Charles K. Grant, a shareholder in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, tonight will take the gavel as president of the Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors.
Grant, who will become the first African-American to serve as the board’s president, will replace Thomas J. Sherrard of Sherrard & Roe. The NBA, which holds its annual meeting and banquet tonight at the Wildhorse Saloon downtown, is 182 years old.
At Baker Donelson, Grant represents clients in employment litigation, including collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. His practice also includes business litigation. Grant has tried more than 45 jury trials to verdict in both federal and state courts, and represented clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings across more than a dozen states.
Metro Council members this week approved the addition of hospitality executive Irwin Fisher to the board of the Convention Center Authority. Fisher spent more than two decades at the Loews Vanderbilt and its parent company until leaving last year.
Southeast Venture LLC has promoted Tarek El Gammal to associate.
El Gammal (pictured) has been with the company since 2010, when he joined as a broker to spearhead the firm’s multifamily investment sales, advisory and development activities.
“Tarek has been a large part of our growth in the apartment market,” Todd Alexander, principal broker for Southeast Venture, said in a release. “As our newest associate, he brings a great deal of institutional experience and real estate contacts to Southeast Venture’s management table.”
To date, El Gammal has worked with a variety of clients on sales and leasing transactions valued at more than $100 million and representing approximately one million square feet of commercial space. He most recently assisted in obtaining financing and was a project manger for 12South Flats, the new mixed-use development project developed by H.G. Hill Realty Company and Southeast Venture in the 12South neighborhood.
Before joining Southeast Venture, El Gammal served as managing member for Queen Square Group, LLC, where he provided consulting services to regional development firms. He also worked as vice president at The Tuckerman Group/SSgA, where he sourced $167 million of project capitalization in multifamily acquisition and mezzanine loan financing.
El Gammal began his career in Atlanta in property management with Merry Land & Investment Company before becoming project manager with Equity Residential Properties Trust in Chicago.
El Gammal holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Hampden-Sydney College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Law firm Eraclides Gelman Hall Indek Goodman & Waters, which runs 10 offices in Florida and Georgia, has recruited Allen Callison to open its first outpost in Tennessee. Callison, who was formerly with Morgan & Akins, has set up shop on Poston Avenue in West End and is being supported by two Eraclides attorneys in Atlanta. Eraclides specializes in workers' compensation defense and also handles other liability cases and Medicare compliance work.