Ken Hays To Lead The Enterprise Center

Friday, May 02, 2014

The Enterprise Center Board has appointed new executive and board leadership. Ken Hays, formerly of Kinsey, Probasco, will lead the new Enterprise Center in its mission to bridge the digital divide, build on Chattanooga's gig-a-bit per second infrastructure, and create a distinct location to recruit and build new technology based businesses.

Prior to taking a leadership role at the Enterprise Center, Mr. Hays served as chief of staff for the city of Chattanooga, president of the River City Company and led efforts to coordinate multiple Chattanooga organizations to promote and leverage Chattanooga 's gigabit internet.

The idea for creating a central entity focused on these digital issues was originally established by the Gig, Tech, and Entrepreneurship Task Force in a report released to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke in early March.

David Belitz, CEO of the Lupton Company, was named interim board chairman until the next board convening on May 28. "The new leadership team is excited to get to work moving Chattanooga's entrepreneur and tech economy to the next level. I have every confidence that this organization, with strong support from both the city and county mayors and Ken's leadership will achieve big things for Chattanooga," said Mr. Belitz.

The structure of the Enterprise Center was changed to expand the board from nine members to over 20. The new board members include the leadership of several key organizations like UTC, the Chamber, RiverCity, EPB, and the School System. In addition, both the city and county mayors are ex-officio board members. The board also has several entrepreneurs and young technology enthusiasts including Dan Ryan of Dryan, Sheldon Grizzle, co-founder of Co-Lab, and Sydney Crisp, senior VP for IT Infrastructure at Unum.

"I am excited to work with such a dynamic board to grow Chattanooga 's innovation economy and capitalize on the advantages we have as a gigabit City," said Mr. Hays. "Chattanooga has a history of working together to work towards our common goals and the Enterprise Center will bring all the key players to one table around three goals -- capitalizing on the gig, growing our innovation economy, and bridging the digital divide."

Board members:

David Belitz, Lupton Company
Kim White, River City Company
Ron Harr, Chattanooga Chamber
Steve Angle, UTC
Dan Ryan, Dryan
Nate Hill, Chattanooga Library
Sydney Crisp, Unum
Sheila Boyington, Thinking Media
Ben Brown SwiftWing Ventures
Harold DePriest, EPB
Sarah Morgan, Benwood Foundation
Kristina Montague, the Jump Fund
Rick Smith, HCDE
Zach Brown, Principal of Howard School
Jack Studer, The Lamp Post Group
Calvin Anderson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Keri Randolph, Public Education Foundation
Jim Catanzaro, Chattanooga State Community College
Liz Kennedy-Thomas, Hamilton Medical Center
Bob Farnsworth, PlayCore
Rick Hitchcock, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel
Sheldon Grizzle, Spartan Ventures

 

 


Early Morning Fire Damages Hixson Home

Fire caused substantial damage to a Hixson home early Saturday morning. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 3 a.m. and responded to 6208 North Innsbrook Drive with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Charles Patten said smoke and flames were visible in the attached garage when the first firefighters arrived. The two ... (click for more)

Marcus Davis Shot On Walker Avenue Friday Night

Marcus Davis, 25,  was shot Friday night on Walker Avenue. At approximately 10:52 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the 1900 block of Walker Avenue on a person shot call.  The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee, and was transported to a local hospital with the non-life-threatening injury. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain "Grounds" East Hamilton, 28-19

Signal Mountain was determined to run the football and take time off the clock Friday night in the second half of its 28-19 non-district victory over rival East Hamilton before a standing-room-only crowd at Hurricane Hill. “That’s our kind of football,” Eagles coach Bill Price said after the season opening game for both teams. “It was a tough football game and we just got out ... (click for more)

Maynor Leads Soddy Daisy Past Hixson, 49-36

If you wanted to see a lot of offense in a high school football game, then you should have been at  Soddy Daisy's Robert Talaska Field Friday night. Defense was all but non-existent on either side as the host Trojans took advantage of five touchdown passes from southpaw senior quarterback Hunter Maynor to outlast the Hixson Wildcats, 49-36. The last two minutes of the ... (click for more)