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VOL. 40 | NO. 31 | Friday, July 29, 2016

Legal Aid Society picks new president, board

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Robert “Bob” J. Martineau Jr., commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, has been selected as president of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

Martineau was selected seventh Commissioner of TDEC by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam in January 2011. In 2014, his environmental leadership at TDEC was recognized at the national level as he was elected by his peers as president for the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), the national association of state environmental officers. This was the first time a head of TDEC has been elected to any top leadership post at ECOS.

Martineau previously worked in environmental law 16 years at Waller. Before that, he served seven years in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C.

He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and Leadership Tennessee and is past president of both the Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and First Steps. Martineau earned his law degree at the University of Cincinnati and holds an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota.

Other officers who will serve with Martineau through 2018 are:

• 1st vice president – Charles K. Grant, attorney, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville

• 2nd vice president – J. Andrew Goddard, attorney, Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville

• 3rd vice president – Susan L. Kay, attorney, Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville

• Secretary – Adrie May Rhodes, client-eligible, Bethlehem Center in Nashville

• Treasurer – Walter H. Stubbs, attorney, The Stubbs Law Group in Gallatin

• Member at Large - Charles H. Warfield, attorney, Stites & Harbison in Nashville

• Past President – John T. Blankenship, attorney, Blankenship & Blankenship in Murfreesboro

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands advocates for fairness and justice under the law. The non-profit law firm offers free civil legal representation and educational programs to help people in its region receive justice, protect their well-being and support opportunities to overcome poverty.

Dr. Ming Wang honored as Nashvillian of the Year


The Kiwanis Club of Nashville has selected Dr. Ming Wang, director of Wang Vision 3D Cataract and LASIK Center, laser eye surgeon, author and philanthropist as the 35th recipient of its Nashvillian of the Year Award.

Wang actively contributes to the Nashville community as the founding president of the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce and as an honorary president of the Tennessee American-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The mission of these two chambers is to help educate Tennessee businesses about China, helping Tennessee to increase its export to China. He is also a co-founder of Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group, an organization that provides support to the diverse cultural and ethnic businesses in our community.

For the past 35 years, the 100-year-old civic club, Kiwanis, has bestowed the annual accolade upon an individual who has gone beyond the expected scope of their abilities for the betterment and benefit of the Nashville community. The selection committee was spearheaded by George H. Armistead, III, one of the three original architects of the award (along with the late Gillespie Buchannan and the late Ralph Brunson).

Past winners of note include Martha Ingram, Roy Acuff, Jack Massey, Phil Bredesen, Vince Gill, Tim Corbin, Mike Curb, Frank Wycheck, Darrell Waltrip and Mayor Karl Dean.

Pinnacle Wealth Advisors names managing directors


Nate Fowler and Nathan Kurita have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice presidents and managing directors for Pinnacle Wealth Advisors, the firm’s registered investment advisor unit.

Fowler has 14 years of experience and was most recently a wealth management advisor at U.S. Bank. Prior roles include financial advisor at Merrill Lynch and managing director for David Ward & Associates.


Fowler earned a degree in business administration from Abilene Christian University and a juris doctor degree from the Nashville School of Law.

Kurita brings 16 years of investment industry experience and comes to Pinnacle from Merrill Lynch, where he was a portfolio manager. Previously he served in analyst positions with PENN Capital Management and Bear, Stearns & Company, Inc.

He earned a degree in business management and finance from the University of Memphis.

Nashville’s Spann tapped to lead engineering group


Amy Spann, PE, EnSafe Inc., Nashville, has been named president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee, an organization whose membership includes more than 100 engineering firms located across the state.

Other Nashville engineers will serve as officers in 2016-2017, including:

Charlie Smith, PE, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., president-elect

Elizabeth Surface, PE, Ross Bryan and Associates, Inc., treasurer

Mickey Sullivan, PE, Gresham Smith and Partners, director at large.

Steve Field, PE, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., serves as ACEC national director.

ACEC of Tennessee Officers for 2016-2017 are:


First vice president: Logan Meeks, PE, A2H, Inc., Memphis

Second vice president: Tim Verner, PE, Fisher & Arnold, Inc., Memphis

Secretary: Danl Hall, PE, Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc., Knoxville

Past president: John Kenny, PE, Facility Systems Consultants, LLC, Knoxville

The Nashville Chapter of ACEC of Tennessee has elected Kenny Diehl, PE, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., as the chapter president.

Franklin names planning, sustainability director


Long-time city employee Emily Hunter has been named Franklin’s director of planning and sustainability.

Hunter has worked as a part of the city’s Planning and Sustainability Department team for more than nine years, taking on positions of greater responsibility in both current and long-range planning. She was chosen from a field of 45 candidates from across the country and internally.

The Planning and Sustainability Department is composed of 16 people, including the director.

The department works with the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission in providing information and advice to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and other City officials to assist them in making decisions about growth and development of the City of Franklin.

TDH gets new assistant compliance commissioner


Phil Wilson, CPA, has been appointed assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health Compliance Office.

Wilson previously served as director of internal audit for TDH since 2013 and succeeds Mike Gaines, CPA, who retired in June.

Wilson will direct efforts to ensure regulatory and policy compliance for all TDH operations across the state and will oversee internal audits, monitoring of grants, internal affairs investigations and training for some federal statutes including Title VI and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

His career includes service as a regulatory auditor with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of International Trade, as a senior auditor with CIGNA Government Services and as internal auditor with TDH.

He holds a degree in accounting from Western Kentucky University.

Civil Site Design adds three civil designers

Civil Site Design Group has added civil designers Kyle Griffin, Kyle Mast and Jake Porter to its team.

Griffin works with the residential design team in creating site development plans of all types. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Missouri with a bachelor of science in civil engineering.

Mast provides assistance to project engineers with designs and management of current residential projects. He is a 2012 graduate of Lipscomb University with a degree in general civil engineering.

Porter is a graduate engineer and civil designer assisting with land development projects across Middle Tennessee. He has been a summer engineering intern with Civil Site since 2008. Porter is a 2015 graduate of Christian Brothers University.

3 chosen for promotions on LBMC audit team

LBMC has announced three promotions to senior manager positions in audit services:

Courtney Bach, who joined the firm in 2008, earned bachelor and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

She works mainly in the health care industry with both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, behavioral health providers, long-term care and hospice clients. She also works on employee benefit engagements.

Jenny Merritt has worked with LBMC for 13 years and also has experience in the staffing industry. She earned a degree in business Administration at Belmont University.

Hunter Ray, who joined the firm in 2009, earned his master of professional accountancy degree and bachelor’s degree in accounting with a finance concentration at Murray State University.

Ray works in the middle market area, serving clients ranging in industry from technology and family-owned business to investment funds.

LBMC has more than 500 employees, with offices in Brentwood, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

Founded in 1984 as a traditional accounting firm, LBMC has expanded its focus to meet a broad range of financial, human resources and technology needs.

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