Office of the President & CEO

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Charles Wood

President & CEO

Leads all Chamber efforts. Serves as primary interface with the Chamber Board. Directs senior management team.

423.763.4335

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Amanda Dagg

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Provides administrative support to the president and CEO, as well as to the Chamber’s senior staff members and Board of Directors.

423.763.4396

Finance & Operations

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Yolonda Hayslett, MBA, SHRM-CP

Vice President, Finance & Operations

Leads all efforts related to member-investor services, accounting, finance, human resources, information management, legal and risk management, compliance, and facilities operations, as well as providing ancillary support to collaborative initiatives.

423.763.4349

Jesse Branum

Director of Accounting

Directs the daily operations of the accounting and finance department with primary responsibility for financial reporting, cash and treasury management, accounts receivable, and employee compensation and benefits.

423.763.4344

Dustin Harris 

Senior Director, Information Technology

Directs the daily operations of the Chamber’s information management systems, computer hardware and telephony systems including maintenance, updating, and acquiring new systems to ensure seamless operation and minimize downtime. 

423.763.4354

Lauren Topping 

Applications Manager

Responsible for deployment and maintenance of membership database and other application, SharePoint and reporting.

423.763.4383

DonTée Merriwether

Facility Operations Manager

Provides a full range of support services to ensure the optimization of Chamber facilities, including tenant relations, vendor management, maintenance, room setup, technology support, and other duties related to the efficient and effective use of the 811 Building.

423.763.4322

Membership

Ben Cairns

Vice President, Membership

Generates revenue for Chamber and Foundation by developing strong relationships with existing and potential members and stakeholders. Promotes transformational investments for the Chamber and supports ongoing fundraising efforts and investor engagement for the Foundation.

423.763.4331

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Guy Lia

Account Executive

Generates revenue for the Chamber by building relationships with potential members and onboarding new members. Supports member businesses by engaging them in Chamber activities to promote retention and lasting relationships.

423.763.4385

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Jack Westbrook

Account Executive

Generates revenue for the Chamber by building relationships with potential members and onboarding new members. Supports member businesses by engaging them in Chamber activities to promote retention and lasting relationships.

423.763.4346

Brenda Harrison

Administrative Coordinator

Responds to and routes in-bound calls from Chamber members and people seeking information about the Chattanooga area. Provides administrative support to various Chamber departments. Prepares and sends relocation packets.

423.763.4320

Ann Riley

Administrative Assistant

Responds to and routes in-bound calls from Chamber members and people seeking information about the Chattanooga area. Provides administrative support to various Chamber departments. Prepares and sends relocation packets. 

423.763.4352

Ross Katayama

Community Outreach Coordinator

Provides support by performing coordination and execution of Council related activities including board and regular monthly meetings as well as other membership related duties.

423-763-4368 

Kerry Beth Carico, IOM

Senior Director, Investor Engagement

Leads and directs all programs and initiatives designed to deliver superior benefits and services to our top investors, including top investor engagement and relationship-building. Directs the Chattanooga Chamber Signature Event Sponsorship Program. This includes retention of sponsors and execution of benefit delivery. Oversees social media marketing as related to external events. 

423.763.4357

Melissa Wallace 

Events Manager

Supports programs and initiatives designed to deliver superior benefits and services for Top Investors. Assists with planning and implementation of Chamber Signature Events including coordinating marketing for signature events through trade agreements with local TV and radio outlets. Primary lead for event planning of AM Networking Events, Business After Hours and ribbon cuttings. 

423.763.4376

Lori Slatton

Executive Assistant

Assists RDG consulting firm with Chattanooga Climbs campaign, supporting CEO Roundtable and High-Growth CEOs

423.763.4351

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Caroline Pfister

Member Services Coordinator

Provides administrative, program, and logistical support in the Member Investor Services Department.

423.763.4353

Public Policy

Laken Shattuck

Director of Public Policy

Directs all governmental affairs and governmental relations strategies of the Chamber at the local, state, and federal levels. Serves as the staff liaison to the Public Policy Committee and directs the development of the Chamber’s legislative agenda through the committee’s volunteer leadership.

423.763.4379

Cathy Humble

Coordinator II, Public Policy

Provides administrative support for public strategies and coordinates volunteers and event details for the School-to-Work programs.

423.763.4321

Diversity & Inclusive Growth

Lorne Steedley

Vice President, Diversity and Inclusive Growth

Leads the initiatives to leverage the high-profile, recognized platform that the Chamber offers to further local, state, and national discourse on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion across numerous areas of economic mobility and impact: in the workforce, in the workplace, and in the marketplace.

423.763.4375

Darian Scott

Director, Talent & Economic Inclusion

Directs the Chamber’s economic inclusion efforts by engaging with and recruiting historically disadvantaged segments of the community while promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and workforce development.

