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Thom Albrecht named CFO at Reliance Partners

Thom Albrecht, formerly chief commercial officer and chief financial officer for the Celadon Group., has joined Reliance Partners as chief financial officer and chief revenue officer.

During the course of his 32-year career in the transportation industry, Albrecht has worked with motor carriers, freight brokers, freight forwarders, shippers and equipment companies. Prior to Celadon, Albrecht previously served as president of Sword & Sea Transport as well as managing director at BB&T Capital Markets. He is considered one of the leading analysts in the sector and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, FreightWaves, Logistics Management, and Transport Topics.

Albrecht has been involved with over 40 initial public offerings and secondary offerings during his career and he has been recognized on multiple occasions as a Wall Street Journal All-Star among the publication's analyst rankings and as a top analysts among regional and boutique firms by Institutional Investor.

"I have known Thom for several years and he has an amazing reputation in the logistics world," said Reliance President Chad Eichelberger. "His expertise and experience will allow us to continue to grow our presence of the commercial transportation insurance space."

Andrew Ladebauche, CEO of Reliance Partners, said Albrecht's "knowledge and relationships are spread throughout the industry."


Jerry Isaksen joins MBI as principal architect

Jerry Isaksen, an architect who previously worked in design, construction and project management in Tacoma, Washington, has joined MBI Companies Inc. (MBI) in Chattanooga.

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contributed photo / Jerry Isaksen

Isaksen recently relocated to Chattanooga with wife, Melissa and daughter Sydney. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Washington State University and enjoys volunteer work with local mentor and youth programs.

"Jerry's leadership strength and passion for community, youth programs, and educational development will add great value to our architecture team in Chattanooga,"said Ronny Rahn, office manager and principal for MBI's Chattanooga Office


Smart Furniture names Brantley Crowder to head marketing

Brantley Crowder has returned to Chattanooga after almost 12 years in Savannah, Georgia to join Smart Furniture as its marketing director.

Crowder has an extensive background in marketing and eCommerce strategy and will be bringing this expertise to both Smart Furniture and Office Designs, Smart Furniture's sister company focused solely on office furnishings.

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contributed photo / Brantley Crowder

Most recently, Crowder has been involved in the launch of The Smarter Office, the furniture industry's first line focused on furnishing home offices with pieces that blend functionality, comfort, and an appealing aesthetic at an approachable price point.


Morning Pointe directors earn gerontology certificates

The directors of nursing for all 34 Morning Pointe Senior Living campuses have recently obtained interprofessional certificates in gerontology.

Those receiving the certificates from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who work at local facilities include Nena Mitchell, an LPN at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga; Tommie Westfield, an LPN at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga Alzheimer's Center of Excellence in Chattanooga; Nicole Cabe, an LPN at Morning Pointe of Hixson; Tonia Mai, an RN at Morning Pointe of East Hamilton; Jeanna Ellis, an LPN at Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove, and Jennifer Willingham, an LPN at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence in Collegedale.

"This certification enhances our nurses' knowledge base in geriatric care as well as provides a means of professional growth and development," said Mandy Taylor, Morning Pointe senior vice president of clinical services, when asked about the benefits of the program. "This is an exciting partnership with Morning Pointe and UTC."

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