Who’s on the move in the Chattanooga-area business community?
Paul Weidlich, attorney, joins the Chattanooga office of Miller & Martin as a member of its Intellectual Property Practice Group. With a focus on complex intellectual property issues, Weidlich’s practice includes the development, preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark portfolios; trade secrets, copyrights, license agreements; media, advertising and promotion law and intellectual property litigation. He was recognized as Best Lawyers in America, Chattanooga Patent Lawyer of the Year in 2021. Weidlich holds a law degree from George Washington University Law School and an undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and joins Miller & Martin de Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC, where he practiced law for over 20 years and was Section Chairman of the Intellectual Property Group.
Rhey Houston joins Todd Henon Properties from Keller Williams Realty. A 30-year business veteran and seasoned real estate strategist, Houston joined the local business less than 12 hours after retiring as vice president of one of the nation’s top Caterpillar dealerships, Stowers Machinery. Built over three decades, Houston’s expertise in tri-state real estate includes working with landlords, land investors, and regional contractors and developers to create winning strategies for long-term success.
Rodney Blaylock is appointed director of the banking center of the First Horizon banking center at Erlanger Medical Center. Blaylock joined the bank in June 2005 as a relief teller and became a full-time teller the same November. In 2009, he became director of operations of the Red Bank banking center, and in 2020 he was appointed relationship banker of the Soddy-Daisy banking center. In his role, Blaylock is responsible for developing new business and expanding relationships with existing customers. As branch manager, he maintains a high level of customer service for all employees.
Hillary Templeton, nurse practitioner, joins CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates – Chattanooga. Templeton earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Murray State University in Kentucky. She then earned a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Southern University in Savannah, Georgia. Templeton is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has four years of experience working with patients to complete a detailed medical history, understand their complex medical needs, and provide comprehensive care, including education on healthy habits and disease prevention.
Megane Bissonette joins commercial real estate developer Urban Story Ventures as director of marketing and communications. Working closely with General Partner and Owner Jimmy White and other business partners, Bissonette leads the marketing and communications strategy and building department as Urban Story Ventures scales with new ventures like The Bend. Prior to joining Urban Story Ventures, Bissonette spent several years in legal marketing and business development for Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, a mid-sized, full-service business law firm focused on industries such as as real estate, construction and design, healthcare and manufacturing. She was also part of the marketing team for a beverage manufacturer, executing campaigns through social media, digital advertising, media relations and events.
EDGE in motion
Tannia Lascano is the new Director of Community Health for LifeSpring Community Health, a nonprofit pediatric clinic that provides holistic care and services to patients and their families. Originally from Ecuador, Lascano has nearly a decade of experience in rural and urban community development in North and South America. Before moving to the United States in 2014, she worked in the water, hygiene and sanitation sectors in the indigenous Quichua communities of the Andean highlands of Ecuador. Lascano received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hope College and a master’s degree in intercultural studies from FATELA Theological Seminary located in Latin America.
Robert Maclelan is appointed Director of Brokerage Services for Rise Partners. In his new role, Maclellan brings an in-depth knowledge of sales, leasing and site selection for all sectors of commercial real estate, residential developments and mixed-use projects. Prior to joining Rise Partners, Maclellan began his career at CBL Properties as an Assistant Project Manager responsible for overseeing third-party consultants, budget, design, permits, rights and construction management of projects. .
Jennifer’s wall joined HHM Certified Public Accountants as a senior accountant. With over 25 years of combined tax and accounting experience, Wall will prepare tax returns for clients with varying tax situations and in many industries. Wall received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Tonya Gentry is the new Chair of the Board of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga. Gentry has spent the past 20 years of her career in STEM administration, marketing, and business development, and understands the importance of encouraging girls to learn and ultimately pursue STEM-related professions. She is employed at Tinker Ma Architecture & Design and resides in North Chattanooga.
Joseph B. “JB” Sobel, former chief medical officer of senior products for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in Chattanooga, joins health insurer Cigna Corp. as chief medical officer for its Medicare business. Dr. Sobel is clinical lead for Cigna’s Medicare business, overseeing medical policy, behavioral health solutions, and innovation strategies to support customer health, wellness, and peace of mind. Dr. Sobel holds an undergraduate degree from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and an MD from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.