Robertson named bank trust head

Robertson named bank trust head

September 13th, 2009 by Staff Reports in Business Diary

Harold G. Robertson, senior vice president and regional director of the wealth management division of First Tennessee, has assumed the management duties of the Chattanooga trust department.

First Tennessee Southeast Market Manager Frank V. Schriner Jr. made the announcement.

"Harold has done an excellent job running our regional wealth management area and we couldn't be more pleased that he accepted the responsibility of managing the trust department as well," Mr. Schriner said. "First Tennessee has one of the more established and experienced trust departments in this area and under Harold's leadership I anticipate great growth."

"SE Chattanooga has long- tenured trust officers who manage their customer portfolios locally," Mr. Robertson said. "I am pleased and excited to step into this role and begin working with a staff of this caliber."

Mr. Robertson has been with the financial services industry for 28 years, including 16 in bank brokerage.

He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University

Francois named CEO at Parkridge Valley

Brennan L. Francois has been appointed chief executive officer of Parkridge Valley, a behavioral health facility of Parkridge Medical Center.

He most recently served as CEO at Cumberland Hall Psychiatric Hospital in Chattanooga. He also has previous experience as chief operating officer of Alliance Health Center in Meridian, Miss.

He is a graduate of Covenant College and has an M.S. degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.

He has three children.

Lambert receives special designation

Brenda Lambert, who is broker/owner of All About Real Estate LLC in Dunlap, Tenn., has been awarded the certified residential specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Those receiving the designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate, a news release said. There are fewer than 38,000 Realtors nationally who have received the certification.

Ms. Lambert is a member of the Chattanooga Association of Realtors.

Aaron's celebrates Hwy. 58 opening

Lease-to-own retailer Aaron's Inc. on Friday will officially open the doors to its new Highway 58 location. The new facility is at 4749 Highway 58.

The opening festivities will last all day until the store closes at 8 p.m., officials said.

The celebration in Chattanooga coincides with a major company expansion that will see the opening of 250 stores across the U.S. and Canada this year.

Robert Fisher gets CCIM designation

Robert Fisher, who is with Re/Max Renaissance Realtors, was awarded the certified commercial investment member designation by the CCIM Institute, a commercial real estate association. The designation was presented in August after exams were held in Chicago.

Mr. Fisher was among the 199 commercial real estate professionals nationally who earned the designation. It is held by more than 15,000 commercial real estate professionals.

The CCIM designation program was established in 1969.

Craig Turner receives certification

Craig Turner, mailing services manager with Diversified Companies, has been certified in mail piece quality control, the company has announced.

A news release stated Mr. Turner can help customers in mail piece design and to make sure each piece meets U.S. Postal Services regulations. He has been in the mailing industry for five years and has served with Diversified for three.

He and his wife and seven children live in Varnell, Ga.

ACA Beacon makes appointments

ACA Beacon Verification Services has announced its promotion of Mike Sonnenburg to verification manager and Bobby Ankar to senior verification associate.

The compnay also said Alicia Hyde, who has been with the company since 2004, recently began a two-year relocation assignment to New York City where she will be responsible for working with clients and prospective clients in the region. Ms. Hyde has served as a verification manager on over 50 of the firm's clients and also oversees the firm's process improvement and training initiatives, the company said.

Mr. Sonenburg is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has been with the company for more than three years. He will serve as a manager for more than 30 of Beacon's clients. Additionally, he manages the company's technology initiatives.

Mr. Ankar, a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will be working with about 30 of the firm's clients who are investment management firms located throughout the United States. Mr. Ankar also serves on the firm's marketing committee.

ACA Beacon Verification Services provides performance measurement consultation to more than 175 investment managers throughout North America.

Claris Networks celebrates honor

Local managed services provider Claris Networks has been honored in Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000 and BusinessTN's HOT100 lists.

"We're really honored to be included on these lists," Claris Networks CEO Larry Bodie said. "It validates the hard work of our employees and our client-first service ethic."

Claris grew 19.3 percent from 2005-2008, giving it favor in the eyes of the two editorially selected lists, a news release stated.

Claris serves more than 250 clients in more than 25 different industries throughout the Tennessee Valley. Many of these clients are in the health care industry and include some of the nation's largest specialty medical practices.

Lisa Crawford promoted by hotel

Lisa Crawford has been promoted to day meeting manager of The Chattanoogan hotel on the Southside. She previously served as day conference planner.

She will now be responsible for bringing day meetings, retreats, planning conferences and seminars to the Benchmark Hospitality International property. A news release stated she will also manage all logistics for the meetings, serving as the primary contact for clients.

She has been with The Chattanoogan for nearly five years. Before joining the hotel, she served with Citadel Broadcasting and a Chattanooga marketing company.

She is a graduate of Chattanooga State Technical Community College. She has received a number of awards from Benchmark Hospitality, including The Chattanoogan's Employee of the Year and Best of the Best awards.

Mr. Rooter among top franchises

The World Franchising Network has selected Mr. Rooter Plumbing, which has a franchise in Chattanooga, as one of its Top 100 Franchises for 2009. The list is published in Bond's Top 100 Franchises (3rd Edition).

