On the Move: 14 August 2014

Dickinson Wright, Fisher Brown Bottrell, Legal Aid Society, RE/MAX, Vanderbilt announce updates

Fisher Brown Bottrell adds Dietrich

Nashville-based Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance, Inc., has hired Mark Dietrich as business insurance consultant.

Previously, Dietrich served as account manager for Resource-Logix, a medical device sales startup at which he was responsible for sales in Tennessee and Kentucky.

“Mark has great sales experience and really understands the market in Tennessee, which is hugely important as we continue to build awareness of our first Tennessee branch,” Parker Rains, FBB vice president, said in release. “Mark’s experience in the health care industry will also be a valuable asset, as Nashville is one of the nation’s health care capital.”

Dietrich earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where he played tennis and was two-time All-SEC. Prior to attending UT, Dietrich played professional tennis in Spain.


RE/MAX leads Nashville realtors in REAL Trends list

Twenty-nine Nashville-area realtors, and 103 statewide, have been included on America’s Best Real Estate Agents list by REAL Trends, which ranks agents who completed at least $20 million in sales and 50 transaction sides in 2013, as well as teams who completed at least $75 million in sales volume and 75 transaction sides.

The list includes agents from 250 metro areas and 50 states.

RE/MAX had the most agents represented in Tennessee with 34 and in Nashville with nine.

The Nashville-area realtors are as follows:

·       Amanda Bell of At Home Realty in Ashland City
·       Marqueze Williams, Sr. of Baymar Realty in Nashville
·       Susan Gregory of Bob Parks Realty, LLC in Brentwood
·       Loy Hardcastle of Bob Parks Realty, LLC in Franklin
·       Tammy Nauman of CENTURY 21 Premier in Goodlettsville
·       Melody Holt of CENTURY 21 Premier in Goodlettsville
·       Anita Tate of CENTURY 21 West Main Realty &Auction in Lebanon
·       Cindi Malone of Coldwell Banker Barnes in Gallatin
·       Kelley Ammon of Coldwell Banker Barnes in Murfreesboro
·       Linda Tinsley of Coldwell Banker Lakeside, Realtors in Hendersonville
·       Jennifer Skinner of Coldwell Banker Lakeside, Realtors in Hendersonville
·       Jimmy Kitchen of Duck River Realty in Columbia
·       Jeramie Taber of EXIT Realty Bob Lamb & Associates in Murfreesboro
·       Nancy Miller of EXIT Realty Bob Lamb & Associates in Murfreesboro
·       Tawny King of EXIT Realty King And Associates in Spring Hill
·       Joseph Petno of EXIT Realty of the South in Smyrna
·       Paul Teller of Keller Williams Realty in Mount Juliet
·       Von Dotson of Keller Williams Realty in Murfreesboro
·       Andy Knifley of Keller Williams Realty in Springfield
·       Debbie Flowers of Keller Williams Realty in Murfreesboro
·       Lyndon Lafevers of RE/MAX Carriage House in Mount Juliet
·       Dennis Autry of RE/MAX Choice Properties in Hendersonville
·       David Balfour of RE/MAX Choice Properties in Murfreesboro
·       Terry O. Cherry of RE/MAX Elite in Columbia
·       Brenda W. Lowery of RE/MAX Elite in Brentwood
·       Maria Holland of RE/MAX Elite in Brentwood
·       Judy Rockensock of RE/MAX Exceptional Properties in Mount Juliet
·       Nell Jones of RE/MAX Fine Homes in Brentwood
·       Adrienne Arnett of RE/MAX Fine Homes in Spring Hill

“The high number of Tennessee agents on this year’s list, and their success in transactions and sales volume, are all strong indicators of the health of the real estate market across the state,” RE/MAX Regional Services Senior Regional Manager Bob Zumbrunn said in a release.


Dickinson Wright attorney named to chamber board

Nashville law firm Dickinson Wright has announced that attorney and member Darlene Marsh has been named to the board of directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Marsh focuses her practice in real estate, environmental and banking law. She has been a member of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2004.

“We are proud of Darlene and the work she has done and continues to do with the Tennessee Chamber,” Tom Donnell, managing attorney of Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office.

Other newly elected board members for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Middle region include: Jeff Bates, TA Staffing/TruHire; Loren Chumley, KPMG, LLP; Rhedona Rose, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation; James Spradley, Standard Candy Company, Inc.; Michael Stagg, Waller Law; and John Walker, Walker Die Casting, Inc.


National Business Group on Health recognizes VU

Vanderbilt University is one of 63 employers in the United States honored by the National Business Group on Health with a 2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award, the second year in a row the university has won the award.

The business group, a nonprofit association of nearly 400 large employers, seeks to recognize employers for their ongoing commitment to promoting healthy work environments and encouraging workers to live healthier lifestyles.

