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Jeremy Callahan named team leader for Real Estate Signature Brokers

Jeremy Callahan has been named the new team leader for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Brokers in downtown Chattanooga.

Callahan previously served as an assistant team leader and productivity coach for Keller Williams Realty while operating a top- producing real estate team, The Callahan Group.

Callahan has been tapped to lead the company's growth through coaching, recruiting and business development as the growing company is opening a new 6,000-square-foot office downtown. Callahan says he's also rolling out new technology, coaching, calendar and lead offerings for agents.

"My first priority is equipping individual agents and small teams with the same tools and resources of the large teams, but without all of the typical expenses," Callahan said.

Gina Sakich, principal broker and owner of the company, said she's anticipating a bright future working with Callahan.

"Jeremy has spent over a decade building his business as a top-producing Realtor, and has worked with some of the top leaders in the real estate industry across multiple brands," she said.


Local BrightStar Care wins Leader in Excellence Award

BrightStar Care of Chattanooga has received the top Leader in Excellence award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for the home care industry.

The award is given to home care businesses that rank among the highest in 10 or more quality metrics. As a Leader in Excellence, BrightStar Care of Chattanooga is now ranked among the top 10% of home care providers participating in the nationwide Home Care Pulse Satisfaction Management Program with over 3,000 providers.

"In 2012, we set our vision to become the home care agency of choice for all employees and clients in the Tri-State area," said Rick Collett, president of BrightStar Care of Chattanooga. "Now we have achieved that, but we will not stop there."

To qualify for the award, 10% of BrightStar Care of Chattanooga's clients and caregivers were interviewed each month by Home Care Pulse. Over a 12-month period, BrightStar Care of Chattanooga received high client and caregiver satisfaction ratings in areas such as caregiver training, compassion of caregivers, communication, scheduling and client and caregiver compatibility. Using feedback from clients and employees, as well as quality benchmarks from Home Care Pulse and the Joint Commission, the BrightStar Care of Chattanooga management team set goals to reach the highest level of excellence possible, Collet said.


Rickey Moore named executive director of Mid-South Training program

Rickey Moore has been named executive director of the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council Training Trust Fund (TTF).

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Moore has worked for more than three decades as a union carpenter, working his way up from carpenter helper and apprentice to lead foreman and superintendent, primarily for the general contractor Raines Brothers Inc. His work can be seen on such iconic projects as the I-Max Theater, Discovery Museum, many church and school additions and the steam generator storage buildings at TVA' Sequoyah and Watts Bar Nuclear plants.

As the new head of the Mid-South TTF, Moore will oversee seven training facilities and several carpenter and millwright professional instructors. His guidance will steer theoretical classroom learning, skill training in the shop areas, and one-on-one mentoring and training on job sites.

The program trains members of the Southeastern Carpenters and Southern States Millwrights Regional Councils. The overall training curriculum is based on a $250 million program developed by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters International Training Fund. With this support, members obtain highly-developed skills, supply productive and safe work, and display the right attitude to often become the job site's leaders.

Moore's teaching career began 21 years ago and encompasses all levels of apprenticeship classes, first aid/CPR/AED, forklift, aerial lift, rigging, scaffolding, OSHA, confined space, fall protection, Construction Master Pro calculator, Silica awareness, ICRA, concrete forms, builders level and total station.

He also serves on several area high school advisory boards as well as the workforce development board of Chattanooga.

"The future of construction depends on providing more and better training opportunities for our members," Moore said. "That means having clean, proficient training centers and well-trained, highly experienced instructors who have a passion for passing on as much knowledge as possible to tomorrow's job site leaders."


Three join board of Boys & Girls Clubs

Matthew Brandon, Kyle Eiselstein and Quincy Jenkins, executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Chattanooga State Community College, have been elected to the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga.

Brandon is vice president of PlayCore Surfacing Group and has been with the company since 2008. Brandon leads the surfacing and excels at building relationships with customer to delivery compliant surfacing solutions. He is an active member of the IPEMA and the ASTM Surfacing Committees. He also serves on the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga Board of Directors.

Eiselstein is a partner with the Chattanooga law firm of Miller Martin and is vic chair of the litigation department and concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor of science in economics and a juris doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Previously, Eiselstein was a faculty member of The McCallie School and is the past president of its Alumni Council.

Jenkins is the executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Chattanooga State Community College. Prior to joining Chattanooga State, he served as the Director of Hispanic-Latino Outreach at Dalton State College. Jenkins graduated from the University of Tampa earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature, and holds a master of arts from Illinois State University in foreign languages, literatures and linguistics. Jenkins is pursuing a doctor of education in organizational leadership and learning from Vanderbilt University.

"As highly respected and seasoned executives with valuable leadership experience and community connections, we look forward to Matthew, Kyle and Quincy's engagement and assistance in guiding our objectives of building great futures for Chattanooga youth," said LaTonya Lyons, chair of the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga.

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— Compiled by Brandi Dixon