Becker’s Review taps Saad as 'CIO To Know'

Friday, October 22, 2021, Vol. 45, No. 43

Michael Saad, senior vice president and CEO at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, has been named to “Top 102 CIOs in Hospital and Health Systems CIOs To Know.’’

The list is published by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Saad is responsible for IT support and implementing platforms that further the health system’s strategic goals.

The executives featured on this list lead technology and health IT initiatives for hospitals and health systems across the country. They oversee EHR installations, cybersecurity, data management and telemedicine services. Many have built robust technology departments and teams, including clinical and non-clinical experts. The individuals and institutions featured on this list have received recognition from the Health Care Information and Management Systems Society and the College of Health Care Information Management Executives. “It’s a distinct honor to be recognized as Becker’s Top 102 CIOs. This recognition would not be possible without the amazing support of my colleagues and friends,” Saad said.

“Michael continues to lead the way for innovation, implementation, and support of technology services and solutions,” says Ben Cunningham, senior vice president and chief financial officer at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “Michael’s mission and expertise guides our information system that benefits our patients, team members and physicians. We are fortunate to have Michael as part of our team.”

Raines earns UT marketing fellowship

Cindy Raines, distinguished lecturer of marketing at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, is the winner of the Lee and Allison Herring Endowed Teaching Fellowship in Marketing for the 2021-22 academic year.

Raines joined UT in an adjunct capacity in 1995 and took on a full-time role in 2003. During her initial years at Haslam she held a hybrid position, serving as director of communications for the college as well as teaching.

In 2014, she transitioned to teaching full time. Since 2016, she also has served as the faculty adviser for the university’s chapter of the American Marketing Association.

In recommending Raines for the fellowship, Alex Zablah, department head and Gerber/Taylor Professor of Marketing at Haslam, cited her passion for marketing and her commitment to helping her students succeed.

Allison Herring (HCB, ‘19) was a marketing major and member of the Lady Vols golf team. Her mother, Lee, also has a marketing degree. To give back to Haslam and honor the marketing department specifically, the Herring family established an endowed gift that recognizes outstanding marketing faculty members. The fellowship’s terms stipulate that the winner be chosen by the dean’s office in collaboration with the marketing department head.

“I am honored to receive the prestigious Lee and Allison Herring Endowed Teaching Fellowship in Marketing and am grateful to be associated with a family who gives so much back to UT, the Haslam College of Business and the Department of Marketing,” Raines says. “As I look back at my UT career, this will be one of the most meaningful memories I will have.”

Trust Company adds portfolio analyst

Caidren “Caid” Kear has joined the Trust Company of Tennessee as a portfolio analyst, working in the firm’s Knoxville office.

Founded in 1987 and with offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities, The Trust Company of Tennessee currently has more than $4 billion under management. The firm helps individuals, families, business owners and nonprofits make better financial decisions through wealth management, personal investment strategy, corporate retirement plans, estate planning and personal trust services.

“Caid is prepared to put his knowledge and skills to work in order to help our clients live with financial confidence,” says Daniel Carter, president of The Trust Company of Tennessee. “Our clients will benefit from his focus on account reviews to ensure holdings are aligned with their individual needs. We welcome him to our team.”

Kear majored in finance and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee in 2020. While there, he placed second in the UT Investment Group stock trading competition and participated in the Financial Planning Association’s externship, where he completed 160 credit hours toward Certified Financial PlannerTM designation. He served most recently as a property tax and treasury assistant at Vanderbilt Mortgage.

Moxley Carmichael hires Weathers

Chris Weathers is a new senior web developer at Moxley Carmichael.

Weathers will serve as part of the firm’s expanded expertise to design and build custom-made websites and manage hosting and security.

He has 15 years of experience as a web developer combined with a versatile marketing and design skill set. He is adept at building, developing, maintaining and improving websites, especially high-end and heavily trafficked sites. Weathers also has managed enterprise-level e-commerce websites that collectively have generated hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.

“Chris is a tremendous addition to our company as we continue to develop tailored websites that deliver exactly what a client wants – and needs – to drive business results,” Moxley Carmichael Founder and CEO Cynthia Moxley says. “His extensive experience and knowledge of the industry have allowed Chris to make a difference on Day One. We welcome Chris to the team, and we know our clients are going to enjoy working with him.”

Before joining Moxley Carmichael, Weathers served as a web developer for Marine Accessories Corporation and 245TECH. He also has web operations and developer experience at NCrowd Inc., Half Off Depot and Delta-21.

He graduated with an associate of science degree in web technology from Pellissippi State Community College in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from The University of Tennessee in 2011.

Weathers, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio – where his father, Curtis Weathers, played linebacker for the Cleveland Browns – moved to his family’s hometown of Memphis in 1998 and then relocated to Knoxville in 2004. He is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and serves on the board of directors for the Tennessee Stage Company. Weathers previously served with 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville and was a member of the American Marketing Association.

“Moxley Carmichael is well-known among web developers as being an ideal place to work,” Weathers says. “The full team of designers, developers, writers and editors deliver turnkey websites that work for clients in any field. It’s a great fit for a web developer, and I look forward to continuing my career and expanding my skills even further at Moxley Carmichael.”

ORNL scientist wins green energy fellowship

Marm Dixit, a Weinberg Distinguished Staff Fellow in the Emerging and Solid-State Batteries Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been awarded a Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship for Projects in Green Energy Technology from the Electrochemical Society or ECS.

The fellowship provides funding for young scientists and engineers to pursue battery and fuel cell research with an emphasis on unique, innovative or unconventional technical approaches and the feasibility of the technology to positively impact the field of green energy.

Dixit was one of five recipients chosen for 2021-22 fellowship program from a highly competitive field of candidates.

He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University, where his graduate career focused on understanding the processing, structure and function of solid-state batteries using techniques such as synchrotron and neutron characterization.

Dixit’s project, “Lithium Metal Polymorphism and its Impact on Anode Integration in Solid-State Batteries,” will investigate the use of dense lithium metals to improve the storage of lithium in high-performing, solid-state batteries. The goal is to improve battery energy density, thereby greatly increasing the driving range of electric vehicles.

“ORNL is proud that Marm’s expertise in solid-state battery research is being recognized by the Electrochemical Society and Toyota,” says Xin Sun, associate laboratory director for energy science and technology at ORNL. “The materials, chemistry and manufacturing breakthroughs being developed by ORNL’s scientists for advanced batteries support an efficient, decarbonized transportation sector.”

Dixit’s research at ORNL focuses on modeling, simulation, characterization and experimentation to explore new materials and processes for solid-state batteries that could triple the driving range of today’s electric vehicles. His work has resulted in new insights and potential solutions to the challenge of dendrite growth in various solid electrolytes that can destabilize advanced batteries. His current work at ORNL is focused on practical solid-state battery systems, including the development of a software-based tool to evaluate system design implications.

Dixit joined ORNL in January 2021 under its Distinguished Staff Fellowship Program, a competitive, prestigious early-career program. The Alvin M. Weinberg fellowship honors ORNL’s longest serving director.