423.763.4362

Chattanooga 2.0

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Keri Randolph

Executive Director

As Executive Director of Chattanooga 2.0, the Cradle-to-Career partnership of Greater Chattanooga, leads Chattanooga 2.0 in building cross-sector partnerships to ensure every student has the resources and support they need to unlock their full potential.

423.763.4345

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Jennifer Andrews

Director of Early Childhood Strategies

Provides intensive daily support to the Chattanooga 2.0 team and coalition. Responsible for planning and coordinating meetings, collaborative projects, and events for Chattanooga 2.0’s action teams, as well as researching best practices, developing promotional materials, and serving as a communications liaison.

423.763.4355

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Brandon Hubbard-Heitz

Director of Student Strategies

Aligns and leads community-wide efforts to increase early literacy in partnership with Hamilton County Schools while also collaborating with stakeholders to improve whole child supports outside of school time.

423.763.4377

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Andrew Hudson

Director of Viable Pathways to Prosperity

Provides project management and implementation support to design, launch, and support the viable pathways to prosperity initiative, creating career pathways for students and young adults.

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Rachel Kramer

Director of Data Strategy & Impact

Designs comprehensive strategies for using data and metrics as part of Chattanooga 2.0’s work including program evaluation and the development of birth-to-career data tools and visualizations to communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders across our community.

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Walton Robinson

Executive Director, Apprenticeship Works

Leads and directs the local Apprenticeship Innovation Hub including efforts to expand existing and develop new and innovative apprenticeships and learn-and-earn models in our community.

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Olivia Whitson

Program Assistant, Chattanooga 2.0

Helps coordinate innovative projects to support Hamilton County’s early care and education system.

423.763.43**

Economic & Talent Development

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Adam Myers

Vice President, Economic and Talent Development

Manages and coordinates all efforts related to economic development including business recruitment, existing business, and research. Serves as the Chamber’s primary business recruitment officer.

423.763.4350

Miriam Hamilton, TCEcD

Director of Research

Leads Chamber’s research efforts, which include compiling statistical data sets related to economic and workforce development. Assists with information gathering for recruitment RFIs, members, investors and regional economic development partners.

423.763.4334

Steve Hiatt

Director of Existing Business Development

Directs the Chamber’s existing business development team in implementing strategies that both retain existing businesses and support their expansion. 

423.763.4333

Lindsay Hiatt, TCECD

Director of Economic Development

Manages project activity related to the recruitment of prospective businesses and serves as the Chamber’s first point of contact for all related inquiries, including the coordination of formal responses to Requests for Information. Provides technical support to companies and site consultants considering a location in the Chattanooga region.

423.763.4337

Christina Henderson, SHRM-CP

Director of Talent Development

Develops and maintains partnerships with Hamilton County Schools and other workforce partners focused on workforce training, youth apprenticeships and work-based learning in support of our target industry sectors.

423.763.4370

Tessa Vance

Coordinator, Economic Development

Provides professional administrative and organizational support to the economic and talent team. 

423.763.4338

The INCubator at the Hamilton County Business Development Center (BDC)

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Marcherie Savage

Director of Entrepreneurial Development

Manages The INCubator program that provides resources for growth and financial stability for 70+ start up business. Serves as staff liaison to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

423.648.2942

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Jossy Garcia

INCubator Marketing and Events Coordinator

Serves as marketing coordinator for the INCubator and INCubator events. Manages social media accounts and online platforms for the INCubator.

423.648.2943

Kelly Greene

Office Coordinator

Coordinates day-to-day operations at The INCubator.

423.648.2941

Robert Clark

Facility Maintenance Technician

Oversees facility maintenance and vendor relationships at The INCubator.

423.648.2945

Kwang No

Janitorial Technician

Provides janitorial and light maintenance services for The INCubator.

423.752.4301

Marketing & Engagement

Vice President, Marketing & Engagement

Leads Marketing Communications, Leadership Development, and Events teams, and serves as Chamber spokesperson. Builds the Chamber brand and manages marketing communications on the national, regional and local levels. Leads in developing and executing a world-class communications program through managing activities that advance, enhance and protect the brand reputation of the Chattanooga Chamber, the Chamber Foundation and their respective programs.

423.763.4347

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Toya Moore

Director of Leadership Development

Develops and manages an aligned talent engagement system for greater Chattanooga — focusing on the professional development of early career, mid-career and established professionals through programs including Leadership Chattanooga, Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association, Protégé Chattanooga, Young Professionals of Chattanooga, and more.

423.763.4378

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Matthew Gines

Leadership Development Coordinator

Works closely with the Leadership Development Director in coordinating the logistics and support of Leadership Chattanooga, Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association, Young Professionals of Chattanooga, and Protégé Chattanooga.

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Caleb Stambaugh

Senior Manager, Interactive Content

Creates digital content for the Chamber. Serves as in-house videography and podcast producer. Updates and maintains Chamber’s website.

423.763.4374