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VOL. 35 | NO. 49 | Friday, December 9, 2011




AXA Advisors select Hart as executive VP

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T. Scott Hart

T. Scott Hart has been named executive vice president of AXA Advisors, LLC’s Tennessee office based in Franklin, part of the company’s National Division. In this new role, Hart has overall responsibility for the office and its more than 60 financial professionals working in Tennessee. He will also focus on recruiting, training and developing individuals who want to grow as entrepreneurial financial professionals.

Hart is a registered representative and investment advisor representative with FINRA. He has more than 15 years of experience in financial services, both as a financial professional, helping individuals and business owners achieve their financial goals.

East Nashville honors Green Wagon owners

Johnny and Tara Shields, who run the environmentally-friendly general store The Green Wagon in Five Points, have been named East Nashvillians of the Year for 2011 in the business category.

Eric Jans, former president of the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association (2008-2010) and current leader of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber East, is the winner of the Citizen Award.

This is the fourth year of the awards, which highlighting people and businesses who exemplify the best of all the positive aspects of life in East Nashville. Winners will receive a $200 prize.

The business award goes to the business or business owner that best portrayed what East Nashville has to offer. The Citizen Award recognizes the private citizen who best symbolizes what being a good East Nashville neighbor means.

The Green Wagon, 1100 Forrest Avenue, features local products with minimal impact on the environment. Products must be made in the United States and be natural and plant-based.

Department of Health appoints Nagoshiner

Valerie Nagoshiner has been appointed assistant commissioner for legislative affairs for the Tennessee Department of Health. In this role, Nagoshiner will direct and oversee the department’s legislative efforts and initiatives. She will also coordinate with and assist legislators in public health-related issues and departmental legislative proposals.

Nagoshiner comes to this position after serving as member support manager for the National Federation of Independent Business where she led grassroots activities in four states in the organization’s South region.

She formerly served as legislative liaison for the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Nagoshiner holds an masters in business administration from Belmont University, and earned her bachelor of business administration degree at Lambuth University in Jackson. Her community involvement includes service with the Junior League of Nashville and Miriam’s Promise.

Pathway Lending adds chief dev. officer

Steve White has joined Pathway Lending as chief development officer, a new position for the organization.

White will work to develop additional capital resources from financial institutions across Tennessee for Pathway Lending programs. His initial focus will be to secure additional capital for the Tennessee Small Business Jobs Opportunity Fund, a program created by Pathway.

Prior joining Pathway Lending, White served as chairman at Community South Bank in Parsons. He is also a graduate of Lambuth University.

Ryan Search forms board of advisors

Ryan Search & Consulting, a Nashville consulting firm that provides retained executive search, leadership consulting and recruitment process outsourcing to clients in architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing and technology, has announced formation of a board of advisors to provide the company additional strategic advice and direction.

Serving on the board will be J. Robin Barrick, president and CEO, Smith Seckman Reid; Jim Fuller, owner, Fuller Consulting; Dan Gaudette, formerly senior vice president of North American manufacturing & supply chain management for Nissan Americas and former Interim president and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville; and Margaret Reynolds, master growth catalyst, Breakthrough Masters Unlimited of Kansas City, Mo.

Churchwell to oversee VUSM diversity efforts

Andre Churchwell, M.D., associate professor of medicine (cardiology), radiology and biomedical engineering, has been named associate dean for Diversity for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, a new leadership position that combines two previously separate offices.

Churchwell has served as associate dean for diversity in Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Faculty Affairs since 2007. Now he will combine that role with leadership of Diversity in Medical Education, the office formerly led by George C. Hill, Ph.D., who in August was named assistant vice chancellor for multicultural affairs and special assistant to the provost and vice chancellor for health affairs.

The Office of Diversity supports the AAMC definition and offers support to medical student groups as diverse as international students and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students, among others.

Pinnacle adds two financial advisors

Dennis Mitchell and Kirsten Schriner have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners’ small business advisor group.

Mitchell is a senior vice president and financial advisor for Pinnacle’s Mt. Juliet Road office. He brings 13 years of experience from First Tennessee Bank, where he was financial center manager for its Hermitage office. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University.

Schriner, with 13 years of experience, is a senior vice president and financial advisor for Pinnacle’s Belle Meade office. She also comes from First Tennessee Bank, where she was a business banking relationship manager. Prior to First Tennessee, Schriner was a business banker and credit analyst for SunTrust Bank. Schriner holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and Spanish with a concentration in finance from Auburn University.

Morrison accepts development role

Erin Morrison has joined Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt as senior director of community development for children’s health. She will be responsible for overseeing all community fundraising efforts for Children’s Hospital, including activities related to Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and community events benefiting Children’s Hospital.

Erin most recently served as vice president of consulting services at InfoWorks Inc., a local technology consulting company, and has volunteered at Children’s Hospital for six years.

Corizon hires senior VP, CMO

Dr. Carl Keldie has returned to Corizon as its senior vice president and chief medical officer.

Keldie has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, most recently serving as senior vice president and chief medical officer for PHS Correctional Healthcare from 2000 to 2011.

He earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida College. He will work in the Brentwood corporate headquarters, but also will have an office in St. Louis at Corizon’s operations headquarters.

Holt appointed director of Board of Pharmacy

Andrew Holt, PharmD, has been appointed executive director of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy. In this position, Holt oversees enforcement of the laws of the State of Tennessee pertaining to the practice of pharmacy; the manufacture, distribution or sale of drugs; and the process of medication use, including but not limited to compounding, selection, preparation, dispensing, education and monitoring of drugs.

Holt comes to state government after working as a pharmacy manager for Target, where he was responsible for managing retail pharmacy daily operations and training pharmacists to counsel patients and providers on optimum and cost-effective drug utilization. He also managed a floating pharmacist pool for the company’s Memphis and Nashville markets. Holt has also worked as a pharmacy manager for Walgreen’s and as a nuclear pharmacist for GE Healthcare in Memphis.

Holt received his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed his pre-professional curriculum at the University of Memphis.

Chamber’s Schulz on Father Ryan board

Ralph Schulz, president of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, has been named to the Father Ryan High School Board of Trust.

Schulz joins a board that is led by Pat Nolan, chair; Judy Komisky Orr, vice chair; James Sochovka, finance committee chair; the Rev. Ed Steiner, secretary-treasurer; Betty Lou Burnett, membership chair; Brett Wesnofske, facilities committee chair; Phil Mattingly, advancement committee chair.

Prior to his position with the Chamber, Schulz was president and CEO of Adventure Science Center. In 2001, he received the Marvin Runyon Leadership Award for nonprofit turnaround.

Father Ryan High School was established in 1925 and has more than 900 students in grades 9-12.

MTA’s Ballard elected president of TPTA

Paul J. Ballard, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) CEO, has been elected president of the Tennessee Public Transportation Association and will serve a two-year term.

Ballard has served as the MTA CEO since January 2002. In December 2008, he became the CEO of the RTA, which manages the Music City Star and regional express bus services to Middle Tennessee counties. Since taking the helm in 2002 of the state’s second largest public transit agency, Ballard and his team have increased ridership from 6.4 million annual trips to a high of 9.4 million.

TPTA is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to improving public transportation in all Tennessee communities.

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