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VOL. 44 | NO. 3 | Friday, January 17, 2020

Trust Company welcomes Bosson as business analyst

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Bryson S. Bosson is a new hire at The Trust Company of Tennessee, joining the firm’s Knoxville headquarters as a business analyst.

The Trust Company of Tennessee currently has more than $3.5 billion under management. The firm helps individuals, families, business owners and charities make better decisions with money through wealth management, personal investment strategy, corporate retirement plans, estate planning and personal trust services.

“Bryson brings a great deal of financial operations experience to our team,” says Daniel Carter, president of The Trust Company of Tennessee. “Bryson will focus on optimizing our internal operations, which helps our entire team to accommodate the needs of our clients and exceed their expectations.”

Bosson earned a degree in public affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2009. He brings more than a decade of financial industry operations experience from both Apex Bank and Clayton Bank and Trust.

UT’s Liu named Syngenta prize committee judge

ChuanRen Liu, assistant professor, Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, has been selected as a judge on the prize committee for the 2020 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics, a competition in which entrants develop data-driven models to address various challenges inherent in agriculture.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the Syngenta Crop Challenge is a collaborative effort between Syngenta and the Analytics Society of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. In the 2020 challenge, entrants are tasked with developing data-driven methodologies that can help predict the performance of potential corn seed products.

“We are fortunate to have enlisted a prize committee that brings as much institutional knowledge and industry experience as these experts do,” says Durai Sundaramoorthi, area coordinator and senior lecturer of data analytics at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, and Crop Challenge prize committee chair.

“In addition to lending their expertise in data analytics and generously volunteering their time, these judges are helping cultivate a growing crop of data scientists.”

Positively Living promotes from within for COO

Kim Lauth is the new chief operating officer for Positively Living, which provides care and support to East Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS, disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorder and/or homelessness.

Lauth, who was promoted from her post as chief mission implementation officer for the organization for the past year, has more than 27 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.

“Kim has helped raise millions of dollars for charitable causes and has led staffs at both small and large organizations for nearly three decades,” says Steve Jenkins, chief executive officer of Positively Living. “She is exactly the person we need as we continue to grow and change in order to serve our clients and our community.”

She is a past president of the Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council and the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was named “Fundraising Professional of the Year” by AFP in 2016. She has held certified fundraising executive status since 2002.

“I truly have a heart for the work that we do here at Positively Living,” Lauth said. “I look forward to the exciting times ahead as we fulfill our mission to bring dignity, respect and emotional support to those facing the debilitating effects of HIV/AIDS and other challenges.”

In addition, Lauth has been an active member of the League of Women Voters with local, state and national service. She served a two-year term on the national board of directors in Washington, D.C., and has held positions as president of the Knoxville-Knox County League and as a member of the state of Tennessee board.

Lauth is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2019.

Rhoades promoted to EVP at Tranzonic

The Tranzonic Companies has promoted Brian Rhoades to executive vice president of operations.

Rhoades, who was promoted a year ago to oversee operations at the Sparks, Nevada, and Montebello, California, locations, in addition to the firm’s West Knoxville facility, now will expand his oversight to the remaining Tranzonic facilities, including Ontario and San Diego in California; Lynn, Massachusetts; and Bolivar, Ohio.

Rhoades will assume responsibility one facility at a time to eventually lead all Tranzonic operations.

“Brian has been a tremendous asset for Tranzonic since his first day in 2018,” says Pat Fitzmaurice, chief financial officer of Tranzonic. “He is a true leader of people and has brought the discipline, energy and culture needed within our operations team. He has earned this promotion because of the profound changes he creates at every facility he oversees.”

The company was founded nearly a century ago and manufactures and distributes wiping cloths, personal hygiene products, textiles, washroom supplies and accessories, wiping and cleaning supplies, and safety products. The Knoxville facility, located off Hardin Valley Road, is the largest manufacturing and distribution site for the company.

Rhoades joined Tranzonic in 2018 as vice president of operations in Knoxville. He has more than 30 years of experience in plant management and operations, previously serving 10 years as vice president of operations in Knoxville for WS Packaging Group. He also has held senior management positions at Newell Rubbermaid in Maryville; Emerson Electric in Marshalltown, Iowa; and Keihin North America, a joint venture of Keihin Corporation and Honda North America in Muncie, Indiana.

First Horizon adds Goode to Bount County team

Ryan Goode has joined the First Horizon National Corp. family of companies as a mortgage loan originator for Blount County.

