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VOL. 40 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 8, 2016

Nashville Technology Council awards finalists announced

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The Nashville Technology Council has announced nominees in 13 categories for its seventh annual awards.

Finalists were selected among nominees by a panel of peers and tech industry leaders. Winners will be announced at the seventh annual NTC Awards ceremony presented by Vaco, held Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Event Hall in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The finalists include:

Company of the Year

  • LeanKit
  • Digital Reasoning
  • Entrada

CIO of the Year

  • Barry Vandevier, Asurion
  • Rich Amico, CareHere
  • Chris McLaurin, Perception Health

CISO of the Year

  • Jacob Arthur, Corizon Health
  • Bryant Tow, Security Consultant
  • Scott Mackelprang, Asurion

CTO of the Year

  • Haden McWhorter, Premise Health
  • Matthew Russell, Digital Reasoning
  • Troy Crabtree, Navita

Team of the Year

  • HPA – TriZetto
  • Asurion Voice Services
  • Tractor Supply

Volunteer of the Year

  • Sasha Pickett, HCA Healthcare
  • Meg Chamblee, CTS
  • Edwin Acevedo

Technology Educator of the Year

  • Charlie Apigian, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Kyle Aebischer, Nashville VMUG
  • Stacey Kizer, Williamson County Schools

Technology Student of the Year

  • Wesley Alexander, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Steven Bell, Belmont University
  • Regan Holmberg, Vanderbilt University
  • Kevin Talatham, Lipscomb University

Innovator of the Year

  • Joe Kelly, CDX
  • Ben Rigsby, SnapShot Interactive
  • Dan Hogan, Medalogix

Data Scientist of the Year

  • Damian Mingle, WPC Healthcare
  • Andrew Trask , Digital Reasoning
  • John Liu, Digital Reasoning

Software Developer/Architect of the Year

  • Alan Scott, HCA Healthcare
  • Charlie Penner, Digital Reasoning
  • Victor Akel, Deloitte

Marketing Innovator of the Year

  • John Farkas, Golden Spiral Marketing
  • Stephen Epstein, Digital Reasoning
  • Chuck Eberl, Healthways

Early Stage Company of the Year

  • Medalogix
  • Atlas Health

In addition, the Nashville Technology Council has named Cindi Parmenter for the role of vice president of operations and promoted Sandi Hoff to vice president of technology learning and development.


Parmenter will lead the operations for the organization and execute on its strategic plan by connecting with member companies to drive engagement and growth.

Parmenter previously served as chief operating officer of Williamson, Inc. Prior to the unification of the chambers, she served as the president and CEO of the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber from 2009 to 2012, supporting and helping to create the Williamson County Chamber.

Parmenter completed a four-year program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, receiving the prestigious industry designation of IOM.

Smith named partner at Stites & Harbison


Stites & Harbison, PLLC has promoted 12 attorneys to partner, including Melissa Hunter Smith of the Nashville office. Other partners were promoted in the firm’s Louisville, Lexington, Kentucky, Alexandria, Virginia, Atlanta and Jeffersonville, Indiana offices.

Smith’s practice is primarily focused on patent litigation. Her practice also includes trademark and copyright litigation and prosecution matters.

She is a graduate of Lipscomb University and the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Franklin Tomorrow names new officers, board


Franklin Tomorrow Inc., the community visioning nonprofit, has named new officers and members to its Board of Directors for 2016.

Tim Murphy, managing director of CapWealth Advisors LLC, will serve as president of the board. He replaces Kathie Moore of Benchmark Realty, who has served a three-year term as board president and will continue on the board as past president.


Will Powell, assistant vice president and commercial banker at Franklin Synergy Bank will serve as vice president; Dr. Shanna Jackson, dean of extended services and the Williamson County Campus for Columbia State Community College, will serve as secretary; and Jim Roberts, chief operating officer, Patterson Intellectual Property Law, P.C., will serve as treasurer.


Joining the Franklin Tomorrow Board will be Michael Grier, project executive, B.L. Harbert & Co.; Brad Thompson, ENV SP, Volkert Inc.; Greg Gamble, president, Gamble Design Collective; Allena Bell, member, Franklin Special School District Board of Education; and Nancy Conway, senior vice president, community relations, Williamson Inc.

Continuing service on the Board of Directors are Bryan Echols, partner, Waller Landsden Dortch & Davis LLP; Elizabeth Mefferd, BBB Middle Tennessee regional vice president and executive director for The Integrity Foundation, Inc.; Dolores Greenwald, Williamson County Library System director; Travis Anderson, partner, TBH Global Asset Management; J. Edward Campbell, Realtor, Synergy Realty Network; Preston Elliott, senior principal planner with RPM Transportation Consultants; Mike Alexander, owner, Signs First Franklin; Monique McCullough, public outreach specialist, City of Franklin; Scott Black, senior vice president of development, Bristol Development Co.; Diane Thorne, regional transportation director, The TMA Group; Patty Bearden, Harpeth True Value/WAKM-AM 950; Paula Harris, chief marketing officer/executive vice president, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc.; and Matt Taylor, principal, Studio Eight Design.

