Business Digest: Ronald McDonald House add Griffith as coordinator

Business Digest: Ronald McDonald House add Griffith as coordinator

June 10th, 2018 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

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Dr. Coatti joins Vascular Institute

Vascular Institute of Chattanooga has added cardio-vascular surgeon Joseph A. Coatti to its medical staff.

Dr. Coatti joins Dr. Chris LeSar and the VIC team, to augment the delivery of comprehensive, convenient and concierge care at the outpatient vascular facility, located off Shallowford Road. VIC is the first to open such a facility with a focus on amputation prevention serving the tri-county region.

Dr. Coatti is trained in all aspects of vascular/endovascular surgery in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, and has additional experience in orthopedic spine exposure procedure. He will be heading up the VIC - Vein Center, using the newest and latest technologies to deliver treatment for varicose veins and venous issues.

Dr. Coatti previously practiced for at Shoreline Surgical Associates in Middletown, Connecticut, for 29 years. He is a 1982 graduate of St. George's University School of Medicine. His surgical residency was at Brookdale University Hospital with Yale School of Medicine in Brooklyn. N.Y. He followed with a fellowship at Texas Heart Institute in Houston.

HK Architects win housing Design award

Hefferlin Kronenberg Architects recently won the first place Gold Award for low-cost housing from the International Design Awards.

The award-winning Lay Low project is an adaptive reuse of a 40-by-40 concrete masonry building that formerly housed the Lay Low Lounge, a men's gambling club. The design team includes Craig Kronenberg, Heidi Hefferlin and Matthew Parks.

Intended as an eventual age-in-place home for the architect's parents, the Law Low currently serves as a bed and breakfast, and a hub for Chattanooga's vibrant Southside neighborhood.

The renovation involved removal of interior walls and reconfiguration of the layout. Roof trusses enabled the open-plan design. An accessible residence, the building includes one large living, dining and cooking area, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a large covered porch.

"We designed the building with a short-term plan to revitalize the street and a long-term vision for affordable housing," Kronenberg said.

Signal Centers names Slocumb for fundraising

Signal Centers, Inc. has named Mike Slocumb as its senior development officer responsible for overseeing the agency's planned giving, endowment and fundraising for specific program needs.

Slocumb recently retired from United Way of Greater Chattanooga where he was vice president of resource development for seven years. Slocumb spent the majority of his career in the textile business as executive vice president for Dixie Yarns and R.L. Stowe Co.

Slocumb earned an accounting degree from the University of Mississippi and completed the University of Virginia's Executive Program.

"Mike adds a depth of expertise and experience to our already strong development team. I know he will help build even more support for the amazing work that Signal Centers programs provide to children, adults, families, professionals, and community members," Signal Centers CEO Donna McConnico said.

TVC Summit honors Corker, three others

The Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) last month honored four recipients with its top award during its annual summit — the Corridor Champion Award, given each year to both organizations and individuals who enhance the TVC's national visibility, high-tech economic development, and collaborative efforts within the five-state region.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, Roane State Community College and its president Dr. Chris Whaley, and Department of Energy Photographer Lynn Freeny were 2018 winners of the Corridor Champion Award.

As the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, ORNL employs nearly 5,000 people, including scientists and engineers in more than 100 disciplines, and they have more than 3,000 scientists visit each year.

Corker, who is retiring this year as a U.S. senator, was praised for his service both as a senator and previously as Chattanooga mayor, where he once hosted one of the corridor summits.

"Since hosting the 2003 Summit in his hometown of Chattanooga while he served there as Mayor, Sen. Corker has been a true advocate for the Corridor," said Mike Arms, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Corridor.

Roane State Community College, and its President Dr. Chris Whaley, were also recognized for their support of TVC.

Ronald McDonald House add Griffith as coordinator

Sarah Griffith is the new project coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

She joined the team in the summer of 2017 as an intern and is looking forward to joining full-time. Sarah will handle events and projects that help support RMHC's fundraising efforts. She graduated from UTC last month and is currently a member of AFP.

