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Tom Schreiner

Tom Schreiner to manage McLemore golf course

Tom Schreiner has been named general manager of McLemore, a Scenic Land Company golf course and clubhouse located atop Lookout Mountain in Rising Fawn, Georgia.

Schreiner brings nearly two decades of experience to the role, serving as head golf coach and director of business operations at Covenant College since 2004. At Covenant College, Schreiner oversaw a number of programs for the college, including food services, summer conferences, property rentals, guest cottages, laundry services and office services. He also worked with the Covenant College golf team in an assistant's role for two years prior to his role as head coach.

"Tom's knowledge both in the golf world and in business management will be in integral to McLemore's continued development and expansion," Scenic Land Company President Duane Horton said, "In a short span of time, we opened the golf course, short course, clubhous and The Creag, our restaurant, to much success. 2020 was a record-breaking year for us, and we look forward to the continued success that Tom's leadership will bring."

A Chattanooga resident since 1980, Schreiner played varsity baseball and golf for Tennessee Temple University from 1980 to 1984, and played golf under the tutelage of Dave Ragan, a former PGA tour player and Ryder Cup team member. Over the years, Schreiner has developed a reputation as a top amateur golfer.

He serves as an Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga where he has been a member since 1990.

"I am thrilled to put my experience and passion to work at such a highly respected and renown golf development," said Schreiner. "McLemore's fast ascension in the golf community did not come by accident. An exceptional team of people have been hard at work here for the past few years and I am eager to jump in and be a part of the team and the success story of McLemore."

McLemore is a mountain-top community featuring an 18-hole championship course and a six-hole short course designed by Rees Jones & Bill Bergin.


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Valoria Armstrong, chamber board chair and chief inclusion officer and vice president of external affairs for American Water.

National Diversity Council recognizes Valoria Armstrong

Valoria Armstrong, the chief inclusion officer and vice president of external affairs for American Water, was recently honored with the Leadership Excellence Award by the National Diversity Council.

Armstrong has been responsible for strengthening the American Water's inclusion and diversity strategy by creating a comprehensive and integrated focus on driving diversity, equity, mutual respect, and inclusiveness across the organization. She is also responsible for leading government and regulatory affairs across American Water's regulated and market-based businesses. Armstrong engages with key external stakeholders like the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Utilities Diversity Council.

American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company and the parent company of Tennessee American Water, praised Armstrong for her professionalism, integrity and leadership qualities.

"Creating an inclusive and diverse work environment is not something a company can achieve by checking off a series of boxes. It requires honest self-examination and a commitment to deep fundamental change," said Melanie Kennedy, chief human resources officer for American Water. "These recognitions highlight the efforts our company has made to hire, develop and promote diverse talent."


Fortune names Parkridge among top 100 hospitals

For the third consecutive year, Parkridge Medical Center has been named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.

Parkridge, which is owned by Hospital Corporation of America, was among 20 hospitals to earn the 2021 Everest Award for setting national benchmarks for the fastest rate of improvement and highest current year performance.

The only Chattanooga hospital to earn recognition, Parkridge ranked third on the list, outperforming 253 hospitals in the large community hospitals category in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and financial health.

"My colleagues at Parkridge Medical Center are united by a common goal toward which we strive every day: excellent patient-centered care," said Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health System and CEO of Parkridge Medical Center. "We all share responsibility for each patient's experience and outcome, and this award underscores our commitment to our patients and to our community."

For the ranking, hospitals were surveyed across three components: 1) assessing hospital contributions to community health as a provider of critical services for community health and preventive care; 2) identifying ways that hospitals contribute to community health as a community partner teaming up with local organizations to implement critical programs; and 3) focusing on ways that hospitals promote community health through their practices as anchor institutions supporting local economic and social progress.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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