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People in business

Compiled by Torrye Jones and Greer Johnson

Published: Sunday, 07/24/05

Tonya Carson was awarded certification as a business retention and expansion consultant by Business Retention and Expansion International. Carson is program manager of the Forward Sumner Economic Council in Hendersonville.

Franklin-based Carnes Group LLC has achieved the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency as a Microsoft Certified Partner. The recognition is for Microsoft partners that have proved their expertise in designing and/or implementing complex infrastructure solutions based on design, migration and deployment of Microsoft server and network technologies.


David McMahan and James Weaver have been named co-chairmen for this year's Committee of Men Who Believe in Women, part of the Nashville Women's Political Caucus 13th Annual Good Guys Awards on Sept. 12. McMahan is a lobbyist with McMahan Winstead. Weaver is a member of the law firm Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis PLLC. Tommy Burnett, David Fox, Jim Henry and Kevin Lavender will be recognized as Good Guys by the caucus, which is a multipartisan, multiethnic organization that promotes full and equal participation of women in government and the political process.

Charlie Williams received the East Area Business Council Volunteer of the Year award at the council's annual celebration on June 15. Williams helped create East Works!, a partnership among the Martha O'Bryan Center, the James A. Cayce homes and the East Area Business Council.

Scott Avenue Town Homes won the East Area Business Council Area Beautification Competition.

Joe Chester, P.E.,PBS&J, Jerry Stump, P.E., Wilbur Smith Associates, and Susan Thrasher, P.E., Parsons Brinckerhoff, have received Presidential Citations from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee.

Melinda Kuest of Walker Management Group was named Planner of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of Meeting Professionals International during its 25th anniversary celebration and awards reception. Kuest also was recently inducted as vice president of membership for the board of directors.

Buffkin & Associates has been admitted into The Association of Executive Search Consultants. Buffkin & Associates is a national executive search and consulting firm founded in 1999 by Craig Buffkin.

James McGee, owner of Action Homes, received the Manufactured Housing Institute's National Industry award for "MHI National Retailers Council Person of the Year." McGee has been a member of the Tennessee Manufactured Housing Association since 1987 and serves on its board of directors.

Spring Arbor Distributors of La Vergne received the Christian Booksellers Association's Impact Award for excellence in distribution and Vendor of the Year, from Lemstone and The Association of Logos Bookstores. Spring Arbor Distributors is a unit of Ingram Book Group, a wholesaler of trade books, spoken audio and magazines.

Rick Schwartz, president of the Nashville Zoo, received the Kiwanis Club of Nashville's Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year award on July 22. The award goes to a person who gave determinedly to the betterment of Nashville during the previous year.

C. Gregg Conroy, executive director of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association Benefit Consortium Inc., has been awarded renewed fellowship standing in the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists for 2005 and 2006. Conroy earned the distinction by successfully completing a national employee benefits continuing education course and exam developed by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has had the fellowship designation since 1990.


The 2005-06 East Area Business Council board began its term on July 1. They are:

Jeff Ockerman, chairman, Stites & Harbison LLC.

Charlie Williams, chairman-elect, First Tennessee Bank.

Mike McKee, secretary, ADEX Homesellers.

Lane Casella, past chair, Casella Interiors.

Marsha Edwards, member at large, Martha O'Bryan Center.

Ted Helm, member at large, Modular Designs.

Fran Stewart, member at large, East Literature Magnet.

Steve Neighbors, member at large, Affordable Housing Resources.

Billy Fields, ad hoc, Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods.

Cathy Hardaway, ad hoc, Hardaway Construction.

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Credit Unions recently announced its 2005-06 board:

Teri Crowl, president, Electric Service Credit Union.

Rich Beswick, first vice president, DHS Credit Union.

Sharon Rader, second vice president, Nashville Post Office Credit Union.

Michael Bittle, third vice president, Vanderbilt University Employees Credit Union.

Phyllis Williams, secretary, Old Hickory Credit Union.

