The local office of Raymond James has scored a nice win by recruiting financial advisors Paul Allen and David Schadel from Wiley Bros.-Aintree Capital. Allen (left in the photo) and Schadel, who had been with Wiley for a combined 14-plus years, manage about $200 million for the clients. Along with Client Services Manager Heather Beckwith, they are now based in Maryland Farms.
Local nonprofit Girls on the Run Nashville has named Tiffany Patton as its executive director.
Patton most recently served as director of community engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Nashville.
Girls on the Run Nashville offers afterschool programs that run for 12-weeks each spring and fall. The organization, which is based in Charlotte, N.C., has been in Nashville since 2007.
“I’ve always been passionate about working with youth,” Patton said in a release. “It is wonderful that Girls on the Run has inspired more than one thousand Middle Tennessee girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. In my new role, I will be focused on creating programming to reach the thousands more who could use our program to help them reach their full potential.”
In addition to her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Patton has worked with Tennessee Lives Count and Tennessee Voices for Children. She also serves on the boards of Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School and Vanderbilt University Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.
Patton is a member of the Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee, the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Patton received her Bachelor of Arts degree in from Vanderbilt University and her Master of Science degree in public service management from Cumberland University.
Gov. Bill Haslam equates the legislative push to override local government gun bans in parks as a property matter rather than a constitutional one.
“City councils and county commissions have said, ‘OK, our taxpayers have paid for that park,’ and their elected representatives, I think, should get to decide what happens in the parks,” he told reporters after making a jobs announcement in Dickson. "To me, it’s not a Second Amendment right. It’s the same right anybody should have with a property they control."
Haslam stopped short of saying he'd veto the bill. In noting that the measure is now on the move in the House, he said, “We’ll have to see once it winds its way to me.”
The House Civil Justice Subcommittee advanced the bill this week, despite the governor's “major concerns” expressed earlier this year. Those concerns also didn’t stop the Senate, which voted last month 26-7 to allow handgun-carry permit holders to bring their gun with them into parks, regardless whether local municipalities have banned them.
While House Speaker Beth Harwell has said she sees a guns-in-parks bill passing this year, she has said she wants to make the bill more “palatable” to local governments. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has also weighed in by asking members of the legislature to leave local authority to ban guns in municipal parks alone.
The BBR Music Group has named Dashboard Media founder Natalie Kilgore vice president of publicity.
Relatedly, Dashboard Media associate publicist Brittany Perlin follows Kilgore to the BBR to serve as associate publicist, while Jessica Pangrazio joins the company in the newly created position of junior publicist.
Kilgore (pictured) will strategize and lead publicity endeavors BBR, which serves as the umbrella for Broken Bow, Stoney Creek and RED BOW Records as well as BBR Management and Magic Mustang Music. Additionally, she will maintain direct publicity representation for Thompson Square, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols and Parmalee, among others.
Kilgore began her industry career 14 years ago as an on-air personality for WBUZ-Nashville. Stints as an entertainment writer for Gannett; as communications director for NSAI; and as the senior publicist for G7 Entertainment followed. Additionally, Kilgore spent more than four years as head of publicity for the Big Machine Label Group prior to founding Dashboard Media in 2011.
“From the moment I began working with my first client Thompson Square, all the guys and gals at BBR Music Group became a part of my family,” Kilgore said in a release. “Benny Brown and his team have fostered a level of camaraderie and collaboration within BBRMG’s walls that create a truly unique, fun and refreshing work environment. While I’ve enjoyed being an independent contractor, I am excited, proud and even a bit thunderstruck to be asked to lead the BBR Music Group’s Publicity department, to bring my awesome staff on board, and to continue to work with the incredible label family and artists in which I so fervently believe.”
Perlin joined Dashboard Media in October 2012 and previously spent five years at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson where she served as music assistant for many years before being promoted to music booker.
A December 2013 graduate of Belmont University, Pangrazio previously held public relations internships at Kaleidoscope Media, The Franklin Theatre and Sugar Hill Records.
Cool Springs-based financial services and investment firm HawsGoodwin Financial announced today it has added an employee benefits division and has tapped Tom Weatherman to oversee it.
A 35-year insurance industry professional with long-standing ties to Middle Tennessee insurance providers and agencies, Weatherman will oversee the implementation of the new division’s infrastructure and program offerings, which include group medical, life, and dental; disability and vision; flexible and health savings accounts; wellness programs; and individual medical and life insurance.
Prior to joining HawsGoodwin, Weatherman (pictured) served as employee benefits manager for international insurance brokerage Integro. Before that, he was vice president, sales manager and producer at Brentwood-based Gale Smith and Co. He also has held sales and management positions with Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Cigna.
Weatherman received his B.S. degree from Lipscomb University.
“Tom is an extremely well-respected professional in Middle Tennessee, and his vast knowledge of the insurance industry will be beneficial to our firm and more importantly to our existing and future clients,” Art Haws, HawsGoodwin CEO, said in a release. “We view this as an important step in the firm’s growth and we are excited about the potential opportunities on the horizon.”