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• Farragut resident Keith Keisling, a vice-president with First Tennessee–Knoxville, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Trust School. He began his term in January. The Southern Trust School is a three-year program that meets the professional needs of those who have recently entered the trust business from college, law school, commercial banking and other business activities. The school also serves personnel who are experienced in a specialized phase of trust work and wish to broaden their knowledge of the trust field. Keisling is an attorney who began his banking career in 1984. He’s a graduate of the George C. Taylor School of Law at the University of Tennessee and received training in trust banking from programs associated with Pepperdine University and Northwestern University. He currently serves as chairman-elect of the Trust Committee of the Tennessee Bankers Association.

• 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.

• Local American Cancer Society staff member Michael Holtz was recognized recently in Birmingham, Ala., as a top-performing member of the Society’s Mid-South Division. The Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society is comprised of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Holtz was named an ACE employee and received the Associate Commendation of Excellence designation along with 27 other top employees of the American Cancer Society Mid-South Division. Holtz is a communications specialist in East Tennessee, covering the counties served by the Knoxville, Chattanooga, Cookeville and Johnson City offices. His responsibilities include media relations and marketing support to promote the various programs and services of the American Cancer Society. Holtz has worked for the Society for more than three years. The Associate Commendation of Excellence staff met criteria including meeting or exceeding performance goals, team player attributes, going above and beyond the call of duty in the fight against cancer and full demonstration of organizational values.  

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its free bimonthly new business workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 15 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. Interested individuals may call 865-594-6100 to register for the program.

• Gary Moss of RE/MAX Preferred Properties was awarded the Certified International Property Specialist 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 1,400 real estate professionals in the world who have earned the CIPS designation. Moss will be formally recognized at the National Association of Realtors Midyear Legislative Conference & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. May 18.

• 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.

• B.J. Swinehart of RE/MAX Preferred Properties was awarded the Certified International Property Specialist 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 1,400 real estate professionals in the world who have earned the CIPS designation. Swinehart will be formally recognized at the National Association of Realtors Midyear Legislative Conference & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. on May 18.

• 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. 

• Change the World & Make a Sale-Without Selling is a new course designed for sales professionals who are discouraged, experiencing burnout, or are seeking a way to reconnect their life’s purpose to their careers. This two-session workshop will meet 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 and March 16 at West High School. For complete course description, registration information, or a catalog, call 865-974-0150.

• West Marine, Inc. announced the grand opening celebration for its new location in Knoxville will be on March 4. Boasting nearly 8,000 square feet of retail space, this new location is packed with thousands of product offerings. This newest West Marine store is located at is located at 7812 Kingston Pike, adjacent to West Town Mall. This marks the company’s first store in Knox County and it will bring at least a dozen jobs to the area.

• Lynn Fitzgerald, real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, was awarded Top Producers Million Dollar Award for 2005 at the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors annual luncheon on Wednesday Jan. 11.

• West Town Mall adds two upscale retailers to its tenant roster. Popular home furnishings and stylish comfort footwear will take center stage at West Town Mall with the arrivals of Pottery Barn and the Walking Company.  Pottery Barn carries a line of furniture.

 

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