Chloe Nguyen, treasurer, St. Thomas Employees Credit Union.

The Construction Specifications Institute recently announced its fiscal 2006 Nashville chapter officers:

M.F. Schwartz III, RA, CSI, CDT, MAI, president, MFS3 Designs PC.

Kent Kile, CSI, CDT, president-elect, PPG Architectural Finishes Inc.

Mike Leonard, CSI, CDT, AIA, LEED-AP, first vice president, Thomas Miller & Partners.

Tiffany Goulet, CSI, CDT, second vice president, TNEMEC Companies Inc.

Timothy Yoko, CSI, CDT, AIA, secretary, Thomas Miller & Partners.

Rex Garton Jr., CSI, CCS, MAI, AIA, treasurer, Hart Freeland Roberts Inc.

Jerry Curtis, AIA, NCARB, CSI, first-year director, Jerry Curtis Architects.

Shed Glass, CSI, CCS, first-year director, Construction Documents Ltd.

Randy Huffman, CSI, CDT, first-year director, Southland Brick & Block.

Mike Leonard, CSI, CDT, AIA, LEED-AP, second-year director, Thomas Miller & Partners.

Melanie Kenney, CSI, second-year director, Lojac.

John Coke, CSI, AIA, second-year director, Hart Freeland & Roberts Inc.

The Nashville Sports Council recently announced its new leadership for the 2005-06 fiscal year:

Carter Todd, chairman, Gaylord Entertainment Co.

Terry Turner, immediate past chairman and finance committee chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners.

Evette White, chairwoman-elect, White Thompson Cunningham Regen.

Jim Murphy, legal counsel, Boult Cummings Conners & Berry.

Howard Gentry, government relations chairman, vice mayor.

Ed White, corporate membership chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners.

Susan Higgins, events and development chairwoman, Direct Link Inc.

Patrick Franzone, individual membership chairman, Millennium Maxwell House.

Ronald Roberts, public relations chairman, Dye Van Mol & Lawrence.

Melissa Eads, speakers management chairwoman, Kroger.

Jim Armistead, at large, AmSouth Bank.

Nick Taras, at large, Robert Orr Sysco.

Jon Steinbrecher, at large, Ohio Valley Conference.

Shannon Bowles, former chair, Nashville Marriott.

Greg Burns, former chairman, O'Charley's.

Vic Campbell, former chairman, HCA.

Chase Cole, former chairman, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis.

Hank Dye, former chairman, University of Tennessee.

Dick Evans, former chairman, Landscape Florida.

Joe Kelly, former chairman.

Dianne Neal, former chairwoman.

Dale Polley, former chairman.

Ron Samuels, former chairman, Regions Bank.

Emmett Edwards, ex-officio, Mayor's Office.

Mike Neal, ex-officio, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Butch Spyridon, ex-officio, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Tennessee Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers has announced elected officers and executive board members for 2006:

Steve Allen, president, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville.

Greg Judy, P.E., PTOE, vice president, Neel-Schaffer Inc., Nashville.

Steve Meyer, P.E., secretary-treasurer, Volkert & Associates, Chattanooga.

Jeff Hammond, P.E., past president, Neel-Schaffer Inc., Nashville.

John Sexton, P.E., section representative, Wilbur Smith Associates, Knoxville.

Hollis Loveday, P.E., section representative, Wilbur Smith Associates, Knoxville.

Renny Stinson, affiliate director, Stansell Electric Company Inc., Nashville.

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators recently installed its board for 2005-2006:

Keith Durbin, president and chairman of the membership committee, Southeast Electric.

Mark Bischoff, first VP and chairman of the certification committee, Hardcastle Construction Co.

Bob Johnson, second VP, Flow Construction.

Jim Shoemake, secretary and chairman of the standards and nominations committee, Orion Building Corp.

Ricky Stanford, treasurer and chairman of the programs committee, Session Paving Co.

Chance Livingston, first at large, The Comfort Group.

Keith Jones, second at large, E.M.J. Construction.

Terry Coggins, past president and chairperson of the bylaws and ethics committee, The Rogers Group.

Maj. Gen. Joseph T. Anderson, USMC (Ret.) has been appointed to the board of directors of Digital Reasoning Systems Inc. Anderson is associate director of the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in northern Virginia.


Michael Wick, P.E., has been appointed director of engineering and environmental for aggregate operations for Rogers Group Inc. Before joining Rogers Group, Wick handled business development and was Greenfield manager at Lafarge North America in Baltimore.

Chad Gaddes has joined J.E. Crain & Son as project manager. Gaddes brings seven years of experience in the construction industry specializing in the retail, commercial office, institutional and health-care industries.

William A. "Andy" Sneed Jr. has been promoted to chief operations officer of WASCO Inc., a commercial masonry and specialty subcontractor. Sneed is responsible for all areas of the company's staffing, training and operations, including new masonry, masonry restoration and specialty projects.


Phyllis Gobbell, Nashville State Community College instructor of English, won the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship for Literacy. Gobbell's story, Tellico, won a $5,000 award.


Todd Fogelberg, PE,has formed MP&E Engineering, an engineering consulting firm based in Brentwood. He was previously with BP Engineering and also spent several years with Smith, Seckman, Reid Inc. The company will provide professional design services for commercial, government, health-care and institutional projects.

Joshua L. Gess has joined SSOE Inc. Architects-Engineers as mechanical engineer-in-training. Gess received his bachelor of engineering, bachelor of arts from Vanderbilt University in 2005.


Jennifer Allen has joined INO Records as manager, national promotions. Her background includes sales and radio promotions within the Christian music industry.

Maxine Edwards has been promoted to vice president, administration/process development, of SESAC, a performing rights organization. Formerly senior director, licensing administration, Edwards has been with SESAC for 10 years.

Julee Baber has joined Nashville Children's Theatre as the director of education. Baber will serve as the theater's liaison to Metro schools and will oversee educational programs, summer camps, Saturday workshops and pre- and post-show activities and events.

Financial services

Scott Brady has joined Fifth Third Bank, N.A., as commercial real estate relationship manager. Before joining Fifth Third Bank, Brady worked for NBC/Sun Trust and South Trust Bank.

Brad Dunn and Sharon Gregory have recently been promoted in the Brentwood market of Pinnacle Financial Partners. Dunn, who has managed Pinnacle's Brentwood office since 2000, has been named area executive, and Gregory, a veteran in financial services in the Nashville area, is Pinnacle's new office manager in Brentwood. Rebecca Lynch has joined Pinnacle's Hendersonville office as a client service specialist, bringing 11 years of experience from First Tennessee Bank to her new role. Deanna Tiger, based at Pinnacle's downtown location, is a client services specialist, previously serving as head teller at First American/AmSouth Bank.

Neal Graziano has joined Mastrapasqua Asset Management's independent research team as a research analyst for the firm's growth and core equity portfolios. Before joining Mastrapasqua, Graziano served as a research associate with the investment management department of William Blair & Co. in Chicago.

Jason Bledsoe and Donna R. Lyon have joined Tennessee Bank and Trust in Franklin. Bledsoe is a commercial credit analyst and previously worked with First Farmers and Merchants Bank in Columbia. Lyon is branch manager and was previously with Community First Bank & Trust in Columbia.

Rich Ford, president of The Sage Group, has joined Galen Capital Group LLC as a senior adviser. Galen Capital Group is a merchant banking firm serving middle market companies primarily in the health-care industry.

Health care

Alive Hospice announced the additions of Joanna Bryant, Rosie Flite, Beth Looney and Rick White to its staff. Bryant, a registered nurse, joins the hospice as admissions coordinator; Flite, a registered nurse, joins as float nurse in home care; Looney joins the staff as development specialist; and White is the new registered nurse at The Residence.

Christine Chung, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology/oncology at Vanderbilt University, was awarded the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's major clinical investigator award. The award is intended to foster the careers of promising young investigators who are dedicated to conducting patient-oriented research.

Michael Gooch, R.N., B.S.N., CEN, EMT-P, a flight nurse with Vanderbilt Lifeflight, has been elected to the Health Occupations Students of America board of directors. He will serve as the health-care industry representative on the national board.

Donna Mason, R.N., manager of the Adult Emergency Department for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been elected as the new president of the national Emergency Nurses Association. Mason will serve as president-elect over the next year and president in 2007.

Judy H. Klich, IIDA, AAHID, has been inducted as one of the 50 founding members of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, a new organization recognizing health-care interior designers through education, training, experience and examinations for advanced certification. Klich has worked in the health-care design field for more than 15 years and recently held a national position as the Healthcare Forum Advisor for 2003-05.

Dr. Philomina Presentation is accepting new patients at her Tennessee Christian Medical Center Psychiatric Group offices in Brentwood and Madison. Presentation comes to Tennessee Christian as a board-certified physician by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Russ Higgins has joined Ulrich Medical Concepts as a regional sales manager. Higgins, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, has more than 12 years of sales experience in the medical records and practice management system arena.

James E. Gore, M.D., has joined The Consultant Group, P.C., a rheumatology practice founded in 1977. Gore is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible for rheumatology.

Randy Howard, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Hendersonville Medical Center. Howard, a gastroenterologist, comes to the medical center from the Case Western Reserve/Metro Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Michael Koester and Dr. Lina L. Robinson have joined Centennial Pediatrics at the group's Centennial Park location. Koester will provide orthopedic and sports medicine services to young athletes through treatment and preventive care of sports-related injuries. Robinson will provide mental health services that address the emotional and behavioral needs of children, adolescents and their families.

Karen Karpinski, director of volunteer services at Skyline Medical Center, has earned certification from the Southeastern Directors of Volunteer Services in Healthcare Organizations.

Legal services

Sue S. Porter was recently named an at-large member of The National Association for Law Placement board for 2005-07. Porter serves as the firmwide director of attorney recruitment for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

Bertis A. Echols III has joined Husch & Eppenberger LLL in Memphis as an associate attorney in the firm's Insolvency Practice Group. Before joining Husch, Echols gained experience as a law clerk in debtor and creditor bankruptcy matters.

Desiree I. Hill has joined the law firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC as an associate. Hill, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, received her law degree from the University of Memphis in 2002.

Holly Rachel Smith, a telecommunications attorney in Washington, has joined the Tennessee Regulatory Authority as senior policy and legal adviser to TRA Director Deborah Taylor Tate. Smith was formerly associated with the law firm Kraskin, Moorman & Cossum LLC of Washington.


Jennifer Blair has been promoted to director, active radio marketing, at Bullseye Marketing Research. Blair joined the company in 2002 and previously held the position of active radio marketing associate.

Lovell Communications Inc. recently announced the promotions of Rosemary Plorin to senior vice president and Rebecca Kirkham to vice president and the addition of Malea Barron as an assistant account executive. Plorin previously served as vice president, Kirkham previously was a senior account supervisor, and Barron worked as a writer for NBC affiliate WSMV-TV before joining the firm.


Kristi Kelly has joined Easter Seals Tennessee as human resources director. Kelly recently served as corporate human resources manager with Nu-kote International, where she was responsible for corporate policy, staff sourcing and recruitment, compliance, workers' compensation and employee relations systems.

The Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley elected its delegates to the 2005 Girl Scout National Convention, "For All Girls – Soaring Beyond Greatness," which will be held Oct. 7-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta:

Agenia Clark, president and CEO of Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley.

Steve Horrell, board chairman, Horrell Co.

Rita Mitchell, second vice chairwoman.

Kim Lindsay, Girl Scout volunteer.

