Business Digest: Realtor Kim Woodlief joins Austin Sizemore team.

Realtor Kim Woodlief joins Austin Sizemore team.

The Austin Sizemore Team at Keller Williams Realty has named Kim Woodlief as its new director of sales.

Woodlief has more than 15 years experience in the real estate industry and said she is eager to partner with an innovative, growth-minded, real estate team.

“Kim is a powerful leader who achieves success by creating opportunity for others to thrive,” Austin Sizemore said.

Howell, Barber join Rise Partners.

Rise Partners, a Chattanooga commercial real estate development and management company, has Jeff Howell as director of leasing and property management and Daniel Barber as director of accounting.

Both are newly created positions that expand the company’s ability to acquire, redevelop and lease retail and commercial properties. In their new roles, Howell is responsible for leasing and managing Rise Partners properties throughout the Southeast. Barber will lead accounting and asset management related activities for a portfolio of shopping center properties.

“Adding experienced real estate professionals like Jeff and Daniel is a strategic shift for our company,” said Greg Wilson, a partner at Rise Partners. “As we bring our leasing and accounting in-house, we’ll be able to develop direct relationships with our tenants, allowing us to focus more on our partners and customers as a full-service real estate company.”

Howell brings more than 10 years of experience in construction management, development and leasing for a range of mixed-use projects, including site work, single-tenant, multi-tenant and regional shopping centers. He spent five years at CBL Properties, where he managed development leasing for 15 regional shopping centers.

Prior to that time, Howell was a development project manager for The Hutton Company, construction manager for EMJ Corporation and lead estimator for Ashmore Bros., Inc. Howell earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Clemson University.

Prior to joining Rise Partners, Barber was a senior manager at Elliott Davis and lead a team that specialized in the audit of financial statements of investment hedge funds and private equity funds.

He also served as Senior Internal Auditor at Covenant Transportation Group. Barber earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

CWLI names Jewell to head membership.

Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) has hired Caroline Jewell as the new membership and marketing coordinator.

In her role, Jewell will oversee member engagement, marketing strategies as well as internal and external communications.

Jewell began her career at Humanaut, a local creative agency, where she learned all the ins and outs of advertising. After three years, she joined RVRB, a local event media agency, to lead a team of creatives. Over the last five years, she has also been active in her freelance business working on commercial photography and branding.

Outside of work, Jewell is active at TMD, a local group that puts on art and music events.

“As we embark on new challenges, it is important to have a team that can respond with empathy, passion, and bold vision for the future. Jewell embodies these values and understands that building a strong team is vital to making a strong recovery from Covid-19,” said Kim Shumpert, executive director for CWLI Executive Director,

Chattanooga State appoints Hernandez as academic advisor.

Dr. Terri Hernandez has been named director of academic advising at Chattanooga State Community College.

She brings more than 12 years experience in higher education to the position and is excited to serve the greater Chattanooga area.

“I have always led through the tenants of servant and relational leadership, grounded in the premise that all team members should grow and develop as leaders, working together interdependently toward a common vision,” she said.

A native of Indiana, Hernandez completed missionary work in Belize before enlisting in the United States Air Force. She served as a personnel specialist with cross training as a security specialist for six years before receiving an honorable discharge allowing her to actively begin pursuing higher education degrees.

“Chattanooga State is fortunate to have someone with Dr. Hernandez’s experience to join our team,” said Dr. Elizabeth Norton, vice president for academic affairs.