business briefs

• Joseph “Joe” Hamdi joined the SmartBank team as marketing executive in Knoxville. He will oversee and lead the bank’s efforts in Knox County. Most recently he served as executive vice president and chief lending officer for Foothills Bank & Trust, where he had been since 2009.

• Michael Wood, Weichert Realtors – Advantage Plus managing broker, has completed the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc., Fast Track training, which brings new affiliated agents and current agents up to speed on the latest information and technology available.

• University of Tennessee Police Department has named Cpl. Dan Villeneuve as Officer of the Year; Dannon Dallmann, Noncommissioned Employee of the Year; Officer Sean Yap, Community Service Award recipient; Sgt. Lindsey Miller Gardner, Supervisor of the Year; and Julie Small, UTPD Partner of the Year.

• PYA, a national professional services firm, is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Led by CEO Ed Pershing, PYA has offices in Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta, Tampa and Kansas City, Kansas.