Business Digest: Knox joins Southside agency

Business Digest: Knox joins Southside agency

January 19th, 2014 in Business Diary

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Knox joins Southside agency

Casey Knox

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Southside Creative Group, an integrated marketing firm in Chattanooga, has appointed Casey Knox as director of digital and creative strategy. Her key responsibilities will be counseling clients across the agency's growing client portfolio and the enhancement of new digital offerings.

Prior to joining, Knox was a director at AREA203 Digital where she launched international brands and oversaw various digital campaigns for local and national clients such as Guatemala Tourism Board, Grito, Tennessee Temple University, Affordable Botox of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, LeadPile and Thomas Nelson Bible Group.

Knox previously held leadership positions with Marriott, SunTrust Banks Inc., and Texas Roadhouse. She earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at†Chattanooga.

"Casey brings a wealth of talent, leadership, energy and digital know-how to our team," said Ronelle Sellers, co-founder and partner at Southside Creative Group. "Her experience in healthcare, financial and professional services arenas underscores the need to support the continued growth of our clients' businesses."

Established in 2007, Southside Creative Group is a full-service marketing firm.

Hall promoted as EMJ executive

Chris Hall has been appointed executive vice president of EMJ Corp.

Hall has been with EMJ since August 2007 and and will continue to represent EMJ as general counsel in addition to expanding his responsibilities with EMJ's diversification with related companies.

Hall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee College of Law and has over 20 years of legal experience dealing with

construction, real estate and business related matters. Prior to joining EMJ, he was in private practice for 16 years in Chattanooga, primarily with Shumacker & Thompson and Husch


He lives in East Brainerd with his wife, Stephanie, and his three children, Ben, Maggie and Theo.

JHM hires three new CPAs

Mark Slavovsky

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Adam Bridges

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Jessie Lawrence

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JHM Certified Public Accountants has appointed three new accountants.

Mark Slavovsky, Adam Bridges and Jessie Lawrence are joining the firm's tax and audit departments.

Slavovsky, of Chattanooga, has been named tax manager in the firm's tax department. Slavovsky has eight years of experience in tax planning, research and compliance for businesses, individuals, trusts and estates. A native of Augusta, Ga., he earned a bachelor's degree in business from Covenant College and a master's in taxation from the University of Tulsa. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Bridges, of Signal Mountain, has been named staff accountant in the firm's tax department. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's in accountancy and taxation, both from the University of Tennessee. Bridges, a Knoxville native, is a member of the Chattanooga Tax Practitioners and is working toward licensure by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Lawrence, a resident of Dunlap, Tenn., has been named staff auditor in the firm's audit department. A graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Lawrence is working toward licensure by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a native of Montgomery, Ala.

"Each appointment is part of JHM's overall strategy of drawing fresh talent to strengthen our firm's commitment to the business, government, nonprofit, construction and hospital clients we serve," said Dean Krech, managing partner at JHM Certified Public Accountants.

Since its founding in 1977, JHM Certified Public Accountants has grown to specialize in accounting, auditing and tax services to nonprofit organizations.

Ellis joins local Chamber

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Amanda Ellis as marketing and communications coordinator.

Ellis will write for Chamber communications and serve as managing editor for the Chamber's Trend magazine.

Ellis is a Chattanooga native and a graduate of Nashville's Belmont University. She brings experience from several internships to this position, including stints at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Nashville public relations firm McNeely Pigott & Fox.

"We're glad to have Amanda on board. Her excellent writing and editing skills will serve her well in this position and make her a great addition to our team," said J.Ed. Marston, vice president of marketing and communications at the Chattanooga Chamber.

Tencarva names new president

Edwin W. Pearce III

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Tencarva Machinery Co., which has a Chattanooga Branch Office, has elected Edwin W. Pearce III as president of Tencarva after the retirement last year of Rod Lee, who served in that position for 16 years.

Lee retired after 36 years of service with the company, and will remain on the board of directors. Previously, Pearce was secretary, treasurer and controller of Tencarva for the last 13 years. The succession process began with the election of Pearce by the board of directors in January 2013. Pearce is the company's fourth president.

"We have tremendous, dedicated employees; we represent the top manufacturers of engineered products; and we have a diversified and thriving customer base - all of which bode well for our future," Pearce said.

Sawyer joins Barge Waggoner

Joseph Sawyer

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Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon has named Joseph Sawyer as senior landscape architect in its Land Resources business unit.

Sawyer earned his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the College of Agriculture at Mississippi State University. Prior to joining Barge Waggoner, Sawyer served as an associate of HGOR, Atlanta where he had the distinction of serving as lead landscape architect and project manager for Coolidge Park in Chattanooga. Most recently, he served a principal for DC Sawyer Design Group, Inc., a Chattanooga firm founded by his grandfather in 1936.

He is an active community volunteer with involvement in previous years with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Broward in Fort Lauderdale as well as with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. Sawyer currently serves as a member of C-7/Northshore Design Review Committee and charter board president for the Chattanooga Junior Rowing Booster Association.

Barge Waggoner is a professional services firm that includes engineers, architects, landscape architects, and surveyors employed in offices in Tennessee, Alabama and Ohio.

Zaman appointed to Erlanger post

Asad Zaman

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Erlanger Health System has appointed Asad Zaman as Erlanger's new transplant service line administrator.

Zaman is an administrative professional specializing in the management of solid organ transplant programs. He most recently completed an administrative fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center focusing on work with seven distinct adult and pediatric transplant programs.

"I am extremely excited to have Asad Zaman on our team," Erlanger President Kevin M. Spiegel said. "His research and past experience working with other transplant centers will be a huge asset to Erlanger's commitment to the Kidney Transplant Center and the overall operation of end-stage renal care in our region."

Prior to his tenure at Vanderbilt, Zaman worked at the Indiana University Health Transplant Center focusing on regulatory oversight of the abdominal and thoracic transplant programs. He has presented abstracts at the United Network for Organ Sharing Transplant Management Forum, as well as the American Transplant Congress, the Joint annual meeting of The American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation. Zaman has also given several lectures at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management.

Zaman received his bachelor's degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master's in health administration from Indiana University. He is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Society of Transplantation.

Morning Pointe presents awards

Independent Healthcare Properties (IHP) and Morning Pointe Assisted Living recently presented its 2013 corporate awards for outstanding performance of an entire team.

The Customer Service Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Chattanooga and executive director Holly Metcalf. TheMarketing and Community Outreach Award was presented to The Lantern Alzheimer's Center of Excellence at Morning Pointe of Lenoir City, Tenn., and executive director Sue Boling. The Operational Achievement award was presented to Morning Pointe of Greeneville, Tenn., and executive director Joyce Treadway.

The Team' Award was presented to Morning Pointe of Lexington, Ky., and executive director Liz Chappell.

Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, develops and manages 23 Morning Point assisted living and The Lantern Alzheimer's Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states.