Music City Center officials announced today that the SoBro-based convention building generated more than $110 million in economic impact during the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.
The figure is double the mark that was generated during the first three months of fiscal year 2015, according to a release.
In September specifically, the MCC hosted 31 events with 41,696 attendees, generating 12,438 room nights for about $21 million in economic impact. Fiscal year to date, the building has hosted 71 events with 187,314 attendees, generating $110.6 million in economic impact. According to the release, tax collections continue to outperform expectations, with the MCC portion of tax collections was up 19.72 percent for July year over year.
“Our team continues to do an outstanding job juggling multiple, large events in the building at the same time and this has enabled us to produce these kind of economic impact numbers,” Charles Starks, MCC president and CEO, said in the release. “During Mayor [Megan] Barry’s inauguration in the Grand Ballroom, we had 15,000 guests in the building for other events and everything went very smoothly.”
The Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council announced today it has elected Billy Dycus to serve as president.
He succeeds Gary Moore, who chose not to seek re-election after serving as president since 2011.
Previously, Dycus served as the president of United Steelworkers Local 1155L in Morrison, Tennessee, according to a release.
"I am grateful and humbled that the affiliates representing thousands of hard-working Tennesseans of the Tennessee AFL-CIO have elected me to represent Labor throughout the state," Dycus said in the release. "President Gary Moore and his staff have done an amazing job managing the many difficult issues facing Labor and working people over the last four years."
Relatedly, current Tennessee AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer A.J. Starling was re-elected to serve another term.
In addition to Dycus, the following executive board members were elected to new positions: Paul Shaffer (executive vice president), Norm Jenks (1st vice president), Rickey Wallace (2nd vice president), and James Morrow (3rd vice president.
Also, Donnie Beechum, John Ledwell, Kevin Huddleston, Gary Watkins, Kevin McGavock, and Johnny Orton have been sworn in as new executive board members.
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The Crichton Group adds Webb-Ayer as compliance officer
The Crichton Group has announced the addition of Jessica Webb-Ayer as compliance officer, a newly created position.
According to a release, Webb-Ayer (pictured) will lead the Nashville-based company’s employee benefits compliance practice. She will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the agency’s compliance service suite for clients and for training and educating the group’s benefits practice employees.
Previously, Webb-Ayer was a legal editor at Business and Legal Resources for its human resources and employment law publications. At BLR, she was the point person for employment legal issues such as the Affordable Care Act, health care insurance, Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and employee benefits. Additionally, she has written extensively for publications related to labor and employment law and served as an editor of an online benefits newsletters and benefits manual.
Webb-Ayer earned her J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee and her undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University. She is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
“As the insurance market continues to evolve and become more complex, our clients’ needs have also shifted, and that largely includes questions regarding professional compliance,” Austin Madison, The Crichton Group vice president who leads the company’s benefits practice, said in the release. “We are thrilled to add Jessica to our team to meet this new demand and stay ahead of the curve when it comes to aiding clients in navigating an increasingly complex regulatory environment. With her extensive experience in legal employment law, we can now offer our clients direct access to answers related to any of their compliance concerns.”
The Crichton Group bills itself as Middle Tennessee’s largest independent insurance agency.
Cole Law Group has announced the addition of music industry attorney Wayne R. Halper as senior attorney and head of the firm’s Entertainment Law Practice Group.
Halper will maintain an office on Music Row and at the Brentwood office of CLG, musicrow.com reports.
According to the CLG website, Halper was the first in-house attorney at a major record label in Nashville. He eventually served as general manager for DreamWorks Records.
Cole Law Group also has offices in Minneapolis and in Tallahassee, Florida.
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