Mr. Eaves will continue as chief financial officer.

"Both Mr. Wade and Mr. Eaves have demonstrated their talent for leadership as well as consistent good judgment, calm nerves in critical situations, commitment to continual improvement of our processes and systems, and strong commitments to teamwork and professionalism," said EPB President Harold DePriest. "As EPB grows our business, delivering EPB Fiber Optics advanced communications services, we will combine their specialized expertise with the strong team already in place in our company."

Mr. Wade joined EPB as a line helper in 1983. He has served as a manager and later as vice president with responsibility for the reliability of the entire electric system. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Mr. Eaves joined EPB as senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2004.

Kitchen Access opening Monday

Kitchen Access, a commercial kitchen incubator, will celebrate its grand opening Monday at 8174 East Brainerd Road.

Kitchen Access provides space for those who want to start a food service business without all the expense of buying or leasing a workspace, a news release stated. The incubator gives startup entrepreneurs an opportunity to test products and get a sense of business before making a major business investment.

"Also," says owner Sharon Caylor, "there are a few vendors at Kitchen Access who have scaled down their business in this economy. The kitchen has enabled them to continue their food service business and serve their clients, because of the lower cost of operation."

The kitchen is available to vendors 24 hours a day, if needed, 7 days a week. People reserve time for the kitchen and pays according to time spent, according to the release.

Mayfield takes products honors

Athens, Tenn.-based Mayfield Dairy Farms recently took two first-place governor's plaques for outstanding quality in the annual Tennessee Dairy Products Evaluation Contest. It won the recognition in the vanilla and premium flavored ice cream categories.

The competition took place in September at the Tennessee State Fair with 10 dairy processors competition for awards in eight categories.

"We're honored to accept these plaques on behalf of all the Mayfield employees whose work helps make all of Mayfield's dairy products outstanding," said Plant Manager Scott Watson.

Mayfield offers a full line of milk, cultured and ice cream products and serves nine Southeastern states.

Health plan ranked nationally

Volunteer Health State Plan, a BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee subsidiary, has been featured in the U.S. News and World Report/NCQA America's Best Health Plans 2009-10 rankings for Medicaid plans.

It's the fourth consecutive year that VSHP has appeared among the top-ranked plans in Tennessee.

VSHP's BlueCare-East plan, which serves enrollees in the TennCare program, ranked 44th nationally out of 82 plans. Its BlueCare-West plan is 59 on the list. VSHP's TennCareSelect plan ranked 61.

"We consider this a validation of our service commitment to our members and the TennCare program," said Sonya Nelson, president and chief executive of VSHP.

Dunlap firm receives grant

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded a $25,854 grant to C&D Technologies Inc. in Dunlap, Tenn., to provide training to 59 employees.

"Job training to upgrade the skills of Tennessee's workers is one of the best things we can do for our economy," said Gov. Bredesen.

"The Incumbent Worker Grants help companies invest in the future of their workers," said Mr. Neeley. "Over the past six years, Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $11 million to assist more than 40,000 employees."

The Southeast Tennessee Development District played a role in awarding the grant to C&D Technologies, a news release stated.