Join Chattanooga’s First Virtual EXPO Today & Tomorrow!
Visit Acumen Wealth Advisor’s Virtual Booth!

Beginning this morning Aug. 26, EXPO attendee registration /entry will be available at above link.

Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Aug. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Honorable Bob Corker kicks off day one at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 26.

Virtual EXPO attendees can:

  • Network in our virtual networking lounge
  • Exchange contact information
  • Live chat with 70+ vendors and other attendees

Each day of virtual EXPO will be divided into industry categories featured for one hour each. Each category features exhibitor commercials in that industry as well as relevant guest speakers.

Industry categories and speakers include:

· Business Services: the Honorable Bob Corker

· Manufacturing, Building & Logistics: Eric Fuller, U.S. Xpress CEO

· Tourism, Hospitality, Food Products & Retail: Terry Hart, Chattanooga Airport CEO & Barry White, Chattanooga Tourism Co. CEO

· Education, Mentorship & Leadership Programs: Reggie Piercy, Vice President, Sandler Training

· Professional Services: Justin Groenert, Vice President Public Policy, Chattanooga Chamber

· Health Care & Insurance: Janelle Reilly, CHI Memorial CEO

· Media & Advertising: Bill Stiles, Director of Strategy & Research, The Johnson Group

· Nonprofit: Molly Blankenship, Executive Director, Chattanooga 2.0

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We can’t wait to see you at our first virtual EXPO.


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Beginning the morning of Aug. 26, EXPO attendee registration and entry will be available via the above link.


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The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce announces finalists for the 2020 Small Business Awards:

1-20 Employees:

Art Creations

CPR Wrap

Acumen Wealth Advisors 

21-50 Employees:

Chattanooga Football Club

P & C Construction

Master Machine

51-300 Employees:

Chattanooga Lookouts

Mike Collins & Associates (MCA)

Trident Transport


Creative Discovery Museum

Siskin Children’s Institute

Cempa Community Care

Small Business Award finalists and recipients are selected by an independent volunteer committee of local business leaders convened by the Chattanooga Chamber.  Finalists will be honored, and a recipient named in each category, at the Small Business Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 1 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Get tickets here.


Feb. 19, 2020   BY HOLLY BONNER


The Chattanooga Zoo is excited to announce its herd of giraffes that will arrive at the zoo this spring.

Through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), the Chattanooga Zoo will receive three male reticulated giraffes from the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The three bulls are ages 5 years old, 2 years old, and 14 months old. They all three currently live together as a herd in New Orleans, LA and will be transported to Chattanooga by a professional carrier.

From their website: The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) is one of the facilities run by the Audubon Nature Institute. It is a unique piece of property that expands approximately 1,000 acres in an area south of downtown New Orleans. The FMASSC is historically known for its innovative research in exotic feline reproduction at its research facility, the “Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES),” and its endangered Crane Recovery Programs. Currently, FMASSC runs several programs, including; the Coastal Wildlife Network, which rehabilitates sea turtles and marine mammals; the Crane Recovery Programs, which breeds and releases endangered whooping crane and Mississippi sandhill cranes; the G.U.L.F. Program, which works with sustainable fishery projects in the Gulf of Mexico; and the most recent, the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW). The Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife is the new partnership between Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global; its mission to become a large breeding center for endangered species of hoofstock and birds.

This herd will live in the newly constructed giraffe barn and multiple outdoor lawns that were built as part of Phase I of the Chattanooga Zoo’s African Expansion.

The giraffes will be visible to the public with the opening of the new exhibit this spring. More information about the grand opening of the African Expansion Phase I will come soon.

The 14-acre Chattanooga Zoo (historically referred to as the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park) is accredited by the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is dedicated to its mission of engaging and inspiring all citizens of the community to better understand and preserve wildlife by creating meaningful connections between people and animals. With its intimate, innovative exhibits, wide-ranging education offerings and commitment to conservation, the Chattanooga Zoo fills a unique niche within the community. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit

Photo of one of three giraffes to arrive at the Chattanooga Zoo this spring. Photo provided by Michelle at FMASSC.



February 11, 2020

Hannah Hammon

423-697-1322 ext. 5703

Acumen Wealth Advisors is a financial planning and investment management firm based in Chattanooga with strong connections to UTC. Both Reese Veltenaar, Managing Partner and Wealth Strategist, and Arie Veltenaar, Client Ambassador, are UTC Rollins College of Business alums.

As a growing company, Acumen wanted to leverage their team strengths and skills for the betterment of their clients. With that goal in mind, they sought Strengths Finders.

The Center for Professional Education provided a custom Strengths Finders course that included various exercises and discussions to identify the team’s diverse strengths. These sessions also revealed how the team can most effectively work together and support the company’s mission.

In response to the training, Reese Veltenaar remarks, “Understanding the strengths of each person on the team has helped us identify which team members would work best with each client. And as a result, we’re able to pair clients with their most appropriate person for their most appropriate task.”

Working with Acumen, Ginger Duggan, assistant director for Center for Professional education, states, “They are a collaborative and energetic team and want to see their clients reach their goals. I am glad that we can support such an incredible company.”

View full article by UTC’s  Jeff Grant  HERE and view the Strengths Finders Acumen video here.

