On the Move: 5 August 2014

Baker Donelson, BSA, Buffkin, Dickinson Wright, Fifth Third, Pinnacle, ThinkingAhead, VUMC announce updates

Dickinson Wright's Burns elected TBA Tax Law Section chair

Dickinson Wright Attorney John Burns has been elected chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tax Law Section.

“John is a well-respected leader in tax law here in Nashville, across Tennessee, even throughout the country” Tom Donnell, managing attorney of Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office, said in a release. “Since joining our firm, he’s proven his abilities, and I am certain his efforts and insight will propel the industry forward.”

Burns concentrates his practice in tax law and earned a Masters of Law in taxation from the University of Florida. He routinely counsels businesses and individual clients through federal, state, local and foreign tax issues, incentives and controversies.

Burns has been a member of the Tennessee Bar Association for 24 years and a member of its Tax Law Section for 14 years. He is also a member of the State and Local Tax Executive Committee of the American Bar Association.

American Health Lawyers Association Groups taps Baker Donelson's Haltom, Bartrum as chairs

Two lawyers in the Nashville office of Baker Donelson have been named to lead committees of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). 

Claire Cowart Haltom accepted the chair position for the Teaching Hospitals and Academic Medical Centers Practice Group. Thomas E. Bartrum will chair the Health Care Reform Educational Task Force, which he previously co-chaired.

AHLA is the nation's largest nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to legal issues in the health care field. With more than 12,500 members, AHLA represents 16 different practice groups within the health care field.


'Modern Healthcare' recognizes Buffkin Group, ThinkingAhead Executive Search

Brentwood-based executive search firm The Buffkin Group has been named to Modern Healthcare’s Largest Healthcare Executive Search Firms list.

The Buffkin Group joins ThinkingAhead Executive Search as the only two Nashville- area search firms on the annual rankings.

Buffkin Group is ranked No. 32 on the 2014 list.

“We are honored to make this prestigious list from Modern Healthcare, one of the top health industry publications in the world,” Craig Buffkin, managing partner of The Buffkin Group, said in a release. “Healthcare has always been one of our top sectors, and we take pride in connecting the top healthcare companies with the visionary leaders of tomorrow.”

The Modern Healthcare search firm rankings is based on the number of U.S. placements made for senior-level healthcare executives. The survey considered type of search firms, net revenue, number of recruiters and number of placements, among other factors in ranking the largest executive search firms in the nation.

Hubacher  joins Fifth Third Bank

Ben Hubacher has joins Fifth Third Bank as a personal banker at the Public Square Financial Center in Franklin. 

Hubacher was previously employed at Game Stop as a retail manager. 

In addition, Chris Farmer has joined Fifth Third Bank as a personal banker at the Mallory Lane Financial Center in Cool Springs.  He was previously employed at U.S. Bank as a branch manager. 

National Weather Service lauds VUMC storm preparedness efforts

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the first medical center in Tennessee the National Weather Service has named a Storm Ready Supporter, a designation that recognizes a superior level of preparedness for tornadoes and inclement weather.

“This designation is the work of a lot of people who were interested in making us a storm-ready facility,” Pam Hoffner, VUMC director of emergency preparedness and response, said in a release.

In order to gain the recognition of the NWS, the Medical Center had to meet several benchmarks, including:

• The ability to receive weather warnings in a variety of ways, including via weather radio. There are now several weather radios in strategic locations around VUMC, including areas where critical warnings can be quickly relayed to staff, faculty and students.

• Having trained storm spotters on staff. More than a dozen staff and faculty took NWS storm spotter training earlier this year, with additional opportunities for additional staff planned.

• Having NWS-approved hazardous weather plans for both inclement weather and specifically for tornadoes. VUMC has had these plans for many years.

• Providing information about weather-related drills to make sure staff are informed and up to date about what actions to take in an emergency. The information is part of the annual safety review during the employee evaluation process.

Also, representatives from the NWS — a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — made a site visit to VUMC as part of the designation process.

“I think it’s important we have a hazardous weather plan that everybody is versed in to keep our faculty, staff, students and patients safe,” Hoffner said.


VU's Sanders named TRIAD medical director

Dr. Kevin Sanders, Vanderbilt University assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, has been named medical director for the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

In partnership with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, TRIAD is dedicated to improving assessment and treatment services for children with autism and their families through research, training and clinical programs.

Sanders will serve as a co-primary investigator of the Autism Speaks — Vanderbilt Autism Treatment Network site. He will support pharmacological and medical intervention trials across the university and facilitate training and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder across a variety of clinical programs.

“It takes exceptional individuals in order to meet the exceptional behavioral and psychiatric needs of our patient population,” Dr. Zachary Warren, associate professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and special education and director of TRIAD and Autism Clinical Services, said in a release.

“We are extremely fortunate that Kevin has accepted this role and will provide leadership and direction to much needed programs of service and inquiry.”


Woods, Pate join Pinnacle

Jim Woods and Penny Pate have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners in its Murfreesboro office.

Woods, with 28 years of financial services experience, is a vice president and underwriter for Pinnacle’s automotive finance group. He comes most recently from J.P. Morgan Chase, where he was a credit underwriter.

Previous Woods worked with Fifth Third Bank as a relationship manager in its commercial lending division, Ford Credit/PRIMUS Financial Services, where he was dealer account manager/business development manager, and Toyota Motor Credit Corporation, where he served as a customer account representative.

Woods earned a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Louisiana State University.

He is based at Pinnacle’s College Street office.

Pate brings 33 years of experience to her role of service specialist. She comes from F&M Bank in Lebanon, where she was a head teller. Prior roles were with MidSouth Bank in Murfreesboro, and Pate spent 20 years at SunTrust Bank in Nashville.

She is based at Pinnacle’s South Church Street office.


BSA adds Knick

Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. has added Daniel Knick to its Occupational Accident Department team as a claim representative III, according to Jeff Pettus, BAS president and chief executive officer.

Knick is responsible for reviewing, processing and handling occupational accident claims, and determining claims coverage and extent of liability.

Prior to joining BSA, Knick was a claim service adjuster for Allstate Insurance in Nashville. He is also a captain in the Army National Guard with 13 years of service including deployments and active duty tours.

Knick graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

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