Karen Hutton Headlines July CEO Speaker Series

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Chattanooga, TN — The Tennessee Small Business Development Center and The Company Lab continue their commitment to small business entrepreneurs as they present the third installment of their “CEO Speaker Series – The Talk of the Town” on Tuesday, July 15th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote speaker, Karen Hutton, CEO/Owner of HUTTON and Hutton Construction, Inc., will share her entrepreneurial knowledge and answer questions from attendees.

“Home of the Go Getters” and “This is no Place to Dream Small,” is what you will see bannered outside HUTTON’s office and is the first hint of what’s going on inside of 736 Cherry Street.

“Hutton Dream Team“ is what Karen refers to the company’s more than 140 Team members. Karen’s unique sense of excitement and contagious energy spills over to the assembling of this dynamic team, which has fulfilled a personal and lifelong dream. Real Estate, Development, Construction, Property Management, Accounting and Legal Teams all share the DNA thread of “passion, commitment, character and enthusiasm”. Striving to always be “good, better, best” and accepting that change is an everyday occurrence is the HUTTON way.

Karen’s father, David Hutton, Sr., a man of humble beginnings grew up in a family of sharecroppers, picking cotton, and he later became a successful pioneer in the shopping center industry. Mr. Hutton taught Karen that hard work, integrity and a little luck are keys to success in life, both personally and professionally.

HUTTON and Hutton Construction, Inc. have developed 840 national retail projects in 35 states in the last 16 years. Hutton will deliver over $300 million in developments in 2014 and Hutton Construction, Inc. exceeds $82 million in annual revenues.

Karen graduated from the University of Alabama, with a B.S. degree in Business.

Major sponsors for this event include Cohutta Banking Company, a division of Synovus’ Bank; Chambliss, Bahner, & Stophel, P.C., Aqqolade, LLC, and C-W-C Office Furnishings and Supplies. The event will be held at the Sheraton Read House located at 827 Broad Street, and begins with a complimentary continental breakfast. Chattanooga State President James L. Catanzaro will preside over the event.

This event is a cooperative effort between The Tennessee Small Business Development Center, The Company Lab, Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested two weeks in advance. Seating to this event is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP online at https://www.tsbdc.org/chscc (scroll and click “view upcoming training”).