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December 31, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
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Local 3 expands sales, marketing team
Local 3 is expanding its sales and marketing team to further invest in its commitment to serve local businesses, according to a news release.
Local 3 has added veteran Wanda Woodard to the team as a marketing specialist. Woodard has an extensive television background, which includes reporting, writing, producing commercials and creating effective strategies to help local businesses grow. Woodard spent the past seven years working in Chattanooga at Sunny 92.3 and J103, the release stated.
“Working at Local 3 was my dream job,” Woodard said in the release. “This team is the best in town, and I am thrilled to be working alongside a group of people who have fun coming to work each day and seeing clients succeed.”
In addition to Woodard, Local 3 has welcomed Nick Mastrocco, Sawyer Byers and Barbara Klaasse. Mastrocco brings with him 35 years of experience in sales and marketing across multiple industries. Byers has a background in digital marketing and brand management. Klaasse brings with her five years of real estate experience serving clients throughout the Tennessee Valley, according to the release.
“This group brings with them a wide variety of experience,” General Sales Manager Gregg Acuff said in the release. “Their enthusiasm is contagious, and I know our clients and partners will benefit from their knowledge and passion.”
TVFCU welcomes senior leadership team members
Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union recently added new employees in senior and management-level positions, according to a news release.
Kim Gunter will serve as vice president of marketing, Drew Holbrook has joined as the senior commercial lender and market leader for the Cleveland, Tennessee, and Athens, Tennessee, territories and Josh Denton has been promoted to business lender 1.
“As TVFCU continues to grow, I am thankful to have enthusiastic, experienced professionals join our management team,” President and CEO Todd Fortner said in the release. “These leaders are essential as we work each day to improve the financial lives of the more than 170,000 members of TVFCU.”
Gunter, as vice president of marketing, oversees the credit union’s digital and community presence, including events like the newly expanded Idea Leap Grant program. Previously, she served for 17 years at Bowater Credit Union in such roles as chief marketing officer and vice president of human resources, the release stated.
Holbrook, as senior commercial lender, will work with the business and commercial services department to extend loans to businesses across Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union’s 17-county service area. This includes loans as small as $2,500, like in the Idea Leap Loan program, to multi-million dollar lending, according to the release. Before entering the credit union space, Holbrook worked in the banking industry for nearly 18 years.
Denton was recently promoted to business lender, and he has been with Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union for more than 15 years. He previously worked in various branches assisting members with loan processes, according to the release. Now, Denton is responsible for managing business loans primarily involving vehicles and equipment.

Alexa Williams joins Thrive Regional Partnership
Alexa Williams has joined the Thrive Regional Partnership team as the director of marketing and communications. She brings eight years of experience in constituent services and communications work in various government offices at the state and federal level, according to a news release.
Williams spent almost seven years on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., working in various roles for two members of Congress: Congressman John J. Duncan Jr. of Tennessee and Congressman John Moolenaar of Michigan. During her time working with Duncan, Williams helped drive changes to improve efficiency in navigating digital correspondence and access to federal resources for constituents in East Tennessee, the release stated.
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in speech from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a master’s degree in strategic defense studies with a concentration in leadership and ethics from the Naval War College.
In her new role, Williams will highlight the mission of Thrive while raising awareness and presenting engagement opportunities for community residents and stakeholders within the 16 counties across the Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee region known as the Cradle of Southern Appalachia, according to the release.
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— Compiled by Brandi Dixon
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