Paul Weidlich, attorney, joins Miller & Martin'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 was recognized as Best Lawyers in America, Chattanooga Patent Lawyer of the Year in 2021. Weidlich holds a law degree from The George Washington University Law School and an undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and joins Miller & Martin from Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., where he has practiced law for more than 20 years and was the Section Chair of the Intellectual Property Group.
Rhey Houston joins Todd Henon Properties of Keller Williams Realty. A 30-year business veteran and seasoned real estate strategist, Houston came on board with the local firm less than 12 hours after his retirement as vice president from one of the country's top Caterpillar dealerships, Stowers Machinery. Built over three decades, Houston's expertise in Tri-state real estate includes collaboration with homeowners, land investors, and regional contractors and developers to create winning strategies for long-term success.
Rodney Blaylock is named banking center manager of the First Horizon banking center in Erlanger Medical Center. Blaylock joined the bank in June 2005 as a relief teller and became a full-time teller that same November. In 2009, he became the operations manager for the banking center in Red Bank, and in 2020 he was named the relationship banker for the Soddy-Daisy banking center. In his role, Blaylock is responsible for developing new business and expanding on existing client relationships. As banking center manager, he upholds a high standard of customer service for all employees.
Hillary Templeton, nurse practitioner, joins CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates — Chattanooga. Templeton earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Murray State University in Kentucky. She later completed a Master of Science degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from South University in Savannah, Georgia. Templeton is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has four years of experience working with patients to complete extensive health histories, understand their complex medical needs and provide comprehensive care including education on healthy habits and disease prevention.
Megan Bissonette joins commercial real estate developer Urban Story Ventures as director of marketing and communications. Working closely with general partner and owner Jimmy White and other company partners, Bissonette leads the marketing and communications strategy and build-out department as Urban Story Ventures evolves with new ventures like The Bend. Before joining Urban Story Ventures, Bissonette spent several years in legal marketing and business development for Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C., a mid-size, full-service corporate law firm, focusing on industries including real estate, construction and design, health care and manufacturing. She also served on the marketing team for a beverage manufacturer, executing campaigns through social media, digital advertising, media relations and events.
Tannia Lascano is the new director of community health for LifeSpring Community Health, a nonprofit pediatric clinic that provides holistic care and services to patients and their families. A native of Ecuador, Lascano has nearly a decade of experience in rural and urban community development in both North and South America. Prior to relocating to the United States in 2014, she worked for the water, hygiene and sanitation sectors in indigenous Quichua communities throughout Ecuador's Andean Highlands. Lascano earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Hope College and a master's degree in intercultural studies from FATELA Theological Seminary located in Latin America.
Robert Maclellan is named director of brokerage services for Rise Partners. In his new role, Maclellan brings extensive knowledge in sales, leasing and site selection for all sectors of commercial real estate, residential developments, and mixed-use projects. Prior to joining Rise Partners, Maclellan began his career with CBL Properties as an assistant project manager responsible for oversight of third-party consultants, budget, design, permitting, entitlements and construction management of projects.
Jennifer Wall joins the firm of HHM Certified Public Accountants 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.
Tonya Gentry is the new chair to the board of directors for Girls Inc. of Chattanooga. Gentry 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.
Joseph B. "J.B." Sobel, formerly chief medical officer of senior products for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in Chattanooga, joins the health insurer Cigna Corp. as chief medical officer for its Medicare business. Dr. Sobel serves as the clinical lead for Cigna's Medicare business, overseeing medical policy, behavioral health solutions and innovation strategies to support customer health, well-being and peace of mind. Dr. Sobel holds his undergraduate degree from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and his doctor of medicine from Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine.