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Front Page - Friday, March 9, 2018

Chambliss honors distinguished UTC business students


Stophel Scholars program connects promising students with Chattanooga business leaders



Stophel Scholar Benjamin Cheatham. His mentors are Chambliss attorneys Max Bahner and Rosemarie Hill. - Photograph by David Laprad

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel honored the 2017-2018 John C. Stophel Distinguished Students from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during the firm’s annual Stophel Scholars reception on Thursday, March 1.

The reception at the Chambliss Conference Center in Liberty Tower offered the six award recipients the opportunity to meet and engage with members of Chattanooga’s business community.

One of this year’s Stophel Scholars, Noble Langley Orie, said, “The Stophel Scholars mentor program allows me to experience the guidance and knowledge Chambliss’ mentors have to offer. I feel privileged to be under the tutelage of such successful people, and I will absorb as much as I can in hopes of pursuing my finance dreams.”

“We’re honored to recognize these students for their commitment to excellence and their outstanding accomplishments in and beyond the classroom,” said Mike St. Charles, managing shareholder at Chambliss.

“And we appreciate the many governmental and business leaders who attended the reception in support of our scholars. This valuable networking opportunity connects young leaders and seasoned professionals who are models of success, perseverance and excellence.”

Initiated more than a decade ago, the Stophel Scholars program aims to foster local talent and encourage promising students to build long-lasting mentor relationships with Chattanooga professionals.

The John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award recognizes students with high potential in the UTC College of Business who are emerging leaders. Award recipients are chosen based on their strong leadership, decision-making and communication skills, as well as the presence of a high degree of self-motivation.

This year’s recipients include: Benjamin Cheatham, finance, Mount Juliet; Emily McAndrew, management, Gallatin; Colter Parker, economics, Hixson; Savannah Roder, marketing, Memphis; Megan Woods, accounting, Chattanooga; Orie, finance, Nunnelly.

“The UTC College of Business is proud to celebrate this exceptional group of young men and women,” said Dr. Michael Jones, interim dean of the UTC College of Business. “They’ve proven themselves to be leaders – both in the College of Business, in the university and in their communities.

“We appreciate the commitment Chambliss has made through the John C. Stophel Award to recognize all they’ve accomplished. We appreciate the opportunity to introduce them to the Chattanooga community.”

Chambliss law firm established an endowment at UTC in 2008 to honor the legacy of John C. Stophel, a founding member of the firm. Stophel practiced law for more than 50 years, during which he led numerous civic, charitable and faith-based efforts to benefit the Chattanooga community. He additionally served as chairman of the University of Chattanooga Foundation Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004.

Source: Chambliss