business briefs

• Jeff Thode, managing director/investment officer of Wells Fargo Advisors in Knoxville, has been recognized as a 2018 Top Wealth Advisor in Tennessee by Forbes Magazine.Thode has 31 years of experience in the financial services industry as a premier advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors.

• Susan Loveday, vice president of talent strategies and relations for Summit Strategic Solutions, has earned the professional designation of certified medical practice executive from American College of Medical Practice Executives, the certification entity of Medical Group Management Association.

• Alan Joyce, Farragut resident and Fringe Benefit Group regional vice president, wrote almost $7 million in new group health insurance premiums for 2017, and led Fringe Benefit Group in most group sales.  His sales have reached nearly $20 million the past three years for new health, life, dental, vision and disability products. Fringe Benefit Group specializes in providing products and compliance services for Prevailing Wage Contractors on local, state and federal contracts.