Miller & Martin Adds Weidlich to Intellectual Property Group and More Career Moves in Chattanooga Area


Paul Weidlich

Miller & Martin Adds Weidlich to Intellectual Property Group

Miller & Martin has added attorney Paul Weidlich to the firm’s Chattanooga office 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. It works with customers in several industries such as construction equipment, plants and control systems for asphalt road construction, aggregate processing and concrete production, food manufacturing, medical devices, development software, financial services, textile manufacturing and flooring.

“I decided to join Miller & Martin for a number of reasons, including their more robust platform with a deep IP bench, their geographic reach with offices in different cities, and the breadth of areas of practical,” Weidlich said in a statement announcing her new role.

Weidlich’s clients range from large multinational companies to individual entrepreneurs.

Weidlich sits on the board of the Chattanooga International Business Council and chairs CHATech’s Early Innovator Award committee.

Leach and Hopper join county sewage board

Steve Leach and Loretta Hopper were recently appointed to represent the Board of Commissioners for the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority.

Hopper is a 20-year veteran with the City of Signal Mountain and served as Director of Public Works for 16 years. She has 30 years of experience as a civil engineer and has worked for several private engineering firms in Arizona, Tennessee and Texas. Hopper also has other municipal experience, having worked for an Arizona city of about 30,000 people in the engineering department for eight years before moving to Chattanooga.

Hopper is a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association. She was a board member and trainer for the Tennessee Public Works Institute. As a board member, she received the Charles Walter Nichols Award for Environmental Excellence for outstanding and meritorious achievement in public works in 2014.

Hopper is a board member of the Tennessee Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and is a Certified Solid Waste Professional. She is also a member of the Tennessee Recycling Coalition.

Leach served 31 years as a land planner for the Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency. Leach also headed the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Public Works for eight years. He is also a 28-year veteran of the United States Army in active and reserve roles.

Leach holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in planning and a law degree.

The Rotaract Club has 21 new members

The Rotaract Club of Chattanooga welcomed 21 new members to the organization this month. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young professionals, ages 22-35, who put service to others before themselves in an effort to better their local community.

“Given the challenges of the past few years, we were encouraged by the number of nominations we received this year,” Austin Corcoran, director of special projects at The Company Lab and Rotarect chapter president, said in a statement. hurry. “We remain committed to serving the Chattanooga community and providing opportunities for young professionals in our city to network and give back in ways large and small.”

Other Rotaract officers for 2022 include CBI’s Cassidy Barnett, vice president; Margaret Morgan of Pendleton Square Trust Company, secretary; Justin Witaker of Regions Bank, Treasurer; Micah Johnson of Bridge Public Affairs, president of communications; Lauren Schuman of Kenco, service co-chair; Michael Allen of Shaw Sports Turf, social chair; Reid Belew of US Xpress and Davis McDougal of Synthetic Turf Resources, co-chair of programs.

The 2022 new members are Josiah Abney of Project Return, Presley Abney of Bridge Public Affairs, Jared Adams of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP, Shawnice Beard of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Matt Donaldson of Pendleton Square Trust Company, John Eady of Signal Energy, Ronald Elliott of the City of Chattanooga, Jon Finlay of Steam Logistics, Madyson Foster Smith of the Chattanooga Football Club, Jake Johnson of the CHI Memorial Foundation, Michael Jones of Luther-Anderson PLLP, Chloe Kennedy of Luther-Anderson PLLP, Matt Kerr of Keel Point, Barrett Kibble, SVN/Second Story Real Estate Management, JaQuar McMickle of Infinityco LLC, Nick Nester of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, Mary Pike, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, Greg Reabold of Raymond James, Katie Sanchez of ‘Acumen Wealth Advisors, Stephanie Savage of Miller & Martin PLLC and Kim Smith of the City of Chattanooga.

Flenniken, Wall and Long join HHM CPA

HHM Certified Public Accountants has hired a senior manager, senior accountant, analyst, and financial operations assistant to accommodate recent growth in its Chattanooga office.

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Travis Flenniken

Travis Flenniken joins the firm as a senior executive in the management consulting services department. He has over 20 years of experience in a variety of roles including business valuation, mergers and acquisitions advisory, investment management and corporate advisory. His experience extends beyond business consulting, having personally acquired and operated an occupational health screening business. Flenniken graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and also earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Chartered Valuation Analyst.

Jennifer Wall joins the firm 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.

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Connor Long joins the Management Consulting Services Group as an Analyst. He will provide general support to appraisal services and analyze properties, risks and costs. Long holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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The company’s administrative team also grew, adding Lisa Washington as a financial operations assistant. Washington joins the company after moving from Texas to Tennessee. As a Financial Operations Assistant, she will handle a variety of tasks ranging from invoicing, client setup and engagement letters. She brings to the team over 20 years of experience as an accounting support professional.

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Lisa Washington

“We have been fortunate to be able to continue to grow our workforce with dynamic and talented people,” HHM Managing Partner Donnie Hutcherson said in a press release. “We are always on the lookout for the best and the brightest.”

Gentry Elected Chair of the Board of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga announces that Tonya Gentry will be the new Chair of the Board.

Gentry has lived in Chattanooga for over 30 years and strongly believes in giving back to his community. Throughout those years, she volunteered for various nonprofits in the area and was drawn to Girls Inc. of Chattanooga after being invited to speak to a Girls Inc. class.

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Tonya Gentry

“I was so impressed with the girls and their ability to interact with adults and ask tough questions. I wanted to learn more about the organization, especially the programming. In 2019, I hopped on the ‘offer to join the board of directors,’ Gentry said in a statement announcing his appointment.

She 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.

“Tonya Gentry has been a force for the betterment of our Girls Inc. girls as chair of our Advancement Committee,” Toccora Johnson-Petersen, CEO of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, said in a press release. “I know she will bring the same passion and drive to her new role as Board Chair. I am grateful for her commitment and dedication to our mission to inspire and equip all girls. to be strong, smart and bold leaders.”

Chattanooga Heart Institute welcomes Dr. Henry Cheng

Board-certified imager and general cardiologist, Dr. Henry Cheng joined the Chattanooga Heart Institute. Cheng received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. In addition to general cardiology care, Cheng specializes in cardio-oncology, non-invasive echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

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At Chattanooga Heart Institute, Cheng joins 26 cardiologists, three vascular surgeons, and three cardiovascular surgeons.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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