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Business Digest: Rosalind Connor named CEO of Bethel Bible Village

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Rosalind Connor named CEO of Bethel Bible Village

Bethel Bible Village has named Rosalind Connor as president and chief executive officer for the nonprofit organization that serves children and families in crisis in the Chattanooga region.

Connor most recently served as chief operating officer at Benefit Communications, Inc. in Nashville and previously worked as an assistant vice president at Unum, where she served various business areas for 15 years, including Unum’s UK operation. Conner has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“After much prayer and due diligence, it was evident that God had provided us with a strong leader, one who stood out among a field of very qualified candidates who applied for this position,” said Lennie Furr, Bethel’s chairman of the board.

Conner, who is the first woman to step into the role of Bethel president, will assume her duties on Dec. 31.

Cecil Hammontree, who has led Bethel during the executive search for a new president, will return to his previous role as Bethel Board Treasurer.

Nokian Tyres names managers in Dayton

Nokian Tyres has hired two key members of the leadership team for its Rhea County tire production factory who will oversee operations and human resources at the $360 million facility, which will begin producing tires in 2020.

The company has hired Peter Chia as plant manager and operations director. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tire production process at the Dayton-based plant while upholding the company’s strict environmental and safety standards.

Chia has more than three decades of experience as a manager and director in the global automotive industry, including a stint at IAC North America in Dayton. Most recently, he served as director of operations at Biamp Systems, a manufacturer of audio-visual products in Portland, Oregon.

Gabriele Weber, who has been named human resources manager, will lead personnel operations at the plant, including hiring, at the Dayton factory. She is a veteran HR leader with nearly 25 years of experience in the United States and Germany. Most recently, she served as HR Manager at the Charleston, Tennessee production plant of WACKER, a chemicals manufacturer also based in Germany. She previously worked at the Mercedes plant in Vance, Alabama and currently chairs the human resources board of the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers’ Association and has served on the board of directors for United Way of the Ocoee Region.

“Peter and Gabriele are talented additions to our Nokian Tyres team with roots in Southeast Tennessee,” said Mark Earl, senior vice president of Nokian Tyres, Americas. “We are fortunate they bring local knowledge to help us build a high-functioning manufacturing team and an exceptional work environment within our state-of-the-art Dayton factory.”

The factory, located just north of Dayton, will produce 4 million tires per year and employ about 400 workers once it reaches full capacity.

Harvard business school employs Sandler Training

Sales training methodologies developed by Sandler Training has been incorporated into Harvard Business School’s leadership curriculum.

David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training, has worked closely with Frank V. Cespedes, faculty chair for the Aligning Strategy and Sales executive program at Harvard Business School (HBS) as well as Mark Roberge, Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at HBS, to incorporate Sandler sales training techniques into the school’s curriculum.

Cespedes and Roberge teach an MBA course on “Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing” (ESM), which examines customer acquisition and retention in ventures from seed stage to scaling. A case study incorporating Sandler techniques is now part of that course.

“Entrepreneurs and business executives all over the world recognize that selling is ubiquitous and an essential skill that all students should learn before entering their careers,” said Lisa Nausley, CEO of Sandler Training in Chattanooga.

Waterhouse PR adds designers to digital team

Waterhouse Public Relations is expanding its digital team with the addition of Sydnee Wisler, an artistic designer who has refined her craft across a variety of industries. In her role as digital coordinator, Sydnee will apply her demonstrated expertise to develop and execute digital projects for Waterhouse Public Relations and its various clients.

Wisler has played integral roles in brand development, content creation and special event planning for a diverse range of companies including minor league baseball, ministry and real estate.

“Sydnee’s attention to detail and inventive style make her a terrific addition to the Waterhouse Public Relations team,” said Albert Waterhouse, president and CEO.

Wisler is an Atlanta native who earned a degree in public relations and marketing from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

THA honors hospital leaders

Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) honored local hospital administrators, employees and volunteers in 14 categories during the group’s recent annual meeting. The local winners include:

* Terry Ellis, respiratory care clinical manager for Erlanger Health System, for best department head. He oversees a department of more than 110 therapists.

* Jack Studer, chair of the Erlanger board of trustees, for best hospital board member. Studer has helped lead Erlanger’s growth in boosting the hospital revenues to a projected $1.1 billion this year.

* Barbara and Rich Kramer, contributors and volunteers at CHI Memorial Hospital, and Ann Roberts, a service dog volunteer at Erlanger, were recognized as top volunteers. The Kramers have donated $1.3 million to Memorial and given helped in both leadership and volunteer support for CHI in Chattanooga. Roberts and her service dog use public transportation and travel to the Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute to make reminder calls to patients about their appointments. Roberts has not let her lost sight negate the impact she can make on other people’s lives.

Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health System, was recognized as a Diversity Champion Award winner. As CEO of TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, he led work to meet the needs of one of Nashville’s largest immigrant and refugee communities, including establishing an on-campus site for indigent primary care. In his current role at Parkridge, he continues to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for patients, families and employees.

* Rhonda Poulson Hatfield, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at CHI Memorial, was recognized for the Executive Nurse of Distinction award. She has worked to foster the collaboration of nursing with the various service lines and improve the implementation and design of patient care.

* Britt Tabor, executive vice president and chief financial officer, was a Senior Level Healthcare Executive award. Tabor was honored for mentoring staff and encouraging their personal and professional development, including their affiliation and participation in ACHE and East Tennessee Healthcare Executives Affiliation (ETHEA) activities.

Five Star revamps executive leaders

As a part of its long-term strategic growth plan, Five Star Food Service appointed three executives to key leadership posts.

Gregory McCall, previously senior vice president of sales and marketing at Five Star, has been named chief revenue officer, a newly created position. McCall has been with the company for seven years and has overseen the growth of both the sales and marketing teams. He will retain responsibility for both teams as well as add several line of business teams to his purview. McCall will focus on continued organic revenue growth across the company.

Richard Kennedy has been named chief operating officer, renewing the role’s position on the executive team. Kennedy comes to Five Star from a Charlotte, North Carolina-based boutique corporate strategy and operations consulting firm where he served as a director. He brings 20 years’ experience to the company and played a role in Five Star’s success over the last decade via consultancy which resulted in the transition to becoming a Canteen franchise. Kennedy will focus on the company’s operational execution and maximize opportunities for excellence.

Mike McLean, previously corporate controller at Five Star, has been named chief financial officer, a role left vacant by the recent passing of Jean Bouchard. McLean came to Five Star in 2017 from logistics firm Forward Air where he served as their chief accounting officer for 12 years. In total, he brings 22 years of finance and account experience to the company. McLean will focus on maintaining and improving the financial reporting and health of the company.

Siskin therapists earn certifications

Siskin Hospital announces that Ben Hoagland, OTR/L, and Riana Lamunyon, DPT have completed the requirements for specialty certifications.

Hoagland attained the Low Vision Rehabilitation Graduate Certificate Degree through the University of Alabama Birmingham. He is the Neuro Program clinic manager for Siskin Hospital’s Outpatient Therapy Program and specializes in low vision conditions.

Dr. Lamunyon is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. This certification is awarded through the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She is a physical therapist in Siskin Hospital’s Outpatient Therapy Program who specializes in geriatrics.

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