published Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Business Digest: BlueCross picks Merriman

BlueCross picks Merriman

Caleb Merriman has been named chief information security officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

In the post, Merriman will lead information security governance efforts for the insurer.

Merriman will oversee security programs including business continuity, systems disaster recovery, information risk management, security architecture, and identity and access management. He brings more than 20 years experience leading high-performing teams across a broad range of information technology disciplines, according to BlueCross.

"We are pleased to have Caleb join the IS leadership team at BlueCross," said Michael Lawley, vice president of technology shared services for BlueCross.

Merriman previously served as chief information security officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota and Guidant Corp.


CRMA holding summit

The Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association will hold its first full-day Environmental Summit on Wednesday at the Chattanooga Convention & Trade Center.

The conference is designed to specifically address and educate local manufacturers, businesses and professionals on current and developing environmental issues affecting organizations.

Keynote speaker Commissioner Robert Martineau of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will give an environmental overview of Tennessee. Emma Williams, Shaw Industries Inc., will focus her presentation around sustainability and share key aspects of Shaw's sustainability approach.


Kenco names Perry as VP

Kenco, a provider of distribution, transportation and supply chain intelligence solutions, has appointed Steve Perry as vice president of human resources of Kenco Management Services.

"Steve is a career HR professional with more than 25 years experience in both human resources and operations at top global supply chain companies," said Scott Mayfield, president of Kenco Management Services. "His skills and experience include building advocacy, business development, change management, labor relations, leadership development, and mergers and acquisitions. Steve will be a great addition to our team."

Perry was most recently vice president of human resources with Exel. Prior to that, he held various positions within Exel and at United Parcel Service.


Terry joins Miller & Martin

Jennifer W. Terry has joined Miller & Martin PLLC as the newest associate to the firm.

She is an associate in the labor and employment department in its Chattanooga office.

"It is a privilege to have Jennifer join our growing team of exceptional labor and employment attorneys. Her proven ability demonstrated through her academic success aligns with Miller & Martin's dedication to providing outstanding client service" said John Bode, chairman of the firm's labor and employment department.


Smith earns certifications

BettyeLynn Smith, a nonprofit veteran in the Chattanooga community and former executive director of Community Impact of Chattanooga, recently earned two professional certifications.

The most recent was the certificate in nonprofit executive leadership taught in partnership between the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Fundraising School at the Center on Philanthrophy at Indiana University.

Earlier this year, Smith earned certification as a professional coach from the College of Executive Coaching.

In February, she opened Thornhill-Smith LLC, a firm that specializes in non-profit consulting and professional coaching.


Big Lots opens new store

Big Lots will kick-off the opening of its new store in Chattanooga with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Big Lots executives and local officials on Friday.

Big Lots District Manager Bruno Lijoi Barfield will present $2,500 to East Brainerd Elementary School. Dr. Bryan Stewart, principal, will accept the check on behalf of the school.

The presentation will take place at the store at 2020 Gunbarrel Road.


Health Facility to design new center

Health Facility Partners, a local health care planning and design firm, has been awarded the contract to design and construct the new Buz Standefer Lung Center at Memorial.

All components of the center will be unique from its plan, finishes and construction and vision, according to the company. It said that all finishes will environmentally friendly, durable or specially coated to resist germs.

The construction of the center will utilize modular walls -- an advanced concept in construction and health care. When the practice is ready to expand to a larger facility or reconfigure their space, the walls can be moved to accommodate the future, according to the company.


Orange Grove taps Schriner

Long time Chattanooga businessman and civic supporter Frank Schriner has been tapped as director of special projects in the Office of Development for the Orange Grove Center. From 1971 to 2011, Schriner served in various capacities at First Tennessee Bank with the last 19 years as president of the Chattanooga bank and the Southeast Market until his retirement in July, 2011. Schriner has served on the boards of more than a dozen area civic groups and he continues to serve as market chairman of the Chattanooga bank's advisory board.

"We couldn't believe our good fortune in attracting someone of Frank's caliber to our team," said Orange Grove Executive Director Kyle Hauth. "Under his guidance, Orange Grove will be well positioned to meet the needs of those we serve."

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