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Contributed Photo by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union/ Shannon Amos

TVFCU adds Amos as a new commercial lender

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union announced in a news release that Shannon Amos has joined the business and commercial lending team. As a commercial lender, Amos will help companies in the credit union's 13-county service area obtain funds to start or expand their business.

"Shannon is a great addition to our team," said Todd Fortner, president and CEO of Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union in the same release. "We're excited to expand our business and commercial services division to continually serve businesses of all sizes in our area."

Amos will assist with loan operations in all facets of business including equipment, expenses, business auto, commercial real estate and other offerings like Idea Leap loans that help entrepreneurs with early-stage businesses.

Amos started his banking career in 2003 as a part-time teller for Dalton Whitfield Bank. He later worked in banking management with Wachovia and Bank of America before transitioning into commercial and business development at FirstBank.

Originally from Chatsworth, Georgia, Amos earned a degree in business and management from Dalton State College. He serves on the board and as treasurer for the Dalton Civitan Club, is a graduate of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Dalton-Whitfield program and is a graduate and current co-chair of the chamber's Emerging Leaders Institute.


Bowman to head marketing for Ronald McDonald Charities

Abigail Bowman has been named the new marketing and communications specialist for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

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Contributed Photo by Ronald McDonald House Charities/ Abigail Bowman

Bowman graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2020 and worked as a freelance writer and was the retail and marketing manager for Vibrant Meals prior to joining Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.


BlueCross names Faber as director of end-user experience

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has selected Jeremy Faber as director of end-user experience in the company's enterprise information technology department.

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Contributed Photo by BlueCross BlueShield/ Jeremy Faber

In this role, Faber will lead the teams responsible for ensuring employee satisfaction with the company's technology assets and improving employee productivity, according to a news release from the company.

"Jeremy led the company-wide rollout of Windows 10, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams – all critical components of the company's successful transition to the new FlexWork model," said Jennifer Weaver, senior vice president and chief information officer at BlueCross in the same release. "Jeremy's demonstrated ability to align teams and his dedication to delivering technology solutions that enhance the employee experience will serve him well in his new role."

Faber joined BlueCross in 2011 as a systems engineer and has served as the manager of client engineering services for the past four years.

He studied computer science at the University of South Carolina and has a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies from Lee University.


Johnson Audiology names Alpeter cochlear implant program director

Johnson Audiology welcomes Kelsey Alpeter, Au.D., to its Chattanooga office. Alpeter will direct the practice's cochlear implant program.

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Contributed Photo by Johnson Audiology/ Kelsey Alpeter

Alpeter stated in a news release regarding her new role, "I am excited to be a part of the Johnson Audiology team, and I look forward to helping patients hear to the best of their ability — whether they need to simply protect their hearing, explore hearing aids, or consider cochlear implants."

Alpeter received her doctor of audiology degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, and her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Auburn University. Alpeter has worked in both private practice audiology and ENT settings.

Immediately before coming to Johnson Audiology, she was an audiologist at Associates in ENT in Chattanooga. Alpeter has experience with both adult and pediatric populations. She is skilled in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and treatment; hearing aid fitting, balance testing and treatment; cochlear implant candidacy evaluations and mapping; newborn hearing screenings; real ear measures; and tinnitus evaluations, counseling and rehabilitation.

Chattanooga State recognizes 2022 top employees for awards

Chattanooga State Community College recognized six staff members as winners of the 2022 Employee Excellence awards. Nominees are reviewed by a panel comprised of a Chattanooga State Foundation board member as selection committee chair and two representatives each from the Support Staff Association, Professional Staff Association, and Faculty Senate.

The 2022 winners are Michele McCarthy for teaching excellence in the community college, Janaria McIntosh for teaching excellence in the technical college, Joanna Long for adjunct teaching excellence, Michael Rhea and Silang Sam for support staff and Marsha Baker for professional staff.

The winning nominees each received a $750 check from the Chattanooga State Foundation.


ICBA names Simply Bank president among top 40 emerging bankers

Six months after being named one of eight female bank executive leaders in Tennessee, Simply Bank President Cara Roberson has been named a top 40 emerging community banker under the age of 40 by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA).

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A Pikeville, Tenn., native, Roberson worked as a part-time teller at SimplyBank during college before graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in accounting. She is a certified public accountant and worked with a Chattanooga-based accounting firm before returning to SimplyBank as an internal auditor in 2012. In the 10 years since, Roberson has served in various roles within the bank, including chief financial officer immediately prior to being elevated to bank president earlier this year.

"Cara is part of an accomplished and dedicated group of community bank professionals selected this year for her skill, resolve and dedication to serving SimplyBank's customers and community," ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said in an announcement of the top 40 community bankers under age 40.

Chosen from hundreds of entries, candidates were judged on their character, leadership, community involvement and innovation.


Bill Fox to aid UT chancellor, new Boyd Center head named

After 27 years at the helm of the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Bill Fox is transitioning to serve as a special advisor to Chancellor Donde Plowman, effective July 1. In the new role, Fox will provide economic analysis to inform the areas of budget and finance, workforce development, corporate engagement, and public policy for the university.

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Contributed photo / Don Bruce

"Dr. Fox's deep institutional knowledge of the state's economic landscape and his relationships with elected officials and decision- makers at all levels will be invaluable to our team, " Plowman said in an announcement to the campus community.

Boyd Center Associate Director Don Bruce will transition to become the center's new director.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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