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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 to 9 a.m.  For more information, call Aleex Conner at 865-691-6083.

• The Knoxville Chapter of the American Marketing Association will honor Shelba Murphy, a 35-year veteran of marketing and promotions at the Knoxville News Sentinel, as the 2006 Outstanding Marketing Professional at the 2006 KAMA Annual Gala and Benefit Auction. The gala, which begins 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Knoxville Museum of Art, will feature live music, a four-course gourmet meal, silent and live auctions and a Mardi Gras theme. KAMA also will recognize one of its members for outstanding service to the chapter, and will award marketing scholarships to two students from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Mark Freeman, an accountant with Pershing Yoakley and Associates, will be recognized with the Locander Award for Outstanding Chapter Service. The former treasurer of the volunteer board of KAMA, Freeman continues to prepare monthly financial statements, annual IRS forms, and the transfer of scholarship endowment funds, among other things, for the nonprofit chapter. Proceeds raised at the 2006 KAMA Awards Gala and Benefit Auction benefit the Eagle Endowment for marketing education, a permanent fund created in 1990 to provide scholarships for outstanding marketing students at UT-Knoxville. This year’s marketing scholarships will be awarded to Brian Rosh and Kristen Vonderfecht.

• The Tennessee Department of Revenue will hold its free bimonthly new business workshop 8:30 a.m. March 15, at the 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. 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. 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.

• Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., named Terrie McVey to its President’s Club. It also named Donna Crye, LeAnne Grigsby, Bonnie Michaud, and Lisa Rogers to its Leaders Club. This distinguished recognition is based on exceeding sales goals in 2005 and outstanding customer service results. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the nation’s No. 1 retail mortgage lender and one of the country’s leading provider of home mortgages.

As a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., it has a local presence in more than 2,400 mortgage stores and bank branches, plus the capabilities to serve the home financing needs of customers nationwide through its retail and wholesale lending operations. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage services loans for 5.7 million customers in all 50 states from its base of operations in Des Moines, Iowa.

• Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s Southern Regional Director announced recently that the West Town office of Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace Realtors was the firm’s top Tennessee office for 2005, based on closed adjusted gross commission income. Frank Lindsey, the regional director, presented the award to George Wallace, owner of the Knoxville real estate firm, and Beth Stewart and Mike Pappan, assistant managers of the West Town office, at the annual Coldwell Banker International Business Conference held Feb. 16-19 in San Francisco, Calif. That event saw 10,000 sales associates, brokers, managers and other employees gather for an intensive professional development program and awards ceremony. Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, based at 124 N. Winston Road, has completed 70 years serving the Knoxville area. It has 300 sales executives working from its five offices, including those in Farragut and West Knoxville.

• The Farragut Rotary Club this week presented a $3,000 check to the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding – STAR – to help STAR meet its mission: to foster personal growth and achievement by providing educational, recreational and physically challenging therapeutic experiences using horse-related activities for persons with disabilities. Carol Ann Lawhon, STAR’s director of development, accepted the check from Fred Martin, president of Farragut Rotary, during its meeting last week at Fox Den Country Club on Feb. 22. Lawhon said STAR serves children and adults from a 14-county region in East Tennessee, including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Knox, Loudon, Roane, and Sevier counties.


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