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VOL. 39 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 16, 2015

Halper to lead Cole Law entertainment practice

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Wayne R. Halper, a music industry veteran and member of the Nashville recording and arts community, has joined Cole Law Group as senior attorney and head of the firm’s Entertainment Law Practice Group.

Halper was the first in-house attorney at a major record label in Nashville (Capitol Nashville) and ultimately rose to the position of general manager/head of label operations for DreamWorks Records Nashville.

He also is former trustee/secretary-treasurer for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, former treasurer for the Country Music Hall of Fame, former chair of the finance committee for the Country Music Association and former president of Leadership Music.

He has received the Founding President’s Award (formerly known as the Connie B. Gay Award) from the Country Music Association.

At Cole Law Group, he is concentrating his practice in the music, film, television, and publishing industries, representing such clients as independent record labels, musicians, composers, actors, authors, content providers, independent film producers and media companies.

Waller names new leadership for department


Veteran banking attorney Richard T. Hills has been selected to lead the Financial Services Department at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, and Ron C. Snitker has joined the firm as Waller’s executive director of Financial Services.

Snitker, who previously spent 15 years with UBS Financial Services Inc., will develop and implement the department’s strategy and business development activities working with client and industry sector teams comprising attorneys from Waller’s corporate, commercial finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, dispute resolution, and tax practices.


Hills has for nearly two decades focused his legal practice on helping financial services clients grow through mergers and acquisitions, stock and debt offerings and other capital raising activities. Prior to joining Waller in 2014, Hills was a partner with Womble Carlyle’s Financial Institutions team in Atlanta.

Hills earned his J.D., cum laude, in 1996 from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law. He earned his B.A. in 1992 from Davidson College.

Snitker has more than 20 years of experience with high-profile, international financial services companies in senior roles ranging from sales and marketing to administration and client management.

Prior to joining Waller, he served as director of sales marketing and administration for Equity Plan Advisory Services at UBS. Snitker holds dual MBAs from the Haas School of Business (University of California, Berkeley) and Columbia Business School. He earned a B.B.A. in finance and a B.A. in music performance from the University of Iowa.

Lomax-O’dneal appointed Metro finance director


Mayor Megan Barry has named Talia Lomax-O’dneal to be Metro Nashville’s director of finance.

The appointment represents two historic firsts for Metro: She will be the first woman and the first African-American to serve as finance director.

Lomax-O’dneal was appointed as acting director of finance in September 2015, prior to which she served as deputy finance director, with primary responsibilities that included preparation and monitoring of Metro’s operating and capital budgets. She has worked in the field of finance in the public and private sector for more than 25 years, 15 of which have been in the Metro Finance Department.

She has received numerous leadership and professional awards for her work. She is a certified government financial manager (CGFM) and a certified municipal finance officer (CMFO). She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of Government Accountants.

Lomax-O’dneal earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is an alumna of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute.

Neal & Harwell welcomes Harbison as associate


William James “Jay” Harbison II has joined Neal & Harwell, PLC, as an associate, and his practice will focus on general litigation.

Prior to joining Neal & Harwell, Harbison was judicial law clerk for the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr., United States Court of Appeals, 6th District.

Harbison is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law, where he was executive editor for the Tennessee Law Review. He earned a B.A. at Middlebury College.

Harbison is admitted to the Tennessee Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Crenshaw joins Sherrard & Roe


David C. Crenshaw has joined Sherrard & Roe, PLC, as an associate. Crenshaw, a CPA, will focus on corporate, real estate and commercial lending.

Crenshaw was previously an assurance associate with Ernst & Young, LLP. He is a May 2015 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He earned a master of accountancy from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2010, and a B.S. in finance in May 2009.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Fifth Third Bank adds commercial manager


Chris Brearey has joined Fifth Third Bank as vice president and commercial portfolio manager for the Structured Finance Group.

He was previously employed at SunTrust Bank, where he served as a portfolio manager in the commercial & industrial, non-profit and government groups.

Breary has eight years of experience in financial services and spent an additional two years serving as a controller for a private manufacturing company. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton where he earned a degree in business.

Akers joins Stantec as senior planner


Cherie Akers has joined Stantec as a senior planner in the firm’s Nashville office. Akers brings more than 20 years of experience serving public and private sector clients in the land development and urban planning industry. Akers is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and.

Akers has been the project manager for numerous large-scale and high-profile land development projects, having managed more than 200,000 acres of land plans and provided site analysis for over 250,000 acres.

Akers specializes in the preparation of long-range strategic land-use plans and facilitating land acquisitions for large property owners and major developers.

LBMC adds Hill to tax department


LBMC, PC, one of the Southeast’s largest Accounting and Business Consulting firms, has added Paige Hill in its Nashville office.

Hill joins LBMC’s tax department as a staff accountant, specializing in private business. She is experienced in preparing partnership, S-Corp, and C-Corp for manufacturing, real estate, and health care clients.

Originally from Ripley, Hill earned her BSBA in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

BOHAN hires Reaver as copywriter


BOHAN Advertising has hired Hayley Reaver as a copywriter. She previously was a copywriter at Baldwin&, an agency in Raleigh, N.C., where her accounts included BMW Golf, Burt’s Bees, Kingsford and the Umstead resort.

She has other experience at Think Interactive and the three agency, both in Atlanta, and Wyse Advertising and Point To Point, both in Cleveland, Ohio. Other client experience includes Arby’s, Sears, Simmons Beautyrest, Republic Wireless, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Orkin, Shaw Flooring, Sherwin-Williams and GE Lighting.

Reaver earned an advertising degree at Kent State University and a certificate in advertising arts/copywriting from the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.

Dillingham joins FiftyForward Bellevue


Susan Dillingham, a longtime community collaborator, has joined FiftyForward as director of the FiftyForward J. L. Turner Center at the Bellevue Family YMCA.

Dillingham, a UT graduate, will oversee programs and events at the Turner Center.

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