Executive Appointments

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 12:00am

Gaither promoted at CB Richard Ellis

Paul Gaither was recently named vice president at CB Richard Ellis. Gaither, who has been associated with the CB Richard Ellis Investment Properties Group since 1997, was previously a senior associate at the firm, where he specializes in providing investment advisory services for both private and institutional shopping center owners.

In summer 2004, Gaither handled the $20.6 million sale of Rivergate Station, a 216,701-square-foot regional shopping center located near Rivergate Mall. The transaction was one of the Top 25 real estate deals of the year in Nashville.

Prior to joining CB Richard Ellis, Gaither was associated with Charles King Architects in Chattanooga and Lewis Group Architects in Knoxville. His responsibilities at those firms included the design and project management of numerous hotel, retail and industrial facilities.

McKissack named interim CEO at Matthew Walker

Jeff McKissack has been named interim CEO at Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center (MWCHC). McKissack was previously chief operating officer at Matthew Walker, which provides health care, dental and diagnostic services to medically underserved and uninsured people in Middle Tennessee. The appointment of McKissack as interim CEO comes following the death in March of Michelle B. Marrs, who had served as CEO of MWCHC since 1998.

McKissack has been associated with MWCHC since 1997 when he joined the staff as chief financial officer. He was named COO in September 2004. Prior to joining MWCHC, McKissack worked for eight years in financial positions at the Rape & Sexual Abuse Center, the State of Tennessee, and Edgehill Community Center. He is a 1989 graduate of Tennessee State University with a degree in accounting.

Mailnet Services promotes, adds employees

Mailnet Services Inc., an Internet-based communications and marketing company, has promoted Whit Webb to customer service manager, and added Wesley Green as network administrator, Rob Hardin as Web developer, Michelle Wilt as customer service representative, and Henry Joiner as operations analyst.

As customer service manager, Webb will run Mailnet Services' customer service department and oversee new programs in customer satisfaction and retention. He previously served as Mailnet Services' customer service representative. Webb's prior work experience also includes sales positions at Dell Computer Corporation and Signius Communications.

Green, who spent three years as a network support technician for the Nashville Predators, will be responsible for systems administration, project management and application development at Mailnet Services. He holds an associate's degree in applied science and computer information systems from Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin.

Hardin will develop, maintain and support application components for Mailnet Services' production Web sites. A recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Hardin holds a bachelor's degree in computer science. Prior to joining Mailnet Services, Hardin worked as a technology assistant for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity & Push America in Charlotte, N.C.

As Mailnet Services' new customer service representative, Wilt will handle incoming customer inquires and update account profiles. She will also assist in the development and support of new and existing customers. Wilt recently worked as a Wells Fargo retention specialist at First Data Merchant Services in Hagerstown, Md.

As operations analyst, Joiner will support all of Mailnet Services' product lines. Joiner most recently worked for SmartDM, a Nashville-based direct marketing company, where he was responsible for data hygiene and enhancement for a number of the company's large clients.

Norton inducted into College of Bankruptcy

Attorney William L. Norton III was recently inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. This honor is reserved for those with a record of achievement reflecting the highest professional expertise, ethical standards, character, integrity and leadership among bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. Over the years, fellowship has been extended to only a handful of Nashville professionals.

Norton is a member of the law firm Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry and chairs the insolvency practice group within the firm. He is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School and is the managing editor of Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 2d, which is one of the nation's leading treatises on bankruptcy law. Norton is a frequent speaker at seminars on bankruptcy, real property foreclosure and the Uniform Commercial Code. He is the Institute Manager of national seminars focusing on advanced bankruptcy issues sponsored by Norton Institutes on Bankruptcy Law.

The college currently has 633 fellows, with only six in Nashville and less than a dozen in the state of Tennessee. Norton was among the 2005 class of fellows inducted in the Great Hall of the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, D.C.

Johnson to lead Bondware Web Solutions

Bondware Inc. has announced the appointment of Jeff Johnson, former vice president for information technology with InfoAdvantage Inc., to lead the company's newly formed Bondware Web Solutions (BWS) business unit.

