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• The Women in Business Expo is to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Knoxville. This event is designed to help and provide a place for women in small or home-based businesses to market their industry. Cost to vendors is minimal, while it remains no cost to the public. Free parking and door prizes will also be available to those that attend. The goal is to have around 30 vendors, offering a variety of services and opportunities. For more information, call 865-693-6408.

• Janice B. Smith, CPA, of Bean Station, was recently elected president-elect of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, the professional association for more than 7,800 CPAs residing and practicing in Tennessee. Smith’s term began June 25 at TSCPA’s 76th Annual Convention and Educational Conference. Smith is a partner with Bible, Harris, Smith, PC, in Knoxville. She has been a member of TSCPA for 16 years, holding various leadership positions at the chapter and state levels. She has served as Knoxville chapter assistant treasurer and president-elect and was elected president in 1998. On the state level, she has held positions on TSCPA’s Board of Directors and Council, serving as the society’s Knoxville chapter director from 2000 to 2003. She has also served on various state committees including the Accounting Education and Career Awareness Committee and Public Relations Committee, which she chaired for three years. Last year, Smith served as treasurer of TSCPA. As president-elect, Smith will serve as a member of the TSCPA Board of Directors, which is the governing body of the association and establishes policy for all society activities.

• The board of directors of BB&T Corporation declared the 2006 third quarter dividend of $0.42 per share, a 10.5 percent increase over the $0.38 paid in the third quarter of 2005. The dividend will be paid Aug. 1 to shareholders of record as of July 14. The five-year compound growth rate for BB&T’s quarterly dividend payment is 10.1 percent. BB&T has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1903. The corporation has increased its quarterly cash dividend payments for 35 consecutive years.

• Four Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain executives have become partners in the growing company. Andrew Bissonnette, Mark Blackburn, John Mark McDougal and David Sink are now co-owners in one of the Southeast’s largest business consulting and accounting firms. While at LBMC, Bissonnette has worked with health care organizations, including for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals.

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home health agencies, continuing care retirement communities, renal care companies and physician practices. He is involved with Leadership Health Care, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Blackburn has worked at LBMC since 1993. He has spent his career focused on the accounting, auditing, tax and business needs of family-owned businesses and their owners. He is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is active with the Construction Financial Management Association. McDougal has experience working in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, retail and services.  McDougal has worked in public accounting as well as in corporate financial management. He is a volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Sink has worked at LBMC since 2004 and has provided substantial leadership in the development of the firm’s service offering to public companies. As a leader of LBMC’s corporate tax outsourcing team, which focuses on tax services for public and pre-public companies. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Companies.

• Baptist Health System of East Tennessee has selected Triad Hospitals Inc. of Plano, Texas, to be its capital partner. The two entities have signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture company that will run Baptist’s four hospitals in Knoxville and Newport—Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee, Baptist Hospital West, Baptist Hospital for Women and Baptist Hospital of Cocke County. Triad Hospitals, Inc., through its affiliates, owns and manages hospitals and surgery centers.

in small cities and selected larger urban markets. The company currently operates 51 hospitals and 12 ambulatory surgery centers in 16 states with approximately 9,300 licensed beds. In addition, through its QHR subsidiary, the company provides consulting, education, intensive resources and management services to hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. The selection of Triad came after an extensive nine-month process led by a strategic planning task force made up of board members and physicians. The task force reviewed many options for Baptist including not-for-profit and for-profit partners, as well as continuing operations as usual. The new partnership is a joint venture, not a sale. Triad will have 80 percent ownership and Baptist will retain 20 percent in the new company. Baptist and Triad will share 50/50 governance of the new company, which will retain the Baptist name. All employees of Baptist will be retained and employed at their current compensation and comparable benefits, which was an important point for the task force. Physicians will make-up at least 50 percent of the Board of Trustees at each hospital. Physicians will also be given the immediate opportunity to invest in the new joint venture. The transaction will not be finalized until it has been approved by the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and by the State Attorney General.

• Image Matters was recently honored for its outstanding contribution to Muratec’s Success.  Bob Lovelace attended the  Muratec Imagemakers Club in Hualalai, Hawaii, in May. Image Matters, locally owned and operated by Bob Lovelace and J.D. Sullivan, received  this award in its first year carrying the Muratec multifunction equipment line. Image Matters is the only Knoxville dealership to receive the award.

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

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• Rodefer Moss & Co. PLLC, an accounting firm that has grown in 10 years from 11 employees in one office to more than 150 employees in four Tennessee offices, has been cited as one of the 50 fastest-growing private companies in Tennessee by Business Tennessee Magazine. Rodefer Moss’s sister company, RM Technologies Group, LLC, was also named to the Fast 50 list. RM Technologies provides information technology business solutions. The two companies earned the designation based on their percentage of revenue growth. Rodefer Moss, RM Technologies and other Fast 50 companies will be profiled in the August edition of Business Tennessee Magazine. A company can be considered for the Fast 50 list if it has been in business for three years, generates more than $750,000 in revenue, and employs five or more people.

 

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