CRMA Announces The Appointment Of Board Members

  • Thursday, November 30, 2023
The Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association announces the appointment of three additional board members to its board of directors.
 
Brittany Davis, operations manager, Amnicola at BASF, along with Jason Hargis, director of Preconstruction at Adman Electric and Jason Willard, director, External Affairs with Chattanooga Gas Company have been appointed as directors for the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association.
 
Ms. Davis joined BASF in 2015, rotating through Texas and Missouri sites before joining the Chattanooga site in 2016 as the Amnicola site process engineer.
In 2020, after receiving a MBA from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she assumed the role of operations manager, where she is responsible for daily safe operation of the Amnicola plant. Ms. Davis leads the BASF Tech Academy, a collaboration with Chattanooga State for rising high school juniors and seniors to expose them to STEM careers. She also works with Girl’s STEM Day at Chattanooga State, OKE National Chemistry Week and many other student education and outreach programs that specifically focus on manufacturing.
 
Mr. Hargis joined Adman Electric in July of 2003, working in the field as an apprentice and became an estimator in February 2007. In May 2009, he finished an apprenticeship through the local JATC program, and currently serves as the director of Preconstruction for Adman Electric. In his current role, Mr. Hargis oversees all pricing efforts and strategic efforts to help secure and obtain projects.  
 
Mr. Willard is the director of External Affairs for Chattanooga Gas in the Southern Operations organization for Southern Company Gas. In this role, he is responsible for working cooperatively with regulators, elected officials and business and community leaders. In addition, Mr. Willard ensures Chattanooga Gas maintains a strong relationship with the Tennessee Public Utilities Commission to continue providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable natural gas service to the company’s 70,000 customers in Hamilton and Bradley counties.
 
The incoming Directors join the current CRMA board of directors, including:

- Dr. Bill Minehan, AdTech Ceramics - CRMA board chair;
- Aaron Willey, EPB – CRMA vice-chair;
- Don Jacobson, Newcomb Spring – CRMA secretary/treasurer;
- Starr Wilson, Chattanooga Armature Works – past board chair; and
- Walt Nichols, Komatsu – director.
 
The Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association was founded in 1902 as the Chattanooga Manufacturers Association with Captain C.D. Mitchell, a Civil War veteran from Dunlap, Iowa, serving as the first president. Capt. Mitchell returned to Chattanooga after the war and was operating the Chattanooga Plow Company, when he and other leaders recognized the need for concerted action by manufacturers to obtain favorable freight rates on manufactured products shipped by rail to mid-western markets. The Chattanooga Manufacturers Association was the first local manufacturers association in the United States. Today, CRMA works to enable cooperation, competitiveness and profitable growth for all manufacturers to create an enriched economic future for all, officials said.
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