“We are delighted to welcome Ryan to the Blount County team,” says Greg Wilson, First Horizon’s president for the Maryville region. “He is a proven performer with more than a decade of experience in the financial services industry. His seven-year tenure with First Horizon in a number of roles within our mortgage area gives him a unique perspective and understanding of all facets of mortgage lending and, more importantly, how to best serve our customers.”

In his role as mortgage loan originator, Goode will assist customers with a wide array of mortgage products such as fixed rate and adjustable rate loans and specialized loan products for medical professionals, veterans’ administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and affordable housing, among others.

He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in organizational leadership and has received many First Horizon honors for excellent sales and service performance.

Knox County employees named marathon ambassadors

Knox County educators have been selected to train as members of the Covenant Health Marathon team.

The next marathon in Knoxville is set for March 28-29. Each year, Covenant Health and marathon organizers select a group of East Tennesseans to serve as ambassadors for health and fitness.

Members of the 2020 Covenant Health Marathon team are:

Bill Baldwin, principal, Northwest Middle School

Lakiea Chapman, physical education teacher, Rocky Hill Elementary School

Ramona Dew, Knox County coordinated schools health specialist

Billy Heady, physical education teacher, Dogwood Elementary School

Ryan Ibbotson, physical education teacher, Ritta Elementary School

Andi Tenry, school counselor, Farragut High School

Michelle Wolfenbarger, principal, Adrian Burnett Elementary School.

These educators have made a commitment to train together for race events. Most are setting a goal to complete 13.1 miles in the half-marathon.

Arana, Gynai earn new ABP certification

Two East Tennessee Children’s Hospital hospitalists have earned the first-ever Pediatric Hospital Medicine Board certifications in the nation.

Dr. Julia Arana and Dr. Priya Gyani passed the board exam, which was the first time the exam has ever been offered by the American Board of Pediatrics. This subspecialty certification is new to the American Board of Pediatrics, and the next examination will not take place until 2021.

This accomplishment provides Children’s Hospital with two board-certified pediatric hospitalists. Hospitalists are doctors who devote their practice to caring for children who are hospitalized. Patients who are admitted to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital may be assigned a hospitalist, whose entire focus is caring for them during their stay and helping families navigate the complex hospital setting.

Arana received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Gyani received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine.

5 LMU PA alumni return as teachers

Physician assistant alumni of Lincoln Memorial University have returned to the school as instructors.

Lauren Anderson, PA-C (Class of 2011), Mike Stephens, PA-C (Class of 2015), Joshua Shepherd, PA-C (Class of 2011), Tonya Skidmore, PA-C (Class of 2011) and George “Bradley” Thompson, PA-C (Class of 2014) will teach in the program from which they graduated.

Anderson was a member of the inaugural PA class at LMU. She chose to become a PA because she wanted to work with people and help them get the care they needed both medical and emotional.

“I enjoy teaching them tips and pieces of information that I learned being out in practice and wish I would have known when I first graduated,” she says. “I also enjoy knowing they will be going out and doing great things as a PA wherever they end up practicing. That we are not just assistants and that we are extenders of care and can do just as much as the physician.”

Thompson grew up watching his father, Dr. Stanley Thompson, practice family medicine in Harrogate. He credits his desire to go into medicine with his exposure to medicine at an early age.

Thompson also learned a lot about the profession from watching his sister, Heather Thompson, PA-C, a 2012 graduate of the LMU PA program. “I jumped at the chance when the opportunity presented itself to move back to my hometown and become a professor in the PA Program at LMU,” Thompson says. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Stephens moved to Harrogate in 1986 and graduated from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1999 and graduated from the LMU PA program in 2015. He was a pharmaceutical sales representative before becoming a PA.

“I grew up with LMU and in turn watched LMU grow,” Stephens says. “Teaching future PA’s is a great way to give back, and I love to see the excitement in the eyes of the students. The potential impact these people will have on the lives of their patients is awe inspiring. It is an honor to be able to work here.”

Skidmore has lived in the Cumberland Gap her entire life with the exception of a five-year hiatus when she worked in a rural family medicine clinic in Hancock County, one county east of Claiborne County. While working as a medical technologist, she had a desire for more patient interaction and decided that becoming a PA was the right path for her. “I loved it so much that I became adjunct faculty for the PA program at LMU,” Skidmore says. “Once I was given the opportunity to give feedback to students during OSCE and SIM scenarios I was hooked, and I knew I wanted to teach.”

Shepherd has been at LMU as an undergraduate, then a graduate student and now a professor. A Harlan County, Kentucky, native, Shepherd first enrolled at LMU in 2007 after completing two associate degrees at Southeast Community and Technical College.

“It has been an interesting journey for me at LMU,” Shepherd says. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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