Valarie McAdoo, Girl Scout volunteer.

Susan Shields, Girl Scout volunteer.

Patty Spencer, Girl Scout volunteer.

Mary Duncan, Girl Scout volunteer.

Linda Hall, Girl Scout volunteer.

Lisa Ferron, Girl Scout volunteer.

Cindy Winchester, alternate delegate.

Sanda Abramson, alternate delegate.

Samantha Pope, senior Girl Scout.

Ryanne Thomas, senior Girl Scout.

Allison Barnett, senior Girl Scout.

The'Andrea Lee, senior Girl Scout.

Marika vonZellen, senior Girl Scout alternate delegate.

Sarah Jessup, senior Girl Scout alternate delegate.

Park Center, a nonprofit agency providing services for adults with serious mental illness, announces the addition of two new members to its board of directors:

Shawn L. Caster, Tennessee Justice Center.

Tene Hamilton Franklin, M.S., Meharry Sickle Cell Center, School of Medicine.

Candyee Goode has been named director of The King's Daughters Day Home. Goode previously was early childhood coordinator for the Center of Excellence at Tennessee State University and is the 2008 co-chairwoman of the Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.

Public relations

Michael M. Brewer, Tara M. Tocco and Elisabeth R. Henderlong have been appointed to the account services team of Seigenthaler Public Relations Inc. Brewer serves as director of client services, Tocco serves as account executive and Henderlong is account coordinator.

Joe Burchfield, Tosha Jones and Jessica Martin have been promoted to associate account executives at McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. Burchfield, Jones and Martin previously were staff associates.

Steve Losey, a free-lance writer and tour publicist, will launch Nashville Publicity Group's new tour publicity division. As director of tour publicity, Losey will serve as the point person for all tour publicity campaigns.

Real estate

Jan Buck has joined the Brentwood/Cool
Springs office of Realty Executives Fine Homes. Buck recently retired from the Metro school system after 23 years of experience in mental health. She will specialize in residential and farm sales.

Leslie Munn has joined Village Real Estate Services as an affiliate broker. Munn has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, leadership and business development. Munn founded Arbora Group Inc. and previously has served as vice president of software platform developer Pure Matrix.

Meredith Burns and Mary Carolyn Roberts have joined Shirley Zeitlin & Company, Realtors, as affiliate brokers in the Green Hills office. Burns, a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, has more than 10 years of experience in sales. Roberts, a graduate of the University of Alabama, previously sold pharmaceuticals in the Nashville area for almost 10 years.

David Cannon, a real estate sales professional in Hendersonville, recently joined the Keller Williams Realty Hendersonville Market Center. Cannon has been in the real estate industry for three years.

Angela Bavetta is the new managing broker for ERA Pacesetter Partners of Donelson. Bavetta previously worked in real estate with Century 21 and with Realty Association.

Billie Woodring has joined Village Real Estate Services as an affiliate broker. Before a career in real estate, Woodring taught design classes. She received a degree in design from O'More College of Design.


Rod Huff has been appointed chief operating officer of Integra GP. Huff is a 16-year veteran of the Christian Bookseller Association market and was most recently the co-president of Chordant Distribution Group (now EMI Christian Music Group).

Carolan Trbovich, Matthew Musser, Meredithe Wade and Robin Wren have joined Christie Cookies. Trbovich is director of client services, Musser has become regional sales manager for the food service division, Wade serves as a corporate sales representative for Middle Tennessee and Kentucky, and Wren has been named commissary shift manager.


Paul Magill has been promoted to general manager of the Auction Solution and Title Solution divisions of Manheim's Remarketing Solutions. Magill previously served as national accounts manager and product manager for Upstream (online) sales.

Richard Vallance has been promoted to the position of national sales manager for Glastonbury Southern Gage. Vallance will be responsible for all sales and marketing activity for GSG. He previously served as regional sales manager for the firm. Vallance resides in Greenville, S.C.

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