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VOL. 38 | NO. 52 | Friday, December 26, 2014

Nashville School of Law adds Hudson to faculty

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Nashville School of Law has appointed noted author and scholar David Hudson as director of academic affairs and legal writing and as a faculty member.

Hudson will also serve as the First Amendment ombudsman for the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, reflecting a new bridge between the organizations that will stimulate analysis and study of evolving First Amendment issues.

At NSL, Hudson will play a central role in shaping the school’s curriculum and be responsible for managing the NSL’s revitalized legal writing and research program. Since 2005, Hudson, an attorney, has served among Nashville School of Law’s highly-regarded instructors.

In his new role at the First Amendment Center, Hudson will write commentary and analysis for the Center and participate in programs – particularly at the John Seigenthaler Center and at the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C.

Hudson joins NSL and the First Amendment Center after having served as a senior law clerk for Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Prior to that position, he had been a researcher and scholar at the First Amendment Center for many years.

He is the author or coauthor of more than 40 books. He also is a frequent contributor to the ABA Journal and other ABA Publications the annual Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases. In addition to his position at NSL, he also holds teaching positions at Vanderbilt Law School and Belmont University College of Law.

Hudson earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate degree from Duke University.

Webb named CEO of Nashville General Hospital


The Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority Board of Trustees has selected Joseph Webb as chief executive officer of Nashville General Hospital.

Webb, a veteran health care executive with more than 25 years of experience, formerly served as chief operations officer for Common Table Health Alliance in Memphis. Prior to that role, he was chief operations officer at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He also held several executive leadership positions at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, including chief executive officer at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis and vice president of operations at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Webb earned a master’s degree in health and physical education from Tennessee State University and doctorate of science and master of science in hospital and health services education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

LBMC’s Morgan honored by Tennessee Tech


David Morgan, CPA/PFS and LBMC founder and managing partner, is the recipient of the 2014 Tennessee Tech University College of Business Outstanding Business Leadership Award.

The Outstanding Business Leadership Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of business. It is awarded annually to an individual that has made significant impact by years of hard work and dedication to their profession.

Morgan has a wide range of experience in accounting, auditing, and tax. In addition to working with family-owned businesses, he works with high-wealth individuals and family groups.

He is on the board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the world’s largest member associations representing the accounting profession with more than 400,000 members in 145 countries. He also has been named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.

Morgan is a summa cum laude graduate of Tennessee Tech with a degree in accounting.

Pathway Lending selects chief credit officer


Pathway Lending, a not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution, has hired Joseph Agnetta as its chief credit officer. Agnetta is responsible for credit risk policies, financial analysis and managing the credit quality of Pathway Lending’s overall loan portfolio.

Most recently, Agnetta was a senior credit officer at FirstBank. A Nashville native, Agnetta earned a degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a masters in banking from Louisiana State University.

RJ Young appoints chief financial officer


Office technology provider RJ Young has named Frank Norfleet Abston its new chief financial officer. Abston has more than 20 years of experience strategically managing assets, large-scale real estate developments and investment portfolios.

Abston was most recently founder and president of Fleet Building and Contracting, a developer of real estate and construction projects in Oxford, Mississippi. Before starting Fleet, he managed assets and real estate developments for The George W. Bryan, Sr. family office.

Abston is a native of Memphis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization adds 14 Nashville members

The Nashville chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization has announced the addition of 14 new members to its group of Middle Tennessee business owners.

The new members bring a combined $32,650,000 in annual sales and 303 full-time employees to the group’s ranks. The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 167 members, growing the chapter 13.6 percent from last year. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder, owner or controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

New EO Nashville members are:

  • Adrian Adams, owner of Adams Financial Strategies, the investment and benefits division of Melo Risk Advisors.
  • Seth Argo, principal of The Focus Group, a real estate investment firm.
  • Leighton Bush, founder and CEO of Bush Insurance & Financial Services, a Franklin-based insurance agency.
  • David Callahan, III, partner of Goodman Callahan Blackstone, PLLC, a tax and estate law firm.
  • Brent Clements, founder and CEO of Addiction Campuses of America, an addiction treatment program.
  • Nic Dugger, owner of TNDV: Television, a broadcasting and media production company.
  • Mary Fulcher, vice president of Fulcher Investment Properties, Inc., a real estate development and brokerage firm.
  • Hunter Gee, principal of Smith Gee Studio, a full-service architectural firm.
  • Jennifer Halverson, owner of Adventureworks, an outdoor experienced-based training and development company.
  • Paul Jankowski, founder and chief brand strategist of New Heartland Group, a brand strategy, content creation, digital marketing and branded entertainment agency.
  • Dr. Brandon Sims, owner of Indian Lake Family Dental, a local dental practice.
  • Joleyn Smithing, president and co-owner of Collegiate Sports Data, a NCAA-approved scouting service.
  • Alfred Steward, CEO of Acer Landscape Services, a family-owned landscape services provider.
  • Ken Thomas, CEO and founder of Archangel, a full service security company specializing in security officers, training and technology solutions.

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