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EPB names Webb as chief talent officer

Marie Webb has been promoted to senior vice president of human resources and chief talent and inclusion officer at EPB.

In her expanded role, Webb will have responsibility for leading diversity and inclusion and community workforce partnerships in addition to her existing responsibilities in leading human resources for the city-owned utility.

"As part of our mission to enhance quality of life for the people we serve, it's critical that EPB's workforce genuinely reflects and benefits from richness and diversity of our whole community," EPB President David Wade said. "Marie has led the way with a number of innovative projects like EPB's Future Ready Institute of Technology and Networking at Tyner Academy as well as our On-Ramp program at Chattanooga State to provide opportunities for working adults to develop their skills."

Wade also pointed out that the time was right to build on previous efforts.

"At a time, when our community is striving to face issues of racial injustice more honestly, EPB is re-doubling our diversity and inclusion efforts with added focus under Marie's leadership," Wade said.

Webb joined EPB in 2009, bringing 15 years of human resources experience at the Staples Corporation, the Social Security Administration, and Premier Manufacturing. Originally from Ohio, Webb received her Bachelor's degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and her Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Webb participated in Harvard Business School's Young American Leaders Program, which brings together leaders from across the country to study and explore community collaborations. Web is currently a member of the First Things First board of directors (former board chair), the Public Education Foundation, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, and serves as a Trustee on the UC Foundation at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.


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First Horizon names Martin as senior credit officer

First Horizon Bank has named Jimmy Martin as senior credit officer for East Tennessee.

Martin, who has been at First Horizon and its predecessor First Tennessee Bank for 22-years, has served as a portfolio manager and team lead in Chattanooga. In his new role, he will also work with clients in Bristol, Johnson City, Knoxville, and Maryville.

"As First Horizon and IBERIABANK are now one team, we have new opportunities that allow us to do even more for the clients we serve," Chattanooga market president Jay Dale said. "Jimmy is a great example of someone who has a long history with the bank and gets up every day thinking about what is best for his clients."

Martin is a graduate of Lee University and received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He and his wife Rachel are parents to two daughters and are active members of Rockbridge Church where he serves as an elder.


Thomas Joins Peak Performance

Victoria Thomas joins Peak Performance as the new marketing coordinator.

Thomas has held previous sales and marketing positions for companies such as Walt Disney and Apple, as well as local companies such as Dalyn Rug, Wrath Burgers and Brew, The Signal and Track 29. A graduate of Dalton State College, Thomas will be assisting with social media and brand advertising.


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BrightBridge Capital names Rye to head business development

Michael Rye has been named as the new business development officer for BrightBridge Capital.

BrightBridge maintains a portfolio of commercial loan programs that aim to meet the unmet needs of startup and existing businesses, as well as nonprofits, within the service areas of North Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Rye's focus will be on developing SBA 504 loans within BrightBridge's Tennessee portfolio. Based out of Clarksville, Tennessee in Montgomery County, Rye will primarily focus his work in middle Tennessee, including Davidson County and all surrounding counties, as well as Henry and Madison Counties in west Tennessee.

With over 11 years of commercial banking experience, Rye has an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction, credit decision, and portfolio management. Over the years, Rye has built customer loyalty by effectively resolving problems and quickly processing loan transactions.

"Michael's years of experience in commercial banking will serve him well in this role. Small businesses are vital to our economy, so having someone who already has strong banking relationships and also understands the SBA loan process will be a huge asset for our current and future clients," said BrightBridge president and CEO Mike Ohlman.


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First Horizon names Knabb as Ooltewah branch manager

First Horizon Bank announced Kari Knabb as the new manager of its banking center in Ooltewah, one of the bank's largest branches by deposit size and is located in one of Hamilton County's largest growth corridors.

Knabb is a graduate of Lee University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to her new position, Knabb served in a similar position at the banking center located in Harrison. Over the last nine years, Knabb's banking career has led her to this leadership role.

"As we looked for strong leadership to serve one of the fastest growing areas of our market, we knew we would require someone who understands the needs of our clients and the community alike," said market leader Jay Dale. "Kari is the right fit for this position and we couldn't be more pleased to have her in this role."

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