Business Digest: Crabtree Farms has new director

Business Digest: Crabtree Farms has new director

August 31st, 2014 by Staff Reports in Business Diary

Crabtree Farms has new director

Sara McIntyre

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Sara McIntyre has been named the executive director at Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga. McIntyre began volunteering at Crabtree Farms in February 2011 and was hired on as urban farmer and volunteer coordinator in March 2012. In August 2012, she took on the position of educational coordinator, later becoming farm manager in January 2014.

McIntyre, a native of Kansas City, Kan., has lived in Chattanooga since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in biology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and studied environmental education through the University of Wyoming and Utah State University graduate programs. She taught science for five years at middle and high school levels, including one year at Baylor School. She hopes her experience as an educator will enhance Crabtree Farms' already established educational programs.

"This is a great opportunity for a great organization," said Joel Houser, executive director of Crabtree Farms. "We have extremely high expectations for what Sara will be able to accomplish with her passion, background and proven leadership."

Crowe joins Erlanger group

Dr. Jayne Crowe, a rheumatologist, has joined the Erlanger Health System practice of University Rheumatology Associates.

Dr. Crowe received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and doctorate of medicine from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed an internal medicine residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a rheumatology fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she served as chief rheumatology fellow.

She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Georgia Society of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Crowe joins rheumatologists Michael Brit and Elizabeth Turner at the offices of University Rheumatology Associates and is currently accepting new patients.

Brantley joins FSG as advisor

Tray Brantley

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Tray Brantley has joined FSG's wealth management team, where he will serve as the wealth advisor for FSG Bank's south market, which includes Dalton, Ga., Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tenn. Brantley brings more than eight years of experience as a wealth advisor in the northwest Georgia area. Brantley specializes in individual and business retirement planning, investment portfolio management and wealth management, as well as insurance.

First Security President Mike Kramer said Brantley has the experience and proven track record "and will be a great addition toe the breadth of expertise" at FSG.

"Cultivating relationships with clients is at the heart of what we do at FSG Bank," Kramer said.

Brantley received his MBA from Kennesaw State University and is a veteran of the United States Army Reserves, where he worked as a supply specialist in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 421st QM Unit of Ft. Valley, Ga.

-- Compiled by Wesley Holloway, who can be reached at or 423-757-6613.