Business Digest: Templeton joins local law firm

Business Digest: Templeton joins local law firm

August 5th, 2012 by Mike Pare in Business Diary

Templeton joins local law firm

John Templeton, a native of Cleveland, Tenn., recently joined the law firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway, P.C.

He graduated from McCallie School; Centre College in Danville, Ky.; and the University of Georgia School of Law, where he graduated cum laude in 2011.

He is a member of the state bars of Georgia and Tennessee.

Wilson completes skills course

Collegedale Municipal Court Judge Kevin Wilson has completed the enhancing judicial bench skills course, according to the National Judicial College.

The course is for judges who want to develop the skills they need to oversee their courtrooms effectively, and for judges who want to take a fresh look at the judge's role on the bench, from civility to contempt.

"I learned not only from the presenters but also from participating judges from around the country and from other countries," Wilson said.

Rogers appointed general manager

Nathan Rogers has been appointed as general manager of Tailored Living, which is part of a national franchise specializing in the design and installation of closet, garage, home office and utility spaces.

Prior to his new appointment, Rogers was a design assistant and senior installer for Tailored Living.

"Nathan brings a depth of expertise that will help our business continue to grow in the greater Chattanooga area," said Dan Morgan, CEO of Tailored Living of East Tennessee.

Bluewater Grille gets certification

Bluewater Grille has became the first restaurant in Chattanooga to receive green certification from the Tennessee Hospitality Association, according to the eatery.

The restaurant made drastic changes in its operations process in order to promote sustainability and shrink its environmental footprint.

"We are so proud to have received this certification from the Tennessee Hospitality Association," said general manager Colin Woodcook. "The Chattanooga community as a whole is developing a stellar reputation when it comes to being sustainable and environmentally conscious."

TransCard names Anderson as CFO

TransCard has chosen Richard Anderson as chief financial officer.

As CFO, Anderson is responsible for helping to shape the strategic direction of the company. He is also responsible for all financial analysis, forecasting, reporting, investor communications and risk management.

Prior to joining TransCard, Anderson was president and CEO of Shoreline Business Solutions Inc., a leading provider of payment card personalization and fulfillment services to community banks and credit unions. Anderson has more than 25 years' experience working with middle-market, entrepreneurial companies as an accounting, financial, and operational advisers.

VW manager 'Woman of Year'

Machelle Williams, general manager of organizational development and diversity for human resources at Volkswagen Group of America, has been named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

Williams, a 17-year veteran of the Volkswagen Group, was selected for her industry leadership and outstanding contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

"Machelle's longstanding service to the Volkswagen family and her commitment to promoting diversity within the organization have earned her well-deserved recognition," said Jonathan Browning, VW Group of America's chief executive.

Hamilton, Cruise relocate offices

Hubert E. Hamilton and Patrick A. Cruise have relocated their law offices from 4608 Rossville Blvd. to 2401 Broad St.

The newly renovated and remodeled building was formerly known as Feather & Fly.

Hamilton and Cruise are licensed to practice in Tennessee and Georgia. Hamilton is a board-certified civil trial specialist. Cruise has developed an extensive disability practice in addition to handling numerous accident and workplace injury cases.

Vision starts new hotels in region

Vision Hospitality Group Inc. has broken ground on two new properties, the Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta/Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., and the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Knoxville West/Turkey Creek in Knoxville.

"Our continued partnership with Marriott reinforces our ongoing strategy to invest in premium brands in growing markets. We look forward to adding these two hotels to our expanding portfolio," said Vision Chief Executive Officer Mitch Patel

Morrison named sales manager

John Morrison has been named manager of the American Republic Insurance Services office in Chattanooga.

Morrison will direct the efforts of a staff of American Republic Insurance Services representatives serving the life and health insurance needs of the retirement market in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

"Each of our representatives wants their clients to be informed," said Morrison.

Barbee wins awards in Anaheim

ServiceMaster Clean has presented the achiever and expert awards to Bill Barbee, owner of ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration in Chattanooga, at its international convention recently held in Anaheim, Calif.

Recipients of the Achiever Award must meet a variety of criteria to be nominated, including a minimum revenue amount and a minimum growth of 10 percent. The recipients represent the top-performing franchise owners among a network of businesses around the globe.

Barbee has been in the restoration and cleaning business for over 30 years.

Dunham cited by Edward Jones

David Dunham of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Fort Oglethorpe recently won the firm's Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Award for his achievements in building client relationships.

Dunham was one of 852 of the firm's 12,000 financial advisers to receive the award.

"David's success hinges on his ability to know and understand the financial needs and goals of his clients, long-term individual investors," said Jim Weddle, the firm's managing partner.

True North media announces hires

True North Custom Media has recently made several hires to support its growth and expansion.

Valerie Lauer and Laura Ward were hired as senior copywriters who bring more than 20 years of combined experience in developing health care marketing content across multiple platforms.

Nancy Burke and Kristi Kenning were chosen as business development executives based in Denver.

Jeff Sabbe and Nicole Vickowanich are group publishers for MD News.

"These hires reflect our renewed focus on delivering quality content and strategic marketing services for hospitals and health systems," says Charles DallAcqua, the company's chief executive.

Growth Coach gets certification

The Growth Coach of Chattanooga has received approval through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy as a registered sponsor on the National Registry of Continuing Professional Education Sponsors to offer upwards of 96 credit hours to certified public accountants.

"This truly is a win-win arrangement for The Growth Coach as well as for CPAs," said Rick Brines, owner of The Growth Coach of Chattanooga.

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