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Attorney David Mittelstadt has formed the Mittelstadt Law Firm LLC, a Chattanooga-based national practice focusing primarily on transactional business tax issues and other legal services relevant to business clients.

Mittelstadt, who served as the 2018-19 Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Tax Section, and who remains on the Section's Executive Committee, brings over 35 years of transactional tax experience to his new firm. He has worked previously as a tax attorney in major national firms including Shearman & Sterling and Fish & Richardson, and spent more than seven years as the in-house U.S. Tax Counsel for the Canadian controlled Thomson Corporation group (now Thomson Reuters).

"After decades spent working at and learning from major law firms in cities across the U.S. and England, I'm thrilled to be opening the doors of my own practice right here in the Chattanooga area," Mittelstadt said.

The Mittelstadt Law Firm LLC's initial office will be located in Rossville, Georgia with plans to open a Chattanooga office soon. Mittelstadt is licensed to practice in Tennessee as well as in Georgia, New York, and Massachusetts, as is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, one of England's four Inns of Court.


Norton heads academics at Chattanooga State

Dr. Beth Norton has been named vice president of academic affairs at Chattanooga State Community College.

Dr. Norton, previously assistant vice president of academic affairs at Pellissippi State Community College, has 29 years of experience in higher education teaching at Western Governors University, Murray State University and Madisonville Community College. She earned her doctorate in educational leadersip at the University of Louisville after graduating from Western Kentucky University.

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"The experience she brings from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System as well as from within the College System of Tennessee will help the college move forward with meeting our student success and completion goals," Chattanooga State President Dr. Rebecca Ashford said.

Norton said her immediate priority is preparing for the upcoming Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation in 2021. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. But she said her overall goal is to help students achieve success.

"Our students have so many obstacles in their lives and there is no better feeling than seeing them persevere and reach their goal," hse said. "That is why I love graduation so much. Each student who walks across the stage has just opened up doors to improve his or her life."


Loveday to head HFMA in Tennessee

The Tennessee Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association has elected Buffy Loveday,a resident of Chattanooga, as the group's 2019-2020 President-Elect.

Loveday is the vice president of strategic development for CarePayment Technologies in Nashville. She has been active in the healthcare field for 30 years with specialty experience in Revenue Cycle Management and Operations.

HFMA is the predominant organization to meet the educational and professional development needs of financial management professionals of integrated health systems and other healthcare organizations. Its more than 43,000 members includes about 1,000 members in Tennessee.


ACSD "graduates" 3 for medical training

Three employees of the Advanced Center for Sleep Disorders (ACSD) are leaving the practice to attend the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, studying to become Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

For Dr. Anuj Chandra, founder and medical director of ACSD, this is not a story about losing employees and needing to hire replacements. He sees these transitions as signs of success in his longstanding efforts to provide educational and training opportunities for rising healthcare professionals.

"Providing a safe learning environment for rising physicians is a privilege," says Dr. Chandra. "These future doctors have skills in ethical, patient-centered care before day one of medical school. Having experienced the day-to-day operations of a medical practice, they are making an informed decision to pursue a career in medicine."

Over the last several years, several ACSD employees have gained admission to medical school and other graduate programs. Even dealing with the logistics of the expansion of its growing medical practice to a new office on Lee Highway, the Advanced Center for Sleep Disorders has remained committed to providing educational and training opportunities for rising healthcare professionals.


EXIT Realty adds 5 agents

EXIT Realty Scenic Group announces that Holly Henderson, Hilda Wilson, Jeff Dedmon, Joshua Hill, and Allen Hill have joined its growing team of real estate sales professionals.

EXIT Realty Scenic Group, located at 7506 E. Brainerd Road, is part of EXIT's expanding network of independently owned and operated brokerages.


Woosley heads development for Vision Hospitality Group

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Jonathon Woolsey has been named development manager for the Vision Hospitality Group, Inc..

Woolsey joins Vision from EMJ Construction, where he previously worked as project engineer and project manager, during his six-year tenure. His background includes a strong portfolio of commercial property new-builds and re-developments across the Southeast, such as Bass Pro Shops, Unum Group, Wacker Polysilicon, several LiDL grocery stores, and Market City Center.


Adams heads operations for Robinson Realty team

Tricia Adams has been promoted to director of operations and client services for the Robinson Team of Keller Williams Realty.

Adams was previously the Pending Transaction coordinator. In her new role, Adams will be responsible for managing company operations, developing new sources of business, recruiting, and managing the team of Buyer's Specialists. Adams, a Philadelphia native, joined the Robinson Team in 2017 as a Buyer's Specialist. In 2018 she was promoted to Pending Transaction Coordinator prior to accepting her new position.

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"Even as our real estate market continues to grow and evolve, my top priority continues to be ensuring that our clients receive the very highest level of service—I believe Tricia shares that goal.," said Jay Robinson, founder and CEO of The Robinson Team of Keller Williams Realty.

Adams, a graduate of the University of Georgia and an NCAA Champion swimmer for the Bulldogs, moved to Chattanooga to be closer to family. Prior to embarking on her real estate carrier she coached swimming coach at several NCAA Division I institutions—including Florida State University and Clemson University.

"I am excited to take on this challenge and help the company grow to new heights," said Adams.


Reese, Qualey join Pinnacle Bank

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Gary Reese and Roger Qualey have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice presidents. They are temporarily working from Pinnacle's office located at 6180 Shallowford Road in Chattanooga.

Reese brings 15 years of financial services experience to his role. Before joining Pinnacle he spent 12 years with SunTrust Bank, where he was branch manager for its Snow Hill office in Ooltewah. Previously he worked with AmSouth Bank, where he served in branch manager roles for the bank's Collegedale office in Ooltewah and Brainerd South office in Chattanooga.

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Reese earned his bachelor's degree in business administration with a marketing concentration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Qualey, with 34 years of experience, joins Pinnacle from Atlantic Capital Bank (FSG Bank), where he was a vice president, branch manager and business development officer. During his 17 years with Atlantic Capital, he helped develop the bank's branch startup in Ooltewah. Previously he spent 17 years with Pioneer Bank (AmSouth Bank), where he was a vice president and branch manager of the bank's Collegedale office.

Qualey earned his bachelor's degree in business and general management Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and his master's degree in international business Cum Laude from the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of the Tennessee School of Banking in Nashville and received the Legion of Honor Award for 25 years of membership and service from the Kiwanis Club of Ooltewah Collegedale.

"Gary's and Roger's record of service for personal and small business clients in our community is stellar," said Ryan Murphy, Pinnacle's area manager of client services. "They will help take Pinnacle to new places in the Chattanooga area, and I can't imagine better people for that job. They are excellent additions to our team."

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