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  • Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:22 PM | Anonymous
    The annual Barnyard Auction will be held Oct. 22 at The Chattanoogan. Auction sponsor EWI of Chattanooga focuses on promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development and encouraging community involvement.

    This blue jean event will raise scholarship funds for recipients of the Jean Bradford Scholarship at UTC and Chattanooga State.

    EWI President-Elect and CEO of Luken Holdings, Inc. Lynda Childress said, “As a single mom who earned my degree, I am passionate about helping other single moms. Our greatest source of help comes from funds raised at our spontaneously wild and fun evening at our 12th annual Barnyard Auction."

    “Having this much fun in one evening should be a crime,” said Margaret Browning with Coca-Cola Bottling Company. “This is one event you won't want to miss. Bring your dollars and be prepared for a fun night out.”

    Tickets for the event are $35 including dinner, or $300 for a table of 10. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Over $20,000 worth of donated goods and services will be auctioned, including overnight stays in other cities, electronics including an HDTV, golf packages, sports packages, spa packages and more. Bids start at $1.

    "Knowing the same money that goes to win a fabulous prize at the auction also supports the education of those in need in our own community is an amazing feeling,” says auction Chairperson Jody Hermann of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.

    Call Kerry Smith at 870-1809 for tickets. For more details, visit ewichattanooga.org.

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  • Friday, August 07, 2009 4:22 PM | Anonymous
    Tables are selling quickly for the annual Barnyard Auction October 22, 2009, at The Chattanoogan. Auction sponsor EWI of Chattanooga focuses on promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development and encouraging community involvement. There are no "stuffed shirts" at this blue jean event to raise scholarship funds for recipients of the Jean Bradford Scholarship at UTC and Chattanooga State. Lynda Childress, EWI President-Elect and CEO of Luken Holdings, Inc., says, “As a single mom who earned my degree, I am passionate about helping other single moms. Our greatest source of help comes from funds raised at our spontaneously wild fun evening at our 12th annual Barnyard Auction.”

    “Having this much fun in one evening should be a crime. This is one event you won't want to miss! Bring your dollars and be prepared for a fun night out!” says Margaret Browning with Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Tickets for the event are just $35.00 including dinner or $300 for a table of 10. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Over $20,000 worth of donated goods and services will be auctioned, including overnight stays in some great cities, electronics including an HD TV, golf packages, sports packages, spa packages and more. Bids start at $1!

    We invite one and all to join in the fun and help make a difference. "Knowing the same money that goes to win a fabulous prize at the auction also supports the education of those in need in our own community is an amazing feeling,” states auction chairperson Jody Hermann of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.. Please call Kerry Smith at 423-870-1809 for tickets. For more details see ewichattanooga.org.
  • Friday, June 19, 2009 4:21 PM | Anonymous
    Lynda Childress has been promoted to president/CEO of Luken Holdings Inc., a key owner and operator of commercial real estate in Chattanooga.

    She succeeds Kim White, who has been named to serve as president/CEO of RiverCity Co., a private, nonprofit redevelopment group in downtown Chattanooga.

    "Lynda has been an important part of this company since its purchase and I feel fortunate to have her leading our team" said owner Henry Luken.

    Ms. Childress, who previously served as chief financial officer of Luken Holdings, began her career in 1990 with Osborne Building Corp., and then joined the Corker Group nine years later when Osborne was bought by now U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. She then moved to Luken Holdings when Mr. Luken bought Sen. Corker's real estate holdings in 2005.

    Luken Holdings owns and operates more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial real estate, including the Krystal, Tallan and James buildings downtown and Osborne Office Park in Brainerd.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:20 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International announced the recipients of their 2009 Fellows Scholarship Awards, totaling $24,500. The EWI Fellows Scholarship Program awards financial assistance to active EWI representatives interested in furthering their education in accredited baccalaureate, graduate, or post-graduate programs.

    Scholarship applicants responded from various states nation wide. To judge the award program fairly, EWI recruited non-affiliated Chattanooga businesswomen to serve on the judging panel. All identifying information was removed from each application prior to judging to ensure impartiality.
     
    Judges for this year's award program were Jessica Ellis of Persian Rug Company, Carolyn Pool of Kenco Management Services, LLC and Melody Boggess, an independent graphic designer. EWI Corporate Fellows Liaison Nancy Harrison affirmed that, “The judges took the responsibility of awarding $24,500 very seriously.”

    The baccalaureate winners are Yvonne Joiner, EWI of Memphis, $5,000; Debra DiBartolo, EWI of Orlando, $3,000, and Jody Hermann, EWI of Chattanooga, $3,000. The graduate winners are Lynn Berry, EWI of Fort Wayne, $5,000, Heather Burrell, EWI of Chattanooga, $5,000, and Selena Coker, EWI of Knoxville, $3,500.

