MILESTONES: Herring announces retirement

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Mona Herring will retire from her post as vice president of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau on April 30, 2013.

“Mona is the kind of team member you want to keep forever,” Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce President Paul Latture said. “Her work ethic, generous spirit and positive attitude make her a joy to have around, and she will certainly be missed. We congratulate her on 25 years of service to the Chamber and our community.”

Herring joined the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce as an administrative assistant in September of 1987.

She was promoted to the newly formed position of Convention and Visitors Bureau Director in January 1995 and has been serving in that capacity ever since.

During her tenure, Herring realized her dream of opening a state-of-the-art Visitors Center, where the Chamber offices are also housed.

In addition, she helped complete the county-wide signage project, the most significant one of its kind in Tennessee. She was also instrumental in implementing The Jack Trail, a Discover Tennessee Trail and Byway driving tour which runs through Rutherford County, and the Civil War Trails signage program.

In February, Herring was honored with the Tennessee Tourism Spotlight Award from the Tennessee Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus for recognition of her leadership and service.

Harney named ‘Power Broker’

Murfreesboro commercial real estate broker John Harney was very busy moving property in 2011.  

As a result, he has been awarded both the Power Broker Award by the CoStar Group and a designation in the CRE 50 by the Nashville Post.  

Harney’s 2011 commercial deals included the sale of over 87 acres on Joe B. Jackson Parkway in Murfreesboro for the new Amazon distribution center.

He has been a life-long resident of Rutherford County. In addition to being the broker of The Parks Group, he is a Leadership Rutherford graduate and a former three-term member of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  

The CoStar Group is the commercial real estate industry’s leading provider of information and analytic services. Annually, they award the top 10 real estate brokers and firms in several markets around the country.  Harney was among 10 recipients to earn the “Top Sales Broker” Award for the Nashville area market.  

The CRE 50 is a designation reserved for “men and women driving commercial development in Middle Tennessee” as named by The Nashville Post and

Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction

For the sixth year out of the past eight, financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study.

“We are gratified that our clients find it convenient to work with us on their long-term financial goals,” Brian Coleman said. “We enjoy working one-on-one with our clients and believe that builds a collaborative relationship.”

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full service investment firms based on seven factors: investment advisor, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

Edward Jones places its branch offices in the communities where its clients – long-term individual investors – live and work. This practice, which enables its branch teams to provide personalized service to all clients, has helped the firm attain the highest score in the “Investment Advisor” category of the study.

Edward Jones also received high marks in the “Account Information” category, an important factor in the study.

Edward Jones’ overall score climbed 15 points over last year, highest among the 14 largest firms rated, as well as 28 points above the industry average.

Edward Jones ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010 and 2009, from 2005 through 2007, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began.

National magazine names state one of best for business

Chief Executive magazine named Tennessee one of the top four states in the nation for business today in its eighth annual survey of Best and Worst States for Business. Tennessee ranked fourth for the second consecutive year. Rounding out the top five were Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Indiana.

The Chief Executive magazine honor is the latest in a number of awards Tennessee has received for its economic development efforts recently. In March, Trade & Industry Development magazine named, Inc., General Motors, Quaprotek USA, MANN+HUMMEL USA and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development among the recipients of its 2012 Corporate Investment & Community Impact (CiCi) Awards, totaling the most for any state.

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