published Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Business Digest

Knight to direct McMinn authority

Kathy B. Knight, formerly assistant director for Loudon County’s Economic Development Agency, has been named executive vice president of the McMinn County Economic Development Authority.

An East Tennessee native and Tennessee Wesleyan College graduate, Knight replaces Jack Hammontree, who recently retired.

At Loudon County’s EDA, Knight was responsible for industrial recruitment and investment, business retention and expansion, community development, downtown redevelopment, and grant writing and administration.

McMinn County Mayor John Gentry said Knight’s record of accomplishment underscores MCEDA’s decision to bring her on board. During her tenure in Loudon County, Knight helped recruit more than $600 million of capital investment and 1,600 new jobs to the area.


Carr Allison opens law office

Carr Allison has opened its first office in Tennessee with longtime Chattanooga attorney Sean W. Martin joining the firm.

Martin has served as counsel to clients in Tennessee and Georgia in the construction, insurance, retail/hospitality and transportation industries. Specifically, he also has successfully handled cases regarding product liability, professional liability, commercial litigation and workers compensation.

Carr Allison is a large, multidisciplinary law firm providing a full range of litigation services.


Giffin tops Allegra sales

Soddy-Daisy resident Jennifer Giffin, sales manager at Allegra in Chattanooga, recently was recognized by the Allegra Network franchise system as one of the top 10 sales performers in North America.

She also received a Gold Milestone Award, which is based on sales volume and for achieving an outstanding level of customer service. This is the eighth year in a row that Giffin has received this recognition.

“Jennifer has distinguished herself as a valuable resource who provides innovative marketing and print solutions to local businesses that want to grow,” said John Phildius, owner of Allegra in Chattanooga, along with his wife, Maureen.

Allegra in Chattanooga is a full-service marketing communications provider.


LBMC offers IT staffing

LBMC Strategic Staffing LLC, a member of the LBMC family of companies, has added information technology staffing to its services portfolio.

“We have seen a sharp increase in client requests to expand our services in the IT arena in order to help address the growing need for IT specialists,” said Sherrie Whatton, LBMC Strategic Staffing president. “We attribute LBMC Strategic Staffing success to the consultative approach we employ in our search process and the integrity we bring to each engagement.”


Fernández heads Speech center

Connie Fernández has been named president and CEO of the Speech and Hearing Center in Chattanooga.

Fernández, who has worked at the center for the past four and a half years, is a native of Middle Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She began her career in corporate marketing but has worked for nonprofit groups for the past 14 years.

“Connie has all of the qualities and leadership skills to lead the Speech and Hearing Center, and her promotion is well deserved,” said Patsy Hazlewood, vice chairwoman of the center’s board of directors.

Fernández is a member of the Downtown Sertoman Club of Chattanooga and currently serves as president. She also serves on the Health Services Advisory Council for Georgia Head Start.


EMJ promotes Tyson, Grannan

EMJ Construction Corp. has promoted James Tyson to vice president of estimating and Chris Grannan to director of estimating.

Tyson has been with EMJ for 10 years, serving as estimator and senior estimator. In his new job, he will focus on long-term clients as well as developing new relationships. Tyson is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and lives in Dalton, Ga., with his wife and son.

Grannan has been with EMJ for seven years as estimator and senior estimator. He will be responsible for developing winning strategies for and overseeing the competitive bid efforts for EMJ. Grannan is a graduate of Purdue University and lives in Chattanooga with his wife and three sons.

“Both James and Chris will lead the estimating department in developing the strategies and processes required to successfully win and procure new work for the Chattanooga office,” said Doug Martin, executive vice president for the Chattanooga-based contractor.

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