Executive Appointments

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 12:41am

Pinnacle adds seven

Lori Clemens, Dawn Cole, Jennifer Davenport Jones and Jean Thornton have joined Pinnacle Financial Partners’ Murfreesboro operations from Regions Bank.

Clemens, with eight years of experience, is a service specialist. She was a teller at Regions and before that was lead vault teller for FirstMerit Bank in Akron, Ohio.

Cole brings 28 years of experience to her role of client service center specialist. Her prior roles at Regions include serving as an administrative assistant, teller supervisor, operations officer and accounting assistant.

Jones joins Pinnacle’s office as a client service specialist. She brings 10 years of experience and was a financial service representative at Regions. Before that, she was a service specialist/personal banker with Integra Bank in Bowling Green. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University.

Thornton, with eight years of financial services experience, joins Pinnacle’s office as a service specialist. Prior to her time at Regions, she was a teller for MidSouth Bank.

Darlana Lohr and Kristen Pitt also have joined Pinnacle. Lohr brings more than eight years of experience to her role of floating client service specialist. Prior roles have included serving as a teller coordinator and a sales and service specialist for Bank of America.

Pitt joins as a mortgage advisor assistant. She brings nine years of experience and comes most recently from F&M Bank in Hendersonville, where she was a loan officer assistant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in real estate finance from Middle Tennessee State University.

Charlotte Peacock has joined Pinnacle as a senior vice president and financial advisor in the bank’s Donelson office. Peacock, who has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, comes from SunTrust Bank, where she was a vice president in its commercial banking area. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University.

Wharton joins Firstbank

Jeff Wharton has been named relationship manager at FirstBank in Smyrna, where he will be assisting current and potential business and commercial clients in the areas of loans, treasury management and deposit services.

Wharton attended Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where he studied finance. He then went on to earn graduate degrees in commercial lending from the University of Oklahoma and the Indiana Bankers Association. Wharton most recently served as vice president of commercial lending and branch administration for GreenBank in Nashville. Prior to that, he served as vice president of commercial lending for Wachovia Bank.

Cumberland Heights names chief development officer

Cumberland Heights, one of the Southeast’s oldest and most experienced alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facilities, has named Martha Farabee as chief development officer.

Farabee has 25 years of experience directing development and fund-raising activities for not-for-profit organizations. Most recently, she was vice president of development and marketing at the Sexual Assault Center in Nashville for eight years. Prior to that, she served as director of development at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and as director of development at the Martha O’Brien Center. Farabee is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Abbott joins Cybera as senior vice president

Cybera, a leading managed service provider of security and network solutions, announced the hire of David Abbott as the company’s senior vice president of technology and engineering, bringing with him more than 20 years of IT experience.

Most recently, Abbott was CIO for the Americas region and served as deputy CIO for Informa, which is based in London. Prior to Informa, Abbott was CIO and chief privacy officer for Investment Scorecard Inc. and deputy director for the applications solutions group at Deloitte & Touche.

Bartholomew named president of HCCA

David Bartholomew has been named president of HCCA International, which recruits international nurses to U.S. hospitals. Bartholomew comes to HCCA from Nashville-based Staffmark, where he was founder and CEO. At HCCA, he will focus on the company’s domestic strategies. Bartholomew led Staffmark as it grew from a one-office startup in 1991 to more than 300 locations.

Metro Arts Commission adds four

Four new members have been appointed to the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. New commissioners appointed by Mayor Karl Dean and confirmed by the Metropolitan Council are Jeff Obafemi Carr, Phila Hach, Tonya Matthews and Paula Roberts. Outgoing commissioners are Eddie George, Jeff Ockerman, Molly Pratt and Steve Sirls.

Carr is the founder and artistic director of Amun Ra Theatre, a nonprofit performing arts ensemble in Nashville. He is a professional actor and a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. He is also a playwright, having written nine plays and produced five professionally.

Hach is the owner of Hachland Hill Properties and Caterers in Joelton, an enterprise that includes a farm, bed and breakfast, conference center and wedding chapel. In her professional life, Hach has been a caterer, innkeeper, restaurateur, event planner, television personality, flight attendant and cookbook author.

Matthews is an associate with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP. Her practice is within the real estate group, representing clients in various real estate matters. Previously, Matthews was an associate with Stokes Bartholomew Evans & Petree for six years, working in the commercial real estate and banking practice group.

Roberts is the executive director of the Museum of African American Music, Art & Culture, slated to open in 2011. Prior to joining the museum, she was executive director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee State University. Roberts also serves on the board of directors for the Nashville Opera Association, Young Leaders Council and The Salvation Army.

Purity names director of ice cream sales

Purity Dairies has named Randy Moody director of ice cream sales. In this role, he will direct sales and marketing of more than 200 Purity ice cream products. A native of the Nashville area, Moody has worked in the dairy industry for more than 24 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to being named director of sales, he handled key ice cream accounts for Purity.

Axis Accounting Systems announces director

Nashville-based Axis Accounting Systems LLC, provider of financial software and consulting services, announces that Cherie Zydel has been named Microsoft Dynamics GP Practice director.

Zydel is a certified project management professional with 10 years of experience in managing software projects from implementation to integration and development across all Microsoft Dynamics product lines.

Realtors add director of government affairs

The Tennessee Association of Realtors has added Chris Sexton as director of government affairs. Sexton has more than 10 years of experience in governmental and political affairs, having aided more than 100 local, state and national campaigns and having served as the executive director of one of the nation’s top county political parties in Grand Rapids, Mich. He most recently worked as the public affairs director for the Chattanooga Association of Realtors.

Heery International hires Evey

Heery International Inc. has hired Caroline Evey as marketing coordinator for its Nashville office. Evey will be responsible for helping with lead development and local marketing activities. For the past two years, Evey worked for Atlanta-based Holder Construction Co. She is a Penn State graduate.