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VOL. 36 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 27, 2012




FirstBank hires Oakley as Middle Tennessee president

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FirstBank has announced that Allen K. Oakley will join the bank as its new president for Middle Tennessee, with authority over banking operations in Nashville and surrounding counties.

Oakley comes to FirstBank from Regions Bank, where he was an executive vice president and manager of the corporate, commercial, public and institutional banking groups in Middle Tennessee and Central Kentucky. Prior to his tenure at Regions, Oakley was managing director for SunTrust Capital Markets. He has more than 28 years of banking experience.

This announcement comes about five months after FirstBank hired longtime businessman and banker Gordon Inman and appointed him Chairman of FirstBank, Middle Tennessee, and to the board of directors. Inman had served as chairman of the Board for Fifth Third Bank-Tennessee before stepping down in early 2011.

Oakley is a Tennessee native and a University of Tennessee graduate.

FirstBank has hired three additional veteran bankers for its Middle Tennessee operations:

  • Scott Corley and Jim Mosby have both been named as commercial relationship managers
  • Wade Peery has been named treasury management director

Corley comes to FirstBank from Regions Bank, where he was a senior commercial lender. Prior to his tenure at Regions, Corley was managing director in commercial and investment banking for SunTrust. He is a Belmont University graduate with an MBA from Samford University.

Mosby had been with Regions since 2007, most recently as a senior commercial lender. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He was with SunTrust from 1992 to 2007 and Regions from 2007 to 2012.

Peery had been with Regions since 1999, most recently as treasury group manager for Middle Tennessee. At Regions, Peery served in a variety of roles under the Union Planters Bank name for several community markets. Peery is a Middle Tennessee State University graduate.

Donelson Baker elects newest shareholder

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC has elected Steve Wood as a shareholder in its Nashville office.

Wood counsels tech companies, venture capital funds and health systems in software licensing transactions and other technology-related matters as well as a broad array of business and corporate transactional matters. He also devotes a substantial part of his practice to information security and privacy matters, especially involving HIPAA and health care information.

He serves as co-chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies Group and as the information security officer for Baker Donelson. Prior to joining the Firm, he co-founded and served as CEO of a financial services software company and later spent several years as a law professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, from which he graduated in 1991. He serves on the boards of directors for the Nashville Capital Network and the Nashville Entrepreneurial Center.

Waller Lansden adds new board directors

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP has announced the election of partners Robert L. Harris and Brent E. Hill to its board of directors. Both attorneys will serve two 2-year terms on the board.

Harris is a partner at Waller Lansden and the past leader of the firm’s finance and restructuring practice group. He provides legal counsel on strategic acquisitions, investments and complex financial transactions to businesses and private equity firms in the healthcare space. He earned his J.D. from Columbia University and his B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Hill is a partner at Waller Lansden with extensive experience in the healthcare industry and a practice that focuses primarily in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Hill earned his J.D. from Emory University and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

North Highland hires five for Nashville team

The North Highland Company, a national business consulting firm, has announced the addition of Steve Favaloro, Shelley Hayes, Stephen Kardon, Phil Kendrick and Lane Sandidge to the consulting firm’s Nashville office.

Favaloro, now a principal in North Highland’s national provider health care practice, has 30 years of experience in leading and managing cross-functional and geographically diverse client and consulting teams. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising.

Hayes, a manager, brings more than a decade of experience in clinical, financial and technological health care-related experience. Her experience includes working with the Informatics Corporation of America, the Hospital Corporation of America and the Clinical Services Group.

Kardon has been named a principal in North Highland’s national provider health care practice. He has health care management and accounting experience at large firms like Accenture and Ernst & Young, and at two small startup firms. He specializes in working with companies to implement new strategies while redesigning current operations.

Kendrick, North Highland’s new public-sector proposal manager, has had a long career of project and proposal writing. Kendrick has 25 years of experience as a capture and proposal manager and has won nearly $10 billion in federal, state and local contracts.

Sandidge, a former senior consultant at Accenture, has joined the North Highland team as manager. Sandidge has applied experience in design, delivery and support of systems implementations across higher education, state government, retail, finance and life sciences industries. Prior to Accenture, Sandidge worked as a consultant for CGI, Inc.

Oasis Center names Ward president, CEO

Oasis Center, one of the nation’s leading youth-serving, not-for-profit organizations, today announced it has named Tom Ward as its president and chief executive officer. Ward, who has 30 years of leadership experience in Nashville, will start in mid-May.

Ward is the director of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville (PLAN), a program of the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations (LPO) at Vanderbilt. The program, which he helped establish in 2000, helps principals become strong instructional leaders who embed continuous improvement into the tapestry of a school’s culture.

Ward has served in principal, administrator and assistant principal roles with Metro Nashville Public Schools from 1983 to 2006. His leadership posts included executive principal of Hume-Fogg Academic High School and East Literature Magnet School; Metro Schools’ magnet-school administrator, supervising eight magnet schools; and principal of Meigs Magnet Middle School. He began his career with Metro Nashville Public Schools in 1974 as a science and social studies teacher.

McNeely Pigott & Fox promotes art director

McNeely Pigott and Fox Public Relations has promoted Brooks Harper to art director. He previously was a graphic designer.

For the past five years, Harper has worked on a variety of Web and print projects for MP&F clients. Harper has more than 18 years of experience in print and Web design. He has worked on websites for Hennessy Industries, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Health Care Council, whose site won a 2011 Parthenon Award of Merit. He’s also designed annual reports for the Nashville Health Care Council and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority. At MP&F, Harper received the staff-selected Art Department MVP award in 2009 and 2011.

Before joining MP&F, he worked for HealthStream, a health care education company based in Nashville. Harper graduated from Flagler College in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

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