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VOL. 36 | NO. 52 | Friday, December 28, 2012




Waller elects five new partners

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Waller, Nashville’s oldest and largest law firm, has elected five new attorneys as partners. Each attorney was previously an associate at the firm:

Steven Connor joined Waller in 2005 and is in the firm’s finance and restructuring group. He focuses his practice on corporate governance, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, commercial finance, and healthcare securities. He earned his J.D. from the University of Washington and his B.S. from Lipscomb University.

Jeb Gerth is a labor and employment attorney who has been with Waller since 2005. He works with a variety of employers across the automotive and manufacturing, retail, utilities, wireless telecommunications, and health care industries. His practice focuses on discrimination and harassment, labor disputes, FLSA, and labor and employment class actions. Gerth earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee and his B.A. from Belmont University.

Justin McNaughton joined Waller in 2006 and focuses his practice on intellectual property, copyrights, patents, software licensing and IT outsourcing, trade secrets and trademarks. He practices within the automotive and manufacturing, banking and financial, and health care industries. He earned his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and his B.S. from Brigham Young University.

John Park joined Waller in 2008 and is in the firm’s labor and employment practice group. He serves the automotive and manufacturing, health care, real estate, retail, and wireless telecommunications industries. He focuses his practice primarily on discrimination and harassment, labor disputes, labor and employment class actions, and FLSA. Park earned his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his B.B.A from the University of Texas at Austin.

Keith Thompson has been with Waller since 2005. As an attorney in Waller’s corporate practice, Thompson focuses on corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. He represents a wide range of health care clients, including behavioral care providers, hospitals and health systems, and outpatient health service providers. He also advises companies in the automotive and manufacturing industries. He earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee and his B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Blaylock elected head of veterinary group

Robert L. Blaylock, DVM, owner of Animal Care Veterinary Hospital in Murfreesboro, has been elected president of the National Association for Veterinary Family Practice (AVFP).

Formed in 2006, the AVFP seeks to optimize the quality of the lives of pets in human families and communities by advancing the role of primary veterinary care. It focuses on the non-biomedical knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to address the health care needs of pets.

He will serve a two-year term.

Blaylock practiced large and small animal medicine in Paris, Tenn., before moving to Murfreesboro in 1994. He became practice owner of Animal Care Veterinary Hospital, Inc. (formerly Jackson Animal Care Clinic) in 1999.

Hobson selected to lead state soccer association

Franklin resident Hans Hobson has been hired as the executive director of the Tennessee State Soccer Association. He will begin his new role Jan. 1.

Hobson has more than a decade of experience with youth soccer in Tennessee, as well as coaching and leadership roles in the state’s most competitive clubs. His youth soccer experience includes stints as girls director of coaching for Brentwood/Franklin-based Tennessee Soccer Club, director of coaching for Brentwood Soccer Club, assistant director of coaching for Knoxville Football Club and assistant director of coaching for Diadora Impact Soccer Club.

Before his involvement in youth soccer programs, Hobson was Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at Milligan College.

Corizon announces new vice president

Corizon, a provider of correctional health care solutions, has promoted Lorie White to vice president of talent management and organization development.

In her new role, White is responsible for all recruitment, clinical and leadership training, and organization development for the company. She is also the designated HR lead for Corizon’s new contract with the Florida Department of Corrections.

White has served in the health care industry for more than 30 years and has been with Corizon since 2008. She earned her master’s in education from Washington University.

LBMC adds to staff in Brentwood office

Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, one of the Southeast’s largest accounting and business consulting firms, has announced four personnel changes for its Brentwood office:

Mindy Vail has joined the firm as e-marketing/web coordinator in the Shared Services Marketing Department.

She previously worked with Community Health Systems (CHS) as a website developer and webmaster at Tennessee Society Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA). Originally from Mayfield, KY, Mindy is a graduate of Murray State University.

Donovan Sargent is a network system engineer with a specialty in small business and enterprise technology.

He comes to LBMC with more than 15 years of experience in design, implementation, administration and management of information systems. Originally from College Grove, Sargent is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.

Matt Denney, CPA, has joined the firm as manager in the tax services division, where he will be working in a variety of industries serving individuals and large multi-national corporations.

He comes to LBMC from Deloitte, where he served in the business tax services division for seven years. Originally from Hendersonville, he is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

Will Harvey has been hired as a business intelligence/data warehouse senior consultant and will primarily be focused on designing high-end solutions using the Microsoft SharePoint and SQL Server BI Enterprise Development Technologies.

Most recently, he served as a business intelligence analyst for Onlife Health, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Originally from Naples, Fla., Will is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Eight members join entrepreneur group

The Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) announced the addition of eight new members to its group of Middle Tennessee business owners, bringing a combined $28,580,000 in annual sales and 127 full-time employees to the group’s ranks.

Three-fourths of the new member companies are located in Williamson Country, with the remaining fourth calling Davidson County home.

The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 113 members. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

The eight new members are:

Tom Beach, CEO of City Saver, a marketing company that produces coupon books and smartphone applications that help schools raise funds. Founded in 2004, City Saver’s products have raised more than $8 million for local schools and charities.

David Box, co-founder and principal of Trinisys, a software company that provides a data capture, integration and rapid Web development platform. He is a software developer turned entrepreneur, having founded Trinisys in 2004.

William Kirkland, who founded The Kirkland Company in 2007. The real estate brokerage firm specializes in selling apartment communities.

Greg Luken, CEO of Luken, a firm that handles the financial affairs for a select group of families. He is a native of Elizabethtown, Ky.

Brian Murphy, who founded the technical staffing firm Vertek Solutions, Inc. in 2006. The firm specializes in IT, telecommunications and engineering.

Timothy Adam Sinks, president and co-founder of Full Circle Disposal, LLC, a waste management company that hauls and disposes of construction and demolition waste.

Ricky Scott, partner and owner of The Kingston Group, a residential construction, development and investment group. A custom remodeler and builder, Scott founded The Kingston Group in 2007 with business partner Robbie Edwards.

Wesley Shutt, who serves as president and CEO of the financial services firm Capital Accounts. Formed in 2003, Capital Accounts specializes in collection services and payment processing.

Civil Site Design hires project manager

Sean DeCoster has joined Civil Site Design Group, PLLC, a civil engineering, planning and design firm headquartered in Nashville, as a project manager. DeCoster will manage one of the firm’s residential and site-development groups.

Prior to joining Civil Site Design Group, DeCoster was a project manager at Littlejohn Engineering Associates. He has 18 years of experience in the design of residential subdivisions, commercial centers and mixed-use developments. In addition, DeCoster has an extensive background in the preparation and approval of storm water pollution and prevention plans, aquatic resource alteration permits, and national pollutant discharge elimination system notice of intent applications for a variety of project types.

Two promoted at DVL Public Relations

DVL Public Relations & Advertising has promoted Kristin Robinson and Michael Graham.

Robinson has been promoted from account executive to account supervisor. She joined DVL in 2009 and provides clients with experience in media and community relations, branding and events.

She has worked with clients in the entertainment, sports, food and beverage and nonprofit industries.

Graham, who joined DVL in 2009, has been promoted from assistant account executive to account executive. His experience includes media relations, logo and brand development and strategic event planning and execution.

Graham currently works with clients in the public works, retail, food and beverage, sports and automotive industries.

Baker Donelson adds to public policy group

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has added M. Adam Jaynes to the Firm’s Nashville office.

Jaynes, who joins as a public policy advisor in the firm’s State Public Policy Group, previously served as a legislative analyst for the state Department of Health and has worked on numerous national and state senate campaigns. He is chairman of the Davidson County Young Republicans.

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