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Crye-Leike Real Estate Services has named Jeff Nixon as general administrative manager of Crye-Leike's Chattanooga region. Nixon will be responsible for overseeing the various divisions of the Chattanooga region and will help in the efforts to increase office growth and productivity.

Nixon joined Crye-Leike eight years ago as the managing broker of the Huntsville, Alabama branch office, later moving to Chattanooga and becoming the sales manager of the downtown office in 2017. He has held a real estate license since 1995, with experience in accounting, new construction, military moves, corporate relocation and brokerage management. Nixon participated in the Ninja Installation Leadership Training in 2018.

"Having spent my first eight years with Crye-Leike in my hometown of Huntsville, I looked at my spouse's work relocation to Chattanooga in 2017 as a new challenge," said Nixon. "At the same time, I was feeling grateful for the opportunity to remain with a company and co-workers that I love."

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Shaw's Michelle Wilson, Tracy Corbin win STEP Ahead Awards

The Manufacturing Institute has named two associates of Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) as STEP Ahead Award winners.

Michelle Wilson, a quality engineering manager, and Tracy Corbin, director of customer service, were named as an Emerging Leader and Honoree, respectively, for the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards. This national honor identifies high-achieving women in manufacturing who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their companies and communities.

Wilson led extrusion trial efforts and in-plant management for a raw material conversion, and was integral in the development of three new commercialized products to meet customer needs.

Corbin currently leads Shaw's domestic, international, hospitality, and support teams for customer service, which spans six locations across three states.


Tammy Baumgardner heads Food City public relations

Food City has appointed Tammy Baumgardner to the newly created position of senior manager of public relations.

Baumgardner, who began her career with Food City in 1987, brings more than 32 years of industry experience to this key role, including 22 years in media and community relations.

"Tammy's broad experience inside our organization makes her uniquely qualified for this very important role. As we continue to grow, I know of no other person more suited to communicate with our customers, our associates and the general public than Tammy," said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.

Baumgardner's new duties include the oversight of Food City's media and public relations department. She is also responsible for the management of a number of Food City's sports marketing initiatives, including their NASCAR title sponsorship at Bristol Motor Speedway and other special events and projects. Baumgardner also serves as a board member for Food City's Charitable Foundation, which benefits area charitable organizations.


Dr. Kelsey Alpeter joins Associates in ENT

Audiologist Kelsey Alpeter has joined Associates in ENT, which has locations in Hixson and East Brainerd.

Dr. Alpeter received her doctorate in audiology from The University of South Alabama and got her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Auburn University. Prior to moving to Tennessee, she worked in South Carolina and Hawaii.


Rotaract of Chattanooga adds 14 new members

Rotaract of Chattanooga, Rotary-sponsored service club for young professionals in the Chattanooga area ages 22-35, has added 14 new members for 2020.

Rotaract's mission is to lead with service above self and foster professional and community growth in the area and members are selected from a competitive nomination process and represent a wide variety of industry and up-and-coming community leadership. With 51 members, Rotaract of Chattanooga offers a forum to better understand and promote the characteristics of responsible citizenship and effective leadership.

The Chattanooga Rotaract Class of 2020 includes Michael Andrew Allen, project manager at Shaw Sports Turf ; Cassidy Barnett, market leader at CBI Workplace Solutions; Molly Blankenship, executive director of Chattanooga 2.0 and vice president of talent initiatives for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce; Hayden Cronan, a business analyst for EPB; Newton Law, financial advisor at UBS Financial Services; Sally Lynch, employee benefits broker at McGriff Insurance; Timothy Miller, a controller for Tranco Logistics; Margaret Morgan, a trust associate for Pendleton Square Trust Company, LLC; Noble Langley Orie, a performance analyst for ACA Compliance; Kelsey Pollard, director of client services for Derryberry Public Relations; Chelsea Sadler, a grants specialist for the city of Chattanooga in the mayor's office; Bethany Waters, an accounting manager for Komatsu America Corp.; Justin Whitaker, a commercial banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Jill McKay Wilson, chief operating officer for Southtree.


