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Taylor Bostwick Takes Helm of Speech & Hearing Center

The Speech & Hearing Center has named Taylor Bostwick as its new president and chief executive officer.

In this role, Bostwick will act as the voice of the Center, communicating its mission and services to the community. She is also tasked with managing the staff, ensuring the fiscal health of the nonprofit agency and overseeing program delivery and expansion.

Bostwick replaces Erica Newman in the position, and brings with her more than a decade of communications experience. She was most recently the marketing director of Hamilton Place for CBL Properties and has also worked previously as an account executive at Waterhouse Public Relations, in corporate communications at Unum and as the head of marketing at Papercut Interactive. She earned her bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University in mass communications.

"I'm honored to move forward the mission of an organization that has been such a longstanding community fixture and continues to enrich lives every day," Bostwick said.

The Speech and Hearing Center was established in 1953 to serve children and adults with communication disorders. The nonprofit provides no-cost screenings for early identification for children up to 5 years old, offers a sliding fee scale for those who income-qualify and has programs to assist low- income individuals with hearing aid purchase. For those who can self-pay, a portion of every service or product purchase goes back to assist those in the community who would otherwise not be able to afford therapy or hearing devices.


Life Care Center names East Ridge director

Life Care Center of East Ridge, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, is welcoming Parker Center as its new executive director.

"Parker is a natural leader with some truly exceptional qualities and talents," said Robert Hubbartt, previous executive director, who was just promoted to regional vice president. "I had the privilege of working with Parker as his preceptor during his training program. He displays an eagerness to learn and grow in his profession, and he truly demonstrates passion for his residents and associates. I feel confident that he will continue to move our mission forward of providing exceptional patient care to our residents of the East Ridge and surrounding communities."

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Center most recently served as executive director at Life Care Center of Blount County in Louisville, Tennessee. He was assistant executive director at Life Care Center of Red Bank in Chattanooga, and did his administrator training at Life Care Center of East Ridge as well.

"When I did an internship at Life Care Center of Ooltewah, Tennessee, I knew senior care would be my passion," said Center.

Raised in Zephyrhills, Florida, Center earned his bachelor's degree in long-term care administration from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, where he met his wife, Allison. They currently live in Red Bank.

Life Care Center of East Ridge is one of 27 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Tennessee managed by Life Care Centers of America.


Pinnacle Bank adds new staff at branches

Pinnacle Bank has added several financial services professionals at its Shallowford Road and Broad Street offices.

Jeremy Mason is the new office leader at the firm's Shallowford Road office, joining financial specialist Lauren Lee, who came to Pinnacle last year. New associates at the Broad Street office include Glenda Tharp, Cristy Monroe and Casey Johnson.

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Mason brings 15 years of financial services experience and comes to Pinnacle from SunTrust Bank, where he most recently served as branch manager. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain Georgia.

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Lee has seven years of experience, most recently at Millennium Bank, where she was head teller. Previously she was a customer service representative at Bank of America.

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Tharp is the client services support manager at Pinnacle's Southside office. She has 12 years of experience, most recently at First Volunteer Bank, where she was a lead customer service representative. Previously Tharp was a branch service leader with Regions Bank. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Monroe is a trust advisor assistant for the firm's Broad Street office. She comes to Pinnacle with 14 years of experience, most recently at Regions Bank, where she served as a regional executive assistant. Previous roles at Regions include trust advisor assistant, relationship team administrator, branch service leader and teller.

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Johnson is based at Pinnacle's Southside office where she is a financial specialist. Before joining Pinnacle, she spent 26 years in the financial services industry, most recently as a loan officer service representative with Michigan One Community Credit Union. Prior roles included assistant branch manager for Bank of America and operations manager for Flagstar Bank.

"Our clients appreciate working with professionals who have the expertise to handle their business efficiently based on years of financial services experience," said Ryan Murphy, area manager for Pinnacle. "All of these additions are assets to our culture of distinctive service here."

Pinnacle began serving Chattanooga in 2015 when it acquired CapitalMark Bank & Trust.


Aaron Barthle joins Pioneer Technology

Aaron Barthle has joined Pioneer Technology as chief information officer. The Chattanooga-based information technology provider delivers network, desktop, cloud, security and infrastructure services to more than 530 locations in 30 U.S. states.

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Previously, Barthle served as vice president of IT services for Morning Pointe Senior Living and Independent Healthcare Properties in Ooltewah. He is a member of several professional organizations and boards including ChaTech (Chattanooga Technology Council), Chattanooga State Community College (EIT Division), Girls Who Code, a national CIO Consortium, and the internationally recognized College of Information Management Executives.

Barthle holds a bachelor's degree of in computer systems administration from Collegedale's Southern Adventist University.


Jody B. Riggs qualifies for the Circle of Success

Jody B. Riggs, a private wealth advisor with Riggs & Associates, has qualified for Ameriprise Financial Services' Circle of Success annual recognition. Riggs is both a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner.

To earn this achievement, Riggs established herself as one of the company's top advisors.

She has 29 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial.

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Diana Seavey earns CRS Realtor designation

Realtor Diana Seavey, an agent for Crye-Leike Real Estate Services in Ooltewah since 2008, has earned the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation from the Residential Real Estate Council.

The CRS designation is the highest credential awarded to residential sales agents, managers, and brokers, with only 4% realtors having earned it.

Seavey has been in the real estate industry for 18 years.

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— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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