Glenn Scruggs to head security at BlueCross and more business news

Glenn Scruggs to head security at BlueCross

Glenn Scruggs has been named director of safety and security for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Scruggs comes to BlueCross following a nearly 30-year career with the Chattanooga Police Department. He retired this year from the force as executive chief of neighborhood policing and community services, a role he held since 2018.

"I'm very proud of the work our security and safety team does to protect not only our BlueCross properties, but more importantly, the employees who serve our members," Lisa Lay, vice president of properties and corporate services for BlueCross, said in a news release. "I look forward to Glenn bringing his community-focused leadership experience to support that work."

Scruggs earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Belhaven University and is a graduate of the Southeastern Conference Leadership Academy, the Chattanooga Police Department Cadet Academy and the FBI National Academy.


Arnett manages First Horizon office

Joanne Arnett has been named assistant vice president and banking center manager in Cleveland for First Horizon Bank.

In her new position, Arnett will be responsible for customer service, developing new business and for managing daily operations, compliance, staff and expenses.

A graduate of Florida State University, Arnett has eight years of banking experience with a total of 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has served as a chamber diplomat for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce for over a decade and has developed and implemented numerous supply drives to benefit nonprofit organizations and schools throughout the community.

"We're excited to have someone with Joanne's skill sets and commitment to community serve in a leadership position in Cleveland," Logan Young, the First Horizon market president in Cleveland, said in a statement.

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Stiggins elected to Georgia hospital association board

Angela Stiggins, administrator and market vice president of operations for CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia, has been elected to the Georgia Hospital Association board, serving as an at-large trustee.

Stiggins began her health care career in 1987 as a registered respiratory therapist at the former Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe, which has since been converted to the CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia. She worked her way up to being the director of cardiopulmonary services for several years, physician liaison and chief operating officer before moving into an administrative role and market position.

"Angela Stiggins is a forward-thinking leader whose strategic planning has helped her hospital remain strong and viable for its community," Georgia Hospital Association President Caylee Noggle said in a statement.

Stiggins serves on the board of the hospital association's Center for Rural Health, as well as the boards of the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, the Catoosa County College and Career Academy and Blood Assurance, North Georgia. She also serves as vice chair of the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce.

Gorman heads sales at Embassy Suites hotel

Rebecca Gorman has been named director of sales and marketing for Embassy Suites Chattanooga at Hamilton Place.

Gorman, a graduate of Florida State University and St. Mary's University, has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. She moved to Chattanooga from Nashville, where she previously served as director of sales for Vista Host Hotels Management and Development and previously as director of sales and marketing for Maximum Hospitality.

Five Chattanoogans in Leadership Tennessee Next class

Leadership Tennessee Next, a trailblazing program committed to nurturing the potential of Tennessee's emerging leaders, has selected 30 emerging leaders for its eighth class.

An initiative of Leadership Tennessee, Leadership Tennessee Next tries to empower the state's early and mid-career professionals from across industries and different parts of Tennessee.

From Hamilton County, the class includes Penn Brafford, chief business officer for Variable Inc.; Micah Chapman, connectivity ambassador for Tech Goes Home; Xavier Cotto, a consultant on culture, inclusion and performance at the Tennessee Valley Authority; Shaquanta Locke, manager of supplier diversity at Volkswagen Group of America Inc.; and Chrissy Mincy, an attorney for Mincy Law PLLC.

Genera to add 230 job in Tennessee

Genera announced last week it will invest nearly $350 million to expand production and distribution at its Vonore, Tennessee, Sustainable Biomaterials Campus.

Genera will add 150,000 square feet to its Vonore facility and create more than 230 new jobs in Monroe County over the next five years, bringing the company's total headcount in Tennessee to approximately 350 people. The expansion will include more than 60 robotically controlled thermoforming machines, a fleet of autonomously guided vehicles and automated packaging lines.

Initially founded under the University of Tennessee System, Genera has grown to become North America's largest vertically integrated manufacturer of circular, compostable packaging solutions for food and consumer products, retail and food service. Genera's products are made from locally grown regenerative grasses, offering consumers sustainable alternatives to plastics with direct benefits to local farms and communities and a significantly lower carbon impact.

"Tennessee continues to be an ideal location for Genera to lead the transition to a biobased economy," Genera CEO Ben Mascarello said in an announcement of the expansion. "We've developed great long-term partnerships with local landowners, and we've built an extremely talented team. Robust financial commitments from our ownership group are enabling us to rapidly scale our manufacturing to meet the needs of our growing customer base."

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