Urban Story Ventures hires marketing director and more Chattanooga-area career moves

Megan Bissonette

Urban Story Ventures hires marketing director

Commercial real estate developer Urban Story Ventures has hired Megan Bissonette as director of marketing and communications. Working closely with general partner and owner Jimmy White and other company partners, Bissonette will lead the marketing and communications strategy and build out the department as Urban Story Ventures evolves with new ventures like The Bend.

“We are continuing work on many meaningful projects throughout the Southeast, and now is a perfect time to elevate our story, engage our partners and make the most of our unique capabilities,” White said in a press release. “Megan brings strong business experience and a fresh perspective that will help us advance our goals, and we’re happy to have her on board.”

Before joining Urban Story Ventures, Bissonette spent several years in legal marketing and business development for Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel PC, a mid-size, full-service corporate law firm, focusing on industries including real estate, construction and design, health care and manufacturing. She also served on the marketing team for a beverage manufacturer, executing campaigns through social media, digital advertising, media relations and events.

Bissonette graduated with a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in marketing summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Passionate about personal development and community involvement, she is a member of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute and Public Relations Society of America and is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the release said.


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Hillary Templeton

Nurse practitioner Templeton joins CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates

Nurse practitioner Hillary Templeton has joined CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates — Chattanooga.

Templeton earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Murray State University in Kentucky. She then completed a Master of Science degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from South University in Savannah, Georgia. Templeton is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Templeton has four years of experience working with patients to complete extensive health histories, understand their complex medical needs and provide comprehensive care including education on healthy habits and disease prevention.

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Rodney Blaylock

Blaylock named manager of First Horizon Bank branch

First Horizon Bank has named Rodney Blaylock as banking center manager of the First Horizon banking center in Erlanger Medical Center.

Blaylock joined the bank in June 2005 as a relief teller and became a full-time teller that same November, according to a news release. In 2009, he became the operations manager for the banking center in Red Bank, and in 2020 he was named the relationship banker for the Soddy-Daisy banking center.

In his role, Blaylock is responsible for developing new business and expanding on existing client relationships. As banking center manager, he upholds a high standard of customer service for all employees, the release said.

“As someone who is passionate about leadership and helping people, I am looking forward to using the knowledge this company has provided me along with the relationships I have developed over the years to expand and grow in those areas,” ” Blaylock said in the release “I look forward to working with the wonderful team at the Medical Center Banking Center to take us to the next level and to work with the great leadership team here in Chattanooga at First Horizon.”

A Chattanooga native, Blaylock is a graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School. He serves as a member of the Alliance and Allies group at First Horizon.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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