Acumen Wealth Advisors believes in the importance of focusing on continual growth and development of each member on our team.  Recently, we’ve hired four new people to join our team.  We invested in 3 more hours of StrengthsFinders training to learn each new team member’s unique strengths.  We believe a team, leveraging each other’s strengths, will enhance our clients’ experience.  A special thank you to Ginger Duggan with the UTC Center for Professional Education for coordinating our training with our instructor Dr. Donna Van Natten of Accountability Measures, LLC!

We are happy to announce Acumen’s Reese Veltenaar has joined the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s College of Business SMILE Fund Advisory Board.  In 2015, the University of Chattanooga (UC) Foundation created the Student-Managed Investment Learning Experience (SMILE) Fund to provide UTC students the opportunity to manage a real stock portfolio for a real client, the UC Foundation.

The SMILE Fund is managed like a mutual fund at an investment firm. Student managers are responsible for analysis, investment decisions and reports, and are held to the highest professional standards. In addition to creating an investment policy statement, their reporting duties include recommendation memos, trade requests, quarterly reports, and annual reports. Currently, the SMILE Fund is outperforming the S&P, and has grown to over $600,000.

Additionally, Acumen is a sponsor for UTC’s Bloomberg Lab which provides access to real-time data and analysis of historical data and projections to SMILE Fund team members and students and faculty from many other majors in the College of Business.

UTC’s College of Business has a strong commitment to educational excellence and has earned a reputation as an outstanding institution of higher learning.  Support sustains and expands an innovative, reputable, and intellectually stimulating academic program integrating classroom and technology-based learning with practical experiential opportunities leading to superb graduates who compete for jobs nationally.

You can learn more about UTC’s SMILE Fund HERE.

We are pleased to announce Lindsay Nance has joined the Acumen team as a Private Client Relationship Manager.  Lindsay brings nearly 15 years of client service experience.  She is responsible for developing and strengthening relationships and focusing on enhancing the client experience.  Lindsay will serve as the personal point of contact for clients and assist with their various needs, process client requests, research and analyze financial information and deliver reports and presentations for client meetings.  She will also collaborate with Acumen’s executive team to coordinate resources of the firm for the benefit of the client.

Lindsay worked as a Senior Billing Coordinator and Disability Benefits Specialist for Unum, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s leading employee benefits providers. She was responsible for building strong relationships with business clients utilizing Unum benefits for their employees by orientating new clients and conducting ongoing education for existing clients and for working on projects with teams to improve current processes and work environment.  Lindsay worked as an Executive Assistant in the Pritzker Family Office in Chicago, a private family office dealing in the areas of tax planning and advice, private banking, wealth preservation, estate and financial planning, as well as trust and foundation administration.  She assisted the President of the Pritzker Family Office and was responsible for overall financial investment oversight, treasury, risk management, tax planning and compliance, legal administration, and financial reporting.  Lindsay was also a new home sales consultant with Phillippe Builders, Inc, a trusted builder of quality, energy efficient, custom homes in Northwest Indiana and South Suburban Chicago.

Lindsay studied business administration and marketing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and completed the Coldwell Banker School of Real Estate.  She is passionate about investing in children, education and our community and has volunteered with the March of Dimes, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Chattanooga Community Kitchen and the Chattanooga Market.

Chattanooga FC Academy hosted the RiverFest Tournament including nearly 200 teams from 6 states recently.  In lieu of a parking fee at this tournament, Chattanooga FC Academy collected non-perishable food items for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and WRCB’s Share Your Christmas food drive. They collected more than 10 barrels of food donations and $1,100 cash to support our neighbors!

Acumen is proud to partner with CFCA because they are a great resource to families in the Chattanooga area.  CFCA is dedicated to childhood development, family relationships, teamwork, and the overall potential of each child.  Acumen Wealth Advisors is also committed to Chattanooga and to supporting organizations investing in education, our children, and strengthening our community.  With CFCA and Acumen’s shared values, we are excited and proud to be part of the CFCA family.


Acumen was honored to support the Hunter Museum’s Spectrum event for the second year in a row as the Red Carpet Sponsor.  The Sneak Peak, Silent Auction and Gala were fun and fabulous!!  The Hunter Museum of American Art’s mission is to engage our diverse audiences in active dialogues about the importance, meaning, and relevance of American Art.

We are pleased to announce Katie Sanchez has joined the Acumen team as a Private Client Relationship Manager.  Katie is responsible for developing and strengthening relationships and focusing on enhancing the client experience.  She will serve as the personal point of contact for clients and assist with their various needs, process client requests, research and analyze financial information and deliver reports and presentations for client meetings.  Katie will also collaborate with Acumen’s executive team to coordinate resources of the firm for the benefit of the client.

Katie is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Political Science International and Comparative Studies with a Minor in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is scheduled to graduate in the Spring of 2020.  She has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, the Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society, and Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship.

Katie has been heavily involved with Rotary International for over eight years including living in Italy to represent the US through an Ambassadorial Exchange Program, attending the 2016 International Convention on in Seoul, Korea, working closely with Tennessee school clubs to influence further establishment of youth programs and opportunities, was voted to serve as the Rotaract 6780 District Representative in 2019 and currently facilitates volunteer projects for the Red Bank High School Interact Club.

Katie is involved with several organizations such as Partnership for Families and Children, Junior Achievement, and is a Hunter Museum Chairman Circle member.   She was also selected by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Southeast as one of the 15 Elite Under 30 for 2019.  Read more about Katie HERE.