River City Company Welcomes New Board Members And Staff

Thursday, September 5, 2013

With the beginning of a new fiscal year in July, River City Company has added five new members to the board or directors and will utilize their talents to further advance Downtown Chattanooga. New members include Chancellor Steve Angle, Mitch Patel, Jimar Sanders, Britton Stansell and Mayor Andy Berke. In addition, River City Company welcomed Paige Southard to the staff as the program coordinator.

President and CEO of River City Company, Kim White, asserts that “Being on River City Company’s board reveals genuine vested interest in the future of our community. We have a rich history working with dedicated and prominent Chattanoogans and anticipate great results from our new board members.”   

Dr. Steve Angle, chancellor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, joined the board soon after assuming his role at UTC in July. Chancellor Angle served as senior vice president at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he oversaw an increase of research awards from $64 million in 2006 to over $100 million in 2012 and was the executive in residence at the Ohio Board of Regents.

Mitch Patel, president and CEO of Vision Hospitality Group, Inc., currently sits on five prominent boards in Chattanooga and has received recognitions such as the inaugural Chattanooga Times Free Press “40 under 40 Award” in 2004. He was also named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by CityScope in 2011. Mr. Patel is active in projects with the Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.

Jimar Sanders, an attorney at Miller & Martin, PLLC, has substantial experience in commercial lending and specializes in office space and land development, industrial retail and multifamily real estate. He serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga and for the Interfaith Homeless Network. Mr. Sanders is a member of three bar associations including the Chattanooga Bar Association.   

Britton Stansell, general manager of Republic Parking System, oversees numerous properties in the Chattanooga area and is a Chattanooga native. Mr. Stansell serves on the board of First Things First and is involved with other initiatives like the American Heart Association, Bible in the Schools and Calvary Chapel.

Mayor Andy Berke assumed the spot on the River City Company board reserved for the Chattanooga mayor.

For a listing of the entire board, visit http://www.rivercitycompany.com/new/people.

Paige Southard is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a degree in Business Management. She serves on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ms. Southard has planned Chattanooga events such as Fireside Talks, a forum for young leaders under 23 to share innovative ideas and their experience in entrepreneurship and Maker Day 2013, an event drawing attendees from all over the nation to showcase 15 3D printers on the 4th Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library. Ms. Southard is responsible for the planning and implementation of River City Company’s various programs including Movies at Center Park, Fresh on Fridays and 2013’s Park(ing) Day. 


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