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Front Page - Friday, June 23, 2017

Pinnacle adds to Shallowford office

Pinnacle Chattanooga welcomes Oksana Kramar, Kerre Resides and Carly Berry to its Shallowford office which opened this summer.

Kramar brings 10 years of financial services experience to her role of client service specialist. Previously, she spent 10 years at SunTrust Bank, where her roles included client service manager, teller coordinator, assistant branch manager and financial services representative.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in international business and business administration at Cornell University.

Resides comes from SunTrust Bank, where she was a bank teller. Previously, she spent 14 years with Regions Bank, where she was head teller in the company’s corporate services area.

Resides is a graduate of the American Institute of Banking and has served as a board member, treasurer and volunteer for the Catoosa County Education School System.

Berry spent five years at First Tennessee Bank, where roles included serving as a teller and a trust processor.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and is on the board of Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block, where she serves as secretary.

Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, trust, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for businesses and their owners and individuals interested in a comprehensive relationship with their financial institution.

Pinnacle began serving Chattanooga in 2015 when it acquired CapitalMark Bank & Trust.

Ruby Falls’ Morrow  wins eco prize

Hugh Morrow, president of Ruby Falls, was named Sustainability Professional of the Year by the second annual Building Recognition in Chattanooga Awards.

This award was a co-sponsored effort by green|spaces, The American Institute of Architects of Chattanooga and the Sustainability Professionals of Greater Chattanooga.

The award is designed to recognize excellence, achievement and advancement in sustainable practices from an individual who has excelled in this profession and is reflective of SPGC’s mission: promoting sustainability through the development of sustainability professionals.

Ruby Falls has continued to live by sustainable practices daily, focused on four main environmental initiatives: the production of renewable energy, recycling and waste reduction, land use planning and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The solar panels at Ruby Falls produce 16,000 watts of renewable energy, and the panels combined with computer-controlled, high-efficiency lighting have resulted in reduction of more than 24 percent in power consumption.

“Being a natural attraction, we understand the significance of sustaining the land,” Morrow says. “Protecting the unique geological formations and waterfall that are a part of our caverns is extremely important to us. We design our tours in a way that will have minimal impact on these natural wonders.”