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VOL. 39 | NO. 27 | Friday, July 3, 2015

Uniguest names Morgan chief executive officer

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Uniguest, a provider of secure managed technology services, has announced the appointment of Joseph P. Morgan, Jr. as chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015.

Morgan had served as president and chief executive officer of The Standard Register Company, a publicly traded company with revenues approaching $1 billion, since January 2009. At The Standard Register Company, he was responsible for the transformation of the printing giant to an integrated communications company leveraging both technology and innovation to develop a market-focused strategy. Morgan also served on the Board of Directors and held a number of community and charitable leadership positions during his tenure with the company.

Morgan previously served as president at eflatbed.com, president and chairman of Sony Chemical Corporation of America and held executive positions at FLEXcon.

Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Clark University in Worcester.

Littler adds 2 more to Nashville office


Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, continues to expand its presence in Nashville by adding shareholder Tim Rybacki, who is relocating his practice to Nashville from Littler’s Houston office, and Roger Scruggs, who recently as an associate from King & Ballow.


Rybacki represents employers across all areas of labor and employment law, with a primary emphasis on matters involving labor-management relations, union avoidance, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, and non-competition matters. Prior to earning his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, Rybacki earned a B.B.A. from the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.

Scruggs’ practice includes representation of employers in a variety of areas, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, independent contractor status, background checks and religious and disability accommodation. He earned his J.D. from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Georgia.

Carl is new president of Nashville Rotary


The Rotary Club of Nashville has elected Theresa Carl, who works for the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, as its new president. Carl will be serving with the following officers and directors through June 30, 2016:

VP/president-elect – Janet Miller, Colliers Inc.

Treasurer – Harry Allen, Avenue Bank

Sergeant-at-Arms – Bob Stokes, Edward Jones

Nashville Rotary Service Trust Community Investment – Joanne Pulles, HCA Foundation

Immediate past president – Laquita Stribling, Randstad USA

Board of Directors:

Tammy Boehms, NFIB

Christine Bradley, Vanderbilt University

Richard Exton, Manier & Exton

Tony Heard, InfoWorks

Todd Henry, Metro Nashville Police Dept.

Kem Hinton, Tuck-Hinton Architects

Mark McNeely, McNeely Pigott & Fox, PR

Betty Price, Price Financial Consulting

Ronald Roberts, DVL Seigenthaler, PR

Clay Stauffer, Woodmont Christian Church

Deborah Varallo, Varallo Public Relations

Evette White, Sullivan Branding

The Rotary Club of Nashville, entering its 102nd year, is a nonprofit, professional organization with more than 570 members. Nashville is currently the eighth-largest Rotary Club worldwide and is the largest civic club in Tennessee.

MTA/RTA hires Birdsong as chief operating officer


The Nashville MTA and the Regional Transportation Authority announced India Birdsong has been hired as the new chief operating officer for the transit agencies.

Birdsong comes to Nashville from the Chicago Transit Authority where she was most recently senior manager of bus supervision and instruction for the Central Region. During her tenure with CTA, Birdsong also held positions leading operations for a CTA Operating Division, bus operator instruction, and special events planning. She began her career there as an operations planner.

Birdsong holds a degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is active in several transit industry organizations, including the American Public Transportation Association, Transit Cooperative Research Program, and Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.

Young bankers elect new leadership


Members of the Young Bankers Division of the Tennessee Bankers Association have elected new officers and directors for 2015-2016. They are:

President – Bo Blanken, assistant vice president, Citizens Bank and Trust Company of Grainger County, Rutledge

President-elect – Chris Schlueter, vice president, FirstBank, Nashville

Vice President – Michelle Bing, senior vice president, Reelfoot Bank, Union City

Immediate Past President – Emily Gray, senior vice president/senior credit officer, The Hardin County Bank, Savannah

As president of the division, Blanken will serve as an ex-officio member of the Tennessee Bankers Association board of directors.

