Business Digest: Gorman leads Aquarium education

Business Digest: Gorman leads Aquarium education

September 17th, 2017 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

Lodge names Otterman president

Lodge Manufacturing in South Pittsburg has named Mike Otterman the new president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Otterman joined Lodge in June 2016 as the senior vice president of sales and marketing with more than 25 years of experience in the housewares and outdoor industries.

"Mike Otterman's vision, leadership skills, knowledge and experience will help drive the company's continuing success in the very competitive cookware market," Lodge chief executive officer Henry Lodge said.

Founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge, Lodge Manufacturing is the oldest family-owned cookware company in the United States, and it is the oldest continuously operating domestic producer of cast iron cookware. The company produces more than 130 foundry seasoned cast iron items, and it markets enamel-coated cast iron cookware, seasoned carbon-steel cookware and cooking accessories to 3,000 dealers in the U.S. and distributors in 60 countries.

Foster, Crawford join Vision Hospitality

Vision Hospitality Group has named O'Mally Foster as vice president of talent resources and risk management and Emily Crawford as communications and community relations manager.

-Foster joins the Chattanooga-based hotel chain after working for more than a decade in human resources, payroll, employee relations, accounting and operational compliance at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., Noble Management, Dimension Development and Wacker.

-Crawford, a recent graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., is responsible for corporate branding, internal and external communications and social responsibility. While still pursuing her business administration degree, she became the head of project implementation and sales for Talon Creative Marketing Agency, and later assisted in the development and coordination of the marketing materials, public relations events and sales for Tennessee Tech Sports marketing department.

Reggie Piercy, senior vice president of operations for Vision, praised the new hires. Piercy said Foster "will be instrumental in helping us to enhance our culture, learning systems and risk management approaches," and Crawford's "energy and passion to succeed are contagious with others, and we look forward to watching Emily grow in her new position."

Glass House adds four board members

Glass House Collective has added four new board members to direct its revitalization work in the East Chattanooga community that surrounds Glass Street.

Dr. Catherine Colby is a former UTC professor who works as an independent consultant focusing on community development and corporate responsibility. Annette Allen grew up in Avondale and served for eight years on the Signal Mountain Town Council and Planning Commission. Jared Hueter is an architect with Cogent Studio who worked as the program manager of the CITYbuild Consortium of Schools. Logan Threadgill is an attorney in the Chambliss law firm's litigation and risk management section.

Monty Bruell, a business consultant, also was recently elected chair of the Glass House Collective.

Gorman leads Aquarium education

Dr. Brooke Gorman is the Tennessee Aquarium's new director of science education.

Gorman was previously director for instructional materials development at Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), a nonprofit educational center that develops curricular and evaluation materials in the fields of science and technology. She was responsible for writing science curriculum materials for grades K-12 and leading professional development workshops for science teachers. In addition, she has served as the lead for a number of informal education projects, such as Family Science Night at BSCS and STEM events for families.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in biology, Gorman earned her doctorate in biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed a postdoctoral degree in science teaching and research at Emory University.

"We're excited about Brooke's leadership and enthusiasm for developing exceptional environmental education programs that focus on sparking curiosity," said Dr. Anna George, the Aquarium's vice president of conservation science and education. "We've been a vital educational resource in the region for more than 25 years but realize that there's even more we can do."

Keller Williams adds Martinez as agent

Manuel Martinez has joined the Keller Williams office in downtown Chattanooga, where his former mentor, Steve Champion, serves as broker and director of career development.

Martinez obtained his real estate license in both Tennessee and Georgia in 2007. As a new agent, he joined Prudential Realty Center the same year and received his sales training from Champion. In 2009, he joined the Bell family's new construction brokerage, formally known as Bell Development, now Bell Homebuilders.

"Real estate is about people, and I love people," Martinez said.

Dean joins First Volunteer Bank

Jeremy Dean has joined the commercial team at First Volunteer Bank.

Dean has 19 years of banking experience. He is involved with United Way, JA of Chattanooga, and the Creative Discovery Museum.

Dean has a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and is a graduate of the Southeastern School of Banking.

DeVaney is property manager for NAI Charter

NAI Charter is expanding its full-service property management division. Now serving 29 commercial properties totaling nearly 1.2 million square feet of space in the Chattanooga area, NAI Charter has brought on D. Frazier DeVaney Jr. as property manager.

A University of the South graduate and formerly of ENERG3, DeVaney is excited to join the company that his grandfather founded and his father grew.

"Frazier grew up hearing Charter Real Estate's mantra, 'Exceeding Expectation'," David F. DeVaney, NAI Charter president, said. "I am confident Frazier will bring energy and talent to our property management division."

Hammet heads finances for CHI in SE

Troy Hammett has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for Catholic Health Initiative's (CHI) Southeast division.

Hammett has more than 20 years of executive and financial leadership experience with complex health systems in Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio, as well as 10 years as a financial and strategic advisor with regional and national health care consulting firms.

Hammett will oversee and coordinate the following functions within the Southeast division in collaboration with national leaders: payer strategies, facility services, information technology management, supply chain and real estate services.

In addition to his Southeast division role, Hammett will continue to serve as CHI Memorial's CFO.

He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified public accountant.

Jones joins board for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga recently elected Marcus Jones to its board of directors to support the organization's ongoing effort to build affordable, energy-efficient homes and promote neighborhood development in the Chattanooga area.

Jones is an engineer and principal project manager for Tennessee Valley Authority. In addition, Jones is the president and CEO of Magnolia Developments LLC.

A native of Mississippi, Jones is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is a certified Project Management Professional and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

"We are thrilled to have Marcus join our board," said David Butler, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. "His technology and industry insight coupled with business and leadership experience will be a valuable addition to the Habitat board."

Other community leaders serving on Habitat's board of directors include Catharine Bahner Daniels, Derrick DePriest, Randy Drummer, Jim Ford, Veronica Herrera, Mark Hite, Drew Hibbard, Beverly Johnson, Barbara Marter, Don McDowell, Linda Mines, James Moreland, Ron Morris, Craig Smith, David Wade, Jennifer Whitaker, Lebron Womack and Dave Worland.

At work in Chattanooga since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area is a faith-based nonprofit organization that has built 271 homes.

Roegge joins Atlantic Capital in SBA lending

Atlantic Capital Bank, which acquired the former FSG Bank in Chattanooga in 2015, is expanding its small business lending with the addition of Jeff Roegge, who was named senior vice president and manager of SBA Lending.

Roegge said he plans for Atlantic Capital to become one of the leading SBA lenders across the Southeast through recruitment and innovation — specifically, processing loans more quickly and committing capital for business leaders.

During his 20 years in the industry, Roegge has developed or managed more than $1 billion in new loan production using the SBA 7a, SBA 504 and USDA loan programs. Before joining Atlantic Capital, Roegge was SBA team leader for SunTrust Bank in Raleigh, N.C.

"I was drawn to Atlantic Capital by their strong track record of innovation and expertise in business lending," Rogge said.

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