BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Appoints Moore to Board of Directors, More Career Changes in Chattanooga Area

Contributing photo by Blue Cross Blue Shield/Johnny Moore

BlueCross Appoints Moore to Board of Directors

Johnny B. Moore, Regional President for the Tennessee Region at Truist Financial Corporation, has been appointed to the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Board of Directors.

Moore is Truist’s senior market leader, responsible for supporting customers and businesses of all sizes, according to a press release.

“Johnny is an experienced business leader, public servant and committed philanthropist who supports a variety of causes and organizations,” Emily Reynolds, chair of the BlueCross BlueShield board of directors, said in a statement. “He has unique insights into Tennessee communities that will help us meet the needs of BlueCross members across the state.”

Moore currently serves on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Tennessee Business Leadership Council and Rhodes College.

Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Rhodes College. He has also successfully completed the SunTrust Advanced Leadership Program and the Emory University Graduate Leadership Program.

Mattson and McCann Recognized at TSBDC All Hands Conference

Sarah Mattson, senior small business specialist, and Madison McCann, office supervisor and marketing coordinator, were recently recognized at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center’s All Hands conference, according to a press release from the community college.


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Contributor photo by Chattanooga State/Sarah Mattson

Mattson, named a State Star, has worked at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center since 2017. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, financial analysis and forecasting, business plan development, and accounting. As a State Star, Sarah will be recognized in September along with 62 other State Stars at America’s Small Business Development Center conference in San Diego.


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Contributor photo by Chattanooga State/Madison McCann

On the job since 2019, McCann was named a Spotlight Employee for 2022. Playing a key role on the Tennessee Small Business Development Center’s website redesign committee, McCann earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and entrepreneurship from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. .

The State Star and Spotlight awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary professional performance, made a significant contribution to economic development efforts, and demonstrated a strong commitment to small business.

Branch Technology adds Buirge and Lawson to its staff

Hannah Buirge joined Branch Technology as an accountant and Ben Lawson joined the 3D printing company as a digital design specialist.


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Photo courtesy of Branch Technology/Hannah Buirge

Buirge graduated from Grove City College in 2021 with a degree in accounting and a minor in biblical and religious studies. She worked in Pittsburgh as a tax accountant at a Big Four firm the following year, where she learned about business finance and state and federal tax filings.

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Photo courtesy of Branch Technology/Ben Lawson

Lawson is a digital designer whose work centers around computational design and robotic manufacturing. He recently completed a Masters in Architecture and Architectural Design and Research at the University of Michigan. In addition to his academic work, Ben also has professional design experience in architectural metal fabrication.

Byford appointed acting manager of Collegedale Municipal Airport

City of Collegedale officials have selected Ryan Byford as the interim manager of Collegedale Municipal Airport, according to a news release. He replaces Chris Swain who retired in July after 16 years of service.

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Photo courtesy of City of Collegedale/Ryan Byford

Originally from the Chattanooga area, Byford developed his passion for aviation at a young age. After expressing his enthusiasm for watching airplanes as a child, his parents would take him to Collegedale Municipal Airport for their annual open house and various community events over the years. At the age of 16, Byford began to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot and he finally earned his pilot’s certificate a year later and continues to be actively involved in aviation.

Byford graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Adventist University in 2020 and began working for the City of Collegedale soon after, where he performed clerical duties at the Collegedale Municipal Airport.

Chattanooga State Names Green Dean of TCAT Program

Chattanooga State Community College recently named Jessica Green as Dean of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.


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Contributor photo by Chattanooga State/Jessica Green

“Ms. Green has served as acting dean of TCAT for the past year and has done an outstanding job of engaging with faculty and students,” said Dr. Jim Barrott, executive vice president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in a press release.

Having worked in higher education for more than a decade, Green is on track to receive his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in May 2023. His bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Portland served her well during her previous roles as Officer, Counselor, Acting, and Deputy Director of Financial Aid.

In 2020, Green moved from financial aid at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology division to begin work as director of student services before being named acting dean of the college the following year.

Hall joins EMJ as Vice President of Construction in the Southeast

Trey Hall has joined EMJ as vice president of construction in the Southeast office where he will provide day-to-day leadership and strategic insight to the construction operations team, according to a press release.


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Contributed photo by EMJ/ Trey Hall

A graduate of Southern Polytechnic State, Hall brings more than 23 years of construction experience to the role. He most recently served as Vice President of Construction at BerryHutton, where he focused on future business, strategic planning and improving current work systems and processes. Previously, Hall spent just over a decade at EMJ.

“We are thrilled to welcome Trey back to our team,” Chas Torrence, executive vice president of EMJ Southeast, said in a statement. “His experience, commitment to quality and customer-centric approach make him the perfect addition to EMJ as we continue to expand into new sectors and regions.”

Hall’s experience includes everything from pre-development real estate to construction with a focus on medical office buildings, education, sole proprietor retail and national retail development.

National Urban League honors Collier, Grisham and Waterhouse

The National Urban League inducted three members of the Greater Chattanooga Urban League Board of Directors into its prestigious Quarter Century Club for serving 25 or more years in a board member or other leadership or advisory role. with the local Urban League.

Chattanooga’s 2022 inductees include Justice Curtis Collier, Dorothy Lee Grisham and Albert Waterhouse. The inductees were honored last month at the Quarter Century Club Mahlon T. Puryear’s pinning ceremony and dinner at the National Urban League’s annual conference.

Grisham has been involved with the Greater Chattanooga Urban League Board of Directors since 2006. Previously, she served on the Greater Chattanooga Urban League Advisory Board from 1996 to 2006. She served as Board Chair from 2017 to 2020 and is currently the immediate director. passed chair. Throughout his tenure, Grisham served on the Executive Committee for several years and participated in committees for Education and Youth Development, Shoes for School, and Performance Appraisal.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier has been involved with the Greater Chattanooga Urban League Board of Directors since 2000. He served on the advisory board for several years before becoming a board member. . During his tenure, he was an active board member and a strong supporter of youth civic education and leadership development. Collier provides time to read for K-3 students because literacy proficiency is also one of her passions.

Waterhouse, president of Waterhouse Public Relations, most recently served as chairman of the Greater Chattanooga Urban League Board of Directors from 2021-2022. He served on the advisory board from 1995-2007, when he joined the board of administration. As a member of both boards, Waterhouse executed all facets of marketing communications for the Greater Chattanooga Urban League.

BlueCross appoints Cohen Director of Supplier Data

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has appointed Tal Cohen as Director of Supplier Data, a new role for the company.


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Contributed photo by Blue Cross Blue Shield/Tal Cohen

Cohen has been with BlueCross for over nine years and most recently held the role of Supplier Data Manager, leading day-to-day strategy, reporting, operations and project management, and relationship building across the organization. company and with external suppliers.

“Tal’s commitment to innovation and the continued pursuit of excellence have been key to achieving our goals in supplier data planning and reporting,” said Stacy Eiselstein, vice president of network operations. suppliers for BlueCross, in a press release. “His leadership will be instrumental as we continue our efforts to expand our advanced data support and capabilities to strengthen our vendor partnerships.”

Cohen received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and is a candidate for the Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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