Executive Appointments

Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at 1:00am

ComFrame hires Groux as CFO

Karl Groux has joined ComFrame Software Corp. as chief financial officer. Groux has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and business operations. He is the founder and CEO of Mesa Solutions in Huntsville, Ala. Prior to founding Mesa Solutions, Groux served as a division chief financial officer with Intergraph Corp. in both its software and consultative selling business units. Groux brings a full range of financial experience including accounting, financial analysis, sales forecasting, operations management and shareholder relations.

Groux holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of the State of New York.

Color Burst names Walker director

Color Burst has acquired CSA Landscapes Inc., announced Frank Chalfont and Brian Edwards, partners with Color Burst and AAA Landscape Services. As part of the transaction, Clint Walker, owner of CSA Landscapes, has been named director of Color Burst with responsibility for display designs, color maintenance and daily operations. Prior to establishing CSA Landscapes in 2002, Walker was associated with Color Burst for more than 15 years.

Dyer joins Bandy Van Cleave & Williamson

Michael R. Dyer has joined Bandy Van Cleave & Williamson Agency as an account executive. Dyer was previously associated with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Nashville.

Dyer is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in general engineering. He served in the U.S. Army for five years, leaving the service with the rank of Captain, Field Artillery. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, he was a certified surgical specialist with United States Surgical, overseeing sales and services to surgeons in Middle Tennessee.

Saint Thomas names Pasto-Crosby director

Saint Thomas Hospital has announced the appointment of Doug Pasto-Crosby to the position of medical director, Saint Thomas Emergency Department.

Pasto-Crosby previously served as an emergency physician at Nashville Memorial and Southern Hills Hospital.

Pasto-Crosby earned a B.S. in biology from Cornell University and his M.D. from SUNY-Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He is board certified in both family practice and emergency medicine.

Crichton Brandon announces additions

Crichton Brandon Jackson & Ward announces three staff additions: Seth Blanks, Gabrielle Livingstone and Emmie Mathews.

Blanks joins CBJW as a producer. An active volunteer with the completion of three mission trips to Honduras and contributions to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Youth Encouragement Services, Blanks is a graduate of Lipscomb University with a degree in finance, economics and business management.

Livingstone is the new group benefits account manager at CBJW. She lends CBJW over eight years of experience in managing group benefits accounts for some of the largest health benefits providers, most recently with CIGNA Healthcare and Humana Inc.

Mathews joins the CBJW team as a client services consultant. Mathews attained her bachelor's degree in business administration in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia.

Ardent names Schnuck vice president

Ardent Health Services recently announced that Jim Schnuck has accepted the position of vice president of financial operations for the company.

Schnuck was previously vice president of financial operations for the behavioral division. With more than 20 years of health care experience, he has been with Ardent for six years. In his new position, Schnuck's responsibilities include overseeing decision support, managed care, materials management, productivity and health information management. In addition, he will continue to oversee the sale of the behavioral division until its completion.

Schnuck is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Staley joins National City Corporate Banking

National City has announced that Kenneth L. Staley has joined the bank's new corporate banking office in the Cool Springs community as senior vice president. Staley will have responsibility for managing and growing the National City investment real estate business primarily in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

With more than 30 years of commercial banking and investment real estate experience, Staley was most recently commercial banking manager of the real estate finance group at SunTrust Bank. Previously, he held commercial real estate management positions with Olympia Development Group Inc. and SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. Earlier in his career, he was vice president and division manager of commercial real estate lending for Integra Bank in Pittsburgh, which was acquired by National City Corp. in 1996.

Staley is a graduate of Community College of Beaver County in western Pennsylvania with a degree in business management. Additionally, he attended Robert Morris College, majoring in finance, as well as a host of investment real estate courses offered by the Mortgage Bankers Association and Robert Morris Associates.

Metro Human Relations hires Sims-Saldana

The Metropolitan Human Relations Commission has brought Shirley Sims-Saldana on board as its compliance services manager.

Sims-Saldana previously served as director of strategic planning and implementation at Fisk University. She is a trainer for results-oriented programming and fiscal accountability, and a trained facilitator for international dialogue sessions and events.

Sims-Saldana is a graduate of Converse College and is a Rule 31 listed Civil Mediator.

Dye joins GroupXcel

Mike Dye has joined GroupXcel as managing partner. He will oversee operations and coordinate sales of the new facility services company. Dye joins GroupXcel after 19 years with American Airlines and 30 years total in the airline industry.

GroupXcel provides commercial property owners with complete facility services that include janitorial, heavy equipment maintenance, landscaping and lawn care.

Donahue named chief of pediatric ophthalmology

Sean Donahue has been named chief of Ophthalmology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Donahue, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, pediatrics and neurology at VUMC, will be creating the first Division of Ophthalmology for the pediatric population at Children's Hospital.

Donahue came to Vanderbilt in 1995 and was instrumental in the creation of the Tennessee Lions Eye Center, which opened in October of 1997. Donahue helped grow the pediatric ophthalmology service from about 1,000 to 10,000 patients a year.

Donahue earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in developmental neuroscience at Emory University. He did his ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh and fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Nettles joins Center for Child Development

Arie L. Nettles recently joined the Vanderbilt Center for Child Development as a licensed psychologist in pediatrics. Previously, she was an assistant professor and assistant research scientist of education in the School of Education and assistant clinical professor of pediatric psychology at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was also an assistant professor of educational psychology and counseling at the University of Tennessee.

Nettles received her doctoral degree in psychology from the George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

VUMC's Richmond named assistant dean

Ann Richmond, professor of cancer biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named assistant dean for Biomedical Research, Education and Training.