    “EWI is proud to provide educational assistance to our representatives. We believe that education opens the door to opportunity,” said Renea Callery, EWI Corporate Education and professional development director. According to Ms. Callery, EWI donates nearly $500,000 annually between its three scholarship initiatives.

    EWI is an international business organization that brings individuals from diverse businesses together for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.

    In addition to the Fellows Scholarship Program, EWI of Chattanooga provides scholarships for underprivileged women at Chattanooga State Technical Community College and through an endowed scholarship at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Monday, June 15, 2009 4:20 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International® announces the recipients of their 2009 Fellows Scholarship Awards, totaling $24,500. The EWI Fellows Scholarship Program awards financial assistance to active EWI representatives interested in furthering their education in accredited baccalaureate, graduate, or post graduate programs.

    Scholarship applicants responded from various states nation wide. To judge the award program fairly, EWI recruited non-affiliated Chattanooga businesswomen to serve on the judging panel. All identifying information was removed from each application prior to judging to ensure impartiality. Judges for this year's award program were Jessica Ellis of Persian Rug Company, Carolyn Pool of Kenco Management Services, LLC and Melody Boggess, an independent graphic designer. EWI Corporate Fellows Liaison Nancy Harrison affirmed that, “The judges took the responsibility of awarding $24,500 very seriously.”

    The baccalaureate winners are Yvonne Joiner, EWI of Memphis, $5,000; Debra DiBartolo, EWI of Orlando, $3,000, and Jody Hermann, EWI of Chattanooga, $3,000. The graduate winners are Lynn Berry, EWI of Fort Wayne, $5,000, Heather Burrell, EWI of Chattanooga, $5,000, and Selena Coker, EWI of Knoxville, $3,500.

    “EWI is proud to provide educational assistance to our representatives. We believe that education opens the door to opportunity,” said Renea Callery, EWI Corporate Education and Professional Development Director. According to Callery, EWI donates nearly $500,000 annually between its three scholarship initiatives.

    EWI is an international business organization that brings individuals from diverse businesses together for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement. In addition to the Fellows Scholarship Program, EWI of Chattanooga provides scholarships for underprivileged women at Chattanooga State Technical Community College and through an endowed scholarship at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For more information, please visit ewiconnect.com.
  • Sunday, May 17, 2009 4:13 PM | Anonymous
    What: Chattanooga chapter of Executive Women International present a $9,240.70 check to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor Roger Brown.

    Benefits: Donations fund the Jean Bradford Memorial Scholarship at UTC.

    About the award:

    Established in 1996 by the EWI chapter in memory of former member Mrs. James Bradford, the scholarship assists women, particularly displaced homemakers and single mothers, in returning to school to enhance their career opportunities.
  • Saturday, April 18, 2009 4:13 PM | Anonymous
    [EWI Member firms bolded.]

    Ten Chattanooga women who have distinguished themselves with their professional, civic and volunteer service will be honored May 5 during the annual Women of Distinction luncheon sponsored by the American Lung Association of Tennessee.

    Sheila Ullenberg, luncheon chairman, announces the honorees are Maxine Bailey, Caroline Bentley, Debbie Brown, Stefanie D. Crowe, Sue D. Culpepper, Joyce Godsey, Robin R. Grant, Peggy Laney, Betsy Chapin Taylor and Lillie Wills.

    Tennessee Woman of the Year Vicky Gregg, president and chief executive officer of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, also will be honored during the luncheon.

    Friday is the reservation deadline. Tickets are $60 per person, with tables starting at $750. Call 629-1098 for reservations.

    2009 HONOREES

    MAXINE BAILEY

    * Career: Former director of Girls Inc.; co-founder of Tennessee's first all-girls public charter school, the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. She has taught women's history in the State University of New York system, was executive director of a battered women's program, co-founded a Women and Diversity Institute, managed the nation's largest public/private summer youth employment program in New York City. She served as director of community resources for Chattanooga's Community Impact Fund and was co-coordinator of the District 9 community economic development planning project.

    * Volunteerism: Founded the Westside Progressive Academy women's adult literacy program.

    CAROLINE BENTLEY

    * Career: Former chief financial officer of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, now director of The United Way's Tocqueville Society.

    * Volunteerism: Past president of Girls Preparatory School Alumnae Association, first chairwoman of GPS Alumnae Advisory Council, chaired 2004 Visions for GPS; past president of Junior League of Chattanooga. She has served on boards of Habitat for Humanity and Chattanooga Room in the Inn, chaired 2008 Spectrum for Hunter Museum of American Art, volunteers for READ, Alzheimer's Association, T.C.Thompson Children's Hospital, Jordan Thomas Foundation.

