Saint Thomas names CFO

C-Suite update also includes new chief strategy officer
Sep 17, 2015 3:00 PM

J. Alexander's spinout set for week after next

CEO also takes on chairman seat
Sep 17, 2015 2:49 PM

AdShare opens Nashville office, taps local industry vet as CEO

Los Angeles-based social media monetization service AdShare has named Jim Selby as president and has announced he will be based at the company’s recently opened Music Row office.

AdShare, which focuses on music, film and sports rights-holders, operates locally at 1102 17th Ave. S.

Selby once served as senior vice president at Nashville-based independent music publisher ole. For years, he was CEO of Franklin-based Naxos of America, which bills itself as the world's largest classical music label and distributor.

Sep 17, 2015 8:45 AM

Cumulus Nashville names sales leaders for three stations

Bradocasting group Cumulus Nashville has named general sales managers for its big WKDF, WSM-FM and WQQK stations. Rhonda Rollins, who has more than 23 years of radio experience, will lead the sales efforts at country stations WKDF and WSM. Rollins had previously held the same role at WQQK, Cumulus’ urban adult contemporary outlet, since 2011. Her spot at WQQK has been taken by Lori Tournay Liggett, who has moved to Cumulus Nashville from CBS Detroit, where she was general sales manager for a Top 40 station.

Sep 17, 2015 7:22 AM

On the Move: 17 September 2015

Crain, Mortgage Network, Vanderbilt, Watkins announce updates
Sep 17, 2015 7:00 AM

Pedestal Foods taps Dodd as COO

Nashville-based Pedestal Foods has named Jennifer Dodd its chief operations officer.

Dodd (pictured), who has more than 30 years of experience in the food service, retail and education industries, comes to Pedestal Foods from Spirit of Math America, an “after-school school” targeting exclusively high-performing students in mathematics and at which she served as COO, according to a release.

Prior to that, she worked as senior vice president of operations for Chester’s International and as senior director of new business development and franchising for Tim Horton’s US.

Britt Hunt, Pedestal Foods president and CEO, stressed Dodd’s background in the release.

“She has extensive hands-on experience in strategic planning and brand development and her abilities will be vital as Pedestal Foods continues to grow,” Hunt said.

Pedestal Foods is affiliated with The Britt Hunt Co. and has both a Nashville and a St. Louis office.

Sep 17, 2015 7:00 AM

Buckingham VP talks Gulch tower as BZA meeting looms

Scott Travis is senior vice president of Buckingham Companies, which recently announced its hopes for a 38-story apartment tower in The Gulch.

The Indianapolis-based developer and its team will go before the Metro Codes Department’s Board of Zoning Appeals today to request a “special exception for height restriction” related to the proposed skyscraper’s 0.48-acre site, which is located at the southwest corner of 12th Avenue South and Division Street and which many folks call the “sliver lot.”

Post Managing Editor William Williams caught up with Travis to gauge his take on the possible form and function of the tower (read more here).

This is a very unusual site on many levels and, some would contend, offers limitations (along with its potential). Why do you find it appealing?

It is a very challenging site, mainly due to the triangular shape of the lot, but the location also presents a number of opportunities for Buckingham Companies and the city — specifically, its location on I-40 and visibility as one of the front doors of downtown Nashville. While the site is on the outer edge of The Gulch, its proximity to the heart of The Gulch offers the ability to be an integral part of the neighborhood and add to its vibrancy. We look forward to that.

If the tower materializes, what will be the exterior materials, color scheme, night lighting options, etc.?

We have several months of design and development, including input from MDHA and the Planning Department through the public approvals process, before those decisions can be made. In any case, we are committed to creating an iconic structure that is also responsive to input gathered from our new neighbors and throughout the review process.

By right, you can construct a building of up to 28 stories. You want to undertake a 38-story building. You have said you want to “go tall” so as to be a good neighbor (that is, to minimize the blocks of views for residents of Icon and Terrazzo). However, one could argue you will also be able to command, in theory, higher rents than otherwise. Your thoughts?

The Downtown Code allows a building somewhere between 24 and 28 stories. The request to go to 38 stories is based on a desire to redistribute square footage and go taller and thinner for the benefit of our neighbors. The taller and thinner massing redistributes the allowable square footage, which reduces shadows cast on our neighbors and helps maintains sightlines that would otherwise be blocked by the building we can build as a right under the zoning guidelines.

Any benefit in additional revenue generated from the added height of the building would be offset by the inherent cost premiums associated with constructing a taller, thinner model — particularly in structural systems and additional building skin required per rentable square foot.

The intersection of 12th and Division is already traffic heavy. Your building would increase the vehicle count. How will you minimize negative traffic impact?

Division and 12th are well trafficked but they are also major arteries to and from The Gulch. We believe a project like this makes the most sense on the periphery of the district and keeps the core as low-traffic and walkable as possible. Furthermore, the taller and thinner scheme does not materially increase square footage or unit count, so any impact will be virtually the same, regardless of the building’s shape.

In the current design, we have pushed the curb cuts to the farthest distance from the intersection possible in an effort to minimize traffic conflicts. The initial review by our traffic consultant indicates that the project will not negatively affect the level of vehicular service of 12th Ave. or Division Street. A full traffic study will be required prior to final design approval.

Buckingham has enlisted Chicago-based Skidmore Owings & Merrill to serve as architect. The firm was the first national entity to design a Nashville skyscraper (The Tennessee Tower) and is considered a major player. Thoughts?

We specifically selected Skidmore Owings & Merrill based on their experience dealing with very difficult sites and high-rise construction. We consider the results thus far to be very positive and believe the benefits to our neighbors and The Gulch community are tangible.

What happens if the BZA disapproves today the special exception to the current height allowed on the site?

We are focused on a design that addresses any concerns that may arise. However, if our proposed design were not approved, we plan to proceed with the alternative design that meets current zoning guidelines.


(Image courtesy of Buckingham Cos. and Skidmore Owings & Merrill)

Sep 17, 2015 6:45 AM

National Women's Business Council adds Deutschmann

The National Women's Business Council has announced that Sherry Stewart Deutschmann, founder of Nashville-based LetterLogic, has been added as a member.

The federal advisory council conducts research and provides advice and policy recommendations to the White House, Congress and the Small Business Administration.

Read more here.

Sep 16, 2015 1:54 PM

PhyMed adds M&A exec

SVP helped build Symbion, Vanguard networks
Sep 16, 2015 11:34 AM

Jarrard hires former CHS innovation officer

Patient experience, marketing VP to join communications firm
Sep 15, 2015 1:25 PM