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Paul Fridenstine

Paul Fridenstine named CFO of Parkridge hospitals

Paul Fridenstine has been named chief financial officer of Parkridge West Hospital, Parkridge North ER and the four-campus Parkridge Valley behavioral health system. In this role, Fridenstine will oversee all financial aspects of each campus.

Fridenstine has accumulated 25 years of accounting experience with more than 13 years spent in healthcare.

"Having worked in both acute care and behavioral health settings, Paul brings a wealth of experience to our campuses, and we are excited to welcome him to our team," said Tim Grant, CEO of Parkridge West, Parkridge Valley and Parkridge North and CMO of Parkridge Health System. "We are poised for strong growth, and Paul's background and depth of healthcare knowledge will be key to helping us achieve our goals."

Prior to joining Parkridge Valley, Fridenstine served as CFO at Oakwood Springs, a 72-bed behavioral health hospital in Oklahoma City. Before that, he was controller at AllianceHealth Midwest, a 255-bed hospital in Midwest City, Oklahoma, and served as controller at Byrd Regional Hospital, in Leesville, Louisiana, before being promoted to assistant CFO.

Fridenstine earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from West Texas A&M University.


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Shelton Chambers

Chambers, Glenn, Smith join Chambliss law firm

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C. announces the addition of three experienced attorneys who will enhance some of the firm's fastest- growing areas, including estate and tax, financial services, labor and employment and real estate.

Shelton Swafford Chambers, an attorney and a certified public accountant, is joining the Chattanooga law firm to help advise high net worth individuals and families on their estate planning and tax needs, including asset protection planning, charitable and foundation planning, conservatorships, elder law, estate and trust matters and special needs planning. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Estate Planning Council of Chattanooga and Chattanooga Tax Practitioners. In addition, she serves on the Normal Park Spark board of directors.

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James "JR" Glenn

James "JR" Glenn recently joined the Chambliss labor and employment team after nearly a decade of experience in labor and employment counseling and litigation in Chicago. He serves clients operating in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, hospitality, transportation and warehousing, construction, real estate and utilities. In addition to Tennessee, Glenn is licensed to practice in Illinois, District of Columbia, Michigan and Texas.

M. Craig Smith has joined Chambliss to offer legal advice for businesses and financial institutions. He also represents clients such as landlords, corporate businesses and utility providers. With more than 15 years of experience, Smith is active in the community, holding leadership roles with both professional and civic organizations such as the Chattanooga Bar Association, Habitat for Humanity and National Park Partners. He is also a Chattanooga Bar Association Fellow and has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for many years.

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"Chambliss is thrilled with this chance to add such a wealth of experienced talent to our team," said Mark Cunningham, president and managing shareholder at Chambliss. "Shelton, JR and Craig are standout attorneys and individuals. I am confident they will enhance our client service in a variety of ways as we expand our reach in 2021."


Text Request is Gold Stevie Award winner in American business

Text Request, a Chattanooga-based business texting platform, was named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the computer software category in the 19th Annual American Business Awards.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning "crowned," the awards will be presented virtually to winners during a live event on June 30.

More than 3,800 nominations — a record number — from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Virtual Event of the Year and App of the Year, among others.

Text Request was nominated in the Small Business-sized Computer Software category, and the award was announced the same week that Text Request was recognized by the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a "Best Place to Work" for the second consecutive year.

"I couldn't be prouder of our team for winning this award for their work throughout one of the most turbulent years for businesses in American history. This is their award," said Text Request CEO Brian Elrod. "Our staff is resilient, resourceful and always looking for ways to help our clients experience as many wins as possible with the software we've built. I am excited to leverage last year's momentum for even more growth throughout 2021 and beyond."


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Pinnacle Financial adds new partners

Pinnacle Financial Partners welcomed longtime Regions Bank commercial real estate banker Frank Peele to the Chattanooga team this spring along with credit advisor Keith Taylor and financial specialist Carla Turner, both of whom joined from First Horizon. Peele and Taylor are based at Pinnacle's Broad Street office, and Turner is located at the Shallowford Road office.

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Keith Taylor

Spanning 33 years at Regions Bank in Chattanooga, Peele previously served in branch leadership, services for residential construction companies, problem asset management and commercial real estate. Three years ago he closed Regions' first Fannie Mae mortgage-backed securities as tax-exempt bond collateral transaction, a structure used to finance the construction, acquisition or rehabilitation of Multifamily Affordable Housing properties. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in economics from University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Taylor came to Pinnacle from First Horizon Bank in Chattanooga, where he was a senior Small Business Association underwriter. He also has experience in commercial banking and middle market. Taylor has a bachelor's degree in finance from University of Alabama in Huntsville. All but one year of his 14-year career have been in Tennessee.

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Carla Turner

In addition to her tenure at First Horizon in Chattanooga, Turner served as an operations manager at SunTrust in Chattanooga. She moved to Tennessee in 2008 after working for FSG Bank and Citi Financial in Dalton, Georgia, where she earned a degree in management from Dalton State College.


Kelly Nuckolls names among Power 60 in 2021 Women of the Channel

Tennessee-based IT and cybersecurity provider InfoSystems announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Kelly Nuckolls, vice president of marketing and alliances at InfoSystems, to its 2021 Power 60 Solution Providers list, an elite subgroup of honorees chosen from the highly regarded Women of the Channel list.

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The women honored on this year's list pushed forward with comprehensive business plans, marketing initiatives and other innovative ideas to support their partners and customers, helping them through the uncertainty brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. CRN celebrates these exceptional women for their leadership, dedication and channel advocacy.

The Power 60 Solution Providers are chosen by the CRN editorial team based on their contributions, expertise and dedication to building strong solution provider businesses.

Nuckolls joined the team at InfoSystems in August of 2020 and helped map out a plan to better position InfoSystems to meet immediate demands brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as future-proof InfoSystems' services and offerings.

"CRN's 2021 Women of the Channel list acknowledges accomplished, influential women whose dedication, hard work and leadership accelerate channel growth," said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. "We are proud to honor them for their many accomplishments and look forward to their continued contributions to the IT channel."


Boys & Girls Clubs adds Greg Oswald to board

The Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga announced that Greg Oswald, senior vice president of operational excellence at Astec Industries, has been elected to the club's board of directors.

"We are pleased to welcome Greg to the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga board," said LaTonya Lyons, board chairwoman. "Greg's experience in safety and quality management will greatly enhance the club experience provided to our members."

Oswald is responsible for safety, quality, delivery and cost for the entire Astec organization. Prior to Astec, he was the senior vice president at Lindsay Corp., and was responsible for facilities in Europe, Italy, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil and China. Oswald attended the University of Missouri and graduated from the Grand River Technical School.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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