Cathy Howe is named executive director at Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tenn. Howe comes to Life Care Center of Cleveland from Life Care Center of Crossville, Tenn., where she was executive director for more than two years. She also served as executive director at Life Care Center of Waynesville, Missouri, and has been involved in senior care since she started volunteering at age 13.
Mike Bua joins Regions Bank and serves as branch manager for its Signal Mountain office. Previously, Bua served as financial center manager for Fifth Third Bank in Tampa, Florida. His experience also includes serving as treasurer for BNI in Tampa as well as being active in the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. Bua succeeds Allison Cross as branch manager of the Signal Mountain office. Cross was recently named mortgage loan officer for Regions.
Mark Hilling is the new director of operations for The Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Hilling is instrumental in ensuring the long-term strategies for warehousing, food distribution, transportation, inventory control, food purchasing and food resourcing align with the Food Bank's end goal of achieving its 10-year strategic plan to double in size by 2025. As the former director of manufacturing and warehouse operations for Ferrara Candy (formerly Farley's and Sathers Candy Co. and Brach's Candy Co.), Hilling played a key role in developing and implementing the supply chain network through growth and acquisitions.
Chris Chilton is promoted to general manager of the Hampton Inn in Kimball, Tenn. Chilton joined Vision in Oct. 2014 and has since succeeded in the positions of guest service manager, operations manager and assistant general manager for the Hampton Inn in Chattanooga.
Karen Templeton is promoted to director of internal audit of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Templeton is responsible for directing all internal audit activities including financial and operational audits, technology audits, quality assurance audits and external audit coordination services. Over the past 25 years, Templeton has held progressive leadership positions within the company's corporate audit services division.
Melanie King, a development professional from Atlanta, joins the Tennessee Aquarium as senior development officer. King was in charge of individual leadership giving at the Georgia Tech Alumni Association for the past 10 years. She also was responsible for sponsorships and maintaining corporate relations for fundraising events. Previously King worked with the National Wildlife Federation and the Georgia Conservancy. In her new role, King focuses on advancing the mission of the Tennessee Aquarium through individual donor relationships.
Luke Collins is appointed manager of international logistics at Tranco Global. In this role, he and his team will be focusing on providing trans-Pacific logistics solutions to Far East importers. Most recently, Collins was the business development manager at Steam Logistics and also has worked for Covenant Transport. Originally from Australia, he was an accomplished professional rugby player before starting his career in transportation.
Bert Kuyrkendall, P.E., joins Gresham, Smith and Partners as a senior transportation engineer. He brings more than 20 years of project management and design experience. Kuyrkendall is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, as well as Belhaven University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Jacqueline Gentry, M.D., joins CHI Memorial Internal Medicine Associates-Chattanooga. Dr. Gentry received her medical degree from East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City. She completed her residency in family medicine at University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga. She is a member of Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and American Academy of Family Medicine.
Keith Myers, PTA, MBA, CEAS III. CEFE, is naemd vice president of industrial services and workers' compensation for BenchMark Physical Therapy. In his new national role, Myers oversees and sells BenchMark's industrial services line, which includes pre-employment, first aid, flex and stretch and wellness programs, as well as workers' compensation in all BenchMark Rehab Partners' clinics across 13 states. Myers has been with BenchMark Physical Therapy since 2001 and has served as a regional director over Chattanooga and North Georgia markets since 2008.