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VOL. 37 | NO. 5 | Friday, February 01, 2013




VU’s Williams named chair of The Sports Fund

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The Sports Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, has added David Williams II as its advisory board chair.

The Sports Fund is a proactive, long-term charitable solution to a range of issues facing Middle Tennessee’s children, including childhood obesity, gang membership and teen pregnancy. By awarding funds to nonprofits and community programs that use athletics as a “hook,” The Sports Fund supports organizations that offer tutoring, provide a source of activity during after-school hours, and gives kids a sense of belonging and guidance from coaches.

Williams serves as Vanderbilt University’s chancellor for university affairs and athletics and athletics director. He also is active in the Middle Tennessee community, serving with several organizations, including the Nashville Sports Council, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and more. Williams is also on the board of directors of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Patterson is president of Iroquois Alliance

The Iroquois Alliance, the volunteer organization behind the Iroquois Steeplechase, has named Kearstin Patterson as its new president.

Patterson, who previously served as chairman of the 2012 Peoplechase Party, will preside over the Alliance, recruit volunteers and support events for the organization.

In addition to her Steeplechase role, Patterson is senior director of corporate communications for BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc. She also serves on the board of directors for Leadership Healthcare and Safe Haven Family Shelter, and is a past board member for the Public Relations Society of Nashville.

Patterson has volunteered her time and resources for numerous other non-profit organizations, including the Nashville Symphony, United Way of Nashville, Girl Scout Council of Middle Tennessee and Hands on Nashville.

Industry veteran joins BNA Wine Group

Nashville-based BNA Wine Group is expanding its sales team with the addition of industry veteran Cher Engelstad as sales director for the western United States.

Engelstad has more than 25 years of experience in winery sales and marketing, most recently as vice president of sales for Clos LaChance Winery and western U.S. sales director for multi-brand importer Testa Wines of the World.

Currently, there are five wines in BNA Wine Group portfolio: Butternut Chardonnay, Bandwagon Pinot Noir, Bandwagon Chardonnay, The Rule Cabernet Sauvignon and Volunteer Cabernet Sauvignon. The newest vintage, Bandwagon Pinot Noir 2011, challenges ordinary wine-making practices with a unique marriage of grapes from Willamette Valley and Arroyo Seco region. The result is a distinctive and complex Oregon-California Pinot..

Back Yard Burgers chooses McDougall

Back Yard Burgers, Inc., a Nashville-based, quick-service burger chain with 85 units, has named foodservice veteran David McDougall as the company’s new chief executive officer.

McDougall has more than 30 years of experience in franchising, operations, international and supply chain management experience as a senior leader in both quick-service and full-service restaurants.

McDougall joins Back Yard Burgers from FranIntel, Inc., an Atlanta-based financial and operations C level services firm supporting emerging to midsize franchisors, where he served as president for two years.

This announcement comes on the heels of Back Yard Burgers’ pre-arranged Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing and subsequent reorganization plan, both aimed at protecting the brand’s value, which enjoys wide acceptance across a broad spectrum of consumers.

The restructuring plan, which did not include franchise-owned locations and had full support of both the company’s owner and secured lender, was recently confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company now has 22 company-owned and 63 franchised locations in 20 states.

Lupus Foundation gets new president, CEO

Mike Singer has been named president and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter, which is based in Nashville.

Singer has more than 24 years of non-profit experience, including consulting and management positions with Ronald McDonald House Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, and United Ways in Frederick, Md., Chattanooga and Birmingham, Ala.

Singer is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in Marketing.

Two personnel changes at Bank of Nashville

The Bank of Nashville, a division of Synovus Bank, has selected Eric Parks to lead the bank’s residential construction lending division.

Also, Dale A. Royse has joined the bank as a senior commercial lender.

Parks has extensive real estate experience, most recently serving as vice president and relationship manager at Regions Financial Corp. A native of Murfreesboro, Parks holds undergraduate and masters’ degrees from Middle Tennessee State University with a concentration in Administration and Finance.

Royse comes to The Bank of Nashville from Legends Bank, where he managed both commercial business and commercial real estate portfolios. A 25-year banking veteran, Royse has enjoyed a diverse banking experience and will work primarily in the mid-commercial market.

Saint Thomas Health promotes Howard

Saint Thomas Health has promoted Amy Howard to director of Regional Network Services.

Howard has served as Chest Pain Network and Stroke Network coordinator for Saint Thomas Health’s Regional Network Services for the past four years and was instrumental in the development of the Saint Thomas Health Chest Pain registry. In her new role, she will support the expansion of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network, Saint Thomas Stroke Network and Saint Thomas Heart Failure Outreach Network.

