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Sierra Cannon named director at Garden Plaza home

Sierra Cannon, who has served as sales director at Garden Plaza at Greenbriar Cove for almost five years, was recently named executive director at the independent living community.

Cannon has lived in the area all her life. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

"I'm excited to serve this community in this capacity," said Cannon. "I've gotten to know all our residents, and I truly love this community and our team. We have an amazing and talented group here."

Shaleen Sorgen, regional director of operations for senior living company Century Park Associates, praised Cannon as "the perfect candidate to carry on the legacy of compassionate service to all the residents who call Greenbriar their home."


Four local lawyers elected to serve on Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division

Four local lawyers have been elected to serve on the executive committee of the board of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division. The attorneys chosen by the peers for the positions with the Bar include Brittany Thomas Faith of the law firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., General Sessions Judge Alexander McVeagh, Justin B. Faith of the law firm Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott and Cannon, PLLC, and John A. Carreras, in-house counsel for CommonSpirit Health (CHI Memorial).

The TBA's Young Lawyers' Divison is comprised of lawyers across the State of Tennessee under 36 years of age or in their first five years of practice and is dedicated to serving the professional needs of young lawyers. The TBA YLD is also the "service arm of the bar."

Faith was elected as vice president of the TBA YLD for 2020-21 and will serve as president-elect the following year, and then as TBA YLD president in 2022-2023.

Judge McVeagh was elected as East Tennessee Governor of the TBA YLD. He has served as judicial liaison and as Hamilton County's representative to the Board since 2015 and is currently the president-elect of the Chattanooga Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division.

Justin Faith was elected by the TBA YLD membership to lead the group's finances as its Treasurer. This will be Mr. Faith's third consecutive term serving on the Executive Committee as the division's treasurer.

John Carreras was selected by the TBA YLD Executive Committee to be the secretary.


Access Garage Doors acquires Williams Door Co.

Access Garage Doors has acquired the Chattanooga operations of the Knoxville-based Williams Door Co.

A fourth-generation company founded in 1971, Williams Door Company is a leading provider of residential, commercial, and industrial overhead garage doors based in Knoxville with an established presence in the Chattanooga market for over 15 years.

"As we thought about acquiring the Chattanooga office of Williams Door Company, we explored the similarities between our companies and found a shared commitment of providing high quality products and the best care to customers for over a decade and half," said Jesse Cox, president and CEO of Access Garage Doors. "We're excited to continue this legacy of high-level service to their existing area customers, as well as expand our services to new customers through this acquisition."

Since 2005, Access Garage Doors has led the way for garage door and electric opener services in the Southeast. As a top-ranking authorized dealer for Clopay, LiftMaster, Amarr and Genie products, Access employs nearly 20 individuals.

"We know our Chattanooga-area customers will be in great hands and we will continue to work in tandem with Access to ensure all of our customers are taken care of," said Williams Door Co. President Scott Williams.


Thom Benson heads marketing for Tennessee Aquarium

Thom Benson has been named chief communications and marketing officer for the Tennessee Aquarium.

In 2006, Benson was hired as the Aquarium's communications manager where he worked to successfully open new Aquarium exhibits from Penguins' Rock to the new Turtles of the World gallery, unveiling the new IMAX with Laser system at the IMAX 3D Theater and communicating the importance of the Aquarium's scientific research and conservation efforts.

He succeeds Cindy Todd, who left the Aquarium in January to pursue a role as a marketing consultant for regional nonprofits.

"By volunteering, I fell in love with the people and the mission while discovering how important the Aquarium is to the community's economic, educational and environmental well-being," Benson said. "The volunteer experience created a desire to work here and become even more involved in this important organization."

Keith Sanford, the Aquarium's president and CEO, said Benson "is leading a strong marketing team with talented individuals who are equally enthusiastic about our nonprofit mission."

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