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Front Page - Friday, March 18, 2016

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise adds five board members

Martina Guilfoil, president and CEO of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, said CNE is excited to add talented community members to the board. - (Photo by David Laprad)

The Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNA) Board of Directors recently welcomed five new members.

The additions include Eugene “Buck” H. Schimpf, III of The Schimpf Company, Ricardo C. Morris of CoPAC (Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga), Rebekah Marr of CO.STARTERS, Tiffanie Robinson of Lamp Post Properties, and George E. Ricks, Sr., of Southside Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers.

As president of The Schmipf Company, Shimpf is responsible for development, construction, leasing, financing, and land acquisition for retail commercial real estate and office building. He’s also involved in multiple commercial projects, including Cameron Harbor, a large mixed use project along the banks of the Tennessee River in Downtown Chattanooga. Schimpf has a B.S. from University of Tennessee, where he was a Varsity Cheerleader and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Schmipf is a former member of The McCallie School Board of Advisors and former officer of The McCallie School Alumni Council. He is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Morris is the executive director of CoPAC. Most recently, he worked as a marketing consultant for YP, formerly AT&T Advertising Solutions. In addition, he has worked as executive director of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Ala., at the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown, Conn., and at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun, Ga. A Chattanooga native, Morris is a graduate of Howard High School; he holds a B.S. from Tennessee State University and an MFA from Yale University.

In 2010, Marr left a career in the foundation world to establish her own philanthropic advising business and complete her M.A. in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University. In addition to advising nonprofit organizations and supporting program development at CO.STARTERS, Marr also serves on several community boards in the St. Elmo and Alton Park neighborhoods. 

Robinson currently serves as the president of Lamp Post Properties, the real estate arm of Lamp Post Group. She served as head of operations for Lamp Post Group from 2013 through 2015. During this time, she founded WayPaver, the talent innovation lab focusing on recruiting millennial talent to Chattanooga. She is a founder and active general partner at The JumpFund, an angel fund made up of female investors focusing on investments in female-led companies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Lee University. Robinson has spent the last 10 years launching and building companies, resulting in the sale of two companies.

Ricks is the community outreach coordinator for the Southside Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers and the Chairman of the Hamilton County Department of Education school board. In addition to CNE, he currently serves on the Night to Remember board. Ricks has served on many boards, including the Public Education Foundation, the National Urban League, the Chattanooga African American Museum Board, the Alton Park Development Corporation, and more.

“CNE is excited to add these smart and talented community members to the board,” said Martina Guilfoil, president and CEO of CNE. “As we continue to move forward as an organization, having the experience and leadership of these hardworking individuals will be a key asset to building a better Chattanooga.”

For more information on CNE, visit www.cneinc.org or call (423) 756-6201. 

Source: Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise