Business Digest: Dr. Rachel Labovitz joins CHI Memorial Chattanooga In…


Rachel Labovitz, M.D., has joined CHI Memorial Chattanooga Internal Medicine Group.

Dr. Labovitz received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she has worked as an assistant professor and lead physician in the department of internal medicine. Labovitz is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Labovitz joins six other physicians at CHI Memorial Chattanooga Internal Medicine Group.


Covenant Transport Services promotes Mullins, Griffith

A pair of personnel moves on the technology team at Covenant Transport Services are designed to bolster development and service of key products and programs at the Chattanooga transportation company.

Matt Mullins, a 23-year supply chain veteran, comes to Covenant Transport Services with experience working with and on software widely implemented across Covenant-owned companies. Most recently, Mullins served as a senior director of application development at Trimble/TMW.

Mullins will play an important role in driving a “cloud-first, mobile-first development strategy,” said Eric Whitton, senior vice president of technology at Covenant Transport Services. Mullins has experience in both transportation and warehousing systems, and will be tasked with building out infrastructures to support the logistics and solutions needs for Covenant companies.

Additionally, Abby Griffith is moving into a new role as director of application delivery at Covenant Transport Services, and will serve on Mullins’ team.

Griffith has been with Covenant for 16 years, including work in operations, sales, continuous improvement and technology. Griffith will “build and lead a team of experts on Covenant’s core systems,” said Whitton.

In her new role, Griffith will also oversee key relationships with technology vendors and work with telematics providers to find and create opportunities to improve and grow key business components, including mobile application technology.


Advisory board named for Brickhunter USA

Brickhunter USA, has established its board of advisors as the Chattanooga company continues working to simplify the way brick and heavy building materials are bought and sold with their digital marketplace for businesses and consumers.

The advisory board, which is designed to provide strategic input and support, includes Michael Borden, CEO of Carolina Ceramics Brick Company; Brian Cronin, a board member for Copeland and Johns, Inc. and CEO of BPC Capital; Jim Hourigan, former chief operating officer of BuildDirect and current chief operating officer of Terramera, and Andy Smith, chief operating officer of FedEx Supply Chain.

Brickhunter USA is a cloud management, construction and marketplace SaaS formed in 2014 by Carson and Sharon Combs to offer e-commerce solutions to the brick and heavy building materials industry.


Jenelle Hawkins heads learning at Vision Hospitality

Vision Hospitality Group has promoted Jenelle Hawkins to director of learning and talent development.

With over a decade of managerial experience in hospitality, Hawkins will work in her new role to to further develop Vision’s team of over 1,400 employees. associates. She joined Vision more than a year ago as corporate training and development manager.

Whatley heads Chattanooga

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga has named Jessica Whatley as executive director.

Whatley earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery and also obtained her Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 2018.

Whatley comes from Big Brothers Big Sisters in Birmingham, Alabama where she served as both the PR and marketing director and chief development officer since 2013. She has served as a board member for the local Association of Fundraising Professionals and a local Schools Foundation in Birmingham.

“After an extensive search involving many excellent candidates, we found Jessica’s deep experience and achievement within the BBBS organization, her proven track record of impactful leadership, and her genuine passion for mentoring to be the exact right fit for us here in Chattanooga,” said Tory Johnston, board vice president.


Red Wolves hire Chip Scott for soccer club stadium

Chip Scott, who has led all aspects of construction of a Cirque-style performance venue in Seattle and helped cooperate the Seattle Sounders MLS Cup Victory Parade in Seattle in 2017, will lead the charge on executing the vision for the professional stadium for the Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club.

The club will reveal the location of the new professional stadium in the near future. Early steps in planning include the hiring of Scott, who will serve as project manager for the new stadium and immediately begin work on the training complex at Camp Jordan in East Ridge.

“Our vision is to create an exceptional professional soccer experience for the community, and Scott has the expertise to develop that through our new stadium,” said Bob Martino, team owner. “The stadium will offer our players and fans an intimate setting to engage with the action, and I know we’ve hired the right person with considerable experience in overseeing construction of large-scale entertainment facilities.”

Scott’s background includes leading and coordinating arts and music festivals and sporting events as well as overseeing construction of performance venues and event centers. In his most recent role, Scott was responsible for leading the plans to build a $62-million multi-use auditorium from the ground up in Idaho Falls, Idaho.


Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel hires room director

The Historic Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel has hired Michael Goolsby as director of rooms.

Goolsby previously worked as the clubhouse operations manager for Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia. For six years, he was in charge of the financial and operational performance of several departments, including the front desk, hotel rooms and housekeeping.

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in political science and has earned professional certificates from both the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

In this position, Goolsby manages all day-to-day room operations at the Choo Choo, overseeing more than 30 staff members.

“The Chattanooga Choo Choo will benefit greatly with Goolsby on the team,” said Adam Kinsey, president of the Choo Choo. “His country club experience is just the kind of attention to detail and service we want to continue here in the hotel and throughout our property. With all the eateries and entertainment spots, we are fast becoming the hub of the Southside, but that doesn’t mean we are any less a hotel–that’s the center of our business.”

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