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Front Page - Friday, May 4, 2018

Newsmakers: First Tennessee names 2 to local advisory board

First Tennessee has appointed businessman Matt Hullander and Erlanger President and CEO Kevin Spiegel to its advisory board.

Hullander is the owner of home improvement company Hullco. He also owns Chestnut Holdings and B&M Development, both real estate development companies. In addition, Hullander is a board advisor for Scenic Land Company.

In 2015, Hullander started Chattamedia, a local ad agency focused on video production and marketing. Along with his wife, Jenny, Hullander also launched the Hullco Heritage Foundation to raise funds for several local charities.

Hullander serves as chairman of the Hamilton County Zoning Appeals board and on the board of directors of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce.

Spiegel is a board-certified healthcare executive, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is a past regent for Tennessee with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Regents Advisory Council.

Martin named president of EMJ Construction

EMJ Corporation has promoted Doug Martin to president of EMJ Construction, a business unit of EMJ Corporation. Martin will be responsible for EMJ’s construction operations in Boston, Chattanooga and Dallas.

Martin has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he began his career as a project engineer and served several general contractors in various positions, specializing in complex projects across multiple sectors and industries.

Martin joined EMJ in 1993 and held a number of progressive leadership roles. In 2010, he was named executive vice president of EMJ’s Chattanooga office, and in 2015, he was promoted to chief operating officer of the corporation.

EMJ Construction promotes Bowen to executive VP

EMJ Corporation has tapped Jack Bowen to be the executive vice president of EMJ Construction’s Chattanooga office. Bowen will lead the day-to-day operations of the business unit.

Bowen began working at EMJ in 2005 as an assistant superintendent. He then climbed the ranks to become director of construction. He was promoted to vice president of construction in 2015 and then to senior vice president of construction in 2017.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Bowen’s construction experience includes retail developments, industrial facilities, office buildings, hospitality projects and healthcare and educational facilities, including some of the largest jobs EMJ has completed.

Also at EMJ, Philip Augustino has been named senior vice president of construction at the Chattanooga office. Augustino will oversee construction activities managed by the business unit.

A graduate of MTSU, Augustino joined EMJ in 1990 as a carpenter foreman and soon launched the company’s first safety program as corporate safety director in 1992.

Over the years, Augustino has served in many roles, including warranty manager, assistant superintendent, senior project manager and senior vice president of construction. In 2005, he spearheaded the opening of EMJ’s Sacramento office. He then moved to the Dallas office before settling down in Chattanooga.

Chamber names senior director of public policy

Chris Gobble has joined the Chattanooga Chamber as senior director of public policy. Gobble will lead the Chamber’s government affairs efforts both locally and in Nashville.

Gobble previously served as the legislative and policy director for the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. He spent the previous five years working with Gov. Bill Haslam’s office and the state legislature. As the director of legislation and policy, Gobble worked to develop strategic legislative and policy plans.

Gobble will work with Hamilton County’s delegation and the governor’s office to advance Chattanooga’s status in education, entrepreneurship, talent strategies and economic development. He will also increase the Chattanooga Chamber’s footprint in Nashville to advocate for the interests of Chamber members. In addition, Gobble will work with city and county officials to advance the Chamber’s legislative agenda.

Originally from Bradley County, Gobble received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lipscomb University.

McLaulin joins Chattanooga Peds

Pediatrician Dr. Carrie McLaulin has joined Chattanooga Peds. McLaulin earned a degree in human development and family studies from Auburn University. During her time at Auburn, she participated in the fight against world hunger and spent a year in Swaziland, Africa completing mission work.

McLaulin earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and then completed her medical residency in pediatrics at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She is a board-certified pediatrician.

Dr. Jason Steadman has joined Chattanooga Peds as a pediatric psychologist.

Born and raised in Dalton, Steadman earned a degree in psychology from the University of Evansville. In 2013, he completed his doctoral training at Baylor University’s top-ranked clinical psychology program in Waco, Texas. He completed his residency at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a fellowship in community health and integrated primary care at Community Health Center in Middletown, Connecticut.

Before moving to Chattanooga, Steadman was a psychology professor at East Tennessee State University, where he taught undergraduate, graduate and medical students.

GPS names Outlaw cross country coach

Current GPS head middle school track and cross country coach Katie Outlaw will step into the role of varsity head cross country coach this fall. Outlaw also serves as school psychologist and learning specialist. She began her career at GPS last summer.

Outlaw previously spearheaded and developed the cross country and track programs at Normal Park, leading the school to first and second place finishes in the Southeast Regional meets.

A marathon and ultramarathon runner, Outlaw holds Tennessee’s two-mile record for her age group.