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Southern Champion names Marshall CFO

Bob Marshall has joined Southern Champion Tray (SCT) as chief financial officer.

A native of Tullahoma, Tenn., who has lived in Chattanooga since 1994, Marshall previously served as CFO of Krystal, executive vice president of MetalTek International, vice president of marketing at Chattem, and president of Livingston Company.

Marshall takes the financial reins from Mark Longnecker, who will retire from Southern Champion this fall after 37 years as CFO.

Marshall graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in finance and earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Southern Champion Tray also named George Coogan as chief sales officer and Brian Hunt as chief operations officer.

Coogan joined SCT in 1991, and Hunt joined the company in 1999.

Habitat for Humanity adds board members

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area recently added five new board members: Catharine Bahner Daniels, owner of Plum Nelly Shop & Gallery; Derrick DePriest, senior vice president at Atlantic Capital Bank; Randy Drummer, CPA and partner of Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough PLLC; Mark Hite, owner of Mark Hite Team for Keller Williams Realty; and Craig Smith, attorney at Miller & Martin.

"Our board of directors and volunteers are the backbone to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area," said David Butler, president of Habitat.

The new directors will join 13 other board members at Habitat for Humanity in Chattanooga, which began in 1986.

The local Habitat has built 271 homes providing more than 1,000 women, men and children with the joy and security of Habitat homeownership.

Vision Hospitality employees honored

Vision Hospitality Group announced that three associates were recognized by the Greater Chattanooga Hospitality Association during the annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala.

-Patty Martinez was awarded the Medium Property Lodging General Manager of the Year for the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Chattanooga. Martinez's 25 years of experience in hospitality has given her the wisdom and insight to be a mentor for her associates and a cultivator of teamwork. With her leadership, the DoubleTree in Chattanooga is within the top 10 percent of the DoubleTree brand based on their service scores.

-Ramon Morales was honored with the Small Property Lodging Employee of the Year. Morales is a maintenance tech at the Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown Chattanooga where he is the current Associate of the Year.

-Andrea Anderson was awarded the Small Property Community Service Award. She is the general manager for the Hilton Garden Inn downtown where she is said to be an inspiration to her team, guests and community. Within the last year, Anderson and her team have participated in more than 15 service projects including Chattanooga Kids on the Block, the Community Kitchen, Clean the World, and Clean and Green.

Chilton to manage Kimball Hampton Inn

Vision Hospitality Group has promoted Chris Chilton 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.

"It has been a pleasure working with Chris over the years and watching him grow as a leader. I am confident he will accomplish great things at the Hampton Inn, Kimball," said Jeff Mochel, regional vice president of operations.

Case is accredited as business associate

Donny Case of Creative Business Consultants has fulfilled the requirements and passed the certification exam to become an Accredited Small Business Consultant (ASBC).

By receiving the ASBC designation, Case has demonstrated the knowledge required in all core competencies of small business and SME consulting to effectively assist clients in improving operations and achieving higher profits.

NRC names Hardage Sequoyah inspector

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has named David Hardage senior resident inspector at the TVA's Sequoyah nuclear power plant, located near Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.

Hardage previously served as the resident inspector and senior resident inspector at the Hatch nuclear power plant in Georgia. Prior to moving to the Hatch plant, he was a project engineer in the Resident Inspector Development Program in the Region II office in Atlanta. Before joining the NRC, Hardage was a U.S. Navy submarine officer and after leaving the Navy, held a number of positions at the Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear plants in Florida.

Hardage received a bachelor's degree, specializing in chemistry, from the University of Georgia in 1981 and a master's degree in civil engineering from Florida Atlantic University in 1999. He held a senior reactor operator license while he was at the Turkey Point and St. Lucie plants. In addition, Hardage is a licensed professional engineer in Georgia.

At least two NRC resident inspectors are assigned to each U.S. commercial nuclear plant. Resident inspectors can serve at one site for up to seven years.

University Surgical adds two surgeons

University Surgical Associates (USA) has added Erica R. Clark, D.O., and John C. Huggins, M.D., to the team of surgeons providing specialized surgical care to patients in the Chattanooga area.

-Dr. Clark is a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon, who specializes in treating circulatory conditions including carotid disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), thoracic aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), mesenteric/renal artery disease, venous disorders including varicose veins and more. She graduated from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed internship and residency training at Spartanburg Regional Health Center and a vascular fellowship at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, Department of Surgery.

-Dr. Huggins is a general and breast surgeon who specializes in abdominal surgery, hernia repair, gallbladder disease, sentinel node biopsies and breast conservation surgery. He is trained in advanced laparoscopy as well as stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy techniques. Dr. Huggins graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed internship and residency training at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, Department of Surgery.

"This is an exciting time in the history of University Surgical as we gain two outstanding surgeons, who will enhance our services in vascular, breast and general surgery," said Michael S. Greer, M.D., president of University Surgical Associates.

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