Dr. Gary Voccio named health director for Northwest Georgia district

Dr. Gary E. Voccio has been named health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District headquartered in Rome, Georgia. As district health director, Voccio oversees 10 Northwest Georgia county health departments and various district-wide public health programs.

He is retired from private practice in pulmonary and critical care medicine with Harbin Clinic, the largest privately owned multispecialty medical clinic in Georgia, where he was chairman of department. Voccio concurrently served as medical director of respiratory therapy for Redmond Regional Medical Center, medical director of respiratory tech for Georgia Northwestern Technical College and as tuberculosis consultant for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District.

He previously served as chief of staff and chief of medicine at Redmond Regional Medical Center and as a clinical instructor for Floyd Medical Center Family Practice Program. He was also assistant professor of family and community medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine. He served as director of tuberculosis control and prevention for the Georgia Department of Human Resources.


McKnight's names Carol Hulgan among Women of Distinction

McKnight's announced its second annual class of Women of Distinction Hall of Honor, naming Carol Hulgan, a registered nurse and senior vice president of Life Care Centers of America's Clinical Services department, among the 22 inductees.

The Hall of Honor recognizes executive-level women who have made significant contributions to the senior living and skilled nursing fields.

Hulgan oversees the clinical functions and systems of Life Care's 208 skilled nursing facilities nationwide.

Hulgan has been with Life Care for 21 years, starting as assistant director of nursing at Life Care Center of Red Bank in Chattanooga. She has served in several nursing roles both at the facility level and at the corporate level.

"Carol Hulgan is the best example you will ever meet of a servant leader," said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. "She truly leads by example, and there is nothing she will not do for her team. "


Jody Riggs, James Scotchie named to Circle of Success

America Financial Services Inc. said wealth advisors Jody B. Riggs and James M. Scotchie have qualified for the company's Circle of Success annual recognition program.

Riggs, a certified publci accountant and certified financial planner, is a private wealth advisor with the wealth advisory practice of Riggs & Associates in Chattanooga, Scotchie, who is also a certified financial planner, is a private wealth advisor with Oracle Wealth Management.

To earn the Circle of Succes achievement, Riggs and Scotchie were among the company's top advisors.


Erlanger welcomes Julie Adams, Emily Ager, Rehan Kahloon, Jonathan Mills and Gregory Nieckula

Erlanger Health System welcomes doctors Julie Adams, Emily Ager, Rehan Kahloon, Jonathan Mills and Gregory Nieckula to its growing list of providers.

Dr. Adams is a board-certified orthopaedic hand surgeon and Chattanooga native. She attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her pathology residency at the same university and then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Adams went on to be a hand surgeon fellow at Thomas Jefferson University. She also received her master's in orthopaedic research from Mayo Clinic. She has over 75 peer-reviewed publications and has taught at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Dr. Ager is a primary care physician from Birmingham, Ala. She attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Ager completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga.

Dr. Kahloon is a board-certified interventional cardiologist. He attended medical school at Lahore Medical and Dental College in Lahore, Pakistan. After completing medical school, Dr. Kahloon attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga for his internship, residency and two fellowships. During his residency, he served as Chief Resident for Internal Medicine and graduated as the "Best Graduating Resident." He was also nominated for the Dr. Harold Alper Humanitarian Award for consistently demonstrating humanistic qualities of integrity, compassion and community service. He finished his interventional cardiology fellowship from the University of Toledo Medicine and Jobst Vascular Center in Toledo, Ohio, with special focus on complex coronary interventions. Dr. Kahloon is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Mills attended medical school at Loma Linda University in California. He completed his internship and residency at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Mills attended fellowship at the University of California in San Diego. He is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.

Dr. Nieckula is a board-certified internal medicine specialist. He completed his medical degree at Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga for his residency. He has been a member of the National Osteopathic Academic and Service Honor Society since 2007.

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