NES board taps Mendes, Paz-Bernstein

The Nashville Electric Service Electric Power Board announced today the appointment of local attorney Robert J. Mendes as chair and restaurateur Irma Paz-Bernstein as vice chair.

An attorney at Frost Brown Todd, LLC, Mendes concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, business bankruptcy and business transactions. He has served on the NES board since 2011 and served on NES’s audit and ethics committee for two years.

Mendes attended the University of Chicago Law School after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1988.

A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Paz-Bernstein is co-owner of Nashville-based Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles. She graduated with a communications science degree from Univa in Guadalajara before attending the University of California at Los Angeles to finish her education. She was a television producer for nine years before relocating to Nashville.

Paz-Bernstein has served on the NES Electric Power Board since 2013.

NES’s five-member board is appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Metro Council to serve five-year staggered terms without pay.