Spirit Of Innovation Award Finalists Announced

Friday, October 25, 2013

Three Chattanooga area companies have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Spirit of Innovation Award, which the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will present at its 13th Annual Spirit of Innovation Luncheon Nov. 13. All finalists will be honored during the event, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. 

An Innovation Fair highlighting forward-thinking local businesses will begin at 11 a.m. in the room adjacent to the luncheon hall. 

Spirit of Innovation was the first regionally-based innovation awards program and remains one of the only events designed to promote and foster cutting-edge business activities in a specific geographic area. The award recognizes companies for innovative products, services and ways of doing business in the Chattanooga region. This year’s honorees are Card-Monroe Corp., Quickcue, LLC and Variable, Inc. 

Along with the Spirit of Innovation Award presentation, the Chattanooga Technology Council will name the winners of the Early Innovator Award, which honors emerging technology-based companies that have produced a groundbreaking prototype product or beta-stage software application that represents the potential for a significant competitive advantage. 

Dr. Katharine Frase, vice president and chief technology officer for IBM Public Sector, will deliver the keynote address at the luncheon. Widely recognized as an industry thought leader, Dr. Frase guides IBM and its clients in creating public sector solutions through the application of technology and innovation. Her leadership extends to areas ranging from government and life sciences to cities, education and health care. 

Dr. Frase’s history with IBM includes serving as the former vice president of Industry Solutions Research, where she developed industry-focused transformation strategies and assisted with the application of IBM Watson Technologies and Smarter Planet solutions. She also previously held roles in IBM Microelectronics, as well as technical and business strategy positions supporting the company’s software business. 

Combined with her sharp insights into public sector opportunities, Dr. Frase’s broad professional background has made her a much sought-after voice among a number of external audiences. She currently serves as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the IBM Academy of Technology, among several other prestigious committees and boards.


Baker Donelson's Health Law Group Earns Multiple Top Ten Rankings

The Health Law Department at Baker Donelson has earned several honors recognizing the group as one of the leading health care practices in the United States. Baker Donelson was ranked seventh on the American Health Lawyers Association's "Top Honors 2014" list of health law firms in the United States; earned a spot in the top ten of Modern Healthcare's "Largest Healthcare Law ... (click for more)

Unum Operating Earnings Rise In Second Quarter

Unum, a provider of financial protection benefits in the U.S. and U.K., released its second quarter earnings report Wednesday with results that reflect a strong quarter. The company’s core businesses – Unum US, Unum UK and Colonial Life - produced higher year-over-year operating earnings with some very encouraging sales trends, said officials. Overall, operating earnings per share ... (click for more)

County Commission Chairmanship Up For Grabs After Exit Of Henry, Skillern

The chairmanship of the County Commission is up for grabs after the exit of two commissioners who have held the post in recent years. Larry Henry is moving on to serve as Circuit Court clerk. Fred Skillern was upset by Randy Fairbanks in the Republican primary. Most of the returning commissioners have their eye on the possibility of taking over as chairman, or at least getting ... (click for more)

PAST Act On Horse Abuse Stalls Out In U.S. House Despite 70% Support

Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement today regarding the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518:   “I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses  to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.  His decision ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Orchids And Onions

With record low temperatures being recorded around the South, I didn’t know what I’d find in my garden on the first day of August but – sure enough -- there is a profusion of orchids and onions. The start of college football will be later this month and, with the chilly mornings, fall practice is a far cry from what it will be when the sweltering heat comes back next week. Here’s ... (click for more)