Bailey joins BrightBridge Capital and other Chattanooga-area career moves

  photo  Sarah Bailey

Bailey joins BrightBridge Capital

Sarah Bailey has joined BrightBridge Capital as a credit underwriter.

In her role, Bailey assesses the credit risk of small businesses before approving financial loans, typically for fixed assets. Bailey brings over two years in the finance industry to her role, including previously serving as a commercial credit analyst and relationship banker at First Century Bank in Tazewell, Tennessee.

"We're thrilled to welcome Sarah to our team," Mike Matousek, a senior loan officer at BrightBridge, said in a news release. "Sarah is well positioned to meet the needs of small business owners and assist with receiving financing that is best suited to them."

Bailey is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and she received her Master of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University. She serves as Chamber of Commerce board member in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

  photo  Thalia Cruz

Cruze joins Waterhouse PR

Waterhouse Public Relations has added Thalia Cruz as a new account executive.

With a background in public relations and experience working with businesses and nonprofits, Cruz brings expertise in content creation and innovation to help a range of industries.

"Thalia is a great addition to our team because of her results-oriented mindset and boundless enthusiasm," said Marissa Bell, vice president of Waterhouse PR. "She will undoubtedly contribute to our commitment to provide high quality public relations services while helping our clients achieve their communication goals."

A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, Cruz attained a bachelor's degree in public relations from Lee University, where she was a writer for the award-winning campus publication, the Vindagua.

Reddy joins CHI's vascular surgery group

Dr. Amith Reddy, a vascular surgeon, has joined CHI Memorial Vascular Surgery Specialists, a practice that provides comprehensive care for diseases of the vascular system, including the arteries, veins and lymphatic systems throughout the body.

Reddy earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Nebraska. He completed his general surgery residency at St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri and a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Colorado in Aurora.

CHI Memorial Vascular Surgery Specialists has clinic locations in Glenwood, Hixson, Jasper and Ringgold, Georgia.

Montague elected to Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame

Rick Montague has been elected to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee Hall of Fame.

While in college at the University of Virginia, Montague started volunteering at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga as a playground monitor. As a young teacher, he became an assistant scoutmaster to an inner city Boys Scout Troop and witnessed firsthand the many challenges faced by low-income youth and families.

In 1972, his then father-in-law, Jack Lupton, asked Montague to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga board of directors, and Montague has remained engaged with the organization ever since, serving as board chair on two different occasions.

"There are 20 Boys & Girls Clubs organizations in Tennessee, all of which have had many board members over the years, and only three or four individuals a year are inducted into the Tennessee Hall of Fame," Barry VanDelinder, Jr., the board chair of the Chattanooga Club, said in an announcement of Montague's induction into the Hall of Fame. "This award recognizes Rick's remarkable tenure of tirelessly working to improve the lives of Chattanooga youth."

Montague served as the first executive director and president of the Lyndhurst Foundation, and he was also appointed to chair the three-year process to reimagine Chattanooga's downtown and riverfront areas.

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