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VOL. 39 | NO. 1 | Friday, January 2, 2015

Howard appointed dean of Belmont’s Curb College

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Belmont University has appointed Doug Howard, founder of Vandermont Music Group and former senior vice president of A&R for Lyric Street Records/Walt Disney Company, to the position of dean for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Howard fills a position held for nine years by Dr. Wes Bulla, who announced earlier this year his intention to return to a full-time teaching position.

A 1979 alumnus of Belmont, Howard earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He has a long history in the Nashville music scene with early beginnings as a song plugger and studio manager for the Welk Music Group.

Following law school, Howard served as vice president and general manager for PolyGram Music Publishing for five years before becoming the senior vice president of A&R for Lyric Street Records, a division of the Walt Disney Company. Howard is the president and owner of Vandermont Music Group, a company he founded in 2010.

Howard will serve more than 75 faculty and staff and nearly 2,000 students in Curb College programs. Campus facilities supporting the college include four professional recording studios on Music Row (renovations of historic Columbia Studio A were completed in 2014), as well as shared instructional space, computer labs and substantial recording space on the main campus.

In fall 2015, the college classrooms, offices and additional studio space will relocate to a new 134,000-square-foot building, which will include more than 30 student edit bays, multiple computer labs, a motion capture facility, a Foley sound studio, a 3,000 square foot sound stage, and two state-of-the art screening theaters (300 seat and 50 seat).

In addition, the College of Entertainment and Music Business has established program partnerships with several other institutions (including the University of Hawaii, Fisk University and Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film) as well as offers semester-long experiences for its students in both New York City (Belmont East) and Los Angeles (Belmont West).

TSU’s Bullock inducted into Carver Hall of Fame


Tennessee State University’s Dr. Roy Bullock, professor of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been recognized for his public service and contributions to the rural farming community via induction into the George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame.

The award is given to those individuals whose work mirrors the philosophy of George Washington Carver – “the greatest good for the greatest number of people.”

The award recognizes teaching and research accomplishments that improve the quality of life for clientele served by land-grant institutions such as Tennessee State University. The award ceremony is part of the annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Bullock is the first recipient of the award from Tennessee State University and the first in the state. The award was first presented in 1984.

Bullock, a graduate of Class VIII of the National Extension Leadership Development Program, has written more than 30 Extension publications.

In his current position, he provides leadership to county agents who focus on small farmers in all 95 Tennessee counties. He is a 2009 recipient of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Excellence in Extension Award, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award (2001), the University of Tennessee Program of Distinction Award for Small Farms (2004), the Blue and White Gala Award for Outstanding Program in Small Farms (2006), and the Award of Excellence for Exceptional Programming for Southern Regional Extension Forestry (2006).

Health Care Council announces Fellows class

The Nashville Health Care Council has announced the 2015 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. Thirty-six senior health care leaders were selected for the program, which is focused on influencing and transforming the nation’s health care system.

Now in its third year, the Council Fellows initiative engages industry leaders in clearly defining health care’s greatest challenges and exploring business strategies to navigate these difficult issues facing the U.S. health care system in an era of unprecedented change.

The members of the 2015 Fellows class are:

• Oran Aaronson, M.D. – medical director, Vanderbilt Spine Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

• Gregg Allen, M.D. – executive vice president and chief medical officer, MedSolutions

• Greg Allen – general manager, Cigna-HealthSpring

• Bill Baucom, M.D. – Summit Medical Associates

• Bill Brown – chief executive officer, Entrada

• Dave Caluori – principal, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

• Nick Coussoule – senior vice president and chief information officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

• Mike Cuffe, M.D. – president and chief executive officer, Physician Services, HCA

• Michael Dal Bello – partner, Pritzker Group

• Rebecca Dexter – vice president, market performance and account management, Healthways

• Lisa Doyle – vice president, human resources, HCA

• Joel Galanter – chief legal officer, general counsel, Aegis Sciences Corporation

• Rachel Haithcoat – director, mergers & acquisitions, DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc.

