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Chamber names Darian Scott as director of talent

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce has promoted Darian Scott to director of talent and economic inclusion.

Scott, a Chamber employee for five years, previously served as the Chamber's community outreach coordinator, engaging the public in Chamber Foundation programming and leading talent development programs like the Get a Job program teaching high school students about joining the workforce. Scott also led work in specific communities convening stakeholders to collectively solve community challenges, including launching the Orchard Knob Community PTA to support Orchard Knob Middle School.

In his new role, Scott will implement programs and initiatives to promote diverse economic development and inclusive workplaces that will help attract, retain and develop top talent in the Chattanooga region.

"As an employer ourselves, the Chamber takes seriously our responsibility to provide our employees with advancement opportunities and clear career pathways," said Molly Blankenship, vice president of talent initiatives at the Chamber.


Shane Unsworth named among top young financial advisors

Shane Unsworth, a financial advisor for UBS Financial Services Inc., in Chattanooga office, has been named to Forbes magazine's List of 2018 Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors. The list includes 1,000 talented advisors born in 1980 or later who represent the future of the wealth management industry.

The ranking, developed by Forbes' partner Shook Research, rates thousands of wealth advisors and weighing factors like industry experience, compliance records, revenue produced, assets under management and in-person interviews.

Unsworth has worked within the financial services industry for 10 years, including seven years at UBS Global Wealth Management, where he is a partner of CORE Wealth Management. He is a graduate of Lee University and has obtained the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).


Ethan Collier elected treasurer of state Home Builders

Williamson County resident Jimmy Franks was recently installed as the 2019 president of the Home Builders Association of Tennessee (HBAT), succeeding Mack Andrews of Germantown as head of the statewide association.

Ethan Collier, president and CEO of Collier Construction, is the 2019 treasurer and vice president of HBAT. James Reid, president of Memphis-based Reid Homes Inc., was installed as vice president and secretary.


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Chattanooga Heart Institute adds Dr. Robert Huang as cardiologist

The Chattanooga Heart Institute at CHI Memorial has added Dr. Robert Huang, M.D., MPH, FACC.

Huang received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his residency and internship in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as well as fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. While at Vanderbilt University, he also earned a master's in public health. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology. Dr. Huang comes to The Chattanooga Heart Institute with experience as a previous STEMI Director, radial program director, and cath lab quality/AMI director.

The Chattanooga Heart Institute has 28 highly-trained cardiologists — including specialists in interventional procedures, electrophysiology, imaging and vascular disease — and two cardiothoracic surgeons on staff.


Southeastern Trust Co. adds portfolio manager

Southeastern Trust Company has hired Nicholas van der Meer as portfolio manager to serve its growing client base.

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Van der Meer is a CFA charter holder and adds to Southeastern Trust's wealth management expertise with a diverse skill set and 12 years of experience in finance.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, van der Meer graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Accounting from Stellenbosch University. He began his career as an equity analyst and portfolio manager within the private client wealth management subsidiary of Africa's largest bank.

He most recently served as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch where he solved complex wealth management concerns for high net worth customers. Over the course of his career, van der Meer has also served as a registered para-planner, writer and columnist, equity analyst, and trainee accountant.

"We're pleased to welcome Nicholas to our team," said Bart Rolen, CEO of Southeastern Trust. "His skill set in the area of portfolio construction is exactly what we need as we seek to provide innovative wealth management solutions."


Solar plant location brings Dalton award

The Georgia Economic Developers Association has recognized the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority for an "outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in Georgia" for landing the Hanwha Q CELLS project in Dalton, Georgia, which was announced in May.

Carl Campbell, executive director of the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority, received the honor along with members of Hanwha Q CELLS.

The Korean company plans to invest $150 million and create more than 500 jobs in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton. The association recognized Dalton for having a graded site in a GRAD-certified park to allow Hanwha Q CELLS to permit and build the new facility.


Two attorneys join Chambliss law firm

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., has added associate attorneys Courtney Keehan and Grayson Chambers to the Chattanooga firm.

Keehan recently graduated with a degree from University of Colorado Law School and a certificate in Natural Resources Law and Policy. She will support the Business Transactions Practice Group, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, education and tax-exempt entity areas.

Keehan earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia's Architecture School, which took her around the world. One of her projects involved rethinking the Yamuna riverfront design in New Delhi, India, to address the city's pollution issues, and her studio's design work was exhibited at the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi.

In college, she served as production editor of the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Review, which published her work. She also spent time with Getches-Green Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

"Courtney proved herself to be an asset during her time as a Chambliss summer associate," said Jim Catanzaro, Jr., business group chair.

Chambers is the newest member of the firm's Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. He will represent clients in commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, financial institution bankruptcy, real property disputes, product liability and personal injury defense.

Prior to joining Chambliss, Grayson served as a law clerk for the Judge Curtis L. Collier of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Grayson was a summer associate with Chambliss before clerking for Judge Collier.

A graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, Grayson was in the top 10 percent of his class and served as a teaching assistant. He also contributed to the Georgia Law Review, which published his work on the private search doctrine.

"Grayson is a well-rounded attorney with the skills to add value to our commercial litigation team," said Bill Dearing, section chair.

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