Chattanooga Enterprise Center appoints new CEO
Chattanooga Enterprise Center appoints new CEO

The Enterprise Center of Chattanooga has appointed a new executive director to replace Deb Socia, who is retiring.

Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman was executive director of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, the state’s premier agency for investment, job creation and industry retention, according to a press release.

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After a nationwide search that drew 240 applicants, Quarterman will begin her new position on July 15, the release said. Socia, the current executive director of the Enterprise Development Center, will stay on in an advisory capacity through the fall. Socia has led the Enterprise Center for the past five years.

Quarterman specializes in product development, public-private collaborations and inclusive innovation, the press release states.

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“I look forward to bringing my professional and personal experience in community empowerment to the Enterprise Center so that together we can reach even more Chattanooga residents with technologies that improve their career opportunities, health and quality of life,” she said in a statement.

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly, a board member of the center, said in the press release that Quarterman has an “impressive resume, a friendly personality and a passion for using technology to improve people’s lives.”

Dan Ryan, the center’s vice president of the board who oversaw the selection committee, said their proven experience in innovation and improving access for all will be critical.

— Compiled by Mike Pare

By Aurora