On the move: 17 October 2011

Four join Belmont music biz program, a strategy chief for rehab hospital chain, Father Ryan names advancement director, and more... [From our print edition in this week's City Paper]

Belmont adds four to Music Business Program

Belmont University has added four music industry veterans to its Music Business Program. They are:

• Rush Hicks, who has been named chairman of the program for the 2011-2012 academic year. Hicks has more than 25 years experience as an artist manager and music business attorney and has been an assistant professor in the Curb College since 2005. In his new role, he will continue to teach while overseeing the academic operations of the music business program, including curriculum development, course scheduling and adjunct faculty hiring.

• Jim Kaiser, AES president, will be joining Belmont as a full-time instructor of audio engineering technology. Kaiser comes to Belmont from his most recent stint as a mastering engineer at MasterMix Nashville. His career features experience in live and studio recording and technical design of recording and production facilities, including Sony-BMG, East Iris and Clear Channel Entertainment/Live Nation.

• After teaching in a part-time capacity for several years, Drew Ramsey will be joining Belmont as a full-time instructor of songwriting. With more than 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Ramsey is a two-time Grammy-nominated songwriter.

• Dwayne O’Brien, co-founder of Little Texas and award-winning artist and songwriter, will be joining Belmont as a full-time instructor of music business. With three Grammy nominations, an ACM award and a CMA award, O’Brien continues to write, record and tour with the band.

Hall Strategies adds Rothrock

Lindsay Rothrock, a recent Vanderbilt University graduate, has joined Nashville-based public and government relations firm Hall Strategies. She will assist the firm’s public relations clients.

Before joining Hall Strategies, Rothrock served internships at Athlon Sports Communications Inc. and MTM Music Management. She graduated from Vanderbilt University this year with a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development.

Compass funds hire two

Compass EMP Funds has announced that Michael Hogue Jr. has joined the company as an account executive within the Advisor Services team. He will be responsible for assisting financial advisors. Hogue is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama.

Compass EMP Funds also announced that Dan Banaszak has been added as an analyst within the portfolio management team. Banaszak is a graduate of Xavier University. Prior to joining Compass EMP, he worked at the Chicago Board of Trade and the private client wealth management group of Citigroup-Smith Barney.

Benefit Communications adds Connor

Benefit Communications Inc. has hired Rosalind Connor to serve as the director of business development and be responsible for leading strategic growth initiatives. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, she joins BCI after spending more than 15 years with Unum in Chattanooga.

Father Ryan promotes Reusch

Father Ryan has announced the promotion of Brooke Reusch to the director of advancement for the school. Reusch has served as the annual fund and constituent relations managersince coming to Father Ryan in June 2009.

Reusch’s experience with nonprofit organizations spans nearly nine years. With a specialty in fund development, she has worked with Nashville organizations All About Women Inc., the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and earned her master’s in history from William & Mary University in 2001.

Centerre promotes Blank

Centerre Healthcare Corp. announces the promotion of Rudy Blank to the position of chief strategy and development officer. Blank joined Centerre, which runs rehabilitation hospitals, in 2008 shortly after its relocation from St. Louis and most recently served as the organization’s chief financial officer.

In his new position, Blank will lead the strategy development and growth activities for the company. He has a MBA from Tennessee Tech University and a bachelor’s in accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.