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VOL. 40 | NO. 47 | Friday, November 18, 2016

KraftCPAs admits two new members

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Sean Owens and David Lister became members (owners) of KraftCPAs PLLC.

Owens, a graduate of Tennessee Tech, works in the assurance services practice area. Since joining KraftCPAs in January 2003, he has gained extensive experience with manufacturing, wholesale and distribution clients. Owens also worked with a variety of other clients including broker-dealers, investment companies, not-for-profits and educational institutions.


Lister, who works in the tax consulting and compliance practice, joined Kraft in January 2006 after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University. He has more than 10 years of experience in taxation of corporations, pass-through entities and individuals. His experience includes serving clients in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing/wholesale/distribution (MWD), financial institutions, franchisers and service providers.

Elliott Davis Decosimo names Nashville leaders

Elliott Davis Decosimo, a national accounting firm, has named Craig Liechty, CPA, as Nashville office managing shareholder. Liechty, who recently joined the firm, brings more than 20 years of public accounting experience in assurance and consulting services to the banking and financial services industry.

Liechty focuses on helping banks implement and assess control processes and procedures. He has experience assisting banks with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting, credit quality assurance, analysis of bad debt and loan loss reserves and performance benchmarking.

He has assisted clients with public stock offerings, mergers and acquisitions and SEC filings.

Prior to joining Elliott Davis Decosimo, Liechty was based in Cincinnati at a Top 20 firm and worked with financial services clients and was responsible for business development initiatives in the Ohio and Kentucky markets. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tennessee and Ohio Societies of Certified Public Accountants and Financial Managers Society.

1808 Grille names Roach executive chef


Hutton Hotel has appointed Kerri Roach as executive chef of 1808 Grille. She previously served as the executive chef at BOKA Restaurant + Bar at the Hotel 1000 in Seattle.

Roach earned her culinary degree from the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from James Madison University.

Nashville Area Chamber makes hires, promotion


The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce announces the following promotion and new hires:




Paige Anderson has been named director of events, where she will lead the management of the Chamber’s largest events. Anderson has worked at the Chamber since 2012 and has previously served in the roles of events coordinator and events manager. A native of Nashville, she is a 2012 graduate of Aquinas College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management.

Alexis Augius has been named events coordinator. She joins the Chamber as a 2016 graduate of Lipscomb University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in corporate management. Augius previously served as a guest services representative for the Toast Hotel Group and, during college, interned at Premier W.E.D.

Landon Matney joins as a graphic designer and communications coordinator. In his role with the Chamber, Matney will assist in the development of online and print materials and will take on responsibilities for videography, photography and social media content as well. Matney is a graduate of Nossi College of Art, where he received a degree in interactive and graphic design. He previously served as a graphic designer for Serra Chevrolet.

Robert Rosario has joined as director of sponsorships, where he will lead in the sale of sponsorship opportunities across the organization, as well as the fulfillment of sponsor recognition and relationship development. Previously, Rosario served as director of community outreach for The Contributor, overseeing advertising and sponsor relationship functions for the community’s leading publication benefiting the homeless. He is a graduate of Florida State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Rosario also serves on the board of directors of the Nashville Junior Chamber.

Zeitlin & Company picks managing broker


Zeitlin & Company, Realtors, has named Pat Patterson as managing broker of its Green Hills office. Patterson succeeds Jessica Averbuch, who was recently named CEO of the firm.

In his fifth year with Zeitlin, Patterson is a second-generation Zeitlin agent. His mother, Peggy Patterson, was an agent with the firm in the 1980s, and his sister is also currently a Zeitlin agent. Before joining Zeitlin, Patterson had a distinguished career in the financial services industry, working in a variety of management roles including as chief operating officer and senior vice president for a Nashville-area company that processed several billion dollars of annual credit card volume.

In addition to Patterson and Averbuch, the company’s leadership team includes Shirley Zeitlin, chairman; Patty Carter, president; Sam Averbuch, chief operating officer; Matt Ligon, managing broker of the Williamson County office; and Paige Thompson, vice president of relocation.

MindRocket names Sosnik to editor-in-chief post


Franklin-based MindRocket Media Group, a global education media platform, has announced the addition of Charles Sosnik as editor in chief, overseeing MindRocket’s global education media outreach.

Sosnik assumes the post after a seven-year run at the Southeast Education Network’s SEEN Magazine.

MindRocket Media Group, through their Education Media Properties like EdCircuit and regular contributions on Scholastic Administrator and the Huffington Post, MindRocket Media Group reaches over a million educators per month.

MindRocket Media Group is a multimedia, multichannel, production, marketing and public relations firm specializing in education industry thought leadership and strategy. MindRocket’s clients are education organizations and companies worldwide, seeking market exposure and influence through new media and high-fidelity assets. MindRocket also produces and distributes education news, event coverage, commentary and product reviews to third party media channels.

Crain Construction adds superintendent, engineers


Crain Construction, Inc. has added to its team Luther Bowdoin as a superintendent and Hannah Shivas Fitzpatrick and Brett Gregory as project engineers.


Bowdoin is a superintendent with almost 40 years of construction experience in all phases of the construction process. He has worked in construction management in the Southeast on ground up projects with complicated site work including heavy civil water and wastewater projects. He holds an associate degree from Wallace Community College in Dothan, Ala., and is Procore certified.

Fitzpatrick is a project engineer who worked for Washington, D.C.-area construction companies for five years prior to returning to her Nashville hometown. An Auburn University graduate, she holds a degree in building science, has OSHA 30 certification, is a U.S. Green Building Council Green Associate and has Construction Quality Management for Contractors credentials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Gregory is a project engineer who spent the past three years constructing retail stores in the Southwest. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, he holds a degree in construction management, is a LEED Green Associate and Procore certified.

Meharry Medical College adds to leadership team


Meharry Medical College has appointed two new members to its executive leadership team, Peter Edmund Millet, Ph.D., HSP, and Patrick Harold Johnson.

Millet has been named executive vice president, and Johnson senior vice president for institutional advancement. Both have long connections with Meharry and will be intimately engaged in the development and advancement of the medical, dental and biomedical research institution.

As executive vice president, Millet will provide strategic vision and leadership to help Meharry build on its mission of improving the health of underserved communities. He will serve on the Executive Leadership Council and be responsible for defining and pursuing institutional priorities and for the oversight and development of the quality and operations of units assigned by the President.

In addition, Millet will develop and lead the implementation of innovative and collaborative solutions in the operations of the College with a critical focus on technology, systems, and policy improvement and effective business models.

Millet comes to Meharry from Stillman College, where he served as president. Prior to this position, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the same institution.


From 2004 to 2012, Millet served as dean of College of Education at Tennessee State University, where he also was the chairman of the Department of Psychology. At TSU, Millet and his team were recipients of nearly $20 million in external funding from agencies such as the National Institutes for Health and the State of Tennessee.

Johnson will work closely with the president to fulfill his vision for the college by building sustainable philanthropic partnerships that will fund academic program development, expand student scholarships, increase opportunities for faculty development, and support infrastructure improvements and expansion. In addition, Johnson will serve on the ELC and will collaborate with Meharry’s leadership team to develop and implement a new strategic fundraising plan.

Johnson comes to Meharry from Campbell & Company where he served as a senior consultant and provided counsel for health care and higher education clients during times of transition.

From 2007-12, Johnson served as the college’s senior associate vice president for institutional advancement. Before arriving at Meharry in 2007, Johnson was the former regional director of development for the University of Tennessee system.

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