Dr. Michael Veale

The Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics is growing its Cleveland, Tennessee practice with the addition of Dr. Michael Veale, who is a board certified general orthopaedic surgeon. Dr. Veale joins the Cleveland office from the Chattanooga practice, where he came onboard in 2018.

Dr. Veale has practiced general orthopaedics since 2005 including arthroscopy, total joint arthroplasty, trauma and hand/upper extremity surgery. He will join Dr. Jason Spangler and Dr. Todd Grebner, who practice at the Cleveland facility and share a wide range of expertise. Their practice offers services spanning all orthopaedic related injuries and needs, on-site digital imaging and physical therapy.

"Since opening our Cleveland office, we've continued to deliver excellent orthopaedic specialty care and physical therapy in the area, and Dr. Veale will extend the range of services we provide to patients," said Becky Farmer, CEO of Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. "Bradley County has welcomed us with strong support, and I know Dr. Veale's professional and helpful attitude will be well received by his patients and the community."

Dr. Veale holds a graduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he also completed a preliminary year of general surgery before finishing his training with an orthopaedic residency at West Virginia University. During his residency, he met Dr. Chad Smalley and Dr. Matt Buchanan, who recruited him to the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. Dr. Veale is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


Lodge Manufacturing's Cook-It-All wins innovation award

Lodge Manufacturing's revolutionary Cook-It-All won the first annual Housewares Design Innovation of the Year award. Judges selected the Cook-It-All from the 11 "Best in Category" housewares winners.

In addition to the Innovation of the Year award, Lodge won the Design Innovation of the Year award in the Cookware and Bakeware category.

Products in the competition were selected by an independent panel of design and merchandising experts who conducted testing on hundreds of products in 11 categories, including Cookware and Bakeware, Countertop Beverage Appliances, Countertop Cooking & Food Prep Appliances, Cutlery & Cutting Tools, Dining & Entertainment, Smart Home and more.

Founded by Joseph Lodge in 1896, Lodge is the oldest family-owned (and operated) cast iron cookware company in the United States. The 123-year-old company produces more than 100 different cast iron cookware items in its two South Pittsburg, Tennessee foundries. Lodge employees over 400 American workers.


Trident Transport names Grayson Garrett at Chattanooga Sales Office

The Chattanooga-based logistics company, Trident Transport, has named Grayson Garrett as branch manager of the Chattanooga sales office

"Grayson's hard work and dedication to Trident Transport made this an easy decision," said Carter Garrett, vice president of Trident Transport.

Trident has over 20 members of management in a 60-member team. In October of 2018, Trident announced the opening of its second branch in Tampa The recent expansion is led by Rush Feldhacker, vice president of sales for the Tampa branch.


First Tennessee wins 25 Greenwich Awards

First Tennessee Bank, a subsidiary of First Horizon National Corp., has been honored with 21 Greenwich Excellence Awards for outstanding customer service and four Greenwich Best Brand Awards in Small Business and Middle Market Banking by Greenwich Associates.

Greenwich Associates, a global leader in market intelligence, evaluated more than 600 banks and interviewed nearly 25,000 executives across the country to determine the select group of banks that would be designated winners of its 2018 Greenwich Excellence Awards. The awards recognize both national and regional performance, regardless of bank size.

"As we continue to strengthen our leading position in our home state of Tennessee, we're constantly seeking innovative ways to transform the customer experience," said David Popwell, president of banking for First Tennessee Bank.

The awards come on the heels of another important recognition by Greenwich Associates for customer service. Last November, First Tennessee Bank was one of only five banks to be honored with the organization's inaugural Greenwich CX (Customer Experience) Leader award, which recognizes leadership in the increasingly important field of customer experience.


Bryan Fryar heads lending at local Reliant Bank

Reliant Bank has added Bryan Fryar as senior vice president and commercial lender in Chattanooga. In his role, Fryar will be responsible for building commercial relationships and delivering loan portfolio growth in the Chattanooga market.

