Chattanooga Habitat for Humanity President, CEO Butler retiring and more business news – Chattanooga Times Free Press


Butler retiring from Habitat for Humanity

David Butler, president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga, plans to retire in March after leading the organization for the last seven-and-a-half years.

The Butlers will be moving to the Atlanta area to be closer to family, according to a statement.

Butler said he takes special pride in seeing closings on the sale of 50 homes during his tenure.

«As you see people complete program requirements with us, you’ll see them growing in ways that instill so much pride,» he said. «When each dedication occurs, there’s usually not a dry eye in the house. We know that the home’s residents have just had their family history forever altered and it is a truly humbling experience.»

Butler also cited a partnership with Parkridge Medical Center and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga which established the Orchard Knob Collaborative. The program was designed to make repairs to keep elderly neighbors in their own homes. Butler said repairs have been made to more than 100 homes through the collaborative.

The search for the next leader of Habitat will begin immediately with board member Lee Ann Adams chairing the search committee.

«David has proven to have the ‘secret sauce’ for understanding the needs of an organization that continues to change to meet the needs of those we serve,» said Adams.

Beer Board approves pair of consumer sales

The Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board approved applications for consumer sales for Two Ten Jack and Sonesta Select Chattanooga on Hixson Pike on Thursday.

Both approvals represent changes in ownership. Two Ten Jack, a restaurant in Warehouse Row, is now owned by Sunrise Capital SPV II, LLC and Sonesta International Hotels Corp. now owns the former MAPCO market near the corner of Ashland Terrace on Hixson Pike.

Also, a case was heard involving Gudel’s Wrecker Service for repeated failure to answer a call from the city for pickup.

Owner Helen Keef disputed two of the missed calls, saying one was pulled by the city because the car to be towed was not in her district, and the other was actually a call from the police asking if the service could provide help for a family stranded with two flat tires and no money. She did admit that illness and a lost gate key caused the business to miss the other calls.

A motion to pass the case until the Jan. 21 meeting when presumably all nine members of the board would be there was approved.

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