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VOL. 40 | NO. 42 | Friday, October 14, 2016

Rogers joins BlackLine Advisory Group

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BlackLine Advisory Group, led by financial technology veterans Pat Moran, Howard Herndon and Joshua Rosenblatt, has added Courtney Rogers as advisor. Rogers has extensive experience in financial matters, including bonds, loans and distressed lending. She has worked as a corporate bankruptcy restructuring and litigation attorney for a New York City law firm, handled due diligence and litigation e-discovery matters, and served as a distressed debt and special situations analyst at a large international bank.

Rogers is a native Nashvillian and attended Belmont University. She earned a J.D. with a concentration in transactions at the University of Tennessee College of Law and completed clerkships for Judges H. Bruce Guyton and C. Clifford Shirley of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Pinnacle adds 2 hires for commercial real estate


Carl Bedwell and Chris Howe have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as senior vice presidents and financial advisors in its commercial real estate lending group. Bedwell and Howe were previously founders and managing partners of 24/40 Real Estate Capital Advisors, LLC.

Bedwell brings a 21-year commercial real estate finance career to Pinnacle. Prior to 24/40 Real Estate Capital Advisors, he was vice president and regional office manager for Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, LLC. He began his career in Memphis as an appraiser before joining Fogelman Beaty Mortgage Company, which was later acquired by L.J. Melody & Company.

He is a licensed Tennessee real estate broker and CCIM, and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in real estate and finance.


Howe comes to Pinnacle with 16 years of commercial real estate and capital markets experience. He began his career in investment banking with Raymond James before moving to Grandbridge Real Estate Capital Advisors, where he held debt and equity production positions.

He is an active member of the commercial real estate development association NAIOP and Urban Land Institute. He earned a master’s degree in business administration and finance from Florida State University.

Ingram Content Group hires 3 at director level


Ingram Content Group has hired Kurt Hettler as director of Academic Services, Peter Antone as director of marketing and Rachel Bressler as director of client relations for Perseus Distribution.

Hettler will oversee client relationships for university press and academic publishers and lead the overall strategic direction and development of specialized services for these publishers.

He previously spent more than 25 years at Oxford University Press, as well as several years in academic and trade marketing before moving over to distribution in 2008 as director, Publisher Services. In this role, he oversaw the relationships with Oxford’s print and ebook distribution clients, as well as more than 20 university press partnerships with the University Press Scholarship Online program, a digital platform for academic libraries.


Antone will lead the overall marketing strategy for Ingram Publisher Services and its brands, PGW, Consortium, Perseus Distribution, and Legato.

Antone joins Ingram with after more than 17 years in media publishing, most recently serving as director of consumer marketing and sales at The Tennessean and Gannett-USA Today Network. He also spent several years in various marketing and sales management positions with The New York Times and Coca Cola.


Bressler has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry and most recently served as editorial director at Plume (Penguin Random House). She spent several years in various positions at HarperCollins, including associate publisher for Ecco.

She started her career with Barnes & Noble in New York, opening several of their large stores before moving to the corporate office as cooperative advertising and promotions manager for the large trade houses.

Nossi College of Art adds photography coordinator


Tom Stanford, Nossi College of Art’s new photography coordinator, brings 30 years of experience that includes managing and editing photos and journalistic art that won national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Gannett and National Press Photographers Association.

A longtime photo editor for The Tennessean and other publications, Stanford will continue his work in photo editing and photography.

Having already served as an adjunct instructor at Nossi College, Stanford has shared his hands-on experience with students.

Hollingshead named to Miriam’s Promise board


Miriam’s Promise, a Middle Tennessee-area adoption and pregnancy counseling nonprofit agency, has named Kim Hollingshead to its board of directors.

Hollingshead, a real estate closing attorney and small business specialist, is CEO of Touchstone Title & Escrow and COO of Smart Title & Escrow.

She earned her JD with a concentration in business transactions from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as the president of the Business and Tax Law Association and vice president of the Federalist Society.

She is a David Lipscomb University graduate earning a degree in oral communication and political science.

Hannon, Rome join Pendleton Square Trust


Pendleton Square Trust and Family Office has hired Carolyn Hannon as director of family philanthropy/trust officer and April Rome as trust operations manager.

Hannon works with families and individuals to define their philanthropic goals now and for future generations as well as providing administration of gifts. She was most recently with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, where she started and led a new business unit, Childcare Tennessee, that brought shared services to nonprofit childcare providers in Tennessee, allowing them to significantly reduce costs.

Hannon began her career with First Union Bank in the Capital Markets Healthcare Group. She is a former board chair for the McNeilly Center for Children.

Hannon is a graduate of Rhodes College and earned an MBA from Emory University.


Rome brings more than 16 years of experience in wealth management operations with extensive knowledge of trust and investment management systems. She is responsible for onboarding new accounts, trust administration, internal and external reporting, tax coordination, special asset maintenance and the development and implementation of processes and procedures.

She began her career at McVean Trading and Investments in Memphis, where she spent five years learning the commodities industry. In 2006, she joined Diversified Trust and worked for nine years managing operations in the Memphis and Nashville offices and working closely with Trust accounts, grantors and beneficiaries. In her role as vice president at Diversified Trust, Rome focused on creating efficiencies and improving the client experience.

Rome holds a degree in marketing management from the University of Memphis.

Hilton Garden taps Powers as sales, marketing director


Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Airport has hired Jennifer Powers as director of sales and marketing, overseeing sales, catering, public relations and reservations at the 110-room hotel at 412 Royal Parkway.

Powers, a Nashville native, has spent two decades in the hospitality industry.

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