    DEBBIE CLIFFORD BROWN

    * Career: Vice president of Morgan Keegan & Co.

    * Volunteerism: Solely raised $10,000 and work crew to build a church in Venezuela, co-chaired first Daffodil Ball for American Cancer Society, chaired 2007 Siskin Possibilities luncheon, serves on Possibilities committee. She is a board member of Bright School Parents Association, past board member of MaryEllen Locher Foundation and American Cancer Society, volunteers for Siskin Children's Institute and Salvation Army Auxiliary.

    STEFANIE CROWE

    * Career: Formerly senior vice president and private bank client manager with Bank of America; in 2007 joined CapitalMark Bank and Trust, where she designed the bank's Trust and Wealth services group.

    * Volunteerism: Board president of Fortwood Center, chaired the 2009 Houston Museum Antiques show, advisory board member of Arts and Education Council, volunteers for Conference on Southern Literature, Normal Park Museum Magnet School, Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, and the Health, Housing and Education Bond Board. She is a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.

    SUE CULPEPPER

    * Career: Executive vice president at SunTrust Bank.

    * Volunteerism: Serves on the boards of Chattanooga Ballet and Chattanooga Theatre Centre, chairs the theater's special events committee; volunteer for Pink!, United Way, the CSO and Siskin Children's Institute; founding board member of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She is a member of the Rotary Club, serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the UTC College of Business and is on the Vestry Committee of St. Paul's Episcopal.

    JOYCE GODSEY

    * Career: She and husband Don have been partners in work for 34 years. After recently selling Gold Bond Inc., the couple remain owners of Innovative Outdoor Signs, Worldwide Lines of Memphis and a commercial real estate company in Memphis. She serves as a trustee of The Godsey Foundation.

    * Volunteerism: Board member of MaryEllen Locher Foundation, in charge of the VIP barge at Riverbend for 12 years, volunteer for Siskin Foundation, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. She established a scholarship for children of breast cancer victims.

    ROBIN GRANT

    * Career: Youngest senior hospital sales consultant within the Southern Region of Novartis Pharmaceuticals; lead Novartis product educator working with hospital residents in the medical schools of UT-Chattanooga, Huntsville, Ala., Vanderbilt and Meharry in Nashville.

    * Volunteerism: Board member and past president of the American Lung Association, appointed to ALA state board, received 2006 ALA Development Volunteer of the Year; co-chaired St. Peter Episcopal School annual campaign, co-chaired Daffodil Ball; Chattanooga Theatre Centre actress, volunteers for Arts and Education Council, Conference on Southern Literature, Emily's Power for a Cure; is a professional jazz singer.

    PEGGY LANEY

    * Career: President of The Design Company Inc., an interior design firm she opened with her husband, Jim. She has received three residential design awards from the Tennessee chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, was part of the team that received national Interior Design for Humanity Award given by the American Society of Interior Designers.

    * Volunteerism: Past president of the Tennessee chapter of ASID, co-chaired building campaign for Fortwood Center, served on the Hamilton County Mental Health advisory committee. She is president of the Lookout Mountain Conservancy, chaired the first Spectrum for Hunter Museum of American Art, served on the UTC Department of Human Ecology advisory panel and on the board of the Evans Foundation.

    BETSY CHAPIN TAYLOR

    * Career: Chief development officer of Erlanger Health System

    * Volunteerism: Volunteers for Little Miss Mag Day Nursery, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Women's Fund Health Task Force, Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute and Catoosa County Performing Arts Center. She's been a member of the Junior League of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Rotary Club, Ringgold Rotary Club, and twice chaired the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce's gala.

    LILLIE WILLS

    * Career: Retired after 40 years employment with BellSouth. She was project manager for the development and delivery of BellSouth.net training to 7,000 customer contact employees throughout BellSouth's nine-state region. The training was used as a model across the country.

    * Volunteerism: Serves on the boards of the Association for Visual Arts, Chattanooga Theatre Center and Chattanooga African American Museum, where she is secretary of the executive board; is a Theatre Centre Associates member. She is chairwoman of the Chattanooga Public Art Committee, chaired AVA's 20th anniversary event, is a graduate of Leadership Walker County.
     
  • Monday, April 13, 2009 4:12 PM | Anonymous
    Forty-nine local teams will battle it out for gold, and bragging rights, during the 3rd Annual Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday at the Chickamauga Dam. The event includes a full day of races on the water and a variety of famil activities along the shore. The first race will get under way at 8:30 a.m.

    The Chattanooga Dragon Boat Festival, presented by General Shale Brick, is a fundraiser T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger with pledges raised by each paddler. Last year the festival raised over $115,000 for Children's Hospital and hopes to surpass that goal this year.