Prior to his two-year stint with InfoAdvantage, Johnson served as a technology program manager and systems-integration project manager for FedEx. His earlier experiences include business-process re-engineering, systems training, programming and customer-relations roles with Condor Technologies, an SAP software provider. Previously, he served as a project leader for Price Waterhouse Coopers and as a database designer and tool developer with SEER Technologies. He also served two years in the U.S. Navy supply ranks, including time as a member of the crew of the USS America (CV-66).

Following military service, Johnson earned his B.S. in management information systems at Florida State University and is pursuing an M.B.A. at Belmont University.

McNeely Pigott & Fox announces promotions

McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations (MP&F) recently announced the promotions of several staff members: Mark Bjordahl has been promoted to chief financial officer from controller; Vicki Bagwell has been promoted to vice president of operations from senior account supervisor; Roger Shirley has been promoted to editorial director from senior account supervisor; and Laura Braam and Courtenay Rossi have been promoted to senior account supervisors from account supervisors.

Bjordahl has been with McNeely Pigott & Fox for four years and is responsible for all accounting functions. Prior to his time at MP&F, he served as controller at The Wichita Eagle and Aberdeen American News. He graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.

Bagwell has more than 20 years of combined public relations and journalism experience. Before joining MP&F in 1994, she served as a communications manager for the State of Tennessee's Department of Finance and Administration. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Bagwell has a B.A. degree in journalism and an M.A. degree in communications.

Shirley, former editor of the Nashville Business Journal, joined McNeely Pigott & Fox in 1996. After a 19-year journalism career at the Bristol Herald-Courier in Bristol, Va., and the Nashville Banner, Shirley served as media coordinator for the successful "Yes For Nashville" campaign, which cleared the way for the Houston Oilers to move to Tennessee. Shirley graduated from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va., where he received an interdisciplinary degree in communications, political science and English.

Braam, formerly an account executive with the Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm of Goddard Claussen, joined the staff of McNeely Pigott & Fox in March 1998. For MP&F, Braam has managed projects for clients in industries ranging from cable television and alternative education to affordable housing and workforce development. Braam graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee University in 1994 with a degree in English literature.

Rossi joined McNeely Pigott & Fox in November 2004. During her 15-year career in television journalism, Rossi most recently was a producer with NBC News in Washington, D.C., covering the White House and the 2000 presidential campaign. Rossi graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a dual degree in English and economics and received a master's degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Tolliver joins Redpepper Inc.

Erin Tolliver has joined Redpepper Inc. as an account executive. A 2003 graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Ky., Tolliver was previously with Cumulus Broadcasting.

Cumberland Bank hires Norman

Cumberland Bank has hired Janet Norman as assistant branch manager and bank officer. Norman will help lead operations, customer service and commercial lending for the bank's Brentwood office in Maryland Farms.

Prior to joining Cumberland Bank, Norman was with Regions Bank. She is a member of Business Network International.

Vanderbilt-Ingram adds Washburn

Anne Washburn has joined the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as associate director of communications and outreach. Washburn directs the center's initiatives in patient education, community education and outreach, survivorship programs and patient advocacy.

Washburn most recently was manager of communications in the Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Cancer Institute. She previously worked at the University of North Carolina-Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she developed the center's patient education program.

Washburn holds a master's in public health from the University of Tennessee.

Batten & Shaw adds three

Batten & Shaw Inc. has added Sean Farrell, James Pitman and Leroy Clark to their construction team.

Farrell has joined as a project manager. He was formally a project manager with Russell Construction Company.

Pitman has joined as a project engineer. He is a recent mechanical engineering graduate from Rice University.

Clark is the new superintendent. He was formally with RCR Construction where he also served as superintendent.

Hermitage Lighting Gallery taps Culp

Hermitage Lighting Gallery has announced the addition of Rusty Culp as an outside sales consultant. Culp will work with homebuilders and contractors to design, create and manipulate lighting in residential construction projects.

Prior to joining Hermitage Lighting Gallery, Culp worked for the Planning and Codes Department of the City of Brentwood. She has also worked for Hart Custom Homebuilders and MJH Designs, both located in Brentwood.

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