In Charge '14: Technology

As is our annual tradition, the Post team presents In Charge, a compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top business, political and civic leaders. The 450-plus women and men on our list — our fifth annual — make a positive impact not just on their individual sectors, but on the city in general. These folks are the best of the best — and always “in charge.”

 

 

1. Andy Bailey — Membership Director, Petra Coach: Former president of wireless management company NationLink, which he started while still in college. Former President of Nashville’s EO chapter who now runs Petra, a corporate coaching firm.

2. David Black — President and CEO, Aegis Sciences: Forensic toxicologist founded Aegis as a sports drug testing lab in 1986. Today, Aegis provides toxicology and consulting services to sports organizations, medical examiners, crime labs, physicians and businesses across the country.

3. Charlie Brock — President and CEO of Launch Tennessee: Heads public-private entrepreneurship venture that focuses on high-growth innovative companies. Established mall-advertising company Foxmark, launched investment bank FourBridges and served as general partner of angel investment group Chattanooga Renaissance Fund.

4. Michael Burcham — President and CEO, Nashville Entrepreneur Center: First executive of the technology incubator and resource center. Responsible for securing NEC’s first physical home and filling it with an array of technology start-ups. Led nonprofit’s move in 2013 to the Trolley Barns.

5. Beth Chase — President and CEO, C3 Consulting: Leads management consulting firm that does roughly half its business in the health care sector. Launched in 2011 The Engine, a 10,000-square-foot meeting space in One Hundred Oaks for clients and companies to “gather, dream, plan and grow.”

6. David Condra — Chairman and CEO, Amplion Communications: Veteran industry pro who leads health care communication company founded in the late 1970s, Nashville’s oldest continuously operating tech company. Changed name from Dalcon after completing $3.75 million venture capital funding round.

7. Bruce Doeg — Shareholder, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: Chairs Baker Donelson’s business department and concentrates his practice in business law, with an emphasis on technology. Previously chaired the firm’s mergers and acquisitions and business technology groups.

8. Cliff Duffey — President and CEO, Cybera: Founded the security and network services company in 2001, growing it to $22.5 million in revenue by 2009. Prior to Cybera, served as CTO at BlueStar Communications.

9. Tod Fetherling — Chairman, Stratasan: Previously served as president and CEO of the Nashville Technology Council. Among many firsts, built a public health portals at HCA and created a K-12 health curriculum online. Bills Stratasan as the first cloud-based health planning system.

10. Darrell Freeman — Founder and Executive Chairman, Zycron: Founded IT consultancy firm in 1991, which acquired Computer Professionals Inc., an IT staffing and recruiting agency. Former chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

11. Bill Grana — Senior Vice President, UL: Oversees the growing workforce safety and health software and information solutions company, which employs about 230 workers. Has led the company through multiple acquisitions and a sale to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) last year.

12. Paul Griffin — Founder and CEO, Griffin Technology: Founded Griffin Technology out of his home in 1992, growing the business from a small manufacturer into one of the largest providers of accessories for home, mobile and personal technology, especially for Apple devices. Griffin and Austrian start-up Papernomad last year launched line of iPad covers made of water- and tear-resistant paper. Has secured multiple patents for his creations.

13. Bryan Huddleston — President and CEO, Nashville Technology Council: Former Microsoft executive named NTC leader last October after eight years with the software giant. Multiple ties to local tech community includes acting as a mentor for Jumpstart Foundry and the Entrepreneur Center.

14. Mark Montgomery — Founder, FLO {thinkery}: Serial entrepreneur, consultant and civic booster who co-founded and served as CEO of online music marketing company Echomusic, which grew to nearly 100 employees when it was acquired by IAC/Ticketmaster (now called Ticketmaster Live Nation) in 2007 for $25 million.

15. Joelle Phillips — President, AT&T Tennessee: Oversees AT&T’s regulatory, legislative and community affairs activities throughout the state. Became president in August 2013 after serving as general attorney. Well-regarded corporate counsel, she started with AT&T in 2001. Holds a Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University.

16. Linda Rebrovick — CEO, Consensus Point: Leads prediction markets firm whose software lets corporations and government groups capture the collective intelligence of their employees and clients. Took the post in 2009. The company’s client base now includes General Electric and Best Buy, among others.

17. Chris Sloan — Shareholder, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: Corporate and intellectual property lawyer specializing in entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging businesses and in handling complex software and IT transactions. Has represented early-stage, high-growth companies in business planning and formation, funding, vendor and customer contracts, and mergers and acquisitions.

18. Clint Smith — Founding Partner, Emma: Co-founded with Will Weaver the marketing firm as Cold Feet Creative in 2002 and successfully grew the business to 100 employees locally. A former editor with TicketMaster/CitySearch who later worked at Smallbusiness.com.

19. Marcus Whitney — CTO and Co-Founder, Moontoast: Key player at social commerce network company, which has a presence in both Nashville and Boston and looking for New York City sales team presence. Has experience with four respected startup companies. An active member of the Nashville technology community.

20. Gary Zegiestowsky — CEO, Informatics Corp. of America: Co-founded firm with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in late 2005 to bring technology for capturing clinical data to create an electronic patient record. Company is now in 15 states with more than 500 hospitals under contract.