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Paul Weidlich

Miller & Martin adds Weidlich to intellectual property group

Miller & Martin has added attorney Paul Weidlich to the firm's Chattanooga office as a member of its intellectual property practice group.

With a focus on complex issues relating to intellectual property, Weidlich's practice includes patents and trademarks portfolio development, preparation and prosecution; trade secrets, copyrights, licensing agreements; media, advertising and promotional law and intellectual property litigation. He works with clients in several industries such as construction equipment, plants and control systems for asphalt road building, aggregate processing and concrete production, food manufacturing, medical devices, software development, financial services, textile manufacturing and flooring.

"I decided to join Miller & Martin for a number of reasons, including their more robust platform with a deep bench in intellectual property, their geographical reach with offices in different cities and the breadth of practice areas," Weidlich said in a release announcing his new role.

Weidlich's clients range from large multi-national companies to individual entrepreneurs.

Weidlich serves on the board of directors for the Chattanooga International Business Council, and he is the chair for the Early Innovator Award committee of CHATech.


Leach and Hopper join county wastewater board

Steve Leach and Loretta Hopper were recently appointed to serve as representatives on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority board of commissioners.

Hopper is a 20-year veteran with the town of Signal Mountain and has served as the director of public works for 16 years. She has 30 years of experience as a civil engineer and has worked for several private engineering firms in Arizona, Tennessee and Texas. Hopper also has other municipal experience, having worked for an Arizona town of about 30,000 people in the engineering department, for eight years, before moving to Chattanooga.

Hopper is a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association. She is a past board member and an instructor for the Tennessee Public Works Institute. As a board member she received the Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence for Outstanding and Meritorious Achievement in the Public Works Field in 2014.

Hopper is a board member for the Tennessee Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and a certified solid waste professional. She is also a member of the Tennessee Recycling Coalition.

Leach served 31 years as a land planner for the Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency. Leach also led the public works department for the city of Chattanooga for eight years. He is also a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Army in both active and reserve roles.

Leach holds a bachelor's degree in economics, .a master's degree in planning and a law degree.


Rotaract Club adds 21 new members

The Rotaract Club of Chattanooga welcomed 21 new members to the organization this month. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young professionals, age 22-35, who put service to others above self in an effort to enhance their local community.

"Considering the challenges of the past few years, we were encouraged by the number of nominations we received this year," said Austin Corcoran, director of special projects at The Company Lab and president of the Rotarect chapter, in a news release. "We remain committed to serving the Chattanooga community and providing opportunities for our city's young professionals to network and give back in ways big and small."

Other officers of Rotaract for 2022 include Cassidy Barnett of CBI, vice president; Margaret Morgan of Pendleton Square Trust Company, secretary; Justin Witaker of Regions Bank, treasurer; Micah Johnson of Bridge Public Affairs, communications chair; Lauren Schuman of Kenco, service co-chair; Michael Allen of Shaw Sports Turf, social chair; Reid Belew of U.S. Xpress and Davis McDougal of Synthetic Turf Resources, co-chair of the programs.

New 2022 members are Josiah Abney of Project Return, Presley Abney of Bridge Public Affairs, Jared Adams of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Shawnice Beard of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Matt Donaldson of Pendleton Square Trust Company, John Eady of Signal Energy, Ronald Elliott of the city of Chattanooga, Jon Finlay of Steam Logistics, Madyson Foster Smith of the Chattanooga Football Club, Jake Johnson of the CHI Memorial Foundation, Michael Jones of Luther-Anderson PLLP, Chloe Kennedy of Luther-Anderson PLLP, Matt Kerr of Keel Point, Barrett Kibble, SVN / Second Story Real Estate Management, JaQuar McMickle of Infinityco LLC, Nick Nester of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C., Mary Pike, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, Greg Reabold of Raymond James, Katie Sanchez of Acumen Wealth Advisors, Stephanie Savage of Miller & Martin PLLC, and Kim Smith of the city of Chattanooga.


Flenniken, Wall, Long join HHM CPA firm

HHM Certified Public Accountants has hired a senior manager, senior accountant, analyst and a financial operations assistant to accommodate recent growth in its Chattanooga office.

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Travis Flenniken rejoins the firm as senior manager within the management advisory services department. He has more than 20 years of experience in various capacities that include business valuation, merger and acquisition advisory, investment management and business consulting. His experience expands beyond business advisory, having personally acquired and operated an occupational health screening business. Flenniken is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has also earned a master of business administration at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He holds the chartered financial analyst designation and is a certified valuation analyst.

Jennifer Wall joins the firm as a senior accountant. With more than 25 years of combined tax and bookkeeping experience, Wall will prepare income tax returns for clients with a variety of tax situations and across many industries. Wall obtained her bachelor of science degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Connor Long joins the management advisory services group as an analyst. He will provide general valuation services support as well as analyze properties, risks and costs. Long holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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The firm's administration team also expanded, adding Lisa Washington as a financial operations assistant. Washington rejoins the firm after relocating back to Tennessee from Texas. As the financial operations assistant, she will handle a variety of duties from billing, client setups and engagement letters. She brings the team more than 20 years of experience as an accounting support professional.

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"We have been fortunate to be able to continue to grow our workforce with dynamic and talented individuals," said Donnie Hutcherson, managing partner of HHM, in a news release. "We are always looking for the best and the brightest."


Gentry elected board chair of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga announces Tonya Gentry as the new chair to the board of directors.

Gentry has lived in Chattanooga for more than 30 years and believes strongly that it is her responsibility to give back to her community. Throughout those years, she has volunteered for a variety of area nonprofits and was drawn to Girls Inc. of Chattanooga after being asked to speak to a Girls Inc. class.

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"I was so impressed with the girls and their ability to interact with adults and ask tough questions. I wanted to know more about the organization, specifically the programming. In 2019, I jumped at the offer to join the board of directors," Gentry said in a statement announcing her appointment.

She has spent the last 20 years of her career in administration, marketing and business development in the STEM field, and understands the importance of encouraging girls to learn about and ultimately pursue STEM related professions. She is employed at Tinker Ma Architecture & Design, and resides in North Chattanooga.

"Tonya Gentry has been a force for good for our Girls Inc. girls as chair of our advancement committee," said Toccora Johnson-Petersen, CEO of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, in a news release. "I know she will bring that same passion and drive to her new role as board chair. I'm grateful for her commitment and dedication to our mission to inspire and equip all girls to be strong, smart and bold leaders."


Chattanooga Heart Institute welcomes Dr. Henry Cheng

Board-certified imaging and general cardiologist Dr. Henry Cheng has joined The Chattanooga Heart Institute. Cheng earned his medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He completed an internal medicine residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In addition to general cardiology care, Cheng specializes in cardio-oncology, non-invasive echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

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At The Chattanooga Heart Institute, Cheng joins 26 cardiologists, three vascular surgeons and three cardiovascular surgeons.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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