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VOL. 40 | NO. 27 | Friday, July 1, 2016

Brody-Waite named CEO of Entrepreneur Center

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Michael Brody-Waite, former CEO of InQuicker.com, will be The Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s new CEO.

Brody-Waite began his career at Dell Inc., working in sales. In 2009, he became co-founder and CEO of Nashville-based InQuicker, which he shepherded it until it was acquired in 2015.

He will succeed former CEO Stuart McWhorter, who stepped down in April, after the passing of his father, to return to Clayton Associates, the company he started with his father in 1996.

Mr. Brody-Waite attended the University of California-Davis.

Kempf joins Bradley’s Nashville office

Bart J. Kempf, who joined Bradley’s Washington, D.C. office in April as counsel, has moved to Nashville and now practices from that office. Kempf helped establish the firm’s new Food and Agriculture Litigation and Regulatory practice and is a member of the Environment, Life Sciences and Real Estate practices.

Kempf has practiced environmental, land use and natural resources law in Washington, from 2011 to 2016. He was a member of the Environment, Land, and Resources Department at Latham & Watkins and served as senior counsel on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he worked on environmental, energy, food safety, antitrust, nominations, and civil rights issues.

Before working in the Senate, Kempf handled litigation and environmental matters in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond.

He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University, his M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and his B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South.

McDaniel joins NCVC as vice president of Creative


Scott McDaniel, who heads the Sony Music Nashville creative team as vice president of creative services, has joined the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp as vice president of creative. McDaniel brings more than 20 years of experience in creating visual art within the entertainment industry.

McDaniel succeeds Chuck Creasy, who is retiring after having helmed creative services at the NCVC for the past 10 years.

While at Sony Music Nashville since 2008, McDaniel oversaw artist imaging, album packaging, photography, design and video production for the label group’s recording imprints: Arista, Columbia and RCA Records. His work covered established icons, such as Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, to new and developing breakout artists, including Cam, Old Dominion and Maren Morris.

McDaniel has extensive experience as a film and video creative director and has worked on such projects as live concert performance music films, feature length films, documentaries and music videos.

McDaniel previously served in artist development with EMI Christian Music Group and oversaw the creative services department at ForeFront Records, working with artists such as Tobymac, Stacie Orrico, Audio Adrenaline and dc Talk.He is recent graduate of the Leadership Music and has served twice as governor in the Nashville chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

35 graduate from leadership program

Thirty-five community and business leaders from Middle Tennessee have graduated from Leadership Middle Tennessee, Inc., a regional leadership institute.

The 2016 class is from a 10-county area that includes Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson.

The 2015 Leadership Middle Tennessee graduates are:

CHEATHAM COUNTY: Stacy Pennington, community outreach director, AARP; Dr. Tara Watson Tiller, chief academic officer, Cheatham County School Board

DAVIDSON COUNTY: Fabian Bedne, Metro Council member, Metropolitan Government of Nashville; Dr. Katherine Y. Brown, president/CEO, Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Group; Mark Cleveland, owner/CEO, Hobby Express; Maura Cunningham, founder/ executive director, Rock The Street, Wall Street; Laura Moore, education liaison, Mayor’s Office, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County; Keith Simmons, vice chair, Cumberland Region Tomorrow; Douglas Small, CEO, Blue Dog Merch; Patricia Smith, director of public affairs, Tennessee Housing Development Agency; Blaine Strock, executive vice president & Middle Tennessee market president, Bank of Tennessee; Donna Yurdin, president, Credo Management Consulting

DICKSON COUNTY: Heath Larkin, financial advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.; Dr. Arrita Summers, director, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson

MAURY: Doug Burgess, director of power operations, Columbia Power and Water Systems; Wil Evans, president, Maury County Chamber & Economic Alliance; Chaz Molder, attorney, Mounger & Molder, PLLC

MONTGOMERY: Keith Lampkin, director of housing and community development, City of Clarksville; Jeff Truitt, chief of staff, Montgomery County Government; Joel Wallace, attorney, Cunningham, Mitchell & Rocconi and Clarksville City Council member

ROBERTSON: Kathy Raglin, executive director, YMCA Middle Tennessee

RUTHERFORD: Anne Davis, director, Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation; Veronica Terrell, sr. manager-engagements, Deloitte; Carolyn Tumbleson, development director, Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University

SUMNER: Kee Bryant-McCormick, attorney, Bone, McAllester, Norton; Leisa Byars, franchise owner, The Goddard School; Daisy Casey, community bank president, First Tennessee Bank; Dewayne Scott, president/CEO, SRS, Incorporated

WILLIAMSON: Matthew Bourlakas, president/CEO, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee; Galen Hull, consultant, Hull International; Justin Lowe, principal/owner, Centric Architecture, Inc.; Tara Myers, sr. design manager/ risk manager, Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.; Michael D. Williams, Jr, senior vice president/ relationship manager, Renasant Bank

WILSON: W. Paine Bone IV, owner, Wilson County Hyundai; John Lancaster, chairman & CEO, First Freedom Bank.