Howard, a registered nurse, began her tenure at Saint Thomas Hospital while in nursing school. She worked as a critical care nurse on the hospital’s open heart and heart transplant recovery floor.

Howard earned her associates and bachelor’s degree in nursing at Tennessee State University.

While at Saint Thomas Health, she developed an ongoing stroke education program, established a speaker’s bureau around cardiac and neurology strategy to provide continuing medical education and managed the health system’s Society of Chest Pain Centers accreditation.

Six promoted at Diversified Trust

Diversified Trust, a southeast-based comprehensive wealth management firm with more than $4.5 billion in client assets, has announced the promotion of six professionals. The promotions are lead by the appointment of Drew Berg as principal.

Berg joined Diversified Trust in 2006. He chairs the Institutional Advisory Services Team and is a member of the Investment Strategies Group and Portfolio Management Team. In addition to serving clients, his primary duties include portfolio management and performance reporting.

Before joining the company, he spent eight years at Investment Scorecard, Inc., a Nashville-based provider of performance measurement, portfolio monitoring, and client reporting solutions to the wealth management industry.

In addition, Diversified Trust also announced the promotion of five Nashville employees:

Mary Raymond, vice president

April Rome, vice president

Tammy Underwood, senior associate

Stephen Vogel, senior associate

Meg Fortenberry, associate

Book’em announces 2013 officers, board members

Book’em, a local children’s literacy organization, has announced its officers and board members for 2013.

Book’em is a local, nonprofit, children’s literacy organization focusing on two core areas: providing volunteer readers to local preschools and elementary schools, and collecting and distributing new books to children and teens in lower-income families who might not otherwise have books of their own. The organization’s mission is to empower Nashville’s children by fostering a love of books and reading.

2013 officers include:

President: Leigh Lindsey, McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations

Vice president/president-elect: Caroline Burris, HCA

Secretary: Shane Morris, Waller

Treasurer: Brandon Harrison, Kraft Healthcare Consulting

Board Liaison: Reba Holmes, Comdata Network, Inc.

Past president: Cindee Gold, community volunteer

Board members elected for the 2013–2014 term include: Jemina Boyd, Crowe Horwath; Mark Claypool, Educational Services of America; Katie Davis, Sen. Bob Corker, Young Leaders Council intern; Brenda Gadd, Frost Brown Todd; Bruce Gallo, National Corporate Research; William Howorth, HCA; Shane Ivey, Noble Sidekick; Jenny Lee, SunTrust Bank; Johari Matthews, Margaret Maddox YMCA; Mary McCarthy, community volunteer; Missy Michaels, 360 Junior Golf, Junior League of Nashville liaison; Kenya Newby, Charlotte Park Elementary School; Leslie Newman, HCA; Megan Pinson, community volunteer; Tori Ross, Nashville Public Library; Chris Serck, Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain; Sharese Shannon, Vanderbilt University; Mary Comfort Stevens, Vanderbilt University; Lynn Vincent, McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations.

Cooley joins Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society, Tennessee’s largest non-profit law firm, announced today that Allison Cooley has joined the Nashville office as a staff attorney.

Cooley will represent victims of domestic violence in the 3rd and 4th Circuit Courts in Davidson County. Her work will focus on divorces, orders of protection, custody and criminal and/or civil contempt petitions.

Cooley graduated from the Charlotte School of Law in 2011, and has been admitted to the Tennessee and Georgia State Bar. Prior to joining the Legal Aid Society, she externed in Charlotte, N.C. for the United Family Services LRP Program and Neighborhood Advocacy Center. She drafted separation and prenuptial agreements, represented domestic violence victims and handled parents seeking reunification cases with children in youth/family services custody.

Business Rountable taps new executive director

Charles “Charlie” Howorth is assuming the role of executive director for the Tennessee Business Roundtable and will help continue the Roundtable’s work addressing key public policy issues facing the business community including, private property rights, judicial selection, education, workers’ compensation and health care.

Howorth gained much of his experience at BellSouth, first acting as general counsel before being named regulatory vice president. He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Nashville Symphony, United Way and the Center for Non-profit Management. Most recently he worked as a consultant in the telecommunications field.

The Tennessee Business Roundtable, an organization of senior level business leaders, seeks to collaborate with state government and Tennessee’s business organizations to develop and implement policy supporting business and economic growth in Tennessee.

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