CEO, Shah Trucking & Shah Logistics / Vice President, Hamilton Plastics
Years with the companies: 7 / 15
Pulling double duty, Guru Shah works for his family’s business, Hamilton Plastics, as well as his own ventures, Shah Trucking and Shah Logistics. On the transportation side, he empowers his teams to accelerate controlled and profitable growth while offering a high-quality level of service, and his role at Hamilton Plastics is largely centered in efficiency optimization and organizational development. Outside of these roles, Shah serves on the boards of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Heart Ball, and Baylor School Alumni. He is a 2006 graduate of Baylor School, a 2010 graduate of Vanderbilt University, and a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.
Member, Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC
Years with the company: 11
An attorney at law firm Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC, Maury Nicely has been practicing law for 24 years. Specializing in labor and employment, he primarily represents businesses – from small local startups to national corporations – with responsibilities including handling litigation and other legal issues, ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are in place, and advising on business decisions in order to avoid creating unnecessary legal exposure. An avid student of Chattanooga history, Nicely is currently on the boards of directors for the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, East Tennessee Historical Society, Cornerstones (Chattanooga’s historic preservation organization), and Rotary Club.
Business Manager, Maycreate / Sales Operations Manager, EYE Corp Media/Velocity
Years with the companies: 17 / 15
With a background in art history and historic preservation, Erin May turned her professional career from museum education and preservation tax credit consulting to the realm of advertising in 2004, after founding Maycreate with her husband Brian. May currently oversees business operations and staff hiring, where she most values her service in running an efficient agency with a dynamic and talented creative team. Along with her role at Maycreate, she also holds a position with an Ohio-based digital out-of-home media company, where she delivers national media plans for major brands and buying agencies.
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