International Council salutes Komatsu, MadPriest

The International Business Council of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce recognized Komatsu's Chattanooga manufacturing operation and Mad Priest Coffee Roasters with its 2018 International Business Awards.

The awards, which were presented last week during the group's annual meeting, are presented for contributions of businesses with an international focus in the Chattanooga area.

The Japanese-based Komatsu has been manufacturing in Chattanooga since 1986, and was recognized for 32 years of manufacturing excellence and community service.

"The Chattanooga Manufacturing Operation prides itself in building some of the highest quality construction machines available for the North American market," said Komatsu General Manager Walt Nichols. "We strive to be good corporate citizens and neighbors within our community."

Mad Priest Coffee, which began in 2016, was recognized for work with equity, social justice and the environment. Mad Priest works closely with Bridge Refugee Services to hire and train locally resettled individuals displaced from their home countries by war, persecution or natural disaster.

Mad Priest owner Michael Rice said the company "loves being part of the coffee industry where success isn't just about a hard little bean, it's about the global community."

Grady Hicks inducted into Credit Union hall of fame

The Tennessee Credit Union League and Volunteer Corporate Credit Union recently inducted Grady Hicks into the Tennessee Credit Union Hall of Fame.

Hicks, a director for Southern Credit Union in Chattanooga, has served Southern Credit Union for over 40 years. He chaired the Supervisory Committee as well as numerous other ad hoc board committees.

The Tennessee Credit Union League (TCUL) was formed in 1934 as a non-profit trade association for Tennessee credit unions.

Crye-Leike adds Hudson as Realtor

Candice Hudson has joined Crye­-Leike Real Estate Service's downtown Chattanooga branch office as a licensed Realtor.

Hudson will serve the residential real estate needs of buyers and sellers in the Greater Chattanooga area.

She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and specializes in residential and investment priorities, first-time homebuyers, and relocation. Prior to her career in real estate, Hudson spent several years in the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Patient Care Technician.

"Having a background in the medical field has given me a valuable skill set that is transferrable to real estate and a benefit to my clients," said Hudson.

Crye­-Leike Real Estate Services, the nation's third-largest independent residential real estate brokerage firm, has seven branch offices in Southeast Tennessee.

Winesett-Hill adds Boyd as estimator

T. Wes Boyd has joined Chattanooga based Winesett-Hill Constructors, Inc. as lead estimator.

In the new role, he will be responsible for bidding and negotiation for all projects, as well as new business development.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Boyd is a registered architect and LEED Green associate. With over 30 years in the architectural and construction industry, Boyd previously worked as director of design for Tri-Mark Strategic; a national leader in commercial restaurant design.

Established in 1985, Winesett-Hill Constructors, Inc., who is now owned and operated by Donald P. Payne, Michelle M. Boyd and Kenneth H. Rogers,.

ORNL researcher picked among top young scientists

Sergei V. Kalinin, director of the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is among 31 national finalists selected for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Dr. Kalinin is eligible to win a $250,000 prize if he is ultimately chosen as one of the three finalists in the life sciences, chemicals and physical sciences and engineering fields.

"We created the Blavatnik Awards to identify the brightest young minds in science early in their scientific careers," said Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation and member of the President's Council of the New York Academy of Sciences. "These 31 Finalists, through their creative, cutting-edge research, have demonstrated great promise for future discoveries of enormous scientific importance."

A materials scientist and nanoscientist, Dr. Kalinin creates novel technologies to study and control the functionality of nanomaterials by combining imaging, big data and materials theory. Dr. Kalinin and his collaborators recently challenged a 25-year paradigm by proposing and implementing the atomic forge — a new approach that uses the atomically-focused beam of a scanning transmission electron microscope to control and direct matter, manipulating single atoms to enable fundamental physical studies and also to develop quantum computing and single spin magnetoelectronic devices.

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