Alderman Brandy Blanton serves as the City of Franklin’s representative.

Franklin Tomorrow will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2016. Its popular Breakfast With the Mayors series, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, returns for its first-quarter date on Jan. 26, 2016. The event will feature a Mayoral Summit of Williamson County’s municipal leaders.

Young Leaders Council announces Class 65 grads

Young Leaders Council, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that has trained more than 2,000 men and women to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies for the past 30 years, announces the graduates of Class 65.

After completing more than 30 hours of leadership training, these individuals will now serve one-year internships on local nonprofit boards:

Drew Berg (Diversified Trust Company); Susannah Berry (Jackson National Life Insurance Company); Courtney Blaise (Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee); Michael Bolton (LBMC, PC); Julia Bonner (Pierce Public Relations); Krystal Bonner (Phoenix Forrester Events); Brett Carr (CBRE); Michael Centi (Oasis Center); John Coles (SunTrust Bank); Shelby Cowman (Regions Bank); Michael Crum (Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP); Caroline Douglas (Cardinal Health); Yolanda Greene (Fifth Third Bank); Terrell Hunt (Caterpillar Financial); Michael D. Lewis (Dickinson Wright PLLC); Elle McCulty (Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP); Meredith McKay (Davidson County Election Commission); Kathryn Muhammad (HCA Healthcare); Sarah James Myatt (Dollar General Corporation); Courtney Necessary (c3/consulting); Caitlin Nossett (The HCA Foundation); Vanessa Perutelli (HealthTrust Purchasing Group); Ilex Pounders (High Note Gifts); Jasmine Quattlebaum (Convention Center Authority - Music City Center); Michael O.D. Robertson (Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, Inc.); Omar Ruiz (Crowe Horwath LLP); Karly Schledwitz (State of Tennessee); Jessica Scouten (KraftCPAs PLLC); Allen Shrum (LPL Financial); Scott Simms (Highsmith & Associates Insurance); Laura Somerville (XMi Commercial Real Estate); Caleb Speight (Willis of Tennessee); Russell Taber (Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC); Victoria Tabor (Merrill Lynch Wealth Management); Brittni Walker (Advance Financial); Emily Weiss (Ingram Content Group); Emily Williams (HCA); Dr. Tameka Winston (Tennessee State University); Adam Woolard (Avenue Bank); Heather Wright (FirstBank); and Claire Wyant (North Highland).

Since 1985, Young Leaders Council has trained nonprofit board members in the Nashville area and was created to address the need to broaden and strengthen Nashville’s volunteer leadership base by training diverse and committed individuals to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations.

Approximately 120 graduates entering the nonprofit community each year from four YLC classes, including two in Davidson County and two in partnership with the Junior League of Nashville and Williamson Chamber. Information: www.youngleaderscouncil.org.

Alive Hospice announces exec.-level appointments


Middle Tennessee nonprofit Alive Hospice has announce the following three additions to its executive leadership:

Dr. Robert Berkompas, a veteran physician who has practiced in Middle Tennessee with Saint Thomas Medical Group for the last 25 years, has been named Alive Hospice’s chief medical officer. In this role, Berkompas oversees the quality and delivery of medical care for Alive Hospice patients and oversees the agency’s Medical Services team of physicians and nurse practitioners. Berkompas is board-certified in internal medicine and served as an Alive Hospice team physician for seven years before his appointment as the agency’s chief medical officer.


Kathi Lindstrom, Ph.D., FNP-BC, ACHPN, HSMI, has been named executive director of the Alive Institute, Alive Hospice’s center for outreach, innovation and advocacy. Lindstrom is a leader in the field of hospice and palliative care whose role encompasses overseeing education about the end of life including clinical experiences for the health care community and students as well as educational programming for the community at large. In addition to her work at Alive Hospice, Lindstrom continues to serve on the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She holds a doctorate in nursing and is advanced practice-certified in hospice and palliative care nursing.


Kira Hilley has joined the agency as vice president of community development. In that role, Hilley is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive fund development program as well as marketing with the goal of positioning Alive Hospice as the hospice of choice and the charity of choice in Middle Tennessee. After executive positions in finance and marketing, she most recently served as senior director of development and advancement for Nashville Opera and, prior to that post, served as executive director of Leadership Music.

Alive Hospice is a nonprofit organization that provides compassionate care and support for terminally ill patients and their families, grief support for adults and children, and education about the end of life. Information: www.AliveHospice.org.

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