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VOL. 40 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 12, 2016

Lanquist named general counsel for Bar Association

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Edward D. Lanquist, Jr., managing shareholder at Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., has been appointed general counsel of the Tennessee Bar Association.

The general counsel is chosen by the president of the TBA and serves a volunteer, one-year term. As general counsel, Lanquist will provide counsel to the board and board members and be actively involved in governance of the organization.

A registered patent attorney, Lanquist is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association, where he is past chair of the Intellectual Property Committee. An A/V rated attorney, Lanquist was named one of Tennessee’s Top Lawyers by the National Law Journal in 2012 and has been named a “Best Lawyer” each year since 2010.

Lanquist was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership Nashville class and was selected the following year to serve as 2015 co-chair for the new class. He serves as a Board Member of the Nashville Technology Council and the Arts and Business Council.

Bar Foundation selects Leadership Forum class

The Nashville Bar Foundation has chosen 24 local attorneys for the 2016-17 Leadership Forum program.

This leadership program from the NBF is kicking off its third year and offers an innovative opportunity to learn, collaborate, network and serve the local community and the legal profession. The NBF Leadership Forum is intended for lawyers with three to eight years of experience. Its goals are to encourage diversity in the practice of law and aid in building relationships among attorneys with diverse backgrounds and practices.

2016-17 participants are:

Christopher Bellamy, assistant district attorney

LaTonnsya Burney, Dept of Labor & Workforce Development

Justin Campbell, Thompson Burton, PLLC

Allison Cooley, Legal Aid Society

Alex Dickerson, Metro Legal Department

Mandy Floyd, Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC

Stephanie Frey, YMCA of Middle TN

Courtney Grande, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC

Jessica Hill, Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Ryan Holt, Sherrard Roe Voight & Harbison, PLC

Martesha Johnson, Metro Public Defender’s Office

Kristin Kenney, HCA

LaChina McKinney, Dept of Healthcare & Finance

Sara Beth Myers, TN Attorney General’s Office

Amanda Nichols, Bradley, LLP

Sara Anne Quinn, Butler Snow, LLP

Ben Raybin, Raybin & Weissman, PC

Josiah Reid, Lewis Thomason

Gil Schuette, Sims Funk, PLC

Roger Scruggs, Littler Mendelson, PC

Alexis Soler, Federal Public Defender’s Office

Lauren Spahn, Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

John Spragens, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Maia Woodhouse, Baker Donelson, PC

Rotary Club of Nashville announces new board


Janet Miller, president of Colliers International, will serve as president of the Rotary Club of Nashville, which is entering its 103rd year and with more than 550 members is the third-largest Rotary Club worldwide.

Other officers:

VP/president-elect – Evette White, Executive Selections

Treasurer – Chuck Lassing, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Sergeant-at-arms – Tari Hughes, Nashville Public Library Foundation

Nashville Rotary Service Trust – Joanne Pulles, HCA Foundation

Immediate past president – Theresa Carl, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation

In addition, the following individuals are members of the Board of Directors:

Harry Allen, Avenue Bank; 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; Lauren Lane, Habitat for Humanity; William Liles, Robert A. Baird Co.; Betty Price, Price Financial Consulting; Ronald Roberts, Seigenthaler DVL, PR; Bob Stokes, Edward Jones Co.; Deborah Varallo, Varallo Public Relations.

Convention & Visitors board gets 4 new members


Four new members have joined the board of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp: Dr. Robert Fisher, president of Belmont University; Laura Hollingsworth, president and publisher of The Tennessean and TN Media; Brian Tibbs, partner, director of Southeast Operations, at Moody Nolan; and Erica Garrison, counsel at Waller.

Additionally, Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, president at DVL Seigenthaler, will serve as board chair for Fiscal Year 2016-17. Kevin Lavender, senior vice president at Fifth Third Bank, will serve as chair-elect. Ken Levitan serves as immediate past chair.

Prior to Fisher’s appointment at Belmont in April of 2000, he was vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas State University and had previously served as dean of the school of business at Henderson State University.


