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    SmartBank to acquire Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Capstone Bank

SmartBank to acquire Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Capstone Bank

SmartFinancial, Inc., parent company of SmartBank (“SmartFinancial”; NASDAQ: SMBK), and Capstone Bancshares, Inc., parent company of Capstone Bank (“Capstone”), jointly announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which SmartFinancial will acquire Capstone.  Upon the completion of the transaction, the combined company is expected to have […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|SmartBank|

Repurposing is ultimate leveraging tool

“Repurposing” is a relatively new buzzword in the ever-changing world of marketing, although smart, forward-thinking organizations seeking ways to stretch their marketing and communications dollars have ascribed to this concept for a while. Cathy’s most recent article in the Knoxville News Sentinel gives an insightful look into leveraging your marketing assets […]

By |March 30th, 2017|Ackermann PR|

Connor Concepts marks 25 years

Here’s a look at a great feature from the Knoxville News Sentinel on Connor Concepts and their 25-year milestone! The full version of the story can be found online here:

Mike Connor probably didn’t know it, but he had reached a crossroads back in the 1970s as he waited tables […]

By |March 6th, 2017|Connor Concepts|

Spread the word to help ease crisis

It does seem like East Tennessee has had its fair share of crises here lately, which has reminded us – once again – of how important it is to have contingency plans in place for when the worst happens.

Cathy’s latest Knoxville News Sentinel column covers crisis communications, how it […]

By |February 15th, 2017|Ackermann PR|

ChoiceSpine acquires Exactech’s spine assets

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – ChoiceSpine, a privately held spinal fusion device manufacturer based in Knoxville, Tenn., announced today it has acquired the spinal assets of Exactech (Nasdaq:EXAC). Exactech is a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products for extremities, hip, knee and spine, with corporate headquarters in Gainesville, […]

By |February 1st, 2017|ChoiceSpine|

Business Leaders Optimistic about 2017

Knoxville, Tenn. – While the vast majority of East Tennessee businesses are optimistic about 2017, they also believe they face significant challenges, including rising healthcare costs and the ability to recruit and retain skilled employees, according to a recent survey conducted by Ackermann PR.

Seventy-three percent of the nearly 300 business leaders who […]

By |January 30th, 2017|Ackermann PR|