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Parkridge names Rogers medical group manager

Parkridge Medical Group, an affiliate of Parkridge Health System, has named Carole Rogers as market administrator for the Chattanooga area. As market administrator, Rogers will steer business and growth operations for 48 medical providers in eight practice locations throughout the region.

Rogers began working for Parkridge Medical Group in 2006 as the area practice manager for the system's northwest Georgia market. In February 2016, Rogers was named manager of the Chattanooga market before accepting the role of administrator. In her new position, Rogers will oversee Parkridge medical practices dedicated to a broad scope of healthcare specialties, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, endocrinology, family medicine, orthopedics and spine care, psychiatry, and pulmonology.

Rogers earned her degree in healthcare management from Jones International University.

Bingham to manage Newcomb in Ooltewah

Newcomb Spring Corp., one of North America's largest custom spring, wire form and metal stamping manufacturers, has appointed Jason Bingham as general manager of its Ooltewah plant.

Bingham began his career at Newcomb Spring in 2000 as a quality technician and was promoted a year later to quality manager and then to operations manager in 2008.

Bingham is a native of Ooltewah, and earned his degree from Virginia Tech while working full-time and raising a family.

His appointment follows the retirement of Keith Porter, Sr., as general manager of the Ooltewah plant after decades of service.

Paris head eCommerce for Vision Hospitality

Vision Hospitality Group has named Brandi Paris as revenue optimization and eCommerce analyst. In this position, Paris will manage and execute all eCommerce tactical plans and work in collaboration with the revenue management and sales leaders to drive revenues throughout Vision's hotels.

Paris's hospitality career began in 2012 as a front office agent for the DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga/Downtown. She was soon promoted to sales coordinator and then reservations/accounts receivable manager. She later mastered the position of operations manager for both the Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga/Downtown and her home property, the DoubleTree by Hilton Chattanooga/Downtown. Paris has been an active member of the DoubleTree leadership team and Revenue Optimization Team. She also served as president for CARE, a committee that focuses on team, guest relations, and community outreach.

"We are excited to promote an internal candidate like Brandi that has strong organizational and work effectiveness strengths, but we are even more excited because Brandi possesses strong personal core values that are aligned with our culture," said Reggie Piercy, senior vice president of operations.

Volkswagen names Zabel to head U.S. marketing

Volkswagen of America, Inc., has appointed Jim Zabel as senior vice president of marketing to oversee all facets of marketing for VW in the United States. He will report to Derrick Hatami, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Volkswagen of America.

Zabel has more than 19 years of automotive industry and related experience, having managed brand accounts for Hyundai and Honda. Earlier in his career he worked for Nissan North America, working as a manager in both dealer operations and marketing for the Infiniti brand.

Zabel holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Guilford College.

Allred joins Chambliss as real estate paralegal

Rachel Allred has joined Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. as the firm's Commercial Real Estate and Business Sections as a paralegal.

"Rachel has a well-rounded skill set and she brings a broad range of real estate and transactional experience to the Chambliss team," said Michael Stewart, real estate section chair and shareholder at Chambliss.

Allred assists clients with the acquisition, development, management, and leasing of commercial real estate properties by drafting agreements, reviewing title, and assisting with due diligence. She also works in the business sector assisting clients with forming, growing, or dissolving their businesses and researching tax and corporate compliance matters.

She previously worked as a legal clerk in transactional law for Apperson Crump PLC in Memphis, Tenn. In this position, Allred assisted with commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, representing buyers and sellers in multi-million dollar hotel, multi-family, and commercial retail developments.

Allred earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. During her time at the University of Memphis, Allred received the CALI Award for the Elder Law Clinic, awarded to the highest scoring student in the program. Allred also graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in human and organizational development and a minor in corporate strategy.

Cureton named manager for green/light program

The Chattanooga sustainability group green|spaces has named Kelley Cureton as program director for green|light. She is responsible for helping businesses earn the green|light certification which signifies their commitment to sustainable business practices. She begins her new role in January.

The green/light program supports both large and small businesses that are interested in reducing the environmental impact of their policies and practices as well as saving money, attracting and retaining employees, and receiving recognition as a local green business. The program takes into account the type and size of an organization and works alongside to create a step by step sustainability plan.

Cureton received her bachelor's degree in Tourism and Event Management from the University of Florida and her Master's degree in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Kelley moved to Chattanooga two years ago.

Her previous positions have taken her from the professional sports realm as the Community Relations Manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning, to the whiskey world as the Director of Communications for Chattanooga Whiskey.

Miller to head local center for Southern Heritage Bank

Craig Miller has been named financial center president for the Chattanooga location of Southern Heritage Bank, a division of First Citizens National Bank.

Lee Stewart, East Tennessee Market Regional President for First Citizens, said Miller has 12 years of banking experience "and will bring much value to Southern Heritage Bank."

Miller is is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, founder and director of Back two Basics (B2B), s member of Hamilton Place Rotary Club and the chairman of the Member Connect Committee for Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association.

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