Delton Chen joins North American Credit Services as in-house counsel. Chen, who formerly practiced law in the Orlando, Florida area, graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Law in 2004. He also holds an master's in marriage and family therapy and a bachelor's in psychology from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn. He is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts and before the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. He is a member of the Seminole County Bar Association, the Voile A. Williams, Jr., American Inns of Court, a Founding Member of the Greater Orlando Area Asian American Bar Association, past chairman of the Historic Preservation Board of the City of Sanford, Florida, and past member of the Florida Bar, Consumer Protection Law Committee.
Matt Church joins HHM Certified Public Accountants, a full-service CPA and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis. Church, EA, joins the tax department. He has more than 10 years of accounting experience and will prepare individual and business tax returns, research tax law, and provide tax planning strategies to clients in a variety of industries. Church is an enrolled agent and an investment advisor representative. He graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Marie Webb promotes to senior vice president of human resources and chief talent and inclusion officer at EPB. In her expanded role, Webb has responsibility for leading diversity and inclusion and community workforce partnerships in addition to her existing responsibilities in leading human resources for the city-owned utility. Webb joined EPB in 2009, bringing 15 years of human resources experience at the Staples Corporation, the Social Security Administration, and Premier Manufacturing. Originally from Ohio, Webb received her Bachelor's degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and her Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Michael Rye is named as the new business development officer for BrightBridge Capital. Rye's focus will be on developing SBA 504 loans within BrightBridge's Tennessee portfolio. Based out of Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County, Rye primarily focuses his work in middle Tennessee, including Davidson County and all surrounding counties, as well as Henry and Madison Counties in west Tennessee. With over 11 years of commercial banking experience, Rye has an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction, credit decision, and portfolio management.
Joshua Moore, CPA, promotes from Senior Tax Manager to Partner for Market Street Partners, PLLC. For the past 2 years, Moore has served as a Senior Tax Manager at Market Street Partners. Prior to joining the Market Street Partners staff, Moore spent the first decade of his career with two of the largest public accounting firms in the Southeast, specializing in working with pass-through entities in the real estate and investment industries, as well as with closely held businesses and their owners. In his new role as Partner, Moore will continue as a trusted member of his clients' teams, helping them reach their goals through tax planning, business and operational planning, and the evaluation of new and unique opportunities.
Richard Kennedy promotes to President and Chief Executive Officer for Five Star Food Service. Since August 2018, Kennedy served as Chief Operating Officer of Five Star Food Service, leading the company in operational execution and optimization. Kennedy takes on increased responsibility for the strategic direction of the company while implementing new initiatives in operations, marketing, technology, and human resources. Prior to Five Star, Kennedy served as a Director of a corporate strategy and operations consulting firm where he assisted Five Star through a restructure and rebuilding process in 2008 resulting in a transition to and eventually becoming Canteen's largest franchise.
Kari Knabb joins First Horizon Bank as the new manager of its banking center in Ooltewah, one of the bank's largest branches by deposit size in one of Hamilton County's largest growth corridors. Knabb is a graduate of Lee University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to her new position, Knabb served in a similar position at the banking center located in Harrison. Over the last nine years, Knabb's banking career has led her to this leadership role.
Leslie Starritt joins Jelks Law as a Senior Associate Attorney. She focuses on wills, trusts, Medicaid and special needs planning. Starritt joined Jelks Law as a Senior Associate Attorney in March. A Tennessee native, she brings 7 years of estate planning, elder law, special needs and Medicaid planning experience to the firm. Starritt helps families preserve assets while obtaining long-term care coverage through Medicaid while transitioning from independent living to nursing facilities. She is licensed in Tennessee and Massachusetts.
Erika R. Burnett is the new executive director for The Board of the Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga. With more than a decade of innovative leadership experience, Burnett joins the Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga's team ready to guide the nonprofit organization. In this role, she leverages her experience with advocacy, philanthropy and building partnerships to address the root causes of inequity and to create lasting change for the women of the Chattanooga area and the state of Tennessee. In her most recent role, Burnett served as founder and principal trainer for the Burnett Group, offering a full range of human capital training and consulting.
Jillian Idle joins Olsen Law. Before joining Olsen Law Firm, Idle spent the past seven years as a television reporter working for NBC, FOX and ABC affiliates across the country. She most recently worked as a TV reporter in South Florida before relocating to Chattanooga. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in criminal justice.