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MILESTONES: MTSU student awarded Tennessee Council of Cooperatives scholarship

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MTEMC President Frank Jennings (right), who also serves on the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives board, presents Victoria Haege with an agriculture scholarship. (Photo Submitted)

The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives recently awarded a $750 scholarship to Middle Tennessee State University agriculture student Victoria Haege.

Haege is a junior at MTSU and native of Murfreesboro. She is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science and wants to focus on a career in soil conservation and management or biofuels.

The Council of Cooperatives is a nonprofit organization established to promote the cooperative form of business through education and promotion of all types of cooperatives.

The organization sponsors six college scholarships for agricultural students from each of Tennessee’s four-year agriculture programs.

Also, interested persons can visit the TCC website at tennesseecouncilofcoops.org.

DoubleTree employee wins Spirit of Care award

Hilton Worldwide awarded John Underwood, a guest service agent at the DoubleTree by Hilton Murfreesboro, with the company’s Spirit of Care Award.

“John epitomizes what our hotel – and the DoubleTree by Hilton brand stands for. The little things really do mean everything,” said Sandra Miller, DoubleTree general manager. “We are proud of his recognition as a Spirit of Care Award Winner, the company’s most prestigious team member award.”

Underwood was recognized for his commitment to hospitality.

Miller said it's not uncommon to see Underwood escorting guests to their cars during a storm or singing at a guest function. When he found $100, he immediately asked around to find the owner, and eventually, turned it in to the lost and found.

In less than a year, Underwood has been voted employee of the month not once, but twice.

This award designates Underwood as a top performer within DoubleTree. Less than 1 percent of all DoubleTree by Hilton team members nationwide receive this honor each year.

Amerisource names market manager for Southeast

HOUSTON - Amerisource Funding, one of the largest and fastest growing independent commercial finance companies in the country, announced that it has added Murfreesboro’s Ivan Cook as a regional market manager.

As market manager, Cook is responsible for all business development efforts in Amerisource’s Midsouth region, which is made up of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, and is based in the Nashville. His primary responsibilities include securing direct business and working with the company’s numerous referral partners.

“We are pleased to have Ivan join the Amerisource team and increase the company’s depth and presence in the Midsouth,” said D. Michael Monk, managing director. “Ivan’s experience with (accounts receivable) finance, particularly in the manufacturing and transportation industries, and his strong roots in the community give him a unique perspective on what growing businesses need to not only survive, but to thrive.”

With more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry specializing in the transportation sector, Cook most recently served as a business development officer for an organization specializing in transportation finance.

Cook received a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Utah State University and a bachelor’s in physical education from Washington State University. Prior to beginning his finance career, Cook spent six years coaching football at both the prep and collegiate level.

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