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• George Wallace, manager of the West Town office of Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors, has earned the 2004 Office Manager’s Award for Excellence. Wallace was one of only 209 affiliate office managers throughout North America in the Coldwell Banker system to earn the award presented for outstanding sales and productivity levels. He was recognized for his achievement at the company’s International Business Conference, held in February at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Fla. The annual event brought more than 8,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates, brokers, managers and employees together for an intensive professional development program and awards ceremony. Dr. Phil McGraw, host of his own nationally syndicated daily TV series “Dr. Phil” was the conference’s keynote speaker.

• Hallmark Rehabilitation Services, based in Knoxville recently announced the promotion of Raj Patel to director of operations. Patel currently oversees rehabilitation services at Farragut Health Care Center and Lake City Health Care Center, rehabilitation centers in Crossville and Oneida, a pediatric therapy center in Maryville, as well as rehabilitation services in nine area school systems including. Born in Gujarat, India, Patel moved to the United States in 1972. A 1988 graduate and class valedictorian of Farragut High School, he is a 1992 graduate of the University of Tennessee and also is an alumnus of UT Memphis having graduated in 1996. He is currently a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and sits on the 30-member peer review panel for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He and his wife, Anita, a Knoxville-area realtor, are the parents of two children, Nikhil and Sanam, and reside in West Knoxville. They are members of the Hindu Community Center in Lenoir City. When not devoting time to his family, his hobbies include all sports, especially basketball, golf and travel. He is currently Vice President of the Hampton Hall Homeowners’ Association. He looks forward to becoming involved in the communities that Hallmark Rehabilitation Services serves.

• Debbie Lee will serve as one of Jefferson Federal Bank’s new Mortgage Loan Support Specialists in the Knoxville region. As a local Mortgage Loan Support Specialist, Lee is involved with processing and closing loans, communicating with customers, reviewing paperwork, collecting customer information, supporting loan originators, preparing closing instructions and working with closing agents. Originally from Loudon County, Lee attended Loudon High School before graduating from Tennessee Wesleyan College. Aside from her work with St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Women on Mission Activities, Lee enjoys reading, skating, softball and activities with her children. She attends Corinth Baptist Church. Lee has three children, Olivia, 22, Kimberly, 20 and Katlyn, 7.

• Jody Fraley has recently been named as Vice President for Jefferson Federal Bank’s new Knoxville region. Fraley’s primary responsibilities include developing and servicing new automobile dealer accounts and purchasing loans. Fraley supports the Lions Club and enjoys reading and UT sports. She and her husband, Ronnie, have two children, Stephanie, 32 and Brad, 24. The couple attends Trenton Street Baptist Church.

• Bettye Downing has been named to the Mortgage Loan Support Specialist Team for Jefferson Federal Bank’s Knoxville region. As a local Mortgage Loan Support Specialist, Downing is involved with processing and closing loans, communicating with customers, reviewing paperwork, collecting customer information, supporting loan originators, preparing closing instructions and working with closing agents. In 2003, Downing was the recipient of the "Best of the Best" award from a large, regional commercial bank. She is a Knox County native and a graduate of Holston High School. Downing enjoys reading, sewing and photography, and is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. She and her husband, David, attend Riverview Baptist Church. The couple have five children and 12 grandchildren.

• Finding jobs in marketing and other business fields will be the topic of two American Marketing Association meetings at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in March and April. The programs are part of the “Future of Marketing” series sponsored by the AMA student chapter at Pellissippi State. Recent graduates of the college’s E-Commerce/Marketing program will describe their jobs and how they got them at 12:30 p.m., March 29 in the Goins Auditorium on the Pellissippi Campus in West Knoxville. The students also will talk about what they learned in the program that helped them and what they had to learn on the job, and they will provide advice for current students. Laura Barron of The Barron Group will talk about “Interviewing for Your Future Career” at 12:30 p.m., April 12, also in the auditorium. The Barron Group is a business consulting firm that specializes in seminars, workshops, strategic planning and management retreats. The first session should be of special interest to E-Commerce/Marketing students. Both sessions are open to the public. For additional information, call Anne Swartzlander at 865-539-7032 or aswartzlander@pstcc.edu.

 

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