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Hughes joins Rockridge Venture Law

Lauren Hughes has joined the intellectual property and technology law practice of Rockridge Venture Law as an associate attorney.

Hughes, a 2019 graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School, will focus on copyright, trademark, technology transactions, and matters before ICANN.

While at UT, she was president of the Law Women of UT Law and founder and president of Innovation, Technology & Perspective: Legal Hackers Knoxville Student Chapter. Hughes previously served as a commercialization analyst intern for the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.


Matt Hisey named partner at Mauldin & Jenkins

Matt Hisey, a CPA with the accounting firm of Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, has been named a partner in the firm's Chattanooga office.

Hisey is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has worked in public accounting since 2008, joining Mauldin & Jenkins in 2015.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA), Tennessee Society of Public Accountants (TSCPA), Hamilton Place Chattanooga Rotary, Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, and Chattanooga Estate Planning Council. He also serves on the firm's Tax Committee and is a member of Silverdale Baptist Church.


Union Sportsmen's Alliance honors Jeff Burgin with award

The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) has honored Jeff Burgin of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) with the 2019 SMART Conservation Steward of the Year Award for his efforts to help improve public access to one of the Southeast's premier fishing and boating destinations.

The award recognizes volunteers from each of the USA's charter unions who have made exceptional contributions to the USA's efforts to organize union volunteers to donate their time and unique trade skills to preserve North America's outdoor heritage.

Burgin, of Dunlap, Tennessee, serves as SMART Local 5's Chattanooga-area business representative. He also championed a USA Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) project to enhance access to Tennessee's Lake Chickamauga—a popular destination for anglers and other watersports enthusiasts from within the state and around the country.


Aaron Pannel joins Grant, Konvalinka

The Grant, Konvalinka and Harrison, P.C. law firm announces that Aaron Pannell has joined the firm as an associate.

Pannell is a native of Verona, Mississippi. He is a 2014 graduate of Mississippi State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. He received his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2017.

Pannell was a member of Cumberland's National Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration teams. His practice areas are business and corporate law, litigation and dispute resolution, labor and employment, real estate, family law, and immigration.


Josh Wilson, Kurt Thomas named Market Street managers

Market Street Partners, PLLC, a Chattanooga-based accounting firm, has added CPAs Josh Wilson and Kurt Thomas as managers. The firm also announced that it has added Shawnt'e Adderley and David Wren as staff accountants.

"2019 continues to be a banner year for us at Market Street Partners, and we're anticipating much of the same in 2020," said Kyle Bryant, the founding partner at Market Street Partners. "Josh and Kurt bring seasoned technical expertise and leadership skills to our team, while Shawnt'e and David have positioned themselves as solid accounting professionals in the making."


Tim Hewitt joins Logan-Thompson P.C.

Tim Hewitt has joined the law firm of Logan-Thompson, P.C.

Hewitt received his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 2013 and has served as an Assistant Public Defender with the Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office for the past six years. Hewitt graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga in 2005 and obtained his B.A. in English and Sociology from the University of Mississippi in 2009.

During law school, Hewitt was a Charlton Memorial Law Scholar and Adams and Reese Pro Bono Award winner and was managing editor of the Mississippi Sports Law Review. Hewitt was elected president of the Public Interest Law Foundation and served as a student attorney with the Mississippi Innocence Project.

"I am convinced that Tim Hewitt has all the attributes of a successful attorney and know he is a man of high integrity, intelligence, diligence and is a true advocate for his clients," said Jim Logan, president of Logan-Thompson, P.C.


Tennessee Hospital Association names Wendy Long as president

Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) announced that Wendy Long, a former head of Tennessee's TennCare program and director of Nashville's Metro Public Health Department, has been selected as the association's next president and CEO.

Dr. Long replaces Craig A. Becker, who is retiring after 26 years of service. The announcement comes after a seven-month national search to identify a successor for Becker.

"Dr. Long has a long history of serving the people of Tennessee in multiple capacities and we look forward to her continued service through her leadership of THA," said Dr. Wright Pinson,who currently serves as THA board chairman and also led the search committee."


Double Cola adds Keely Anderson, Wesley Steele

Keely Anderson and Wesley Steele have been added to the Double Cola Co. leadership team. Anderson serves as marketing director while Steele has been tapped to serve as sales manager.

Anderson, a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, has more than 14 years of sales and marketing experience in the Chattanooga area.

"Keely brings a proven track record of successful relationship building and marketing expertise to her new position," said Double Cola Chief Operating Officer Gina Dhanani. "Keely's creativity and attention to detail will help increase brand awareness as our company continues to expand product lines throughout our local market and beyond."

With more than two decades of experience in the beverage industry, Steele has worked closely with numerous corporate and small business partners and will lead Double Cola's sales division.

"Wesley's experience and dedication to excellent customer service makes him a valuable addition to our team as we expand into new markets," said Dhanani.


Kay Mitchell Joins Southern Heritage Bank

Kay Mitchell has joined Southern Heritage Bank's mortgage loan and real estate division as mortgage loan originator for East Tennessee.

Mitchell attended Chadron State College before beginning her banking career in 2001. She has held various positions within the industry, including branch manager, sales supervisor and mortgage loan officer.

"With many years of mortgage lending experience, SHB is thrilled for Kay to join our team covering the Chattanooga area," said Joy Akins, senior vice president and mortgage loan originator for Southern Heritage Bank.


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