published Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Business Digest: Husch Blackwell, merging with Brown McCarroll

Husch Blackwell, merging with Brown McCarroll

The law firm Husch Blackwell LLP, which has offices in Chattanooga, is merging with Brown McCarroll LLP.

The combined firms will move forward as Husch Blackwell.

With the addition of Austin, Dallas and Houston, the new firm has offices in 16 U.S. cities, more than 600 attorneys and 750 staff. Based on 2012 revenues reported earlier this year, the combined firm would have achieved annual revenues of $319 million, which would have placed the new firm into a tie at No. 94 on the 2013 AmLaw 100 list of highest revenue-generating law firms.

"We've been approached several times with offers to combine with other national firms, and Husch Blackwell was the match we've been waiting for," said Adam Hauser, managing partner of Brown McCarroll.


EMJ Construction promotes 2

EMJ Construction has promoted Jack Bowen to director of operations and Chris Fisher to senior project manager.

Bowen, an eight-year veteran of EMJ, has directed such projects as the Museum Bluff condominiums, Hampton Inn Downtown Chattanooga, and the Northgate Mall redevelopment.

"Jack has gained valuable experience and developed into an outstanding leader within the Chattanooga operations department," said Doug Martin, EMJ's executive vice president.

Fisher is a seven-year EMJ employee and a U.S. Army veteran. He has served as project manager for the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee corporate campus and managed several recent industrial projects for Wacker Chemical Corp., American Snuff and Occidental Chemical Corp.

"Chris has demonstrated tremendous scheduling ability on very complex projects," said Clint Dean, vice president of operations.


Habitat hires Mauldin

The Chattanooga affiliate of Habitat for Humanity recently hired Marty Kollmansperger Mauldin as its ReStore operation manager.

Mauldin brings more than 35 years of leadership experience in retail operations, customer service, purchasing, and human resources at Piedmont National, Advanced Vehicle Systems, Keller Williams Realty and her family's business, Kay's Ice Cream.

She will manage the overall operation and performance of the Chattanooga affiliate's retail and donation operation.

"Marty brings a wealth of experience, operational knowledge, and energy to Habitat," said Ethan Collier, board chairman for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area and CEO of Collier Construction.


Decosimo's Jordan chairs conference

Decosimo Principal Karl J. Jordan will chair a two-day conference focused on private equity financial matters this week in New York.

The conference will explore topics such as what's hot on the regulatory front, Securities and Exchange Commission examination experience and addressing key valuation issues.

Jordan is Decosimo's alternative investment/hedge fund practice leader and also serves as the director in charge of the firm's Grand Cayman office, Moore Stephens Decosimo Cayman Limited.


Employee Family Protection expands team

Employee Family Protection Inc. will expand its national sales team with the addition of industry leader Alan Arnold of Chattanooga.

Arnold previously was director of voluntary benefits account management for Unum.

He has more than 20 years experience at Unum with extensive experience in sales, marketing, account management and claims.

Headquartered in Glastonbury, Conn., EFP is a privately held employee benefit education and communication firm.


LEO Events adds Seaman

LEO Events, an event management company based in Memphis with offices in Chattanooga, Nashville and Myrtle Beach, S.C., has added Veronica Seaman as director of sales and events. She will be based in the Chattanooga office.

"We're thrilled to bring Veronica on board the LEO team, as she brings a wealth of event management expertise," said Kent Underwood, principal and lead of LEO's Chattanooga-based operation.

A native of Ooltewah, Seaman graduated from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Most recently she was the director of advancement and alumni affairs at her alma mater, Notre Dame High.

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