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• Alyssa Wilcox recently joined the development department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center as director of major gifts. Wilcox brings more than a decade of development and fundraising experience to UT Medical Center, most recently serving for four years as director of development at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Before that, Wilcox held development positions at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. A member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Wilcox and her husband, Michael, recently moved to West Knoxville with their daughter, Catherine. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind., with a bachelor’s in anthropology and theatre. Wilcox also holds a master’s of business administration in marketing from the University of Connecticut.

• 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. The 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 to folks. For more information, call 865-693-6408.

• Junk Bee Gone has been hired by Volunteer Ministry Center to clean out the 5th Avenue Motel in Knoxville. This 90-year-old building was condemned in 2002. When completed, the project will have removed over 30 tons of debris from the site.

• BB&T released the ninth installment in an ongoing series of Spanish-language educational audiotapes. Tape No. 9 offers advice on legal services in America. It is sponsored by BB&T, the North Carolina Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs and the North Carolina Bar Association. The 60-minute BiBi tapes - named for its main character - are available throughout BB&T’s 1,400-branch network across 11 states and Washington, D.C. BB&T is the first and only bank known to provide free informational tapes designed to assist new Hispanic immigrants understand the nuances of living in the United States.

• 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.

• 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 ambulatory 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, a national business referral organization, meets 7:30 to 9 a.m. every Wednesday at Ruby Tuesday’s on Lovell Road.  For more information on the program, call Aleex Conner at 865-691-6083.

• 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 and generates more than $750,000 in revenue.

and employs five or more people.

 

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