Business Digest: Baylor School faculty promoted to new roles

Business Digest: Baylor School faculty promoted to new roles

March 19th, 2017 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

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Ken Garner Manufacturing names Prince as president

Jerome D. Prince, Jr. was recently named president of Ken Garner Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of counterweights for excavators and cranes, and other metal fabrications.

Prince has been employed with the Chattanooga-based company for 30 years. He most recently served as vice president and general manager. He is a graduate of East Ridge High School and earned his engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Prince began his career as a co-op student working with Ken Garner, Sr., later working as a draftsman and then engineer. He lives in Chickamauga, Georgia with his wife Marla and daughter Molly.

Ken Garner Manufacturing, Inc., has locations in North Carolina and Texas.

Myers leads Design Studio, Winget named to head Elemi

Matt Winget, a registered architect and urban designer, will take over leadership of Elemi Architects as the firm's Principal Architect. The announcement comes as former Elemi owner Eric Myers transitions to the role of executive director of Chattanooga Design Studio, succeeding Christian Rushing who died in February.

Myers was the principal of Elemi Architects since September 2006 after previously working at Polis Studio and the former Chattanooga Planning and Design Studio with Stroud Watson, Karen Hundt and Rushing.

"I'm extremely excited to take on the tremendous opportunity of continuing to enhance and improve Chattanooga's 'public realm'," said Myers. "I've worked closely with the Design Studio in the past and look forward to furthering its important mission as well as the vision of Christian Rushing and everyone associated with it."

At Elemi, Myers will be succeeded by Winget, a seasoned architect and urban designer of 14 years. Winget has spent the last six years at Elemi, after working at Polis Studio with Eric Myers and at the original incarnation of the Chattanooga Planning and Design Studio.

"As Eric continues the legacy of our friend Christian Rushing at the new Chattanooga Design Studio, I will be looking to continue the legacy of Eric and what he created at Elemi Architecture," Winget said.

Elemi is currently working on the renovation of the Boynton Terrace Apartment towers with the Chattanooga Housing Authority. The firm is also working with Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) on the construction of The Mai Bell Apartments in Highland Park and with Collier Construction on several single-family homes.

Baylor School faculty promoted to new roles

Baylor History and English instructor William Montgomery has been named Dean of Faculty at Baylor School, where he will serve on the administrative executive team, and will supervise faculty and oversee curriculum in grades 6-12.

Montgomery will assume his new responsibilities on July 1, and will continue to teach one class in the coming 2017-18 academic year.

Montgomery graduated from Baylor in 1992, and earned a degree in English from Johns Hopkins University. He then taught English, world religions, and math at St. Paul's School for Boys in Baltimore for two years, before returning to school to earn a master's degree in Eastern classics from St. John's College in Annapolis.

Meanwhile, two Baylor faculty have been elected to leadership roles in their teaching professions.

Mathematics instructor Andy Stultz has been named president of the Chattanooga Area Math Teachers Association, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Stultz has a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Tech, and a Master of Arts degree, also from Tennessee Tech. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2003, and currently teaches pre-calculus and geometry.

Choral music director Vic Oakes, who also serves as executive director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, has been named president elect for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and will be assume three-year term as president in 2019.

ACDA is the largest and most comprehensive professional organization for choral musicians in the United States, including choral directors who work with singers in school, university, community, professional, and worship choirs throughout the country, and the Southern Division of ACDA is comprised of members in 11 southeastern states. Oakes previously served as president of the Tennessee chapter from 2014-16.

Rettig joins Goodwill as head of operations

Lance Rettig has joined Goodwill industries of Chattanooga as vice president of operations with responsibility for stores, supply chain, and marketing. He most recently served as an area manager for Goodwill Denver and is strongly committed to helping support Goodwill's mission of empowering people to achieve their potential and improve their quality of life.

Lance's career spans over 25 years in the retail industry. He was chief operating officer for VinMart+ stores in Vietnam, chief operating officer for Reliance Market stores in India, and worked for 17 years with Wal Mart, including serving as senior director of strategy for the international division.

Lance was also a board member of the U.S.-India Business Council Retail Committee in 2005, an executive member of the Coconino County of the Job Development Commission in Arizona and is the 1999 recipient of the Sam M. Walton People Division Award of Excellence in Wal-Mart. He has a Master and Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Smith elected to law group board

Miller & Martin Attorney Craig Smith has been elected by the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute to serve as board member through 2021.

Joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Smith presently oversees its Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Practice Group, directing various strategic initiatives designed to deliver comprehensive service to clients seeking practical and proactive solutions for their various insolvency, restructuring and creditors' rights concerns.

For more than 30 years, Mid-South Commercial Law Institute has conducted annual CLE seminars on commercial and bankruptcy law.

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