In addition to the four executive officers, the Young Bankers Division is governed by a nine-member board of directors composed of three directors from each of the three grand divisions of the state. Serving three-year terms are:

East Tennessee - Robert Bradley, executive vice president/chief risk officer, Bank of Tennessee, Johnson City

Middle Tennessee - Johnathan West, assistant vice president/mortgage originator, Macon Bank and Trust Company, Lafayette

West Tennessee - Melanie Luckey, assistant vice president & controller, First South Bank, Jackson

The Young Banker’s Division was established in 1960 and is devoted to preparing Tennessee’s young bank officers to become the banking industry’s next generation of leaders.

InfoWorks adds Taylor as business consultant


InfoWorks, a management consulting company, has hired Alan D. Taylor as a business consultant. Taylor, a seasoned professional with 30 years of experience, will help promote the health care services practice of the company and engage with clients to optimize value delivery.

Prior to joining InfoWorks, Taylor held both senior leadership and consulting positions at other health care, financial and insurance companies, most recently at a global consulting firm as a senior manager and expert practitioner. He also was vice president of business process and data management for MassMutual and an assistant vice president of the Operations Excellence Group at Aetna.

Taylor earned a degree in math and computer science from Purdue University and a master’s degree in communications and information management from BayPath University in Massachusetts

TSU professor wins agronomy society award

De Koff

A Tennessee State University professor noted for his mobile biodiesel demonstration to farmers across the state has won the prestigious American Society of Agronomy Early Career Professional Award for 2015.

Dr. Jason de Koff, assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, was recognized for outstanding contribution to the field of agronomy in education and research.

De Koff, now in his fifth year at TSU, has received more than $1.3 in grant funding as principal investigator and co-PI. His responsibilities in extension and research focus on using switchgrass and winter canola for bioenergy production. He is a research-focus group leader for 20 faculty members and serves as assistant program leader in the Cooperative Extension Program at TSU.

De Koff earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2008. He came to TSU in 2010 after post-doctoral work with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Nelson Books hires VP of marketing


Nelson Books, a nonfiction imprint of Thomas Nelson, has announced the hiring of Jeff James as vice president of marketing. James is filling the role previously held by Chad Cannon.

James was previously the CEO and founder of Mythology LLC, a marketing consulting practice.

Before starting Mythology LLC, Jeff held various sales and marketing management roles during his 14 years at Microsoft Corporation, including director of relationship marketing for the six billion dollar U.S. Enterprise business division.

James holds a BA in business management and an MS in HR/Labor Relations from West Virginia University.

Nashville Area Chamber board adds new leadership


The board of directors of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has elected five new members, re-elected seven members to a second three-year term and elected Milton Johnson, chairman and CEO of HCA, as Chamber board vice chair, and Jim Schmitz, executive vice president and Middle Tennessee president for Regions Bank, as co-chair of Partnership 2020, the Chamber’s economic development initiative.

Others, in addition to Johnson, joining the the board of directors are:

Jorge Dominicis, CEO, CorrectCare

Joey Hatch, co-CEO, Skanska USA, Central U.S. region

Claire Tucker, president and CEO, CapStar Bank

Decosta Jenkins, president and CEO, Nashville Electric Service

Returning to the Nashville Area Chamber board of directors for a second three-year term are:

William F. Carpenter III, chairman and CEO, LifePoint Hospitals

Jeff Cogen, CEO and alternate governor, Nashville Predators

Robert Higgins, Jr., president and CEO, Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon

Damon Hininger, president and CEO, CCA

Susan Lanigan, community volunteer

Robert McCabe, chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners

W. Carl Whitmer, president and CEO, IASIS Healthcare

Schmitz replaces outgoing P2020 Co-Chair Johnson, who moves into a one-year role as vice chair of the Chamber’s board.

The new and returning board members and Chamber officers will assume their roles beginning July 1.

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