Local business news in brief
Feb 9, 2007 at 8:27 AM
Bristol insurance agency adds to staff
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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Gina Deloatch has joined the staff of Burke, Powers & Harty Inc. in Bristol. Deloatch brings with her 20 years experience in the insurance industry and was most recently associated with an agency in Johnson City. She is licensed in property and casualty and holds the certified insurance service representative designation. She will be responsible for customer service and new account sales.
Teleconference set on vendor relationships
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NASHVILLE - Kelly L. Frey, a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C., will be the featured presenter in the final teleconference in a continuing series on the "how tos" of commercial purchasing hosted by Lorman Education Services for business professionals. The upcoming teleconference, "Maximizing Vendor Relationships: Creating a Resilient Corporate Procurement Model," will be held Tuesday and will provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of how to maximize and create deeper, more resilient vendor relationships. It will offer insights on best practices in Fortune 500 companies, tips on how each party should plan for and implement more cost-effective vendor relationships, and insights into practical problems of creating a corporate culture that nurtures resilient vendor relationships. A member of Baker Donelson's Business Law Department, Frey provides legal counsel to Fortune 500 corporations and national vendors for such companies in procurement transactions. The teleconferences are accredited for a variety of continuing education credits including Continuing Legal Education in more than 25 states as well as continuing accounting credits. To register for the upcoming teleconference go to www.lorman.com/seminars/teleconference.php?sku=373521.
ETSU's Plotkin edits sea turtle book
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JOHNSON CITY - Pamela Plotkin, Ph.D. and assistant vice president for research at East Tennessee State University, has released a new book titled "Biology and Conservation of Ridley Sea Turtles" and published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Plotkin said Ridley sea turtles have won the hearts and imaginations of countless fans around the world. The smallest sea turtles, olive and Kemp's ridleys, are the only ocean-dwelling turtles to reproduce by synchronized mass nesting. Plotkin said this behavior, which occurs at only a few select beaches around the world, has been filmed in many natural history documentaries and is well-known among non-scientists, yet is poorly understood. Plotkin has compiled the first comprehensive, book-length examination of these creatures, editing a volume that brings together the world's experts in the field - among them Peter C.H. Pritchard, Jack Frazier, Rene Marquez and Donna Shaver - with chapters focused on evolution, genetics, physiology, reproduction, migration, human use and conservation. The book outlines the steps needed to ensure the survival of the turtles as they face an uncertain future. Gaining a $15,000 grant from The Leatherback Trust, Plotkin began a project to educate local people along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica about the rare creatures on their shores and to convince them to take specific steps to keep the beaches darker and safer for the turtles. For more information contact Plotkin at 439-6000 or Plotkin@etsu.edu.