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Ranalli, Cruse start consulting firm

Two former aides to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker have started their own communications, advocacy and strategic planning agency with a presence in Chattanooga and Nashville.

Ranalli Cruse Public Strategies was started by Betsy Ranalli and Carlie Cruse to develop strategic approaches to stakeholder engagement, community outreach, targeted advocacy, reputation management and communications.

Ranalli served on U.S. Sen. Bob Corker's staff for eight years, leading his six Tennessee offices and statewide staff as state director for the last six years. More recently, she headed up the community development department at EPB, Chattanooga's publicly owned electric power and telecommunications provider, coordinating their work with a Tennessee fiber optics provider association.

Cruse also served on Corker's Senate staff as Middle Tennessee field director, where she built relationships with key community leaders, businesses, non-profits and grassroots organizations.

Sale Creek Primary Care opens office

Sale Creek Primary Care, a family medical clinic, opened last week, offering an extensive variety of services and serving patients of all ages.

The new office is owned by Whitney Ross, PA-C. Professional services offered will include routine medical care, wellness exams, knee injections, hip injections, and minor procedures including suturing, toe nail removal, skin tag removal, incision and drainage of abscesses.

"It has always been a dream of mine to open my own office, and about six months ago I felt God was pushing me to take that next step,'' Ross said.

A native of Crossville, Tenn., Ross graduated from East Tennessee State University and South College and she previously worked at Pediatric Health Care in Chattanooga.

Other staff members are Dr. Chad Conatser, supervising physician; Donna Gunter, office manager; Whitney Padgett, certified medical assistant; and Maria Campos, medical assistant.

The clinic is located at 14402 Dayton Pike, Suite C in Sale Creek.

Ashley joins RE/MAX Renaissance of Hixson

Katie Ashley, formerly of RE/MAX Properties has affiliated with the new RE/MAX Renaissance Realtors office located in Hixson.

Ashley, who resides in the Big Ridge community, has been working in the real estate industry for more than five years and closed more than $5.6 million of business last year. Presently, she is working towards her ABR (Accredited Buyers Representation) and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designations.

Capital Square adds Shelton as partner

Jeffrey Guy Shelton has been named a partner in Capital Square, LLC . Shelton transitioned to Capital Square as a financial advisor in January 2017 when Capital Square was founded as a Registered Investment Advisor by Sandy Maddox and Stacy Eaton. Most recently, Shelton was a financial advisor at Bellwether Investment Group, LLC and Gibson Gaither Wealth Management, Inc. where he focuses on asset management as well as insurance, tax and estate planning review.

Shelton is a Cleveland, Tenn. resident and Capital Square is located in the Republic Centre in downtown Chattanooga.

Manufacturing Institute salutes Shaw managers

The Manufacturing Institute has awarded three managers at Shaw Industries with its Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award.

Lisa Buice, commercial human resources director; Annie Cowart, client contact center director; and Brooklyn Lynam, process engineer, were recognized for their leadership in manufacturing careers.

Both Buice and Cowart are among the 100 recipients recognized as honorees, and Lynam is among the 30 emerging leaders chosen. Winners of this year's award were selected from hundreds of applicants from manufacturers across the country, reflecting the diversity of manufacturing sectors and positions.

Buice is honored for her vision in creating the company's first associate resource groups; Cowart is honored due to her work establishing an innovative road to success for Shaw's inside sales team; Lynam is honored for her use of Shaw's MakerSpace to solve issues in the manufacturing process and pioneering an automated system of pod testing. Each is recognized for her demonstrated leadership within Shaw.

Since the inception of the STEP Ahead Awards, 12 Shaw associates have been recognized through the program.

Derryberry PR adds John Michael Alday

Derryberry Public Relations has added John Michael Alday as an account coordinator. A graduate of The University of Tennessee, Alday is on point for client relations, strategy, event implementation and project coordination.

Alday comes to Derryberry from his family's firm Alday Communications, in Franklin, Tenn. He is a charter member of the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club and is a member of YP Chattanooga.

"John Michael brings a very strong set of skills with him as he joins our team," said Robin Derryberry, owner of Derryberry Public Relations.

Rafiee heads giving strategy at Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga has hired Marcus Rafiee as senior director of giving strategies.

His role focuses on deepening relationships with professional advisors to offer new philanthropic tools and opportunities for advisors to enhance their ability to serve their clients.

A Chattanooga native, Rafiee served as chief financial officer for McCallie School before joining the foundation. For more than 25 years, he worked as a consulting actuary for Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) and Deloitte Consulting. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University in Mathematics and Physics.

Rafiee has served on the boards of McCallie School and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte, and he currently sits on the board of Bright School.

Dr. Hartgrove joins Parkridge East Ridge

Internal Medicine physician Nathan E. Hartgrove, DO, will join Parkridge Medical Group-East Ridge medical practice on March 19.

Dr. Hartgrove previously practiced for Parkridge Diagnostic Center for over two and a half years before relocating to Parkridge Medical Group-East Ridge, which allows him to fulfill a desire to practice nearer to the community in which he resides.

Dr. Hartgrove graduated from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. He completed his residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga, where he served as internal medicine chief resident. He is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association.

Chambliss law firm promotes Launey, Cast

The Chattanooga law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. has promoted Lindsay Cast to a paralegal in the firm's estate and tax group and Bruce Launey to a paralegal in the labor and employment group.

Cast joined the firm in June 2015 to assist in the tax and estate department. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and is actively involved in the UTC Graduate Student Association. She is originally from California and earned two bachelor degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Chambliss, Cast participated in Teach for America and was named Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. She previously served as an emerging leader for the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

Launey came to Chambliss at the beginning of 2017 to assist the litigation and risk management section with complex litigation and personal injury matters. He has more than 12 years' experience as an employment paralegal in Atlanta after earning his degree from Georgia State University and working for a few years as a student teacher for Atlanta Public Schools.

Former Siskin Children's Institute CEO launches Amp Up Nonprofit Consulting

John Farrimond, the former CEO of Siskin Children's Institute, announces the launch of Amp Up Nonprofit Consulting. Headquartered in Chattanooga, the firm also directly serves Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, Knoxville and Huntsville and through technology, the entire United States.

The Amp Up philosophy of nonprofit business effectiveness and efficiency rests upon unfortunate and accelerating macroeconomic factors: fewer donors, declining giving, generational change, a federal government with more debt than the entire gross domestic product and tax reform that disincentivizes charitable giving. Amp Up helps nonprofits become the preferred destination for charitable giving. Additionally, the firm will assist foundations and high-net worth individuals target and leverage their giving. In doing so, Amp Up will create positive change for society.

"There is a significant and sustained funding deterioration, a slow-motion squeeze on nonprofit organizations across the sector. Executives and boards realize that the status-quo simply will not hold. We believe it is absolutely imperative that nonprofits improve their businesses and position themselves at attract charitable donations as much as they hustle for them," said owner John Farrimond.

Amp Up and its consulting affiliates work closely with nonprofits to address needs in virtually any functional area as well as strategy, data acquisition and analysis, and mergers. In support of foundations and philanthropists, the firm performs organizational evaluations, grant audits, social investment advisory services, and social impact research.

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