Vanderbilt was recognized in the Gold category, which is for organizations “making cultural and environmental changes and developing comprehensive programs that support employees’ healthy lifestyle goals.”

“Vanderbilt’s Faculty/Staff Health and Wellness programs are committed to maximizing productivity and well-being by advancing healthy lifestyle practices through Health Plus, elevating psychological resilience through Work/Life Connection and providing visionary health protection through the Occupational Health Clinic,” Dr. Mary Yarbrough, executive director of the Faculty and Staff Health and Wellness programs, said in a release.


VU's Smith Hall honors legacy of influential Nashville preacher

One of Vanderbilt's newest residence halls has been named for a pioneering Nashville civil rights leader who also was the university's first African-American administrator.

Smith Hall, located in Moore College  on the main campus, pays tribute to the late Rev. Kelly Miller Smith, who served as assistant dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School from 1969 until his death in 1984.

"Kelly was one of the premiere prophetic voices as it relates to justice and freedom for African American people," Forrest Harris, director of Vanderbilt's Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies and a VU associate professor of the practice of ministry, said in a release.

Leadership Middle Tennessee announces board

Deborah Varallo, president of Varallo Public Relations, has been elected chair of the board of directors for the 10-county leadership Group Leadership Middle Tennessee, according to Patti James, executive director of the organization.

Varallo (Davidson County) is the fourth person to chair this regional leadership institute.

Executive board members are as follows: Dr. Paul Stumb (Wilson County), Chair-Elect, Dean of the School of Business, Cumberland University; Valerie Hunter-Kelly (Montgomery County), Secretary, Keller Williams Realty; and Gina Scott (Sumner County), Treasurer, Pinnacle Financial Partners. Seab Tuck (Williamson County), Tuck Hinton Architects is the Past Chair. Jack B. Turner (Montgomery County) is Chair Emeritus. Ex-Officio board members are Dr. David Urban (Rutherford County), Dean of Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University and Ralph Schulz (Davidson County), President/CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Additional board members and committee chairs are: Bill Sites (Montgomery County), Alumni Chair, Ward Potts Jewelers; Kadi Jones (Maury County), Communications Chair, Cassidy Turley;  Floyd Shechter (Davidson County), Development Chair, SmartSpace, Inc.; Brenda Payne (Sumner County), Governance Chair, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce; Paul C. Ney (Davidson County), Program Chair, Waddey & Patterson; Gina Scott (Sumner County), Finance Chair, Pinnacle Financial Partners; Jeff Jowdy (Williamson County), Personnel Chair, Lighthouse Counsel; and Jill Ayers (Montgomery County), Selection Chair, Batson, Nolan, Pearson, Miller & Joiner.

Davidson County board members elected to the Leadership Middle Tennessee Board are Marion Fowlkes, Centric Architecture; Darwin Newton; and Dianne Proffitt, Education Consultant; Cristina Allen, Caliente Consulting; Christine Bradley, Vanderbilt University; Charlie Bryan, Bryan Financial Services, Inc.; Paul Ney (previously listed); Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, Tennessee Economic Council on Women; Ralph Schulz (previously listed); Floyd Shechter, (previously listed); Connie Valentine, Arts & Business Consultant; and Deborah Varallo.

Participating counties are Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.

VU engineering research lab opens in MetroCenter

Vanderbilt University's Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability (LASIR) is slated to open at MetroCenter, VY officials have announced.

The LASIR is home to a 140-foot airframe of a Super Stallion helicopter, a Humvee and a wind tunnel the size of a small house designed to test wind turbines. The massive pieces of hardware are being used to develop either detection systems that can spot early warning signals of failure in large, complicated machines or advanced control systems that can improve their efficiency and reliability.

“We work in three basic areas: security, energy and manufacturing,” lab director Doug Adams, chair of the VU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, said in a release.

Read more here.

Attorney Emma Sholl joins Legal Aid Society’s Clarksville office

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest non-profit law firm, has announced the hiring of Emma Sholl as an attorney in its Clarksville office.

Sholl previously worked as a legal extern at the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans. Prior to her work there, she held legal internships and fellowships with several non-profit organizations, including Children at Risk in Houston, Texas; Southeast Lousiana Legal Services in New Orleans and The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York in Utica, New York.

“Emma has already been a strong voice for the underprivledged and the non-profit legal community while in law school. She also has proven experience working with our clients’ most pressing legal needs, such as disability benefits and domestic violence issues,” Kevin Fowler, managing attorney of Legal Aid Society’s Clarksville office, said in a release. “We are excited to welcome her committed spirit to the Clarksville team.”

Sholl earned her juris doctorate from Tulane University Law School. She received her undergradate degree in English from Colgate University.


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