business briefs

• Glen Leland has joined Priority Ambulance as a chief growth officer. He will be based in Knoxville and will oversee its national expansion strategy and manage mergers, acquisitions, business development, sales and marketing for the national ambulance network.

  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center Trauma Unit has been verified as a Level I Trauma Center by American College of Surgeons. This verification recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The medical center has been a state-designated Level I Trauma Center since 1987.

• Mark R. Ruh has joined the board of directors of Mountain Commerce Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiary, Mountain Commerce Bank. Ruh has more than 17 years of experience in the private equity, banking and auto finance industries.

• Christina L. Shuey has joined Summit Medical Group as a nurse practitioner at Turkey Creek Internal Medicine. She graduated from Carson-Neuman University, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing and King Univer-sity, earing a master’s degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner. Previously, she was a registered nurse in emergency medicine at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge for 20 years.

• DeAnn Bogus has been hired as deputy director for City of Knoxville’s Plans Review and Inspections Department. Bogus worked for Be-chtel Power Corp., an international engineering and construction company since 2008 in Knox-ville and Spring City. Before her 20-year engineering career with Bechtel, she was the certified building inspector for City of Lenoir City.

• Perceptics, LLC, headquartered in Farragut, has been awarded a key project by Unisys Federal Systems to supply high-performance license plate readers in 43 lanes in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California for U.S. customs and border protection. The plate readers will replace existing technology.

• Mike McNamee, area president overseeing Regions Bank’s operations in East Tennessee and North Carolina, has decided to retire effective Friday, April 8. He has served Regions and its customers for 24 years. He is succeeded in that position by Michelle Walters, who joined Regions in 2009 as a consumer banking executive for the bank’s Georgia-South Carolina area. She recently served as business banking area executive for Regions in Atlanta, Ga.

• Mark R. Ruh has joined Mountain Commerce Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiary Mountain Commerce Bank. He has more than 17 years of experience in the private equity, banking and auto finance industries. Since 2013, he has been managing director at Commerce Street Investment Management in Dallas, Texas.

• ORNL Federal Credit Union has appointed Chris Boler as president of its Credit Union Service Organization, CU Community, LLC. Boler, who has been an employee of ORNL FCU since 2010, replaces Larry Jackson, who is relocating to St. Louis, Mo.

Lauren Chesney has been hired as director of marketing and fundraising at Susan G. Komen Knoxville after serving for 16 years as director of community relations for Tennessee Smokies Baseball. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management from East Tennessee State University.

• Lori Tucker and Kristin Foley, WATE-TV On Your Side anchors, have received John Seigenthaler Making Kids Count Media Awards for broadcast media at the Children’s Advocacy Days March 8 in Nashville. The award was presented by Gov. Bill Haslam in recognition for outstanding journalists enlightening citizens on issues and problems concerning Tennessee children.