Business Digest: Harrison joins First Volunteer Bank

Business Digest: Harrison joins First Volunteer Bank

November 25th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Business Diary

Harrison joins First Volunteer Bank

Mark T. Harrison has been named as executive vice president and chief credit officer of First Volunteer Bank.

"Mark is a great addition to our leadership team and brings a wealth of senior lending experience specializing in loan portfolio management," said Patti W. Steele, president and chief executive of First Volunteer.

Harrison joins First Volunteer from Raleigh, N.C., where he served as director of underwriting for Credit Risk Management LLC.

He has 25 years of banking and financial experience.

Harrison is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a bachelor's degree in economics.

Capital's Shamblin promoted

David Shamblin, financial adviser with Capital Financial Group, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Chattanooga, has been appointed to managing associate.

Shamblin will work directly under the leadership of Todd Schoonover and will work to find and develop professionals who will work with businesses, families and individuals in Chattanooga to help them prepare for their financial future.

Shamblin is a Chattanooga native and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He has been working with Capital Financial Group for the past four years.

Fell receives vision award

Danny Fell, president of Neathawk Dubuque & Packett, a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency with an office in Chattanooga, has received an award for vision and excellence in health care.

Fell was recognized at the 16th annual Healthcare Internet Conference in Las Vegas with the inaugural John A. Eudes Vision and Excellence Award, named in memory of one of the founders of Greystone.Net.

The award honors an individual who embodies Eudes' ideals for excellence by "believing in and acting upon the idea that excellence can only be obtained if one cares more than others think is wise, risks more than others think is safe, dreams more than others think is practical and expects more than others think is possible."

BlueCross gets award

The Society for Human Resources Management in Chattanooga has named BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee as its 2012 Unity within Diversity Award recipient.

BlueCross provided examples of how it serves as a champion for diversity and inclusion among its employees and within the community by creating a culture of diversity and inclusion. With the increase in competition, diverse needs of customers and the rapid advancement of technology, today's employers have to leverage all of their resources to achieve success, according to the Society.

Northwestern Tech hires Connie Smith

Connie Smith has been selected as vice president of adult education at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Smith joins the college from the Georgia Department of Labor where she served as the regional economic development coordinator for the 13 counties of the Georgia Mountains Region of Northeast Georgia (Region 2). She also acted as a liaison for local economic developers by connecting them with resources and programs that were available within the labor department.

She also served for over 13 years at the former North Metro Technical College (now Chattahoochee Technical College) in several administrative roles, including vice president of economic development.

Stark joins Ottobock

Minneapolis-based Ottobock has hired Chattanoogan Gerald Stark to the newly created position of senior upper limb specialist and as clinical leader of the company's upper limb professional and clinical services team.

In his new role, Stark is responsible for strategizing with marketing and sales areas to develop education and training and to provide exceptional support to Ottobock customers.

Stark comes to Ottobock from The Fillauer Cos. where he was vice president of education and product development.

Grubbs picked to advisory board

Miller & Martin attorney Shelby R. Grubbs has been appointed to the International Business Advisory Board of The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

Founded in 1992, the board has comprised business and campus leaders bound by a commitment to assisting the College of Commerce in furthering its international initiatives.

Grubbs has over 37 years practicing law in the area of civil litigation and dispute resolution.

Woman chosen executive director

Thirty-One Gifts has selected Misty Thomas, of Bridgeport, Ala., as national executive director. Thirty-One Gifts, based in Columbus, Ohio, is a direct-selling company of stylish and functional purses, totes, home organization solutions and more. Thomas is a founding member of Thirty-One. She is member of the company's Circle of Honor.

BrightStar Care receives award

Rick and Amy Collett, owners of BrightStar of Chattanooga, were recently named Brand Advocate of the Year at the 2012 BrightStar Care National Conference in Nashville. The award recognized the franchisee as a future leader who consistently looks beyond the franchise to help others grow and succeed. Founded in 2002, BrightStar Care is one of the fastest growing home health care and staffing providers.

Habitat elects two to board

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga recently elected James McKissic and Cory Allison to its board of directors to support the organization's ongoing effort to build affordable, energy-efficient homes in the Chattanooga community.

McKissic, a nonprofit veteran, is the chief operating officer of the Urban League. He will apply his program and community development expertise to advancing the mission of Habitat.

Allison is a business consultant for Home Healthcare of East Tennessee & Hospice.

Chatt Room Event Hall opens

The Chatt Room Event Hall will mark its renovation by its new owners on Dec. 5 at 2000 E. 23rd St. The newly created event venue is available for charity events, corporate meetings, award programs, proms, wedding receptions, holiday parties and other special events. A 4,000-square-foot event hall features catering services, free parking, state-of-the-art audio equipment, and seating of up to 250 theater-style.