Franklin-based Health Connect America, a family-oriented special-needs health services company, has acquired Gallatin-based Electronics Recycling Solutions.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed in a release.

ERS provides job opportunities and training for adults with autism and other disabilities though recycling electronic waste, according to a press release. The merger with Health Connect looks to improve the jobs pipeline for Middle Tennesseans with intellectual and development disabilities, the release notes.

Rebeckah Dopp (pictured), founder of ERS, will continue to oversee its operations as vice president of development for Achieve Independence, a subdivision of Health Connect. Through the acquisition, Dopp will expand services to 10 Middle Tennessee counties.

“We are beyond excited to join with Electronics Recycling Solutions, a self-sustaining business focused on ethical electronics recycling that doubles as an environment to teach life-changing employment skills,” Kristi Shain, Health Connect America president and CEO, said in the release. “Rebeckah’s experience and credentials, paired with a relentless work ethic to make ERS a success, will be a great asset to the Health Connect team.”

Guerrier Development leads coat drive

Nashville-based Guerrier Development has launched Operation Bundle Up, an effort to get more than 300 winter coats to children in need in Bordeaux.

The company’s first “Spread the Warmth” event takes place Saturday at the Northwest YMCA from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., according to a release. The event has landed corporate donors, including Wilson Bank & Trust, Nashville Lumber Company, Smyrna Ready Mix and Manson Johnson Connor PLLC.

Guerrier Development Managing Partner DeLisa Guerrier said the coat drive has been well-received in Bordeaux and the company plans similar efforts.

“It’s important for business owners to give back to the community,” Guerrier (click on View Gallery in the above image to see a photo) said in the release. “This is starting small, but we hope to make it larger in the years to come. We really believe in Bordeaux, and we are happy to help.”

Guerrier Motor Group, a Guerrier Development sister company, made its own contribution on Veterans Day, giving away a car to a young man as part of News Channel 4’s Surprise Squad program.

The event also has the support of District 1 Metro Councilmember Jonathan Hall.

For more information about Operation Bundle Up visit

Bay Area Council partners with Hytch

The San Francisco-area-based Bay Area Council has announced a new coalition of transportation companies focused on expanding transit programs, services and technologies, with Nashville-based Hytch Rewards a founding coalition member.

The coalition’s goal is minimizing private automobile usage on the Bay Area’s roads and highways. The Transportation Demand Management Coalition will comprise companies that offer alternatives to the single-occupancy automobiles, including shuttles, ride sharing, scooters, e-bikes and technologies that incentivize commuters not to drive alone.

“By rewarding people for better transit decisions and retiring carbon credits in their name, Hytch gives commuters everywhere a data dividend, as well as an opportunity to earn cash rewards,” Mark Cleveland (click on View Gallery in the above image to see a photo), Hytch chairman and co-founder, said in the release. “Data is key to understanding and addressing our congestion issues as well as the impact single occupancy vehicles are having on the environment.  Any employer with a volunteer program or sustainability goal can use the Hytch platform to engage, organize and inspire their employees to join the movement.”

Hiller partners with Toys for Tots

Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical is partnering with Toys for Tots for a limited-time Christmas promotion that will see Hiller donate toys to the nonprofit with the purchase of a tankless water heater.

To kick off the campaign, Hiller will be making a $5,000 charitable donation to the organization.

Hiller will offer the special promotion benefitting Toys for Tots from through Dec. 10. During this time, Hiller will donate $100 worth of toys to the organization with the purchase of each new tankless water heater. As a special incentive to homeowners, Hiller is offering a $250 discount on the purchase price during the promotion.

Toys for Tots has distributed more than 566 million toys and supported over 258 million children since its inception in 1947 by the United States Marines.

“At Hiller, we believe that when we care about our customers, our team and the communities we serve, we all succeed,” Jimmy Hiller, founder and chief executive officer of Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical, said in a release. “It means so much to us to give back to  organizations like Toys for Tots that are also dedicated to serving those communities.”

Launched in 1990 in Antioch with a single employee and $500, Hiller has grown to include more than 480 trucks, 13 locations and about 630 employees across the Southeast.

First Horizon Foundation accepts nonprofit funding requests for 2020

Memphis-based First Horizon Foundation is accepting nonprofit funding requests for the 2020 grant cycle.

The deadline to apply for 2020 funds is Jan. 17, 2020. Decisions will be communicated by March 31, 2020.

“As our Foundation is aligning under the unified brand of our company, our commitment to serve and strengthen

our communities remains steadfast,” Charles Burkett, foundation chairman, said in a release. “We look forward to learning more about the opportunities for our Foundation to continue forming lasting partnerships that address the evolving needs of our communities.”

The foundation focuses on arts and culture; education and leadership; the environment; financial literacy; and health and human services.

First Horizon Foundation is the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of First Horizon Bank. Founded in 1993, the foundation has donated more than $90 million.

For more information or to apply, visit

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