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• The Farragut Chapter of Business Network International, a national business referral organization, meets every Wednesday at Ruby Tuesday’s on Lovell Road from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  For more information, call Aleex Conner at 865-691-6083.

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its free bimonthly new business workshop on March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the department’s Knoxville regional office, located at 531 Henley St. The workshop will be held on the seventh floor in conference room B. This free workshop is designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Tax specialists from various local and state agencies will provide the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements. During the session, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to these tax specialists, ask questions and receive materials explaining tax responsibilities and providing contact information. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures. Interested individuals may call 865- 594-6100 to register for the program.

• Emily Alene Prince, a 2000 graduate of Bearden High School, received a Master of Science degree in construction engineering and management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., Dec. 16, 2005. Prince also holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. She will join the international engineering construction and maintenance services firm of BE&K in Washington, D.C., in April. Prince studied at the University of Valencia in Spain as part of Virginia Tech’s Study Abroad Program in the summer of 2004. She was a 2003 Vecellio Scholar at Virginia Tech, an honor named for the Vecellio family, which made significant contributions to the construction engineering and management program at the Blacksburg university. Prince was the 2004-2005 president of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and was a guest speaker at the American Society of Highway Engineers conference in the fall of 2005. During her college career, she held engineering and construction internships at the Whiting-Turner Construction Company in Charlotte, N.C., BurWil Construction Company in Bristol, Anderson & Associates in Blacksburg, Bovis Lend Lease in Bethesda, Md., and Mallia Engineering Company in Knoxville. A 2003 member of the Virginia Tech homecoming court, Prince was a graduate research assistant for the Virginia Department of Transportation, a member of the College of Engineering Recruiting Dean’s Team, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the Panhellenic Council (fraternity and sorority.) Prince is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Martin Prince of Knoxville. Dr. Prince is a physician with Statcare Pulmonary Consultants and practices at Parkwest Medical Center and at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

• Parkwest Medical Center recently appointed Roger Ricker as director of business development and marketing for Parkwest Medical Center and Peninsula. Ricker was formerly the marketing manager of Peninsula and has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare marketing. In 2005, Peninsula aligned with Parkwest Medical Center. In this newly created role, Ricker will focus on business development placing a primary emphasis on marketing, public relations, communication, advertising and physician business development strategies for both Parkwest Medical Center and Peninsula. Ricker is a member of the Tennessee Society of Marketing and Public Relations, Public Relations Society of America, and serves as President of Kids on the Block of Knoxville. Originally from Hot Springs, N.C., he is the son of Burlin and Kate Ricker. He is a graduate of Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC and also holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

• LBMC Technologies, LLC announced that Stacy C. Schuettler has been named partner.  Schuettler joined LBMC in January 2005, when the company acquired the Knoxville-based IT Solutions.  For the past year, Schuettler has held the position of general manager for LBMC Technologies’ Knoxville office.  Schuettler will be the first LBMC Technologies partner in the Knoxville office. 

• Charlie Wilson with Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace Realtors, received the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors Five Star Award for 2005. Of the almost 4,000 members of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, only thirty 5 Star Awards were presented for 2005. Wilson also received the Five Star award in 2004. To qualify for the 5 Star Award the realtor must close in excess of $1 million in real estate sales volume in the year and receive the Award of Excellence.



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• Gary Moss of RE/MAX Preferred Properties was awarded the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and joins a worldwide referral network of elite global real estate practitioners with expertise in working with international clients as well as immigrants. Moss joins a distinguished society of only 1400 real estate professionals in the world who have earned the CIPS designation. “This is a highly prestigious award in our industry,” said Ruth Krinke, CIPS, NAR International Operations Committee Chair. “Moss is now established as an expert in international real estate.” Members of the CIPS Network are crucial players in today’s global real estate market. The CIPS designation recognizes members who have achieved the necessary training and experience to work successfully with international clients and properties. To earn the CIPS designation, REALTORS complete rigorous coursework devoted to learning cultural differences and international business practices. Designees must also prove achievement in international real estate transactions. Moss will be formally recognized at the National Association of Realtors Midyear Legislative Conference & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. on May 18, 2006.

• Gables & Gates, Realtors hosted its annual 2005 Award Dinner at Fox Den Country Club on Feb. 4. The Gold Key Award, an award recognizing agents that have closed in excess of $3 million, went to Janet Debusk Hensley for the top combined listing and sales agent. Hensley closed real estate sales of more than $15 million. Hensley was also awarded the top sales agent, with closed listings of more than $8 million . Top listing agent was awarded to Iris Greer with closed listings of more than $8.1 million. Others bringing home the GOLD were Sandi Whitaker with volume of $10,822,473; Iris Greer with volume of $10.785,866; Debbie Holloway with volume of $10,520,000; Jay Willis with volume of $9,566,400; Lydia McCrary with volume of $6,931,200; Nancy Westerling with volume of $ $6,326,083; Michael Bates with volume of $6,008,076; Sheri Good with volume of $4,897,128; George Kinnard with volume of $4,401,394; John Ritchie with volume of $3,763,696; Dana Zarb with volume of $3,275,000; and Libby Willson with volume of $3,092,688.

• B.J. Swinehart of RE/MAX Preferred Properties was awarded the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation and joins a worldwide referral network of elite global real estate practitioners with expertise in working with international clients as well as immigrants. Swinehart joins a distinguished society of only 1400 real estate professionals in the world who have earned the CIPS designation. Members of the CIPS Network are crucial players in today’s global real estate market. The CIPS designation recognizes members who have achieved the necessary training and experience to work successfully with international clients and properties. To earn the CIPS designation, realtors complete rigorous coursework devoted to learning cultural differences and international business practices. Designees must also prove achievement in international real estate transactions. Swinehart will be formally recognized at the National Association of Realtors Midyear Legislative Conference & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. on May 18, 2006.

• R. Glenn Sharp Jr. has joined LBMC Technologies, LLC as a business systems consultant.  Sharp will work directly with clients on their technology planning and business system needs in addition to providing certified training.   He will bring his more than 12 years of experience in accounting and financial positions to his new position with LBMC.  He was previously a financial consultant focused on the manufacturing industry.  LBMC Technologies, LLC is a leading technology partner with offices in Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis and Birmingham.  LBMC Technologies is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and has been a member of the Microsoft President’s Club for eight consecutive years.  The firm is the only certified Microsoft Learning Center in the state of Tennessee with training facilities in all four offices. 

• The Business Builders Chapter of BNI inducted two new members at its weekly meeting Thursday, Feb. 16.  The new members are David Dill with Coachman Clothiers and Marcy McMillan with Cosey Financial Services.  On Thursday, Feb. 23, the chapter will host a visitors day focusing on the Interior Design field.  All interior designers are invited to attend the 7:30 a.m. meeting at Rothchilds.

• The Heart of Knoxville Career and Resource Center will host the 2006 Home Depot Recruiting Event Tuesday, Feb. 28. This event is geared toward adults seeking part-time employment in 50 positions in six of their Knoxville area stores. The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will take place at the Magnolia Avenue Campus of Pellissippi State Technical Community College. It is free and open to the public. Applying on-line at www.homedepot.com may speed up the application process.  Heart of Knoxville Career Center has internet access for those interested also in applying for jobs prior to the recruiting event. To find out more about this event or others, call Bryan May 865-329-3166.

 

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