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TAB Chattanooga


Rick Powell

TAB Business Owner

TAB Chattanooga

Richard K. “Rick” Powell is the owner and President of The Alternative Board (TAB) for the greater Chattanooga area (encompassing and including Cleveland, TN down to Calhoun, GA).  Rick brings a depth of experience in a variety of industries managing complex projects and process improvement initiatives at large companies (Lockheed, Georgia Pacific, Shaw Industries), as well as leading product development efforts for a startup medical software company (Greenway Health) and transforming the way businesses use technology to dramatically improve upon existing processes and add new more efficient ones (residential construction, Patrick Malloy Communities and others).   Rick has direct department management, Director level and VP executive level management experience coupled with extensive project and product management experience.

Rick’s experiences also include extensive coaching to business owners to dramatically improve upon their personal visions for their business.  In depth Business Analysis and Process Improvements have been major hallmarks of Rick’s career and those skills continue to assist with the TAB Chattanooga area needs.  Additionally, Rick has worked in large companies and is familiar with the challenges incurred by many different business types.

Rick’s greatest work enjoyment comes from transforming private businesses driving phenomenal growth and much more efficient work processes.

A graduate of Iowa State University with a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Rick has continued his training over the years.  These educational opportunities have allowed Rick to be successful in the many business and executive challenges he has encountered throughout his career.


Member Success

Since joining TAB we have been able to identify our niche in the market and now the company is being run like a real company with focus and clarity as to where we are going and an actual plan on how we’re going to get there. Our company is poised to grow in size and wealth beyond my expectations and with TAB I will be able to sleep at night in the process.
Ted Curato
TLC Painting MEMBER SINCE 2005
Based on the input I got from my board on some specific things I should include in client proposals I was able to get two jobs valued at $1,300,000 that I feel I otherwise would not have gotten. And by working with one of my TAB board members, I’m saving $10,000 per year on my company’s medical insurance premiums – with better benefits. The savings drop directly to my bottom line – thank you TAB!
Joe Pacifico
Coastal Enterprises of NY Inc MEMBER SINCE 2005
Our TAB Board members and facilitator have helped us deal with the on-going business issues we have faced over the years as a laser job shop. They have worked with us to plan strategically and helped ensure we are secure during the economic downturns and to capitalize on our strengths and grow in a controlled and targeted way. Our three partners now work together much more effectively as a team making all our working time more pleasurable. I am glad I found TAB.
Reto Hug
Maloya Laser MEMBER SINCE 2002
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