Who’s making career moves in the Chattanooga business community?


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EDGE: On the move

Derek Rende joins Brock Insurance Agency as a commercial and personal lines producer. A local Chattanoogan and graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he assists business and individuals for any and all their insurance needs.

Terri Hernandez is named director of academic advising at Chattanooga State Community College. She brings more than 12 years experience in higher education to the position. A native of Indiana, Hernandez completed missionary work in Belize before enlisting in the United States Air Force. She served as a personnel specialist with cross training as a security specialist for six years before receiving an honorable discharge allowing her to actively begin pursuing higher education degrees.

Cody Sims; Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC), Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS), Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA); Financial Advisor and Franchise Owner with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. recently moved his offices to a new location at Brabson Place, 412 Georgia Avenue, downtown Chattanooga. As an Ameriprise financial advisor and franchise owner, Sims provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, through one-on-one relationships with his clients.

Madeline Wade joins HHM Certified Public Accountants, a full- service CPA and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis, in the tax department after working as an intern. Prior to joining HHM, Madeline gained experience as a billing specialist at Southern Adventist University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Madeline is pursuing her MAcc and plans to sit for the CPA exam.

Robert F. (Bob) Parsley, a litigation attorney with Miller & Martin’s Chattanooga office, is appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. Parsley is one of five board members, each appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court, who oversee the Tennessee’s licensing of attorneys and addressing issues relating to the admission of attorneys by exam and through comity applications (where the attorney is already licensed in another jurisdiction). Before his appointment to the Board in 2020, Parsley served from 2016 through 2019 as a Tennessee Bar Examiner, with responsibility for preparing and grading bar exams. In that role he also authored the evidence and appellate procedural sections of the Tennessee Law Course, which all newly admitted Tennessee attorneys must take.

Caroline Jewell joins Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) as the new membership and marketing coordinator. In her role, Jewell oversees member engagement, marketing strategies as well as internal and external communications. Jewell began her career at Humanaut, a local creative agency, where she learned all the ins and outs of advertising. After three years, she joined RVRB, a local event media agency, to lead a team of creatives. Over the last five years, she has also been active in her freelance business working on commercial photography and branding.

Jason Merryman is named vice president for enrollment management at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale. Merryman graduated from the university in 1998 and previously served as director of financial aid and enrollment services at Southern from 2005 to 2012. Merryman now holds a master’s degree in organizational management and brings more than 10 years of higher education leadership experience to this position.

Jennifer Cooper is appointed director of marketing and communications earlier this year at Chattanooga State Community College and within six weeks of her appointment was thrust into a crisis management challenge as COVID-19 became a pandemic and extended its far-reaching grip into Chattanooga. Cooper has more than 20 years experience in the corporate marketing sector, working in communications, integrated strategic and tactical planning, and brand building, innovation and customer engagement.

Jeff Howell joins Rise Partners as director of leasing and property management. This is a newly created position that expands the company’s ability to acquire, redevelop and lease retail and commercial properties. Howell is responsible for leasing and managing Rise Partners properties throughout the Southeast. Howell brings more than 10 years of experience in construction management, development and leasing for a range of mixed-use projects, including site work, single-tenant, multi-tenant and regional shopping centers. He spent five years at CBL Properties, where he managed development leasing for 15 regional shopping centers.

Quincy Jenkins is named Chattanooga State Community College’s inaugural executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jenkins, a native of Carrolton, Georgia, comes to Chattanooga State after serving as the first director of Latinx Outreach at Dalton State for seven years, which led to it becoming Georgia’s first Hispanic-Serving Institution. A current doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, Jenkins brings 12 years experience in higher education to Chattanooga State as well as proficiency in English, Spanish, Italian, and Chamorro/Guamanian languages.