Business Digest: Unum Group promotes Rogers

Business Digest: Unum Group promotes Rogers

July 6th, 2014 by Staff Reports in Business Diary

Unum Group promotes Rogers

Preston Rogers

Preston Rogers

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Unum recently announced the promotion of Preston Rogers to assistant vice president of the customer contact center where he will manage operations and ensure high standards for customer service.

Rogers has been with Unum for 25 years and has since held various roles in the internal audit, group billing and service operations business areas. Prior to his promotion, he was director of the customer contact center.

Rogers has a bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA in finance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is also a board member for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga.

Decosimo in Huntsville moves

Decosimo moved its Huntsville, Ala., office to a new location on July 1. The office is relocating downtown within the Regions Bank building at 200 Clinton Ave.

While the location is changing, contact information for the firm and its personnel will remain the same. The Huntsville office features an experienced team of professionals who are backed by the firm's regional resources that includes approximately 300 public accounting and business advisory professionals and staff.

"Our client base in Huntsville and service offerings for the region are continuing to grow, and, with our firm's merger with the solvability practice in early 2013, the move to our new location in Huntsville will allow our practices to fully integrate and create more synergies in serving our clients as we provide our full range of services under one roof," said managing principal Nick Decosimo.

Stacy to chair Memorial board

Memorial Health Care System Foundation, the fundraising arm of Memorial Health Care System, has elected former UTC Chancellor Bill Stacy as chairman.

Dr. Stacy, who also is a retired headmaster of Baylor School, previously served as the secretary and vice chair of the foundation board and was co-chairman of the Inspired Heroes capital campaign.

Other new officers for the Memorial Health Care System Foudation include Mary Stewart Lewis, of AT&T, vice chair; Holly Harwell, of Keller Williams Realty, immediate past chair; Hodgen Mainda, of MDP Management, secretary; James Woods, of the Trust Company, treasurer, and Lee Jackson, M.D. of Memorial Robotics and Urologic Cancer, the member-at-large post.

Schmitt is new ASGE president

Dr. Colleen M. Schmitt

Dr. Colleen M. Schmitt

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The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has appointed Dr. Colleen M. Schmitt, MHS, FASGE, of the Galen Medical Group, as president.

Dr. Schmitt assumed her duties in May during Digestive Disease Week in Chicago. She became a member of ASGE in 1994 and has served on a number of committees. From 2005 to 2009, she served as chair of the health and public policy committee and was a member of the research committee for several years. Since 1994, Dr. Schmitt has been a reviewer for ASGE's peer-reviewed scientific journal, GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and was a member of the editorial review board from 1999 to 2004.

"One of the greatest benefits of becoming an ASGE leader is the ability to mentor and provide opportunities for young people who are just starting out," Schmitt said. "This year I'm delighted to be initiating the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program offering enhanced leadership and career development skills through education, coaching and building professional relationships."

She attended Jacksonville State University where she graduated with a B.S. in biology and earned her medical degree at the University of South Alabama.

Chrzan joins Walldforf

Sarah Lester Chrzan

Sarah Lester Chrzan

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Sarah Lester Chrzan has joined Herman Walldorf Commercial Real Estate as a communications and marketing facilitator. In this role, Chrzan will coordinate communication with clients and advance marketing systems for Walldorf focusing on email, social media and print and web campaigns.

Chrzan's background includes nearly seven years of experience in building programs and marketing efforts, most recently supporting internal operations for Courseload, a growing education technology company based in Indianapolis. Previously, Chrzan worked at CreateHere in Chattanooga, serving as coordinator of Chattanooga Stand, a grassroots community visioning campaign that gathered feedback from over 26,000 residents.

"We are thrilled to have Sarah join the team to support our commitment to serve our clients well," Agent Benjamin Pitts said. "She is enthusiastic about Chattanooga, and her experience will help us identify and implement best practices for communications and marketing in a constantly advancing media environment."

Knox appointed AAF president

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Chattanooga recently elected its 2014-2015 board of directors. Each board member will serve a one-year term beginning July 1.

Casey Knox, of Southside Creative Group, was re-elected as the club's president.

"It's an honor to serve as president for a second term," Knox said. "Last year was a great year for the club, and we set the bar high. This next year we plan to focus on advertising education for students, succession planning and adding a new fundraiser."

Compiled by Wesley Holloway,