Section Menu

Participating Companies & Speakers

Students who participate in the 2015 Summer Business Experience will have the opportunity to meet members of the UTC College of Business faculty and staff as well as business leaders from the Chattanooga area. While the 2015 schedule is still in development, you'll find a list of participants from last year's Summer Business Experience. The 2015 schedule will include similar visits and speakers.

2014 Company Visits





2014 Speakers

Alan CatesHuschBlackwell

Alan is a member of the Financial Services industry team, focusing his practice on investment management and private wealth matters. With decades of comprehensive legal experience, he has guided individuals in estate planning and defended them in unexpected litigation. He has represented taxpayers in administrative proceeding and in courtrooms and provided critical services to tax-exempt organizations. He also has served as “general counsel” to families and their businesses.

Ray Ryan, Patten & Patten

Raymond V. Ryan is a Principal, Vice President, and Portfolio Manager of the firm.  Prior to joining the firm in 1999, he worked in several areas of the capital markets, including investment banking for SunTrust Equitable Securities Corporation in Nashville, TN.  Prior to his tenure with SunTrust Equitable, Mr. Ryan worked in capital markets, including institutional fixed-income sales and trading, for Lehman Brothers.  

Robin Derryberry, Derryberry PR

Robin is a native Chattanoogan and proud alumna of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Robin began her career as a child abuse investigator and later became the state's youngest court administrator when she took the helm of the Hamilton Country Juvenile Court at the age of 29. In 2001, Robin joined a statewide public affairs firm. She acquired the Chattanooga office of the firm and in 2006 Derryberry Public Relations opened. The firm was a 2010 finalist for "Chattanooga Small Business of the Year." 

Kim White, River City Co.

For more than 25 years, River City Company has played an integral role in the revitalization of downtown Chattanooga. Through partnerships with local government and the private and philanthropic sectors, the organization works to attract, expand and support efforts to advance downtown. A Chattanooga native, White has a long history of working hard to perpetuate her hometown. Prior to joining River City, she served as president and CEO of Corker Group and later Luken Holdings, Inc where she oversaw lease negotiations, property management and maintenance of over 2 million square feet of commercial real estate throughout the Chattanooga area.

Mike Kaiser, EPB Telecomm

A non-profit agency of the City of Chattanooga, EPB was established in 1935 for the sole purpose of providing electric power to the people of the greater Chattanooga area. Today, we are still one of the largest publicly-owned providers of electric power in the country. We serve more than 169,000 residents in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties (small parts of Bledsoe, Bradley, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie) and areas of North Georgia (portions of Catoosa, Dade and Walker). EPB electric sales revenue was $457 million in 2008.

Rose Decosimo, Decosimo Accounting

Rose Decosimo is an Assurance Principal with more than 20 years experience in public accounting. She has provided assurance services to public companies, not-for-profit organizations and privately held businesses in industries including financial services,hospitality and manufacturing. Rose holds a Master of Business Administration from UTC and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee and is also a former registered nurse. In 2009, Rose was named the Accountant of the Year by UTC’s Beta Alpha Psi Society.

Josh Kapellusch, Mach Fuels

Mach Fuels and Sevier County Utility Board (SCUD) teamed up to convert 3 – 2010 Ford F-150 trucks to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) with Bi-Fuel, EPA Certified conversion kits from Go Natural CNG!  These kits incorporate so many great features useful for monitoring any vehicle parameter you could want to observe. These are the best kits on the market utilizing Touch-Screen technology to display vital engine performance! SCUD is converting their fleet to utilize CNG as a primary automotive fuel.  By early 2014 they will have completed a public / private Natural Gas refueling station allowing multiple vehicles to fill up.  

Bob and Courtney Poor, Nooga Paws

Nooga Paws identifies with the urban synergy being generated from Chattanooga’s downtown restoration. Nooga Paws is located in 2 North Shore – a retail center featuring only locally owned stores. Gold LEED certified and anchored by Greenlife (Whole Foods) grocery, 2 North Shore personifies the Chattanooga renaissance – natural, green, renewable, and sustainable. Nooga Paws is owned and operated by Bob and Courtney Poore. An active professional couple, Bob and Courtney love experiencing everything that Chattanooga has to offer. Fervent dog and cat owners, they include their pets in virtually all of their outdoor activities and share their home with their pets as true family members.