"It's exciting to be part of a prestigious group of companies," said Aaron Miller of the Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Nashville/Chattanooga franchise. "We enjoy providing this community with professional and customer-focused services."

The top 100 franchises were chosen "based on evaluations of historical performance, brand identification, franchisee satisfaction, training, on-going support, financial stability and other key variables," a news release stated.

Local Realtor finalist for award

Regina Ragon, of Flintstone, Ga., who is with Prudential Realty Center, is among 10 Realtors who have been named finalists for the Realtor Magazine's Good Neighbor Awards.

A news release stated that in November five winners will be selected from the 10 finalists. They will get a a trip to the 2009 Realtors Conference and Expo in San Diego and a $10,000 grant for their charity.

The Chattanooga area honoree was recognized for her Latin American community development commitment.

The release stated she was inspired after a 2004 mission trip to Nicaragua to improve conditions there and to help residents become more self-sufficient.

"This year she built and staffed a medical clinic in the village of Calihuate, obtaining more than $40,000 worth of used medical equipment from the U.S.," the release said. "She also supports the local school, providing electricity, computers and books and even securing bars on the windows and doors so the students would not have to carry their desks back and forth to prevent them from being stolen." It was also stated she created a sewing cooperative to assist the local women earn an income.

"Realtors build communities and play an important volunteer role for organizations across the country, helping improve the quality of life for those less fortunate or in need," said NAR President Charles McMillan, a Realtor and broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Dallas-Fort Worth. "Despite today's busy world, the Good Neighbor Awards finalists still find ways to give their time in service to others. They are truly inspiring and deserve to be recognized for their hard work."

Alex Miller promoted by EMJ

Alex Miller has been promoted by EMJ Corp. to project estimator.

He joined the Chattanooga-based contractor as a co-op student in 2005. He previously served as a project engineer.

He is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee.

Cleveland design firm recognized

Vocon, an architectural and interior design firm, has been named one of the Top 5,000 Companies by Inc. magazine.

A news release stated the ranking is a look at the fastest growing private companies in the nation, based on revenue growth. Vocon's total revenue in 2008 added up to $15.6 million.

"I am pleased for Vocon to be recognized once again as one of the top companies by Inc.," said Vocon principal Deborah Donley. "Our staff has done a phenomenal job meeting client expectations which in turn brings new business and potential for growth to the firm."

Vocon is based in Cleveland, Tenn., and was founded in 1987.

Erlanger opening gastroenterology

Erlanger Health System has announced the opening of Academic Gastroenterology, located in the Erlanger Medical Mall, and said Drs. Louis Lambiase, Hemchand Ramberan and Steven Kessler are specialists there.

A news release stated Academic Gastroenterology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small bowel and large colon, liver, bile ducts, gastroescophageal reflux disease, colon cancer screenings and surveillance.

Dr. Lambiase received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh/Presbyterian Hospital and was fellowship trained in gastroenterology, pancreatic research and biliary endoscopy at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He previously was chief of gastroenterology at Shands Jacksonville, part of the University of Florida Health System.

Dr. Lambiase also serves as assistant dean for clinical affairs and division chief for gastroenterology with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.

Dr. Ramberan received his medical degree from the University of Guyana School of Medicine, completed his residency in internal medicine at Brown University Medical School and was fellowship trained in gastroenterology at Yale University of School of Medicine with his final year of fellowship focused on pancreaticobiliary endoscopy, the release stated. He also completed a fourth year, advanced fellowship, in advanced therapeutic endoscopy/ERCP from the Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center under the mentorship of Drs. Peter Cotton and Rob Hawes.

Dr. Kessler received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency from Westchester County Medical Center. He was fellowship trained in gastroenterology at University Hospital at Stony Brook and the Veterans Affairs Hospital at East Northport. He previously practiced at Sound Gastroenterology in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.

Chattanoogan hotel receives awards

The Chattanoogan hotel has been honored with two of the highest awards in the meetings industry, according to a news release.

The Southside hotel received the 2009 Best of the South Award from Meetings Media and the 2009 Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award.

The local hotel is one of only three properties in Tennessee to receive Best of the South Award, which is determined by readers of Meetings South magazine, and one of only two hotels in the state to receive the Pinnacle Award, given by readers of Successful Meetings magazine.

"We are extremely proud to receive these two very prestigious awards," said Tom Cupo, general manager of The Chattanoogan. "This recognition honors our outstanding staff and the services we provide our clients to ensure that they have the most productive meeting experience possible."

OrthoBanc cited by Inc. Magazine

A Chattanooga finance management company was listed as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.

OrthoBanc, which oversees billing services for about 1,500 orthodontists across the nation, was included in Inc. Magazine's list of 5,000 fastest growing private companies.

OrthoBanc is No. 64 on the financial services list and 1,480th overall.

Bill Holt, president and co-owner, said he is excited to see the company he founded with area orthodontist Dr. Keith Dressler make the list.

"We could never have grown so quickly if not for the orthodontic consultants and many other friends in the industry who have promoted and supported us in various ways," he said.

According to Inc. Magazine, OrthoBanc has grown more than 213 percent from the $1.3 million in revenue it produced its first year to the $4.1 million it generated in 2008.