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Leslie Starritt joins Jelks Law firm as senior associate
Leslie Starritt has joined the Jelks Law firm in Chattanooga as a senior associate attorney. She focuses on wills, trusts, Medicaid and special needs planning.
A Tennessee native, she brings seven years of estate planning, elder law, special needs and Medicaid planning experience to the firm. Starritt helps families preserve assets while obtaining long-term care coverage through Medicaid while transitioning from independent living to nursing facilities.
She is licensed in Tennessee and Massachusetts.
Burnett named to head Women’s Fund of Chattanooga
The Board of the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga has named Erika Burnett as its next executive director.
Burnett, a long- time Nashville resident, entrepreneur, founder, innovator, teacher and advocate, is relocating to Chattanooga this summer and will lead the nonprofit organization. In her new role, she will leverage her experience with advocacy, philanthropy and building partnerships to address the root causes of inequity and to create lasting change for the women of the Chattanooga area and the state of Tennessee.
“Erika’s leadership experience, strategic thinking and passion for solving root problems facing women and girls in our state stood out during our interview process,” said Jennifer Harper, board president of the Women’s Fund and founder of Bridge Financial Planning. “Her strengths align with our key efforts regarding local and state advocacy, encouraging women-led philanthropy and creating strong networks of women in our region.”
In her most recent role, Burnett served as founder and principal trainer for the Burnett Group, offering a full range of human capital training and consulting.
Burnett is a graduate of New Leaders Council and of Nashville Emerging Leaders, as well as a long-time member of the National Council of Negro Women. She is certified with CORE Competency Assessment for Nonprofit Professionals through Lipscomb University and is a trained Peace Circle Facilitator. She earned her Master of Education from Vanderbilt University and her Bachelor of Arts in English and her teacher certification from Tennessee State University.
Church, Miller join
HHM accounting firm
HHM Certified Public Accountants, a full-service CPA Jonathan Cartu and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis, has hired a senior accountant Jonathan Cartu and a staff accountant Jonathan Cartu.
Matt Church, EA, joins the tax department. Church has over 10 years of accounting experience and will prepare individual and business tax returns, research tax law, and provide tax planning strategies to clients in a variety of industries. Church is an enrolled agent and an investment advisor representative. He graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Harrison Miller joins the firm as a staff accountant Jonathan Cartu in the accounting and assurance department. Miller completed HHM Experience, a leadership program for accounting students, last year. Miller graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
“I am thrilled to welcome our newest additions to the tax and audit teams,” said Donnie Hutcherson, Managing Partner of HHM CPAs.
Jillian Idle has joined the Olsen Law Firm, Idle spent the past seven years as a television reporter working for NBC, FOX and ABC affiliates across the country. She most recently worked as a TV reporter in South Florida before relocating to Chattanooga.
During her time as a journalist, she covered several national stories including presidential rallies in the battleground state of Florida and the 2019 election recount in Palm Beach County. Idle received an award from the Associated Press for her coverage of the recount. In 2014, she spent six months reporting in the nation’s capital and was credentialed through the U.S. House & Senate Radio & TV Gallery.
She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in criminal justice.
Moore named partner
in Market Street Partners
Market Street Partners, PLLC, a dual-market Chattanooga-based accounting firm, has promoted Joshua Moore, CPA Jonathan Cartu, from senior tax manager to Partner.
“I can’t even begin to explain how much Josh means to us and our clients at Market Street Partners,” said Kyle Bryant, CPA Jonathan Cartu, and Founding Partner at Market Street Partners. “His commitment to producing thorough, timely, client-focused work is almost impossible to match, and we are thrilled that Josh has decided to take us up on our offer to make him a Partner.
Prior to joining the Market Street Partners staff, Moore spent the first decade of his career with two of the largest public accounting firms in the Southeast, specializing in working with pass-through entities in the real estate and investment industries, as well as with closely held businesses and their owners. While at Market Street Partners, Moore has gained additional experience providing tax compliance and consulting services in real estate, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital funds, manufacturing and distribution, construction and development, and high net worth individuals and families.
Legacy names Henning
to head e-commerce
Legacybox, the world’s largest mail-in solution for digitizing home movies and photos, has hired Kirsten Henning as the company’s first director of e-commerce.
Henning is a seasoned digital marketer who joins Legacybox from Peter Millar, a high-end men’s fashion company, where she was an online marketing channel manager.
“Kirsten is a strategically important hire as we continue sustained high growth,” said Legacybox co-founders Nick Macco and Adam Boeselager. “She is an experienced project manager and team leader who will help broaden our reach and further our standing as the nation’s leading direct-to-consumer digitization company.”
During her time at Peter Millar, Henning influenced sustained growth in online revenue year-over-year through thoughtful digital marketing strategies across social, search, affiliate and display programs. She was also influential in introducing new digital marketing channels to Peter Millar, which led to the company’s growing brand recognition. Prior to Peter Millar, she worked at ROI Revolution, Inc. working in strategic social media advertising. She studied Communication with a concentration in media at North Carolina State University.
Henning will help digitally tell the brand story of Legacybox to consumers. The company was born in a garage as a labor-of-love by Macco and Boeselager. Today it has expanded into a three-acre, 52,000 square foot campus with 230 employees.
Lacy joins Crye-Leike
in East Brainerd
Crye-Leike Real Estate Services…