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VOL. 40 | NO. 23 | Friday, June 3, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 4 to the firm

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Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has added four attorneys to the firm’s Nashville office. They are:

Douglas W. Dahl II (counsel), who assists clients on all facets of employee benefits programs and executive compensation issues. Previously, Dahl practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of Proskauer Rose LLP. From 2009-2011, he was an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel.

Dahl earned his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center (2007), a law degree from Samford University Cumberland School of Law (2006) and a B.A. from Kansas State University (2002).


Katie Day (associate), who represents lenders and borrowers in commercial lending transactions, including project financings, revolving credit and term loan facilities, and asset-based loans. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Day practiced in the New York offices of Latham & Watkins LLP and White & Case LLP.

Day earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (2010) and B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of South Carolina (2007).


Andrew Hard (associate), who advises companies on a variety of business related matters in the areas of private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate governance. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, he practiced in the Houston, Texas, office of Andrews Kurth LLP.

Hard earned his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School (2013) and a B.Mus. from Vanderbilt University (2008).


David W. Harper, Jr. (associate), who counsels public and private companies across a broad range of industries on business matters in connection with real estate acquisitions and dispositions, commercial leasing, and complex term loan and asset-based financing transactions.

Harper earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law (2015) and a B.A. from the University of Kentucky (2012).

LBMC names Riddle partner in IS Division


LBMC Information Security, a division of LBMC, has named Jason Riddle partner.

Riddle is an information systems security expert with broad technology expertise and experience with a variety of industries including healthcare, financial services, and retail. He has more than 15 years of experience in the information technology and security fields, and previously served as practice leader for LBMC Managed Security Services LLC, a provider of network and enterprise security monitoring and response services.

Prior to joining LBMC, Riddle gained practical leadership experience as information security officer for a leading financial services company and electronic payments innovator. During his tenure as its corporate Information Security Officer, he also held the roles of vice president, infrastructure services; vice president, it product delivery & security; and director, it security & compliance.

FirstBank names Douglas Nashville city president


Tim Douglas, a Nashville native with broad experience in the financial services, health care and manufacturing/distribution industries, has been named FirstBank’s Nashville city president.

He will be responsible for overseeing the Nashville-area market and managing branch operations for FirstBank.

Douglas began his career in New York as a money broker for Euro Brokers Harlow before joining Bankers Trust Co. as a bond and money market securities sales executive. He returned to Nashville to serve for 10 years as vice president of Nelson Capital Corp., a diversified merchant banking firm.

In 1995, he became owner, president and CEO of Nashville-based Can-Do National Tape, a distributor of adhesive products and fabricator of parts for the appliance, automotive and medical industries. In 2008, he managed the sale of the company to an Atlanta-based private equity firm.

Prior to joining FirstBank, Douglas served in executive positions with Covenant Surgical Partners and Community Care Solutions, and as a partner with Anderson Benson Insurance and Risk Management.

Douglas is a graduate of the Montgomery Bell Academy and earned an engineering degree from Tulane University and a master’s in international commerce from The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. He also earned his accounting certificate from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

TN Department of Health gets new chief of staff


Valerie Nagoshiner has been appointed chief of staff for the Tennessee Department of Health. She comes to this position after serving as the TDH assistant commissioner for legislative affairs since 2011.

In her role as chief of staff, Nagoshiner will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team responsible for coordination and orchestration of high priority projects and commitments while actively identifying issues that promote overall success.

As assistant commissioner for legislative affairs, she directed and oversaw the department’s legislative efforts and initiatives. She also developed and coordinated departmental legislative proposals and assisted legislators on public health-related issues.

Nagoshiner joined TDH 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.

Nagoshiner holds a master’s degree from Belmont University and a degree in business administration from Lambuth University in Jackson.

Tyndal joins CapStar Wealth Management


Charles “Mat” Tyndal III, certified financial planner and wealth advisor associate, has joined CapStar’s Wealth Management division.

Tyndal’s arrival enables CapStar to expand its reach to customer segments needing financial planning and wealth preservation services. Tyndal will operate out of CapStar’s Green Hills office at 2321 Crestmoor Road.

Ayers moves from Avenue to CapStar


Tracy Ayers, who most recently was a senior vice president and commercial real estate relationship manager at Avenue Bank, has been named commercial real estate manager at CapStar Bank.

Ayers holds a degree in finance and economics with a major in management from Lipscomb University, as well as a certified commercial investment member designation from the CCIM Institute in Chicago.

She has served in numerous board positions with the local CCIM chapter and created and chaired its annual Economic Outlook event.

She is a member of Mortgage Bankers Association of America and has chaired the board of Women in Commercial Real Estate.

13 Midstate teachers picked for Fellowship

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) has announced today that 49 teachers, including 13 from Middle Tennessee, have been selected for the 2016-17 class of the Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a significant expansion of the program that helps elevate teacher voice in the state.

The Tennessee Educator Fellowship is a yearlong program that equips teachers to advocate for their students and their profession as they continue their work in their classrooms. Entering its third year, the Fellowship has helped prepare 48 teachers to contribute to the discussion about education policy by appearing at public speaking engagements, inviting policymakers into their classrooms, writing about their education experience in state and national publications, creating regional professional networks, and serving on state-level policy committees.

Middle Tennessee 2016-17 Tennessee Educator Fellows are:

Erica Adkins teaches fifth-grade math and science at Bellevue Middle School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Adkins has been teaching for four years.

Misty Ayres-Miranda teaches grades 9-12, English, AP Literature, and Literary Arts at Nashville School of the Arts in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Ayres-Miranda has been teaching for eight years.

Rita Black teaches grades K-4 music at Eakin Elementary School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Black has been teaching for 11 years.

Laura Brady teaches fifth grade at Edmondson Elementary School in Williamson County Schools. Brady has been teaching for 8½ years.

Dr. Diarese George teaches grades 10-12 accounting, business management, and dual enrollment personal finance with UT-Martin at Clarksville High School in Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools. George has been teaching for 3½ years.

Jane Griggs teaches sixth-grade math at Rucker Stewart Middle School in Sumner County Schools. Griggs has been teaching for 13 years.

Katie Hoffmeier teaches first-grade special education, ELL, and inclusion at KIPP Kirkpatrick, a public charter school in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Hoffmeier has been teaching for three years.

Mary-Owen Holmes teaches seventh-grade social studies at Spring Hill Middle School in Maury County Public Schools. Holmes has been teaching for four years.

Clare Lundy teaches 11th-grade English at McGavock High School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Lundy has been teaching for three years.

Tina Romine teaches grades 11-12 English at Creek Wood High School in Dickson County Schools. Romine has been teaching for 11 years.

Zaia Thombre teaches seventh-grade math at STEM Preparatory Academy, a public charter school in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Thombre has been teaching for three years.

Joshua Vaden teaches grades 9-12 English II and journalism at Springfield High School in Robertson County Schools. Vaden has been teaching for four years.

Thomas Whisenant teaches grades 9-12 English language development at Maplewood High School in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Whisenant has been teaching for 3½ years.

Throughout the coming year, the group will learn through in-person and online seminars and will serve as liaisons between their colleagues, their communities, and policymakers as Tennessee continues the work of improving educational outcomes for all students.

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