In her new role, Richmond will help determine ways to strengthen the postdoctoral program and enrich the postdoctoral experience at Vanderbilt.

Richmond is also director of graduate studies for the Master of Laboratory Science Program and associate director of education for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, as well as vice-chair of Cancer Biology. She is a senior career scientist with the Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Richmond earned her Ph.D. in developmental biology from Emory University and continued at Emory as a postdoctoral fellow in tumor biology.

Richmond served on Emory's faculty as associate professor of medicine and assistant professor of cell biology before coming to Vanderbilt in 1989.

Hunt new president at School of Anesthesia

Dr. L. Philip Hunt has assumed the duties of president of the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. Hunt comes to MTSA from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., where he served since June 1998 as dean of the School of Nursing. Prior to being named dean, Hunt had served as associate professor and then professor of nursing at Southern since 1991.

Hunt earned his Ed.D. in 1988 from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Mich. He received a M.Ed. in nursing education adult health and illness in 1976 from Teachers College of Columbia University, N.Y.

Hunt started his career in nursing in 1972 as a staff nurse with Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. In 1980 he accepted the position of director of Nursing for Adventist Health Services in the Marshall Islands. In 1982 he became the director of the School of Health Occupations in Taipei, Taiwan; and, in 1987 Dr. Hunt was named vice president of Professional Services, Adventist Health Services/Asia and associate director of education for nursing with the Far Eastern Division of SDA in Singapore.

Rogers Group names Geraghty president

Gerard "Jerry" Geraghty has been elected to the role of president and chief executive officer for Rogers Group Inc., with corporate headquarters in Nashville.

Geraghty has been a member of Rogers Group's board of directors since 1999. In September 2003, he became Rogers Group's chief operating officer. Prior to joining Rogers Group, he served as corporate vice president and president of the Construction and Mining Group of Ingersoll-Rand & Co.

Geraghty is a graduate of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., and a certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey.

Time Warner Book Group adds Burson

Time Warner Book Group recently named Jana Burson director of publicity for the firm's Nashville office. Burson brings four years of publicity experience to the team, including two years most recently with Thomas Nelson Publishers Inc.

Burson will be responsible for overseeing publicity efforts for the Center Street and Warner Faith imprints.

Biggs joins Brentwood Services

Barbara Biggs has joined Brentwood Services Inc. as a staff accountant. Biggs will be responsible for reconciling client and corporate checking accounts, assisting in the preparation of financial statements, development of budgets and analysis of expenditures.

Biggs comes to BSI from Fiserv Health/Willis Administrative Services in Nashville, where she has worked for the past five years as senior accounting assistant. She has also held accounting positions with Ring Medical Communications Inc. and Transport Specialties Inc.

Biggs has a bookkeeping diploma from Draughons Junior College in Nashville.

Vanderhoof joins Middle Tennessee Bank & Trust

Middle Tennessee Bank & Trust has announced that Ann Morrison Vanderhoof has joined the bank's new Cool Springs office as manager and vice president. She will assume the day-to-day management responsibilities of the branch.

Vanderhoof began her banking career in 1990 with Union Planters Bank in Nashville and most recently served there as assistant vice president and assistant branch manager.

Vanderhoof holds a B.S. degree in business administration, has several banking certifications from the American Institute of Banking, and a Consumer Credit Certification from the Tennessee Bankers Association's Southern School of Consumer Credit.

Pierce named VP for Coldwell Banker Barnes

Tom Pierce has been named vice president and chief operating officer for Coldwell Banker Barnes/Snow & Wall.

A real estate broker with nearly 20 years of professional management experience, Pierce will oversee the company's corporate support center including marketing, accounting, relocation services, nine Middle Tennessee offices and more than 350 agents. He will be based in Brentwood.

Pierce started his real estate career with Coldwell Banker Barnes/Snow & Wall as an affiliate broker in 1996 and became a broker in 2004.

Prior to his career in real estate, Pierce held management positions with BellSouth Telecommunications in Brentwood and Birmingham.

Pierce holds a B.A. degree in computer science from Middle Tennessee State University; an M.S. degree in telecommunications and information systems management from Christian Brothers University in Memphis; and an M.B.A from Christian Brothers University.

Ellis joins First Tennessee

Eric Ellis has been named manager of First Tennessee's East Nashville financial center.

With five years of financial services industry experience, Ellis has held positions as assistant branch manager with SunTrust, management associate with Bank One and financial representative with American General Finance.

As manager of First Tennessee's East Nashville financial center, Ellis' responsibilities include directing sales and service efforts for consumer and business-related products including investments, insurance, consumer loans and deposits.

Ellis holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Baker College in Flint, Mich.

First Tennessee adds Scott

John Scott has joined First Tennessee's Financial Planning Division as a vice president. Previously a financial services specialist with State Farm Insurance, Scott has joined First Tennessee to assist clients with their individual and business financial planning needs.

Scott holds a certified financial planner designation and a business degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Snell joins Avondale Partners as director of research

Avondale Partners announced that Patrick "Pat" Snell will join the firm as director of research later this month.

Snell brings more than 16 years of experience in equity capital markets. He joins Avondale from the Nashville office of Robert W. Baird & Co., where he served as a director and senior research analyst following the enterprise software industry. He previously served as partner at J.C. Bradford & Co., where he was a senior equity research analyst covering the business-to-business e-commerce sector and held an earlier position in institutional sales covering Denver, Kansas City and New York. Prior to Bradford, Snell was vice president and senior equity research analyst at Robertson, Stephens & Co.

A chartered financial analyst, Snell holds a bachelor's in economics with a minor in business administration from Vanderbilt University, and he holds an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt Owen School of Management with a dual concentration in finance and accounting.

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