Martinez named a manager of First Horizon Bank on 23rd Street and more Chattanooga-area career moves

  photo  Contributed Photo by First Horizon/ Melissa Martinez

Martinez named a manager of First Horizon Bank on 23rd Street

First Horizon Bank recently named Melissa Martinez as banking center manager of the First Horizon banking center on 23rd Street in Chattanooga.

In her role, Martinez is responsible for developing new business and expanding on existing client relationships. As banking center manager, she upholds a high standard of customer service for all employees, according to a news release from the bank.

"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or work hours," Martinez said in a statement. "It is about relationships, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to further the bank's relationships both internally and externally."

Martinez is a graduate of Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she resides with her family.

Southern Heritage names Turnipseed as president

Southern Heritage Bank, recently announced in a news release that Sam Turnipseed has been promoted to Community Bank president of the bank's Chattanooga locations.

  photo  Contributed Photo by Community Bank/ Sam Turnispeed

Turnipseed started his career in the banking industry in 2002 after moving back to Chattanooga from the Washington, DC area. He held various roles before finding his passion for commercial lending.

Southern Heritage Bank is a division of First Citizens National Bank, headquartered in Dyersburg, Tennessee with 25 locations throughout Tennessee.

Davis Financial Advisors joins with Riggs & Associates

Luane Culpepper, a certified financial planner and certified Kingdom advisor with Davis Financial Advisors, is joining Riggs & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services LLC, led by private wealth advisor Jody Riggs. The combined team, who has more than 114 years of experience working with individuals and families in the Chattanooga area and beyond according to a news release, will maintain their office locations at 1206 Pointe Centre Dr., Suite 140 Chattanooga, and 7374 Applegate Lane, Chattanooga.

Culpepper decided to join Rigg's practice because of their shared dedication to clients and the opportunity to enhance her client experience with additional resources and a more robust team, according to a news release.

"We are excited about our financial advisory practices joining forces in Chattanooga," said Culpepper in a statement. "We both operate with a strong commitment to client service and instilling financial confidence."

Riggs said in a statement that the combined team "will help us to live out our mission of serving our clients, their families, and our community with excellence for years to come."

BrightBridge team growing to meet client needs

BrightBridge Capital has appointed Avery Boggess as the fund's new markets tax credit program manager.

  photo  Contributed Photo by BrightBridge/ Avery Boggess

In his role, Boggess works in all aspects of BrightBridge's new markets tax credit program which provides financing for projects sponsored by non-profit and for-profit businesses that have a funding gap and are located in highly-distressed, low-income census tracts, according to a news release.

Boggess graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he obtained a finance degree from the Haslam College of Business and was a member of the University of Tennessee Investment Group and the Financial Management Association.

"I am very excited to be back in Chattanooga and to be working for a company with such a strong, positive community impact. I am looking forward to the opportunity to use my financial background to help the New Markets Tax Credit program continue to flourish," Boggess said in a news release.

Partnership expands leadership team

Pam Smith has been promoted to director of deaf services and Wendy Winters has been named the director of elder and disability services and quality improvement for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.

  photo  Contributed Photo by Partnership/ Pam Smith

A graduate of the University of Memphis, Winters holds a master's degree in public administration. Winters spent the last four years as executive director of the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition, where she spearheaded homeless response efforts in the region on behalf of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In addition to her extensive experience in housing awareness and advocacy, Winters brings to Partnership a comprehensive knowledge of grants, program development and strategic acumen.

  photo  Contributed Photo by Partnership/ Wendy Winters

Partnership Director of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard-of-Hearing Services, Pam Smith, was named to head deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing and auxiliary services.

Smith's eight-year tenure with Partnership recently included an interim role as director of the Center for Family Connections, a program that supports parents and children throughout the Tennessee Valley by providing parenting classes, adverse childhood experiences education, supervised visitations and resource referrals. Smith is a graduate of Covenant College with a degree in organizational management.

Walker County Chamber announces new president

The Walker County Chamber of Commerce shared in a news release that Jennifer Morrison Martin is the new president.

  photo  Contributed Photo by Walker County Chamber of Commerce/ Jennifer Martin

"I am honored that I have been asked to serve Walker County as the president of the chamber of commerce," said Martin in a news release from the chamber. "Walker is the greatest county in the State of Georgia and I look forward to being a part of what's to come."

Martin, a long-term resident of Walker County, will officially assume the role Sept. 12.

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