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Jamie Gross

Bryan College names Jamie Gross as vice president of finance

Jamie Gross has been named vice president of finance for Bryan College. He comes to Bryan with extensive experience in accounting and finance, including more than four years as controller at Covenant College.

Gross began his career in the audit and assurance services department of a public accounting firm in Pennsylvania after graduating with a degree in accounting from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. The licensed CPA will begin his tenure at Bryan College Sept. 7.

"I am extremely grateful for the relationships and experiences I've had at Covenant," said Gross, "However, I have a deep sense of calling as I begin my work at Bryan College."

Bryan College President Dr. Douglas Mann said, "there's a sense of excitement at Bryan College as this new year begins" and he welcomes Gross to the college as the new school year begins.


Marc Harwell picked for executive committee for FDCC group

Marc Harwell, of Harwell Law Group PLLC, in Chattanooga, has been selected as a 2020-21 member of the Executive Committee and senior director for the Federation of Defense Corporate Counsel (FDCC). In addition to this prestigious honor, FDCC awarded Harwell the President's Community Service Award for his service related to the #FeedThePartnership campaign.

Through generous donations, the #FeedThePartnership campaign has furnished more than 600 meals to the residents and staff of the Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults (Partnership), which provides shelter to victims of domestic violence and emergency shelter for homeless families in the Chattanooga community.

Harwell is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Chattanooga Bar Foundation. In 2018, he served as the president of the Chattanooga Bar Association. With more than 30 years of complex litigation experience, Marc Harwell has the knowledge and insight to represent a wide range of legal matters in Tennessee.


Chattanooga Autism Center Gains an assistant director

The Chattanooga Autism Center (CAC) promoted Amber Doolittle to assistant director.

Doolittle started at the CAC as a summer intern in 2017 while she was finishing her bachelors degree in psychology at Bryan College. The CAC hired her that same year as an administrative assistant but quickly took on major programmatic roles, such as coordinating the annual autism conference and annual autism walk. She also took over as director of the CAC's internship and volunteer programs, managed the website, weekly newsletter and much more.

In her new role, Doolittle coordinates human resources and finances along with all of her previous coordinator and director roles. Doolittle is also currently enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at UTK (online) working towards her clinical degree with the goal of becoming a therapist.


James Sims named 2020 Five Star Wealth Manager award recipient

James "Cody" Sims; a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, Accredited Asset Management Specialist, Accredited Wealth Management Advisor; financial advisor and franchise owner with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., is a recipient of the 2020 Five Star Wealth Manager Award.

Five Star Professional conducts comprehensive research to define and promote professional excellence in wealth management. To be selected for the Five Star Wealth Manager Award, a wealth manager must satisfy ten objective eligibility and evaluation criteria that are associated with wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients.

"Receipt of the Five Star Wealth Manager Award serves to reaffirm my commitment to serving clients with integrity, timely and helpful information, and solid financial advice," Sims said.


Crystal Blanks joins Crye-Leike in East Brainerd

Realtor Crystal Blanks is now affiliated with Crye-Leike's Chattanooga — East Brainerd branch office and will serve the residential real estate needs of buyers and sellers throughout Hamilton and surrounding counties.

Blanks has held a real estate license since 2007, but has mainly worked in the property management industry for the last 20 years.

"Over the years, I have learned that property management is very similar to working with buyers and sellers in the real estate market," said Blanks. "I often met with clients to bring on new listings and shared my thoughts of property conditions. I am excited to work with clients to help find their forever homes."

Blanks is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors.


Rusty Posey named portfolio manager of First Horizon Bank

First Horizon Bank, a member of the First Horizon National Corp. family of companies, has named Rusty Posey as vice president, senior portfolio manager and team lead for the Southeast Tennessee commercial banking group.

Posey, who has been with First Horizon since 2015, comes to the position with a wealth of experience over his 13 years in the finance industry. He has served several roles at First Horizon, including commercial credit analyst and most recently as portfolio manager.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to expand our portfolio in a market I have worked in for so long," said Posey. "At First Horizon, we believe in the power of relationships and the growth they bring."

Posey graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in finance, and also received his MBA from UTC.

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