• Mark Harris, Ph.D. – founder and CEO, NextGxDx

• Darren Hodgon – vice president, strategy and innovation, United Healthcare

• Rusty Holman – chief medical officer, LifePoint Hospitals

• Debbie James – president and chief executive officer, Vivere Health

• Phil Johnston – dean, College of Pharmacy, Belmont University

• Ed Jones – president and chief executive officer, HealthTrust

• Kris Joshi, Ph.D. – executive vice president, Emdeon

• Neil Kunkel – executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer, Capella Healthcare Inc.

• Mark Lamp – chief executive officer, American HomePatient

• Julie Lampley – attorney, Butler Snow LLP

• Helen Lane – executive vice president & partner, c3/consulting

• Darren Lehrich – managing director, Deutsche Bank

• Wendy Long, M.D. – deputy director, health care finance and administration, State of Tennessee

• David Massaro, M.D. – deputy chief medical officer, VA MidSouth Healthcare Network

• Ken Misch – chief financial officer, MEDHOST

• Anna-Gene O’Neal – president and chief executive officer, Alive Hospice

• Bill Paul, M.D. – director, Metro Public Health Department

• Beth Ratliff – senior vice president, Premise Health / CHS Health Services

• Saurabh Sinha – chief executive officer, emids

• Lloyd Smith – partner, PwC

• Paul Smith – vice president, division vi operations, Community Health Systems

• Harsh Trivedi, M.D. – executive director and chief medical officer, Vanderbilt Behavioral Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

• Erin Wilkins – president, Southeast region, Press Ganey

The Council Fellows Initiative is the next step in continuing Nashville’s health care legacy of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. The initiative engages key professionals to better implement business strategies, create value, drive industry growth and effect change on local, national and international levels.

Bank Consultant names Pinnacle’s Hare to Top 50


Bank Investment Consultant magazine has named Pinnacle Financial Partners associate James Hare one of its “Top 50 Bank Advisors” for the second year. Ranked at No. 14, he was also named to the list in 2012.

The magazine evaluated the honorees on several variables, including assets under management, trailing 12-month production, asset growth, amount of fee business, growth in production and production-per-assets. Re-qualification is required annually.

With more than 16 years of financial and investment experience, Hare is a senior vice president at Pinnacle Asset Management and a financial consultant for Raymond James. He is located at Pinnacle’s office at 2307 Crestmoor Dr.

Also, Joe Jeffries, Keri Nollner and Kelly Risner have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners’ downtown Nashville office.

Jeffries brings nine years of experience to his role of client service specialist. Prior roles included serving as a customer service manager for US Bank and assistant branch manager and personal banker for SunTrust Bank. Jeffries earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

Nollner is a collections and recovery support associate with 18 years of experience. She comes most recently from Harris Research Inc., where she was in the accounts receivable, billing and collection area. Nollner attended Austin Peay State University and is working toward a degree in business administration at Aquinas College.

Risner, with 14 years of experience, is vice president and credit advisor. She was previously a commercial portfolio manager for CapStar Bank and Bank of Nashville.

Miller named newest MTA board member


Janet Miller, CEO and market leader for Colliers International, has been appointed to the Nashville MTA board of directors. She was confirmed in a unanimous vote by the Metro Council on Dec. 16.

Miller spent the past 20 years with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce in various leadership positions, including chief economic development officer. In September, Miller left to assume her position with Colliers.

Miller graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She also attended the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and received her Certified Economic Developer accreditation in 1999. An extremely active member of the Nashville community, Miller is a highly sought-after lecturer.

Her first Nashville MTA board meeting will be in January 2015.

Stat Solutions, Crosslin promote 2


STAT Solutions and Crosslin & Associates have promoted two team members within the companies.

Kathi Carney will now serve as director of operations for STAT Solutions, and Elisabeth Harper has been promoted to forensic and valuation consultant.


Carney is a certified professional coder, a certified coding instructor, a certified professional medical auditor and has 11 years of physician medical coding. Additionally, she spent 19 years as a practice manager, billing manager and business manager of physician practices with the specialties of cardiology, pulmonary and critical care, and family practice. She earned her associate’s degree from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.

Harper has more than 6 years of experience in public accounting and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Furman University, a master’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University and a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Memphis.

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