    “The funds raised from this year's event will enhance the many programs, special projects, and services used by area children and their families including the expansion of surgical services and the acquisition of advanced technology for pediatric heart care,” said Betsy Taylor, chief development officer at Erlanger.

    Teams competing in this year's festival include [the following EWI member firms]:

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee – Rowed Warriors

    EMJ Corporation

    (Erlanger) Erlanger East – East Divas and Docs; Erlanger ICU – Critical Care Cruisers; Erlanger Technology Management – Virtual Paddlers

    First Tennessee Bank

    Johnson Group – I'm On A Boat

    (Citadel Broadcasting) NewsChannel 9 – The Niners

    TVA – TVA Power Rowers

    (The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) UT Family Practice – UT Water Mocs

    Volunteers are still needed for morning and afternoon shifts, manning registration and general information booths, monitoring the finish line, as well as marshalling, loading, and unloading teams. Visit www.erlanger.org/dragonboat and follow the links to “find a team or participant to support” or “make a gift.” For more information about this event, visit http://chatt.racedragonboats.com or call (423) 778-4688. For more information about volunteering, please call the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Foundation at (423) 778-8057.

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  • Thursday, January 15, 2009 2:10 PM | Anonymous
    Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. (BWSC), is relocating its local office from Broad Street to 1110 Market St., Suite 200, Matthew S. Stovall, ASLA, LEED®AP, vice president and manager of the Chattanooga office, said.

    The 7,000-square-foot space will provide additional room for personnel growth, added property amenities, and keeps the firm located in downtown Chattanooga.

    “Our firm has been in the downtown area since we opened our office in Chattanooga,” said Mr. Stovall. “We are proud to be a part of the growth and development of downtown, and look forward to a long future of contributions to this exciting city.” He noted that BWSC has signed a five-year lease on the space, which is located in the historic setting of Warehouse Row. The unit was recently converted from retail to office space.

    BWSC's Chattanooga office first opened in 2001 on Broad Street with Enterprise South Industrial Park as one of its first assignments, involving master planning work, landscape architecture, and civil engineering.

    Other significant clients and projects soon followed, including the Chattanooga Housing Authority and the Chattanooga Parks Department. Current projects include ongoing work at Enterprise South Industrial Park, the Summit Softball Complex, South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, and Alstom.

    With the office move, BWSC gains closer proximity to the Development Resource Center (DRC), which houses the city of Chattanooga Department of Engineering, Hamilton County Department of Engineering, city and county Public Works Departments, Regional Planning Agency, and the Design Center. This location gives added convenience for clients and staff, it was stated.

    The 19 employees in the local office consist of civil and environmental engineers and designers, landscape architects, surveyors, CAD/D technicians, and administrative personnel. They are involved with local organizations such as Leadership Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Engineer's Club, the Chattanooga Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Executive Women International.

    Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon is an engineering, architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and surveying firm with 11 offices located in Tennessee, Alabama, and Ohio. Celebrating more than 50 years of service, BWSC is among the top 250 engineering and design firms in the United States with approximately 400 employees.
  • Thursday, August 07, 2008 4:09 PM | Anonymous
    [Note: press release was re-written by non-EWI member and contains errors, the most notable of which are that Carolyn Stringer is not the Chapter's only Life Member and she won a full sponsorship to Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting, not a scholarship.]
    Two members of Executive Women International were awarded educational scholarships for their aggressive recruiting and leadership roles within EWI.

    Nancy Harrison, legal assistant in the Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley, was awarded a $3000 Fellows scholarship for her extensive leadership and philanthropy efforts within the organization over the last three years. Ms. Harrison is the Director-at-Large and Board Advisor for the Chattanooga Chapter of EWI and also serves as the Corporate Membership Advisor to the Knoxville Chapter. She plans to use her scholarship to complete her paralegal studies at Chattanooga State Technical Community College, where she currently attends.

    Carolyn Stringer was also awarded a Fellows scholarship for $1500. In addition to being Chattanooga's only EWI Life Member, Ms. Stringer was also recognized at the 61st Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting for her aggressive local recruiting. Ms. Stringer recruited eight new member firms to the organization in an eight-month time period, more than any of the other 75 EWI chapters.

    "These awards are a wonderful opportunity for active EWI representatives to enhance their personal and professional development," said Tanya English, president of the Chattanooga Chapter of EWI and paralegal for Miller & Martin, PLLC. According to English, EWI takes great pride in their ability to provide exceptional support to all of their representatives.

    EWI's mission is to promote member firms, provide professional and personal development for the representatives, and support philanthropic activity in the community. The Chattanooga chapter provides scholarships for underprivileged women at Chattanooga State Technical Community College and through an endowed scholarship at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. For more information contact Suzanne Bidek at 423 490-3009.


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