business briefs

• Dennis Rowe, corporate leader at Priority Ambulance has been elected president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. He acts as chief executive officer and oversees all aspects of the association’s operations.

• Pellissippi State Foundation has selected Aneisa McDonald as its new executive director to lead its fundraising efforts. McDonald, an experienced local fundraising professional, began her tenure as executive director in January.

• Julie Simpson has been named vice president of human resources at The University of Tennessee. She is responsible for performance management, compensation, employee relations, recruiting and employment, benefits and payroll.

• United Community Banks Inc. has announced strong fourth-quarter results with solid loan growth, effective expense management, sound credit quality and improvement in nearly every other performance measure. The bank reported a loan growth of $196 million from the third quarter, or 12 percent annualized. Core transaction deposits were up $62.4 million from the third quarter, and it had an efficiency ratio of 57.7 percent.

• Teresa Glass has been promoted to commercial manager/closing agent with Melrose Title Company, a locally owned, attorney-driven title company serving commercial and residential title needs in East Tennessee.