Business Digest: Godbold elected Foundation fellow

Business Digest: Godbold elected Foundation fellow

January 29th, 2012 in Business Diary

Godbold elected Foundation fellow

Chattanooga attorney William E. Godbold III was recently elected as one of 33 new fellows of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 751 attorneys across the state. The introduction of new fellows took place at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville.

The Bar Foundation's purpose is to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and to administer a grant-making program. The foundation's Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts, or IOLTA, has awarded more than $18.6 million in grants to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

Godbold is a member in the firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, and has been practicing law in Chattanooga for 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis Law School.

Thompson hired at RJ Young Co.

Doug Thompson has been named the new director of operations for RJ Young Co. to oversee the five distribution centers of the company in Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis in Tennessee and in Jackson and Hattiesburg, Miss.

"Our company continues to grow and expand throughout the Southeast. Doug will play an integral role to continue this growth and meet customer needs," said Hunter McCarty, chief operating officer at RJ Young.

Before joining RJ Young Co., Thompson was a system program manager for Eaton in Jackson, Miss., and previously served for 20 years as a naval officer and aviator. While in the Navy, Thompson had a variety of jobs, including managing a $6 billion annual procurement budget of the U.S. Navy.

Wilson named to clinic team

Blue Sky MD of Chattanooga has added nurse practitioner Cindy A. Wilson to its clinic team.

She will serve patients in Blue Sky MD's weight control, hormone therapy and aesthetics services.

Wilson is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She has worked in the areas of women's health, obstetrics, preoperative, post-anesthesia and medical-surgical care.

Local law firm chooses two

The Chattanooga law firm Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, P.C., recently announced the election of two attorneys as shareholders in the firm.

Jennifer Kent Exum joined the firm in September 2006 as an associate, and is licensed to practice in Tennessee state and federal courts. She represents clients in the areas of estate planning, tax, probate administration and civil litigation. She earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in May 2006.

Brie Allaman Stewart joined the firm in January 2007 as an associate and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Georgia state and federal courts. She practices primarily in the areas of medical malpractice defense and general civil litigation. She earned her law degree from Florida State University College of Law in December 2006.

Chambers gets certification

Sandy B. Chambers, affiliated with Classic Wealth Advisory of Raymond James & Associates Inc. in Chattanooga, has been certified as an accredited estate planner by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

She joined Raymond James in July 2011 after seven years in charge of the trust department for FSG Bank after she organized the department in 2004.

Chambers holds degrees from the University of Georgia.

Chamber honors Wright, Creech

Two people were cited at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce recently.

Robert Woods Wright received the M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award. It is the highest and most prestigious award presented by the Chamber, and it honors the memory of one of Bradley Couunty's most outstanding business leaders.

Wright is chairman of the board for Wright Brothers Construction Co. Inc.

Also, William "Bill" Creech, a retired agent with Allstate Insurance, received the Robert W. Varnell Jr. Leadership Award.

The award recognizes outstanding community leadership and is one of the top honors presented annually by the Chamber.

Reese joins local law firm

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC has named attorney Benjamin T. Reese as a member of the firm.

Reese practices out of the Chattanooga office, and his practice primarily focuses on general civil litigation, including civil rights law, construction law, labor and employment law, transportation law and workers compensation.

He attended University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, graduating with his juris doctor in 2004. He is a member of the American, Tennessee and Chattanooga bar associations.

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