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Landmark Community Bank taps Coleman as VP

Bill Coleman has joined the downtown Franklin office of Landmark Community Bank as vice president of cash management services.

Coleman, who most recently served as a vice president at First Vision Bank in Murfreesboro, will oversee Landmark Community Bank efforts involving positive pay, account reconciliation, ACH and wire services, remote deposit capture and online banking, according to a release.

Coleman started his banking career with Banker’s Trust in Nashville and later worked with Tennessee Commerce Bank and Republic Bank in Franklin.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

“Landmark’s approach to commercial banking is unique, and my job is to do whatever it takes to help our clients be successful,” Coleman said in the release. “This is a true community bank, where we understand the customer’s objectives and offer a solution to fit those needs, not the other way around. That kind of relationship banking, along with the competitive rates and options, made this role very attractive.”

Landmark Community Bank is based in Collierville, Tennessee.

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Williams joins Bone McAllester Norton

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Q&A: Women’s Business Center's Amy Bunton

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Pathway Lending’s Women’s Business Center will host the Women’s Automotive Academy.

Post Managing Editor William Williams caught up with Amy Bunton, WBC president, to discuss the academy and center.

Why a “Women’s Automotive Academy”?

Tennessee ranks No. 1 in automotive manufacturing strength in the U.S., according to Business Facilities magazine, yet some women business owners aren’t aware of the opportunities for their businesses in the growing automotive sector. The Women’s Automotive Academy seeks to educate women on the industry, alert them to the opportunities, and connect them with key players to make it happen. Pathway Lending has worked with the major automotive players in Middle Tennessee for many years and we know they are interested in increasing diversity among their supply networks — from manufactured goods to professional services — and the academy is designed to support these goals by creating lasting connections between business owners and the automotive industry.

What is the significance of the event and what do you expect to be the key takeaways?

When we launched the Women’s Business Center, we sought to align it with the needs of the auto industry, which is a large component of the economy in Middle Tennessee. The Women’s Automotive Academy fills an educational gap in Tennessee’s economic development community and supports diversity in the automotive supply chain. We believe there will be three key takeaways from this event.

First, participants will learn what it takes to become a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. Second, they will learn how to speak the language of the auto sector. Third, and most importantly, they will have the opportunity to connect with key players from the industry as well as other suppliers who have already walked the road they are travelling.

In the automotive industry, where are women most influential and where are the deficiencies? And how can the deficiencies be addressed? 

Undoubtedly, women have made advancements in all areas of the automotive industry as evidenced by many successful executives and business owners operating in this sector today. However, a tremendous number of opportunities still exist and the industry is looking to increase diversity both internally and throughout its supply chain. Women in the STEM fields and certified Women’s Business Enterprises have incredible potential to become part of this industry and create value at both the personal and corporate levels.

We hope together with organizations such as the Southern Automotive Women’s Forum, the Women’s Business Enterprise Center South, and the University of Tennessee’s DRIVE! Initiative, our Women’s Automotive Academy will be part of a broader solution for increasing the participation of women in the automotive industry.

What are some key issues facing the Women’s Business Center?

Common issues we help our clients address at the Women’s Business Center often relate to scaling up their business — taking on new opportunities, expanding production and creating jobs. We work with entrepreneurs at all stages of business — from concept to execution — and help our clients successfully find and manage expansion opportunities, develop financial strategies to support this expansion and cultivate strong management practices to grow their business in the future.

Pathway Lending has brought in various partners from the private sector. How has this positively impacted the WBC?

We offer a variety of services at the WBC, everything from business basics to advanced classes that require subject matter experts. Partners from the private sector strengthen the center’s classroom offerings and often serve as outstanding mentors for our clients. In addition, their involvement in the center on an on-going basis helps grow relationships even further in the community. It helps the center and our clients make connections that would not otherwise happen.

The WBC has been open in MetroCenter only since April. What type progress has been made?

The WBC started its services in January, a few months ahead of the April ribbon cutting. With the creation of the Women’s Business Center, we’ve been able to expand our partnerships with amazing organizations like Regions Bank and the Regions Foundation, the Bank of America Charitable Fund and the Wells Fargo Foundation to bring capital that would have otherwise been unavailable to Middle Tennessee. These partnerships have helped us perform like a long-established WBC. In just our first few months, we’ve provided mentoring and classroom training to more than 275 clients and helped launch seven new businesses.

Despite the name WBC, you do sometimes work with men who own businesses. Your thoughts?

While we do focus on women business owners, about 10 percent of the clients are men, and we accept everyone regardless of gender. In many cases, our clients co-own their businesses with a husband, father or son — which is often how many small businesses get started. We are happy to provide them with the support it takes to help them achieve their goals.

What is the relationship between the WBC and Pathway Lending?

We are two sides to the same coin and our services complement one another. As an organization, Pathway Lending’s mission is to provide educational services and access to capital to help businesses grow. The Women’s Business Center provided the opportunity to add a great educational resource for anyone who is launching or expanding their business.

Pathway Lending expands access to capital among underserved businesses and communities and is one of the resources that helps businesses take advantage of new opportunities. The partnership helps women scale their businesses, expand production and create new jobs, which in turn has a positive impact on the region’s economy.

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UMG names Frank senior VP of global streaming marketing

Universal Music Group has named music industry veteran Jay Frank senior vice president of global streaming marketing, a newly created position, reports.

Frank founded music and marketing analytics companies DigSin and DigMark. In addition, he previously worked with Viacom’s CMT and Yahoo!.

According to, Frank and his employees will remain based in the Nashville headquarters of DigSin and DigMark.

Read more here.

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