Chattanooga -Saturday, February 1st, at the Annual Heart Association Heart Ball, LBMC's Grady Williams was awarded the prestigious Heart Ball Honoree.  "I was honored and humbled to serve as the 2014 Chattanooga Heart Ball Honoree to support the work of the American Heart Association. "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke" is a mission that I can stand behind," said Grady Williams.

Born and raised in East Tennessee, Grady was one of six children and the first in his family to attend college. Graduating from Tennessee Tech with a degree in accounting, Grady came to Chattanooga looking for a job in 1957. He was hired on as an accountant, a profession he has stuck with his entire life. Grady is led by a passion to help others and leave this world a better place. He is a member of multiple civic organizations and has served in many capacities with local nonprofit organizations, including the American heart Association where Grady served as one of the first Heart Walk chairs.

One of Grady's proudest accomplishments is being an Organizer of CapitalMark Bank and Trust where he sits on the board of directors. It was at one of their board meetings that Grady mentioned to his good friend Craig Holley that he was having shortness of breath. Having just had open heart surgery, Craig was concerned that Grady's condition may be more serious than he was admitting. Craig promptly called Grady's wife, Phyllis, to voice his concerns. Shortly thereafter, Grady was sitting in a Cardiologist's office getting the news that he needed to have his mitral-valve replaced.

Today, thanks to medical advancements and a healthy cow's valve being placed in his heart, Grady is back on the tennis court and enjoying an active lifestyle once again! Grady knows that his life has been extended thanks to the research done by the American Heart Association. He and Phyllis are thankful to the donors to contribute to make the work possible.

About LBMC

LBMC (Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC) and The LBMC Family of Companies have more than 350 employees, with offices in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Founded in 1984 as a traditional accounting firm, LBMC has expanded its focus to meet a broad range of needs for its diverse client base. Services provided by the LBMC family of companies include accounting and assurance services, business and personal tax consulting, risk services, permanent and temporary staffing, human resources outsourcing, payroll services, technology services, healthcare consulting, planning services, business valuations, investment advisory services, and mergers and acquisitions. Visit www.lbmc.com for more information.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association's 2020 Impact Goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all American's by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%. The American Heart Association will achieve this goal by leading efforts in research, prevention, and treatment of heart disease and stroke.

Since 2005, there have been 270 American Heart Association research awards for nearly $33 million in the area of heart valve research. 

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