He has served as chair of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Pencil Foundation board chair, co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Education and as a member of the board for non-profits such as the Nashville Public Education Foundation, Alignment Nashville, Cumberland Region Tomorrow, United Way, Nashville Symphony and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

In addition to Hollingsworth’s leadership roles at The Tennessean, she is Central Group president for Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing Division with oversight responsibilities for a total of 26 media markets in nine states.


Tibbs has been with the architecture firm Moody Nolan for 19 years, leading several projects for the firm throughout the country and was the Nashville project manager for the Music City Center architectural design team.

His work includes the Meharry Medical College Cal Turner Family Center project and the historic restoration and renovation of Cravath Hall at Fisk University, which received the prestigious Historic Preservation Trust Honor Award.


Garrison assists clients involved in transactions with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and other local governments. She also works on land use and zoning issues associated with controversial projects and identifies and obtains state and local incentives for businesses relocating to Tennessee.

These new board members join existing NCVC board members for FY 16-17: Ronnie Smith of Regions Bank; John Fleming of Renaissance Nashville Hotel; Peter J. Weien, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center; Jana Davis of HCA; John Esposito of Warner Music Group; Mignon Francois of Cupcake Collection; Max Goldberg of Strategic Hospitality; Ed Hardy; Bob Patterson of Bradley; Tony Phillips of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel; Dan Piotrowski of Omni Nashville Hotel; and Rick Schwartz of Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

Ex officio members include Butch Spyridon of the NCVC; Howard Kittell of The Hermitage, who serves as chair of the Metro Tourism and Convention Commission; and Sarah Trahern of the CMA.

Interim director named for Public Works


Mark Sturtevant, currently serving as infrastructure director for the Mayor’s Office, will begin overseeing day-to-day operations at Metro Public Works while conducting an overall internal evaluation of the department on behalf of the administration. Mark Macy, who has served as interim director since September of 2015, will return to his role as chief engineer of MPW.

In addition to management of Public Works, Sturtevant has been asked to conduct an assessment of the department, to include the possible need for organizational restructuring.

Sturtevant previously served as chief development officer for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, where he developed and planned for new transit projects and helped launch a major update to MTA/RTA’s Strategic Master Plan (nMotion). He previously worked in lead project-management roles for the construction of major municipal landmarks such as the Music City Center, Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium. He has more than three decades of experience in both public and commercial development, and has also held prior roles with the Metropolitan Development & Housing Agency and the Metropolitan Historical Commission.

Anderson Benson taps Strickland as new partner


Leigh Anne Strickland has joined Anderson Benson Insurance & Risk Management as a partner in business management and sales.

Strickland previously worked as a producer with Mountain State Insurance Agency in Charleston, W.V. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.

Strickland is a former Outreach And Community Engagement Director for Nashville Ballet. She is a graduate of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

Messer Construction’s Trusty promoted


Messer Construction Company has promoted Keith Trusty from building systems group engineer to building systems engineer II in the company’s Nashville region.

Trusty joined Messer in 2013 and has since played a key role in projects with clients such as Vanderbilt University and Jack Daniel’s.

Trusty holds a civil engineering degree from Purdue University.

Loyd to oversee state’s substance abuse services


Dr. Stephen Loyd, internal medicine physician and Johnson City native, has been appointed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as medical director for the Division of Substance Abuse Services.

Loyd will address addiction in Tennessee as a disease while reducing stigma associated with treatment and recovery, according to Commissioner E. Douglas Varney.

Loyd was formally program director for the internal medicine residency program at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. From there, he joined the Mountain Home Veterans Administration Medical Center in Johnson City as its chief of staff for education.

He supervised the residency training program. Within a couple of years he was appointed chief of medicine.

A graduate of the Quillen College of Medicine, Loyd has been an advocate for impaired physicians and his work has been featured in USA Today, on the Huffington Post Live as well as on the NBC Today Show.

He has been invited to the White House to participate in National Recovery Day in September of 2014. Loyd has had op-ed pieces published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times and the San Jose Mercury News.

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