Fryar has 20 years of banking experience with extensive knowledge in commercial and private banking. Prior to joining Reliant, his business development and portfolio management skills helped enhance teams at Pinnacle Financial, First Citizens Bank, SunTrust Bank and Regions Bank. In these positions, he was responsible for increasing sales, cultivating relationships and strengthening revenue growth.

"Bryan's experience and knowledge of the commercial banking industry will be a key driver in expanding our commercial portfolio in Chattanooga," said Terry Todd, the Chattanooga Market President for Reliant.


Five more shareholders added at Chambliss Law

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., announce that Catherine Dorvil, Christopher Hennen, Willa Kalaidjian, Andrew Leffler, and Laura McKinney have become shareholders at the firm. The new class of shareholders is the largest group of attorneys the law firm has promoted in the past decade and reflects Chambliss' focused development of its next generation of diverse leaders. Their respective practice areas cover litigation, health care, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and corporate governance and commercial transactions.

Dorvil, a member of the firm's litigation and health care sections, has extensive experience representing clients before administrative, state, and federal courts. Prior to joining Chambliss, Dorvil worked as a commercial litigator for the national firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP in Miami where she was honored with the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County Award.

Serving in the firm's business and mergers and acquisitions sections, Hennen focuses his practice in the areas of general corporate matters, asset and stock purchase transactions, preparation and negotiation of commercial contracts, entity formation and structure, corporate governance, and similar corporate matters and business transactions. He is a founding member of Chambliss Startup Group.

Kalaidjian chairs the Chambliss Startup Group and is a member of the firm's business and real estate sections. Entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies, and investors turn to her for counsel on entity choice and incorporation, intellectual property and technology rights, and investment and commercial transactions. In addition, she advises some of Chambliss' top clients on commercial and business transactions, environmental matters, telecommunications and energy law, and real estate. Kalaidjian regularly speaks and mentors at The Company Lab, a predominant Chattanooga-based startup incubator, and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Environmental Law Section Executive Council, serving as chair of the section in 2016.

Leffler advises regional and national real estate clients on all sides of the deal from contract to closing, whether seller, buyer, lender, landlord, tenant, or investor. He also assists with issues and disputes that arise after the closing, including easement and reciprocal rights agreements, owners association issues, and financial workouts. Prior to joining Chambliss, he practiced law at a boutique real estate firm in New York City for seven years. Leffler currently serves on the board for the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy and has participated in the tnAchieves program.

McKinney has over a decade of domestic and international transactional experience and practices in the firm's business and mergers and acquisitions sections. Before joining Chambliss, Laura practiced law at the international firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, advising clients on complex cross-border transactions and joint ventures. McKinney is an active member of the Chattanooga Women's Leadership institute.


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Lindsay Clark joins PPS Orthotic and Prosthetic Services

PPS Orthotic and Prosthetic Services has added Lindsay Clark to the PPS team as marketing director and patient advocate. She has five years of marketing experience in the prosthetic field and has worked and volunteered at numerous prosthetic facilities in San Antonio, Texas and her home state of Arkansas.

Being an amputee herself, she was the spokesperson for a non-profit organization, The Prosthetic Foundation, in San Antonio, which helps fund prosthetic limbs for underserved amputees. She also volunteered her time in Arkansas with another Non-Profit organization, ABLE- Amputees Beyond Life's Expectations. She is a certified Peer Visitor through the Amputee Coalition of America where she can go to local hospitals and clinics to speak to amputees that may be struggling with the decision of amputation or have questions after amputation.

She started her own Amputee Support group in San Antonio called, "The Journey: Amputee Support System" where she held amputee support groups monthly at Rehabilitation facilities. She has teamed up with PPS Orthotic and Prosthetic Services and Encompass Health Hospital of Chattanooga to start an amputee support system starting the last Wednesday in February at the Encompass Health Hospital of Chattanooga located at 2412 McCallie Ave.

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