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Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. has named David Martin as chief operating officer. Martin will provide leadership and strategic vision for the Chattanooga-based hotel chain.

Most recently, Martin was president of the Centralized Service Hotel Division for Canada-based Sunwing Travel Group, which was preceded by his role as president and COO for Wright Investments, Inc., a capacity he held for seven years. During his 12-year tenure with Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, Martin led as vice president, West Coast Operations and later vice president, East Coast Operations while the company was undergoing its most progressive phase of development.


Jim Levine elected to board at Baker Donelson firm

Baker Donelson shareholder Jim Levine has been elected by the firm's shareholders to serve as a member of the board of directors for a three-year term.

Levine, who works from Baker Donelson's Chattanooga and Washington, D.C., offices, practices law in the areas of commercial lending, mergers and acquisitions, business organizations and commercial contracts. He has extensive experience in health care financing, particularly in the representation of financial institutions and borrowers in HUD-insured loan transactions for long term care, senior housing and multifamily housing facilities. He has been counsel in hundreds of HUD-insured loans totaling approximately $2 billion for projects in more than 40 states.

Levine has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of business organizations and commercial finance law, and he was named the Best Lawyers' 2018 Chattanooga "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of business organizations.

A graduate of Yale University and Tulane University Law School, Levine is chairman of the Chattanooga Housing Authority. He previously served on the boards of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga.


Chattanooga State's Amanda Roper named American Library Association emerging leader

Chattanooga State's Night/Weekend/Tennessee Reconnect Librarian, Amanda Roper, has been named as one of 50 participants in the American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders Class of 2020.

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"This is a highly competitive and prestigious program sponsored by ALA to help shape the next generation of newly minted librarians," said Susan Jennings, Chattanooga State dean of library services.

The ALA program is designed to enable library staff and information workers with the opportunity to participate in project planning workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.


April Holland elected member of Miller & Martin firm

Miller & Martin has elected April Holland to firm membership. Holland is in the corporate practice, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, and she is located in the firm's Chattanooga office. She joined the firm in 2013.

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"We are proud to have April in the membership ranks," said Miller & Martin Corporate Chair Matt Jannerbo. "We value her hard work and commitment to the clients she serves and to the firm."

Holland works with privately-held companies through all stages of mergers and acquisitions matters on both the buy and sell sides. Holland also counsels individuals and companies in a wide range of general corporate law matters, including fund formation, securities and investment advisory matters, and state franchise registration filings. She has experience in industries ranging from technology, healthcare, flooring, transportation, insurance and bottling.

Holland earned her Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee School of Law, an LL.M. from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. She is licensed in Tennessee and New York.


Siskin Hospital names Arnold Smith chief of human resources

Arnold L. Smith has joined Siskin Hospital as its chief human resources officer.

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Smith has 15 years of experience in human resources in a variety of industries. He holds a bachelor of science degree in human resource management as well as an MBA with a concentration in employment law from Troy University. He has completed the Wicklander-Zulawksi training program in workplace investigative and interviewing strategies.

Smith is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Black Master of Business Administration Association.

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