Chambliss Law Firm Honors UTC Students

Stophel Scholars Program Connects Students With Business Leaders

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chambliss law firm honored the 2013-2014 John C. Stophel Distinguished Students at its annual Stophel Scholars reception on Tuesday at the Chambliss Conference Center, Liberty Tower. The reception offered the 10 award recipients, eight undergraduates and two graduate students, the opportunity to meet and engage with members of Chattanooga’s business community.

“We are humbled to be able to honor these hard working, devoted students with recognition and introductions to some of our area’s most engaged business leaders,” said Tony Young, firm administrator of Chambliss. 

The Stophel Scholars program, now in its sixth year, 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 high potential students in the UTC College of Business who are emerging leaders. Award recipients are chosen based on strong leadership skills, self-motivating initiative, strong decision-making skills and communication skills.

This year’s recipients include: Bradley Bell, Marketing, Knoxville; Kayla DeLong, Accounting, Maryville, Tenn.; Kelsey Giddens, Management, Franklin, Tenn.; Saasha Jones, MBA, Chattanooga; Scott Kramer, Accounting, Chicago, Ill.; Sydney Lamb, Accounting, Tullahoma, Tenn.; Kate Linehart, Accounting, Signal Mountain; Erin Mercer, Marketing, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Lynna Nguyen, Accounting and Finance, Chattanooga; and James Walpert, MBA. 

“UTC is proud of these young men and women and appreciates the commitment Chambliss has made, through the John C. Stophel Award, to recognize some of our outstanding business students,” said Dr. Robert Dooley, dean of UTC’s College of Business. “This networking event gave the students a chance to talk with potential mentors and future employers.”

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

To learn more about the John C. Stophel Distinguished Student Award visit http://www.utc.edu/college-business/student-services/stophel-awards/.

The Dixie Group Retains Bob Kokoszka To Assist In Integration Of Burtco Enterprises

The Dixie Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXYN) announced that it has retained the services of former president and chief operating officer of Burtco Enterprises Robert E. Kokoszka to assist Dixie in the integration process of the recently acquired assets of Burtco Enterprises, Inc., a maker of custom-crafted flooring designed for the hospitality industry. Mr. Kokoszka earned a bachelor ... (click for more)

Convictions And Death Sentences For Man Convicted Of Multiple Murders Confirmed

The Tennessee Supreme Court has unanimously affirmed a jury’s verdict convicting Jessie Dotson of six counts of first degree murder and imposing a death sentence for each of the six convictions. The Court also affirmed Dotson’s convictions of three counts of attempted first degree murder and three consecutive 40-year sentences. The murders and assaults occurred in Memphis in ... (click for more)

Linear Park Planned As Extension Of Walnut Street Bridge In Front Of Planned Boutique Hotel

A linear park that will be an extension of the Walnut Street Bridge public space is planned in front of a new boutique hotel at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way (Second Street). Mitch Patel of Vision Hospitality on Tuesday night told nearby residents that "the city pushed this idea of a linear park, and we agree that it is a great idea." He said the current situation in which ... (click for more)

Sharply-Divided City Council Approves Office Reorganization; Councilman Freeman Calls Move "Evil, Hellish"

A sharply-divided City Council on Tuesday voted 5-4 to completely reorganize the council office, leaving current staffers without a job down the road but with the option to reapply. Councilman Moses Freeman called the move "evil" and "hellish." He said, "We are punishing somebody on a personal level," though he said the office has been running smoothly. Saying the majority ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My October Garden

Hark! It is the first day of October and, as I make my monthly stroll through the garden, I find a growing numbers of leaves and acorns. Autumn leaves are beautiful while acorns are nuts, thus you will get the idea as we make our monthly awards: A PRETTY LEAF to Phil Hughes after the Minnesota Twins pitcher came within one inning of earning a $500,000 bonus this season. The deal ... (click for more)