published Sunday, May 1st, 2011

EMJ Corporation promotes Hall

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EMJ Corporation promotes Hall

EMJ Corp., Chattanooga’s largest construction contractor, has promoted Chris Hall to vice president and general counsel.

Hall was in private practice with several Chattanooga law firms prior to accepting the position of general counsel with EMJ in 2007. In his new role, Hall will support EMJ’s operations through his involvement in risk management, conflict resolution and other operational matters, as well as continuing to represent EMJ’s interests in legal matters.

“Chris’ experience, steadiness and dedication to EMJ have proven to be a valuable asset to our organization. His responsibilities and involvement in EMJ operations, subsidiaries and corporate matters will continue to grow with his new title,” said Jay Jolley, EMJ’s chief executive.

EMJ was founded in 1968 and has built over 500 million square feet of construction projects in 48 states.

Willingham wins hospitality award

Benchmark Hospitality International, the hotel chain which manages The Chattanoogan convention and hotel center, recently awarded Chattanoogan Information Technology Manager Mike Willingham the Chairman’s Award of Excellence.

Willingham was recognized for his service to his church (Our Lady of the Mount on Lookout Mountain), his children’s school where he serves as assistant coach (Fairyland Elementary School), and his work in helping conferences at The Chattanoogan by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command, as well as the White House Communications Agency supporting the Vice President of the United States.

“Mike is one of those rare individuals who lives to serve others and makes life better for us all,” said Ellen Sinclair, the senior vice president for Benchmark.

Willingham is the past recipient of Leader of the Quarter and Leader of the Year for Benchmark Hospitality at The Chattanoogan.

As active in his community as he is at the hotel, Willingham serves as a volunteer fireman, on the Advisory Council for his children’s school where he also coaches a Little League team, as youth mentor at his church, and leading a team affiliated with the local chapter of ALS.

Willingham was nominated out of a field of more than 6,000 Benchmark employees.

Shannon wins CBL leadership award

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., one of the nation’s largest shopping mall and retail developers, recently recognized Neal Shannon with its Outstanding Leasing award.

Shannon, a senior leasing manager for the Chattanooga-based CBL, was recognized for leasing total of 222,932 square feet at Georgia shopping centers in Douglasville, Dalton and Athens.

“Neal represents excellence in his field of mall leasing,” said Howard Grody, a senior vice president of leasing for CBL.

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