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Miller & Martin adds attorneys

The Chattanooga office of Miller & Martin PLLC has added attorneys Megan Welton and Matthew Bryson.

Welton joined the firm as an associate in the labor and employment department, focusing on civil rights claims, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violation, breach of contract and actions brought under other employment-related state statutes. Before joining Miller & Martin, she held several legal internships and externships throughout the state of Tennessee.

Welton earned a law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as the recipient of the Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholarship, awarded for academic merit. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Sewanee: The University the South.

Matthew Bryson joined the firm's corporate department as an associate, focusing his practice on general corporate and securities issues, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transaction and start up and emerging companies.

Bryson graduated from Emory University School of Law, where he completed Emory's Transactional Law certificate program and was a member of the Corporate and Business Law Society. He received a B.A. in international relations and a minor in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit organization management from Samford University.

Krebs wins three industry awards

Bruce Krebs, who owns Entrepreneurs Source Franchise, was given three prestigious awards at the 2015 annual conference last week in Phoenix, Ariz., — the Founders Award for excellence in coaching, the top performer award and an award for outstanding contributions to the organization.

The Entrepreneurs Source has been in business for 31 years helping clients find a franchise or business opportunity that is right for them. Krebs has owned the local franchise for 13 years.

Monarch hires 3 new members

Monarch Financial Group, a Hixson-based investment and insurance firm with 20-plus years of service and a A+ rating with the BBB, has added three new members to its team.

Ken Spann and Russ Bigham join the investment department team. Spann is a financial advisor with more than 20 years of experience who enjoys implementing easy-to-understand retirement strategies. Spann joins the group from the Ooltewah area.

Bigham is a seven-year veteran financial advisor, who takes pride in establishing close relationships and maintaining regular communication with clients. He comes from the Hixson area.

In the insurance department, the group welcomes Melissa Battles. She is a 20-year veteran of the insurance industry from East Ridge. She is a licensed life, health, property and casualty insurance agent.

BB&T Insurance hires Lewis

BB&T Insurance Services, a subsidiary of BB&T Insurance Holdings, has hired MaryStewart Lewis as a commercial insurance consultant.

Lewis brings more than 20 years in the Chattanooga business community to her new role. The Chattanooga native earned a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., and MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Stir restaurant hires top managers

SquareOne Holdings, the local company developing a new restaurant at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, has added three members to its leadership team.

Fletcher Thompson, Scott Eiselstein and Jamie Walton will help lead the company's latest venture, Stir — an eatery opening at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on Nov. 16.

Thompson, a Chattanooga native with years of management experience and expertise in the restaurant industry, is the new general manager. Eiselstein, known for his creative culinary flair, also hails from the Scenic City. He is the restaurant's executive chef. Partnering with Eiselstein as Stir's new ice chef and opening chef, Walton will cut the restaurant's signature artisanal ice, while overseeing the back of the house during the opening.

Prior to joining Stir as general manager, Thompson worked as a restaurant consultant in SquareOne Holdings and as former general manager for Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill, N.C. He further expanded his management portfolio as the manager for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries for seven years. Thompson earned his bachelor's degree from University of South Carolina's Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism and Management School.

The career of Executive Chef Scott Eiselstein began in the early 1990s at The Sand Bar Restaurant in Chattanooga where he was first exposed to commercial kitchens. From there, he worked his way through the kitchen, ultimately becoming the manager and moving on to executive chef positions. He has headed up the kitchens of Southside Jazz Junction as executive chef, Cibo restaurant as sous chef, Tremont Tavern as culinary manager and Bluewater Grille as executive chef. He has a B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University. Eiselstein uses his fine arts background, combined with his more than 20 years of restaurant experience, to spark his creativity in the kitchen.

As Stir's permanent in-house ice chef, Jamie Walton brings more than 20 years of training and culinary experience to the restaurant's management team. Before moving to Tennessee, Walton served as executive chef of the Ragtime Tavern in Jacksonville, Fla. He has since worked as training and culinary director for SquareOne Holdings and as culinary training manager for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Inc., overseeing the training for both Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery.

Stir is hiring more than 100 team members in Chattanooga to staff the restaurant, which is scheduled to open Nov. 16.

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