BlueCross, MP&F win top national PR award

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and MP&F Strategic Communications were awarded Best of Show at the recent Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil ceremony in New York City. The insurance company and its PR agency were recognized for their efforts to combat Tennessee's opioid epidemic through the "Don't Be An Accidental Drug Dealer" public education campaign. The award is the nation's top communications industry honor.

"Over the course of two years, this campaign greatly increased awareness of the opioid epidemic and contributed to close to 50 tons of pills being removed from circulation in Tennessee," said Roy Vaughn, senior vice president and chief communications officer for the Chattanooga-based BlueCross.

In 2015, the opioid epidemic was ravaging Tennessee, and BlueCross covered more than 1 million opioid prescriptions for its members.

MP&F identified Count It! Lock It! Drop It! (CLD), a program for prescription drug misuse prevention created by the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition in Manchester, Tenn., as a partner for the initiative. In 2016, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation awarded a $1.3 million grant to expand CLD to 44 counties in the state identified as "hot spots" for opioid abuse. MP&F implemented a full-scale public education campaign to encourage Tennesseans to count their prescription pills, lock them up, and drop off unused or expired pills at a permanent drop box or Take-Back Day event.

Since the kickoff in August 2016, more than than 105,000 pounds of pills have been collected in Tennessee during three DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events and at permanent prescription drop boxes.

This is the seventh Silver Anvil for MP&F, the second for BlueCross and the first Best of Show for both companies.

Stravrum wins award from Ingersoll Rand

Art Stavrum has been named a Presidents Club Award winner for his sales achievements with the Air Solutions division of Ingersoll Rand.

The Presidents Club represents the top 10 sales professionals nationally in their respected division. This is the 10th time since the program was initiated in 1989 that Stavrum has made the club.

Stavrum represents the Ingersoll Rand air compressor group in Chattanooga and North Georgia. He has been selling air compressors for the firm in Chattanooga for 35 years.

Trundle joins as HCM advisor for Reliance Human Capital

Michael Trundle has joined Reliance Human Capital Management in Chattanooga as an HCM Advisor.

A Chattanooga native, Trundle was a three-sport athlete at The Baylor School and later played football for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he earned both his undergraduate degree in business and Master in Business Administration.

Cates is champion for ACT readiness

Tony Cates of Gestamp has been selected as the ACT College and Career Readiness Workforce Champion of Tennessee. Workforce champions are individuals who are honored for making a difference in preparing individuals for college and career success. ACT is well known for its mission of education and workplace success.

Cates, an employee of Gestamp Chattanooga, LLC since 2009, is a Human Resources Manager. He began his association with Chattanooga State Community College in 1995. He has been in HR in the local area for the past 24 years.

"Tony was nominated for his strong commitment to the development of the workforce through education. His latest commitment, in conjunction with Hamilton County Schools, was the development of a high school that allows at-risk juniors and seniors the opportunity to attend high school four hours a day and work four hours a day. Classes and work take place at one of three Gestamp locations in Chattanooga," said Dr. Jim Barrott, executive vice president for TN College of Applied Technology.

To be named an ACT Workforce Champion, nominees must have created or led a program that positively impacts their company and community through improved hiring practices, apprenticeships/internships, or community leadership.

Boss joins ReMax in Hixson office

Bev Boss, a Hixson resident who recently worked on the Black Creek Golf Course community in Lookout Valley, has joined Remax Rainaissance in Hixson.

Boss, a licensed Realtor who started her real estate career in 2003 while attending the University of Southern Mississippi, recently co-chaired the "Tee Up Wine Down" fundraiser that netted $80,000 for Habitat for Humanity. She previously was a teacher for 11 years.

"She brings a wealth of experience to our firm and I am thrilled to have her at our office," said Brenda B. Purcell, the broker at Remax Renaissance in Hixson, announces the affiliation of Bev Boss as an Affiliate Broker.

Century Park honors Ooltewah center head

Century Park Associates, a nationwide senior living company based in Cleveland, Tennessee, recently presented its annual Going the Extra Mile Award to Bridgett Dallas, lifestyle services director at The Bridge in Ooltewah.

Dallas was nominated for her personal relationships with residents, knowing their likes and dislikes individually and taking time to pray with them. This year, Dallas coordinated a week of Olympic-style activities during the Winter Olympics so that residents could participate and compete in scaled-down versions of the athletic contests. She also found a pool table for sale online when her residents expressed that they would enjoy having one in the community. She arranged for its purchase and delivery.

"It's an honor and privilege to spend time with our residents every day," Dallas said. "Their participation in activities greatly adds value to my life by watching them thrive daily."

Red Bank native retires as CEO of FedEx Freight

Michael L. Ducker, a native of Red Bank who serves as the president and CEO of FedEx Freight, will retire effective August 15. Ducker took the helm at FedEx Freight division in 2014 after spending close to 40 years at FedEx Express.

"Whether in Europe, Asia or the Americas, Mike has been a model of our People-Service-Profit philosophy," said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman and chief executive officer. "His leadership and strategic instinct have been integral in growing the global business we have today."

Ducker joined FedEx Express in 1975 and served in the company's frontline operations at the Memphis Hub. He is a 1971 graduate of Red Bank High School where he played football and was elected as "Mr. Red Bank." he received his M.B.A. from a joint program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.