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SmartBank names Fabiola Ortiz to head area branches

SmartBank has hired Fabiola Ortiz as vice president and regional branch administrator in Chattanooga. Ortiz will join the bank's branch administration team and will oversee SmartBank locations in the Chattanooga, Cleveland, Tullahoma and Murfreesboro markets.

Prior to joining SmartBank, Ortiz worked for the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union as both a regional operations director and branch manager in Chattanooga. Ortiz graduated from Bethel University with a bachelor's in business administration and management and Organizational Development, and is currently pursuing her MBA in organizational behavior.

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Fabiola Ortiz

"Fabiola is a seasoned banking professional who has been a part of the banking industry for more than 13 years," said Barry Watson, regional president for SmartBank. "Her proven track record of effective leadership and banking expertise will be invaluable to all of our team members under her supervision."

Ortiz is a member of the Leadership Chattanooga Class of 2020 and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area board of directors, and previously received the Latino Leadership Award. She has volunteered with La Paz Chattanooga, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 100 Black Men of Bradley County, Cleveland Middle School, and Bradley Central High School.

 

Dana Perry named Fellow of Bar foundation

Dana Perry has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Bar Association's global honorary society, the Fellows. Membership in the Fellows is limited to 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction and is dictated by peer nomination as well as election by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

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Perry Dana

Perry, a shareholder at Chambliss, is one of only a handful of certified elder law attorneys in the Southeast region qualified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) to serve elders and their families. She has been licensed as an elder law specialist by NELF since 1997. Perry also is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and a member of both the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Perry leads an interdisciplinary team, offering Chambliss clients a holistic set of services including elder law services, estate planning, care coordination, government benefits attainment, conservatorships and guardianships, special needs planning, family business succession planning and more. Chambliss is approaching its fourth year of hosting the Embrace Aging Forum, which was a vision brought to life by Perry and her team to connect regional resources in aging to individuals and their loved ones.

 

Michael Woody named manager of First Horizon Eastgate

First Horizon Bank announced that Michael Woody has been named banking center manager for their Eastgate location.

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Michael Woody

The Ooltewah native returns to his hometown after working in banking in upper east Tennessee for the last seven years. Graduating from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in business and minor in human resources, Woody brings strong skills to his new position, according to Chattanooga market president Jay Dale.

"We're excited to welcome Michael back to Chattanooga and to the First Horizon family," Dale said. "The Eastgate banking center has been a part of the Brainerd community for more than six decades. We're seeing third and fourth generations of customers at the center and we know they will enjoy getting to know Michael as their banker."

 

Paige Berghel joins Crye-Leike in downtown office

Realtor Paige Berghel is now affiliated with the downtown Chattanooga branch office of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services. Berghel will serve the commercial real estate needs of buyers and sellers throughout Hamilton and surrounding counties.

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Paige Berghel

Berghel has been in the real estate industry for two years and is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). She has dedicated a large portion of her career to familiarizing herself with the local market, city codes, ordinances and regional developments. Berghel has even sat in on many meetings with the city zoning council, giving her a unique perspective into the cost of development in Chattanooga.

"Working with my father, a broker in Chattanooga for more than 15 years, I was able to watch this city grow through his eyes," said Berghel. "Nothing is more exciting than the revitalization of our city through renovation and development. I have spent many hours researching and learning about this field, and I am now equipped to critically assess what a client is looking for, versus what is available in the market."

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