Nashville Area MPO announces staff changes


The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has welcomed Peter Westerholm and Shelly Hazle as new policy staff members and formally announced the departure of long-time executive director Michael Skipper, who has been selected to serve as the new executive director for the Greater Nashville Regional Council.

Skipper, who has led the MPO since 2007, began his new role with GNRC on June 8, and Michelle Lacewell, the MPO’s deputy director, has taken on the role of interim director for the organization.

GNRC is a regional planning and economic development agency representing 13 counties in Middle Tennessee, and offers a variety of programming and services to its member governments and their citizens including a robust program aimed at improving the quality of life for senior citizens across the region.


As a senior policy analysis for the MPO, former Metro Councilman Westerholm will be responsible for coordinating with local communities across the region on parking policies, land use plans, and land development regulations. In addition, he will oversee the MPO’s upcoming smart cities assessment aimed at finding technology-based solutions to address a host of traffic and transportation issues.

Hazle joins the MPO as a policy fellow and brings with her more than 10 years of experience helping cities and states implement programs to develop more livable and economically vibrant communities. Previously she worked with the Washington D.C. based Smart Growth America and helped lead the national level Governors’ Institute on Community Design.

Vanderbilt’s Williams to lead training program


Christopher Williams, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, has been named associate dean for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s Physician-Scientist Education and Training Program (PSTP) and director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

Williams succeeds Terence Dermody, M.D., MSTP director since 2003, who is leaving Vanderbilt to become chair of Pediatrics at the Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The Vanderbilt MSTP trains students for faculty and research posts in the biomedical sciences. Successful completion of the program enables them to earn both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

The M.D./Ph.D. dual enrollment program is one of 45 MSTP programs in the country funded by the National Institutes of Health. Each year about 14 new students are admitted to the program.

State Dept. of Health appoints assistant commissioner


Jeremy Davis has been appointed assistant commissioner for legislative affairs for the Tennessee Department of Health.

In this role, Davis will direct and oversee the department’s legislative efforts and initiatives. He will also coordinate with and assist legislators in public health-related issues and departmental legislative proposals.

Davis comes to this new role after serving as a legislative liaison for TDH since 2011. He succeeds Valerie Nagoshiner, who has been promoted from assistant commissioner to chief of staff at TDH.

Davis joined TDH after serving as executive assistant for policy and research for Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. He has also served as research analyst with the Tennessee General Assembly’s Senate Environment, Conservation and Tourism Committee and as an executive staff member for Sen. Ward Crutchfield. Davis holds a degree from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

The Temple selects Sir as 72nd president


Martin Sir of Nashville has been named president of The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Belle Meade.

As The Temple’s 72nd president since its founding in 1851, Sir will lead its 750-family member congregation for the next two years, continuing his service in The Temple’s leadership.

Other newly-elected officers of The Temple’s Board of Trustees are: vice president & treasurer, Joyce E. Friedman, a Franklin Realtor, and secretary, Jimmy Marks, CPA, of Nashville, both serving a two-year terms.

Sir, a Temple member for 34 years, previously served as a member of its board of trustees. He was elected secretary of The Temple in 2010, then served as treasurer/vice president before his recent election as president. He traces his lineage to his great-grandfather, Louis Hershkovitz, who was the first president of Sherith Israel and served as president for 25 years.

Sir is the founding attorney in the law offices of Martin Sir & Associates, serving Nashville and Middle Tennessee clients for more than 30 years. He focuses primarily on family law. He also is a former member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, 1981-1984.


Friedman, a Temple member for 22 years, has served as a member of the Temple’s Board of Trustees for eight years from 2007 – 2011 and from 2012 to 2016 where she served as secretary for two consecutive terms.

Marks is a certified public accountant and co-founder of Anderson Benson Insurance & Risk Management, an insurance agency in Nashville focusing on serving businesses and individuals in Middle Tennessee.

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