Saturday, October 1, 2011

Nashville People in Business


Gordon Bonnyman, attorney and co-founder of the Tennessee Justice Center, was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual Health Care Heroes event in Nashville.

Steven Field, principal of Stantec Consulting Services Inc., has received a Presidential Citation for his leadership of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards program.

Arnold Air Force Base Police Chief Richard Trull was selected as the first Arnold Police Department officer to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Trull also was named as the District 6 representative on the board of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.


Stefanie Gerber Darr has joined Watkins College of Art, Design & Film as director of community education. She had worked at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts as educator for public programs.

The Tennessee Board of Regents said Bruce Scism will serve as interim president of Volunteer State Community College, beginning Oct. 1. Scism, currently the vice president for academic affairs at the college, replaces Warren Nichols, who is taking over as vice chancellor for community colleges at the Regents’ central office.


Megan Brearey has joined Fifth Third Bank as a large corporate relationship manager in the National Healthcare Finance group of the Tennessee affiliate. She had been employed at National City Bank/PNC Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. The bank also hired John Herald as an institutional investment sales representative. He was with the Kentucky Housing Corp.

Compass EMP Funds said Jim Perry and Mike Smith have joined the Advisor Services team as account executives. Perry, a graduate of Rhodes College, has 18 years of client servicing experience, holding posts with Southwestern Investments, at Cumberland Bank and SunTrust Bank. Smith, a graduate of California State-Fullerton, has 15 years of sales and wholesaling experience with SunLife, and Genworth Financial, among others.


The Nashville Sports Council named its board for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Pete Ezell of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz is chairman. The executive committee includes immediate past chairman Dave Cooley of Cooley Public Strategies, finance chairman Jim Armistead of Regions Bank, events chairwoman Melissa Eads of Kroger, human resources and compensation chairman Joe Kelley, government relations chairwoman Diane Neighbors, vice mayor of Nashville, legal counsel Jim Murphy of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, corporate membership chairman John Short of Pepsi Beverages Co., individual membership chairwoman Jaynee Day of Second Harvest Middle Tennessee, public relations chairwoman Deb McDermott of Young Broadcasting, speakers management chairman Hunter McCarty of RJ Young, e-commerce chairman Marty Paslick of HCA, NCAA Women’s Final Four chairwoman Margaret Behm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, at-large members David Williams of Vanderbilt University, Ronald Roberts of Dye Van Mol & Lawrence, Bo Roberts of NetCom LLC, and Kent Thomas of Delek US Holdings and ex-officio Matt Wiltshire of the mayor’s office.

The Nashville Symphony has added 13 members to its board for the 2011-12 season. New directors, elected to serve three-year terms: are Carol Daniels; Bob Dennis, president and CEO of Genesco; Bob Ezrin, partner in Bigger Picture Group; Ben Folds, a composer and musician; Carl Haley, CEO of Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation; Larry Larkin, president of LMB; Dr. Victoria Pao; Jennifer Puryear; Michael Schatzlein, president and CEO of Saint Thomas Health; Nelson Shields, CEO and president of NexTime Inc.; Renata Soto, executive director of Conexion Americas; Van Tucker; and Mark Wait, dean and professor of music at Blair School of Music. Newly appointed ex-officio members include Lisa Cooper, president of the Nashville Symphony Chorus; Susannah Culbertson, president of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League; and James Zimmermann, orchestra representative. Officers include James C. Gooch, board chairman; Ed Goodrich, board chairman-elect; John T. Rochford, vice chairman; David Williams, treasurer; Betsy Wills, secretary; and Lee A. Beaman, immediate past chairman.

The Nashville Local Organizing Committee for the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four said Nashville first lady Anne Davis and Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam will be honorary chairwomen for the April 2014 women’s basketball championship at Bridgestone Arena.

Health care

Kidney disease specialists Drs. Christie A. Green, Ranjan Chanda and Ling Yu have joined Nephrology Associates. Green was an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Chanda recently completed a Transplant Nephrology fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco and a Nephrology fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center. Yu recently completed a Nephrology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Desiree Jones has joined Radiology Alliance, a private radiology practice, as a marketing representative. She was an assistant marketing manager with Abington Press. The company also promoted Christina Spitters to marketing representative. She has been with Radiology Alliance since 1997.

Tim Strickland has joined health-care public affairs firm Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock. He has 20 years of experience in hospital marketing and journalism and previously worked at Onslow Memorial Hospital in North Carolina, where he was a senior vice president.

HCA has named Dr. Michael Cuffe as president and chief executive officer of Physician Services, a position created as part of an internal reorganization announced in February. Cuffe currently serves as vice president for ambulatory services and chief medical officer of Duke University Health System.

Dr. H. Scott Baldwin, chief of pediatric cardiology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been selected to serve as chairman of the Scientific Board of the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.


Hall Booth Smith & Slover PC has added Patrick Millsaps as a partner in its litigation and transactional practice areas. Millsaps has worked for more than a decade as a litigator and business transaction attorney. Most recently, he was the proprietor of the Millsaps Law Firm in Camilla, Ga.

The law firm of Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell & Smith has added two new attorneys and moved its offices to the Fourth & Church Building, formerly SunTrust Bank. The new attorneys are: J. Spencer Fair and Jessica M. Van Dyke, both of whom graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Fair has practiced law in Kingsport, Tenn., with Gilly & Associates. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tennessee, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. Van Dyke has a bachelor’s degree from Knox College in Illinois and a master’s in political science from Vanderbilt University. The law firm also is welcoming back partner Brad Gilmore, who has been practicing in Sydney for the past year and a half.

Attorney Albert J. Bart has rejoined Sherrard & Roe PLC as a member, returning to the firm’s corporate practice group after serving as senior vice president and associate general counsel for Ceridian Corp. for three years. Bart was previously a member of Sherrard & Roe from 2005 to 2008.

Buerger, Moseley & Carson PLC has added Scott C. Gardner to its practice as a specialist in health-care operations law. Before joining the firm, he was an associate at Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert.

Tiffany A. Dunn, an associate in Loeb & Loeb’s Nashville office, has been promoted to senior counsel. She works primarily in the music, television and motion picture industries with a focus on entertainment, corporate and intellectual property transactions, copyright and trademark protection as well as a talent practice.

Barbara Boone McGinnis has joined the Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs as an associate attorney. McGinnis was with Amedisys Home Health Inc. for seven years.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has hired Wendell Moore and Jeremy Nagoshiner as public policy advisers in its State Public Policy Group. Moore and Nagoshiner were with The Capitol Group, a government relations and public affairs consulting firm founded by Moore in 2004.


Darrin Yappen, a regional sales director for American United Life Insurance Co., a OneAmerica company, is responsible for securing a $2,500 grant for Gilda’s Club Nashville from OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. Yappen became involved in the fundraising effort after a member of his sales team was diagnosed with brain cancer.


Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain has hired Maria Harris as an accounting specialist in the company’s Nashville-based internal accounting department. She had been a client-billing specialist with Take Care Health Systems.

Centerstone Research Institute has promoted Russell L. Galyon to director of analytics. Galyon joined the company two years ago as a data architect.