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VOL. 38 | NO. 17 | Friday, April 25, 2014

Lueken moves from Goldman to CapWealth

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Franklin-based CapWealth Advisors has tapped former Goldman Sachs investment veteran John Lueken to lead its research efforts.

Lueken comes to CapWealth from the Manhattan offices of Goldman Sachs, where he served in a number of investment roles as a vice president in the company’s securities division. While there, Lueken developed and built custom solutions for client portfolios based on his monitoring of worldwide economic developments and their impact on the equity and fixed-income marketplace. Under his leadership, the business became the fastest growing and most profitable desk in the Goldman Sachs Securities division from 2006 through 2012.

Prior to his tenure with Goldman Sachs, Lueken worked for First St. Louis Securities and the London Metal Exchange.

Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin selects member


Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC attorney Cathey Gwyn has been elevated to member level in the firm.

Gwyn has practiced in the area of real estate law and banking for more than 25 years, representing lenders, developers, real estate brokers and businesses in the acquisition, financing, development, construction and leasing of various residential and commercial real estate projects.

She joined GSRM in 2011 after practicing for 13 years in the law firm of Gibson, Gregory & Gwyn, PLLC.

Stenberg elected to Waller’s board


Waller, a provider of legal services to the healthcare, financial services, retail and hospitality industries, has elected Katie G. Stenberg to the firm’s Board of Directors. Stenberg, a partner in Waller’s Nashville office, leads the firm’s Finance and Restructuring practice.

During her tenure as practice group leader, Waller has represented prominent trustees in the two largest municipal bankruptcies in U.S. history – the City of Detroit’s $18 billion case filed in 2013 and Jefferson County, Alabama’s $4 billion case filed in 2011.

Stenberg earned her J.D. in 2002 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She earned a B.A., with distinction, in 1998 from the University of Nevada.

Nashville attorneys lead Commercial Law Institute

The Mid-South Commercial Law Institute has announced the election of five new directors to its Board, to serve five-year terms. They are:

William L. Norton, III (Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Nashville), Michael H. Fitzpatrick (Quist, Cone & Fisher, Knoxville), Jeffrey W. Maddux (Chambliss Bahner, Chattanooga), Steven N. Douglass (Harris Shelton, Memphis), Cara J. Alday (Patrick Beard Schulman & Jacoway, Chattanooga)

The Institute has also selected Robert C. Goodrich (Stites & Harbison, Nashville) to serve a four-year term on the board, filling the remaining term of a director who relocated out of state.

Also, Robin Bicket White of Frost Brown Todd in Nashville has been elected vice president/president-elect, and Tracy Schweitzer (Office of the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee, Nashville), secretary.

Irwin, Asher join Crownover Firm


The Crownover Firm is expanding and has added veteran real estate attorney Phil Irwin and executive assistant Charity Asher.


Irwin has been involved in all legal aspects relating to the conveyance of real property, including financing, drafting of contracts, resolution of complex title issues, development, zoning and land use. In addition, he assists the firm’s clients with business set-ups, contract drafting and deal negotiations of all types.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and earned his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law.

Asher graduated from the University of Tennessee and formerly worked with Vanderbilt Law School and Martin Sir and Associates.

Golden Spiral taps Ezell as director of marketing


Golden Spiral, a Nashville-based marketing agency focused on brand development, communications and interactive, has named Chase Ezell as director of marketing.

Ezell, who most recently served as senior Internet marketer at Dave Ramsey, brings 20 years of expertise to the agency, much of it in the interactive, online space. His account experience ranges from Middle Tennessee entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies.

FiftyForward makes 3 changes to staff




FiftyForward has added three staff members to the nearly 60-year-old, non-profit agency that provides services, centers and resources for the 50+ population.

Susan W. Sizemore has assumed the role of director of communications for the non-profit organization. Joining Sizemore are Misa Acox, graphics design and publications manager, and Anna Claire Hoffman, executive leadership team associate.

Sizemore has been a FiftyForward volunteer for more than six years, including most recently as board president of The Larry Keeton Theatre at FiftyForward Donelson Station. In 2012, she launched her own communications consulting business.

Acox joined FiftyForward as a part-time employee in 2011 to oversee graphic design and publications and recently became a full-time employee. She began her career as a professional dancer in the Washington, D.C. area which transitioned into work as an arts administrator.



A native of Nashville, Hoffman joined FiftyForward as a development intern last May. Following her graduation from Belmont University in August, Hoffman temporarily served as the executive office manager for FiftyForward before assuming the fulltime position of executive leadership team associate earlier this year.

MP&F hires controller, account executive

Chad Raphael, an accounting professional with extensive experience in data analysis and financial planning, has joined McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations as controller.

Raphael is a former corporate accountant for Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.

Also, Elizabeth Cole has joined MP&F as an account executive.

Cole, a Nashville native, previously served as a public affairs specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve’s 9th Mission Support Command at Fort Shafter in Honolulu.

TPAC announces new hires, promotions

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has announced the following new employees and internal promotions: Katelynn Baker as an events sales and services manager, Caitlin Cuppernull as HR and payroll coordinator, Phillip Lunsford as web services manager and Daniela Medina as manager of public relations and community outreach.

Baker, an event industry professional for eight years, will work with the event sales and services team to book and manage events in the historic War Memorial Auditorium, Andrew Jackson Hall, James K. Polk Theater and Andrew Johnson Theater.

Cuppernull, whose professional background includes office management, marketing, and journalism, will manage HR and payroll responsibilities.

Lunsford, who has IT, engineering, and customer service experience in the non-profit and private sectors, will maintain, update the organization’s online presence and email communication.

Medina, whose professional experience includes non-profit organizations like the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes, will manage press and publicity for TPAC’s Broadway series and lead outreach to key constituencies.

Promotions include Teresa Ellithorpe to vice president of events sales and services, Ronda Helton to vice president of marketing and communications, Tony Marks to director of communications and public relations, Karen Palin to director of technical operations, and Kathleen Cecil to ticket sales supervisor.

Ellithorpe, a graduate of the IAVM Facility Management School at Ogelbay, joined TPAC in 1999. She will maintain oversight of booking for TPAC and the historic War Memorial Auditorium and be responsible for venue rental sales initiatives as well as contract negotiation and compliance.

Helton, who joined TPAC last year to direct the marketing department, will supervise all aspects of marketing, communications, and branding campaigns for TPAC and the historic War Memorial Auditorium.

Marks, who joined TPAC in 2012 to manage publicity of the Broadway season, will direct the organization’s broad communications strategies for programming, education, and community outreach.

Palin, who has worked with TPAC since 1994, will supervise technical staff and maintenance of facilities as well as coordinate with clients and internal departments on technical advance or productions and use of the theaters.

Cecil, who started at TPAC in 2011, will supervise TPAC’s Box Office during events, serve as ticketing contact for a variety of productions, including the Nashville Opera, which is one of TPAC’s resident companies.

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