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• Glenn Siler, has been chosen as president of the Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union following a nationwide search. Siler succeeds the retired Bob Stone who served as president and chief executive officer of the credit union for the past 24 years. In addition to his role as senior vice president and chief financial officer, Siler has served the credit union as marketing director for the past 20 years. He has earned the designation of Certified Credit Union Executive and holds membership in the Credit Union Executive Society and the Credit Union National Association Marketing Council. Siler earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee. He has been part of the credit union for 32 years and served in every level of operation including member services, share draft department, loans, accounting and facility management.

• Former television reporter and news anchor Jim Ragonese recently joined the marketing department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as public relations manager. Prior to joining the Medical Center, Ragonese worked for a year as an account executive at Moxley Carmichael public relations firm. Before that, he spent six years as a reporter and anchor at WBIR-TV. Ragonese’s media experience includes 13 years in television, radio and newspaper in Illinois, Indiana, Georgia and Tennessee. Ragonese lives in Powell with his wife, Jaime, and their 1-year-old son, Rob. The Ragonese family attends Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Knoxville. Ragonese is a board member of the Knoxville chapter of the American Marketing Association, and a member of the Tennessee Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations and the National Information Officers Association. Ragonese is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and of South Suburban College in South Holland, Ill., with an associate’s degree in journalism.

• Coldwell Banker Real Estate’s Southern Regional Director announced recently 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. The regional director, presented the award to George Wallace, owner of the Knoxville real estate firm, Beth Stewart and Mike Pappan, assistant managers of the West Town office, at the annual Coldwell Banker International Business Conference held Feb. 16-19.

• Knoxville Living Realty Group announced the addition of Carl Peiers to its team of professional Realtors. Peiers and his wife, Sue, have been in Knoxville for several years. His career history includes working with NASA on its scientific computers to calculate the paths for unmanned space flights and owning his own software company in Arizona that developed proprietary software. He served as a consultant to Fortune 100 companies. For more information, contact Peiers at 865-806-1412 .

• 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.

• East Tennessee Medical Group in Alcoa Alcoa, recently became one of the first nuclear cardiology laboratories in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, to be accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories. The accreditation recognizes ETMG’s nuclear cardiology lab’s commitment to high quality patient care and provision of excellent diagnostic testing. The ICANL provides a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize provision of quality nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. It was established with the support of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians and the Academy of Molecular Imaging.

• CH2M HILL Lockwood Greene announced today it has been awarded a $38 million engineer-procure-construct project by Bush Brothers & Company. CH2M HILL Lockwood Greene’s contract is a significant part of a multi-million-dollar investment by the top producer of baked beans in the U.S. The processing capacity of the current facility in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, will be doubled, and will include a building addition of 40,000 square feet for a new sterilizing system. This will give Bush Brothers increased flexibility to process new and different products.

•EdisonPark Steakhouse hosted a gathering this past Wednesday to welcome in Coleman Purely Natural products. Purely Natural meats are raised on family-owned farms and ranches that are dedicated to environmental stewardship. The animals are fed a strict vegetarian diet and are never subjected to antibiotics or added hormones. For more information, please visit their website at www.colemannatural.com.

• CSC Investments, the Panera Bread franchisee that operates 11 bakery-cafes in Eastern Tennessee including Fort Oglethorpe, GA and Asheville, NC, has chosen Fountain City for its newest location. The new bakery-cafe will open in April at 4893 North Broadway in Fountain City. CSC Investments will soon be opening other Panera Bread locations in Knoxville area.

• 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.

• BB&T Corporation said it will launch a new advertising campaign this week to introduce its new brand positioning and “There’s opportunity here” tag line.The branding initiative will begin with new TV commercials airing during the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament through Sunday and continuing throughout the BB&T footprint for the rest of the year. New radio spots and print ads also will be included. BB&T worked with its agency of record, Raleigh, N.C.-based Rockett Burkhead & Winslow (RBW), to create both internal and external communications strategies for the branding campaign. The RBW team talked with employees from across BB&T to gauge attitudes, opinions, beliefs and the general culture of the company. The data served as the foundation for BB&T’s new tag line. Since 1989, BB&T has completed the acquisition of 58 community banks and thrifts, more than 80 insurance agencies, and 27 nonbank financial services companies. It recently lifted an 18-month moratorium on bank acquisitions while continuing a renewed focus on organic revenue growth.

 

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