On the Move: 10 July 2014

LBMC, SunTrust, TSU, Waddey Patterson announce updates

SunTrust adds Blevins to board

SunTrust Bank has announced the addition of Brad Blevins to its advisory board.

Blevins previously worked as a product manager for Baxter Healthcare and in the banking division with SunTrust Bank. Blevins later created Blevins, a wholesale supplier of building products, in 2001 serving as president of the company.

“We are honored to have Brad join our Nashville Advisory Board,” SunTrust President and CEO of Nashville Rob McNeilly said in a release.  “Brad will bring a level of expertise, success, and connectivity any board desires.  His financial knowledge and business acumen are evidenced in the success through his leadership of his family business.  His grandfather, Jim Blevins, served on our board for over 10 years, so we are very proud to have the Blevins family represented once again.”

Blevins earned his bachelors degree from Southern Methodist University in 1988 and later graduated from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1994.

Influential TSU engineer retires

After 44 years of developing and evolving Tennessee State University’s astronomy research program, Michael Busby retired on June 30.

During his tenure, Busby established in 1986 the Center of Excellence, a multidisciplinary research laboratory. The facility fostered the automated astronomy research program that collaborates with Vanderbilt University astronomers to study a new class of variable stars. 

Through the program, a team led by TSU astronomer Greg Henry discovered a shadow of a planet crossing a distant star on Nov. 14, 1999. The discovery generated national and international news.

“The center allowed us to advance in so many areas, collaborate with many national and international scientific and government agencies and institutions, and to develop faculty and students who are considered among the best in the nation,” Busby said in a release.

TSU now owns and operates eight robotic telescopes at the Robotic Observatory Center in the Patagonia Mountains near Washington Camp, Arizona.

Busby started working at TSU in 1972 after he earned his Ph.D in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He served the university as an engineer, a professor and an administrator.

“I have been fortunate to work with some very talented and gifted people who made these things possible,” Busby said in a release. “It’s been a rewarding experience. I owe Tennessee State University so much to have been put in positions where I did not only use my talent but was given opportunities to work with some very incredible people and administrators to help us achieve so much.”


Waddey Patterson adds associates

Waddey Patterson has added Timothy L. Capria and J. Crockett Hailey III as associates, according to Edward D. Lanquist Jr., the firm’s managing shareholder.

Previously, Capria clerked for Amazon in Seattle in its intellectual property acquisition and investments divisions.

Hailey served as a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.          

“We are pleased to welcome these talented young attorneys to the firm,” Lanquist said in a release. “They bring us further depth in our life science and mechanical practices.”

Capria focuses on acquiring intellectual property, patent opinion and enforcing intellectual property rights, primarily in the life sciences. 

Hailey focuses his practice on patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights, primarily in the mechanical and electromechanical arts.

Capria received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he completed an externship with Carnegie Mellon University’s technology transfer office. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007.

Hailey received his J.D. at the University of Alabama School of Law.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University in 2009.

LBMC promotes Lawson

Lauren Lawson has been promoted to human resources manager for Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain.

Previously, Lawson served as an agent with Randstad general staffing. She brings expertise in recruiting, employee relations and employment law.

Lawson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and is certified as a professional in human resources through the HR Certification Institute.


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