Executive Appointments

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 1:00am

Alcott Routon adds four to account team

Alcott Routon, a national direct marketing agency, has hired Audra Spurlock as project manager, Alice Walton as senior account executive, Sara Melamed as account executive, and Janine Winnard as account executive.

Spurlock will serve as the primary contact and manager for an ongoing monthly campaign for one of the firm's largest financial clients. Prior to joining Alcott Routon, she was account manager for Gurley Direct Marketing. Previously, she served as regional marketing assistant for Charter Communications. Spurlock holds a bachelor's degree in art from Freed-Hardeman University.

Walton will supervise and coordinate marketing campaigns for HSBC, one of the world's largest banking and financial service organizations, in addition to providing creative, production and data processing services. Prior to joining Alcott Routon, she was director of marketing for Heritage House, a Canadian-based publishing company.

As account manager, Melamed will help manage and coordinate marketing campaigns for various clients. Prior to joining Alcott Routon, she served as development officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Previously, Melamed worked as marketing manager for National Geographic's travel program, Expeditions, and as editorial projects coordinator for U.S. News & World Report. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and archaeology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Winnard will provide client services for Regions Financial Corp. and KinderCare. Prior to joining Alcott Routon, she served as senior account executive for J&A Partners Inc. Previously, Winnard worked as account supervisor for The Buntin Group and as senior account manager for The Haggin Group. Winnard holds a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Tennessee.

Digital Reasoning announces Anderson appointment

Digital Reasoning Systems Inc. (DRS), the intelligence-software innovator, recently announced the appointment of Joseph T. Anderson, Maj. Gen., USMC (Ret.), to the DRS board of directors.

Anderson is associate director of the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, which is located near Dulles International Airport, in northern Virginia.

Anderson is a senior advisor with the firm of Peduzzi Associates Ltd. and previously served as corporate vice president with Dalcorp Advisory Group. Both firms provide advisory and liaison services to a range of industries.

Anderson is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., where he earned a B.S. in engineering. He subsequently earned an M.S. degree in systems management at the University of Southern California.

Mahoney joins Asurion as president of insurance services

Asurion, the leading provider of specialty insurance and other marketing services to the wireless communications industry, has announced the appointment of John Mahoney as president of Asurion Insurance Services (AIS).

As president of AIS, Mahoney will lead Asurion's risk bearing strategy and capabilities, as well as expand Asurion's relationships with the underwriting and reinsurance communities.

Prior to joining Asurion, Mahoney held a variety of senior management positions in the commercial insurance industry. Most recently, he was with Arch Insurance Group, where he served as senior vice president of the company's specialty program division.

Prior to his tenure at Arch, he was president and COO of Kempes Inc., a specialty subsidiary of Kemper Insurance, and president of the P&C division of Orion Capital Corp. Mahoney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University.

Baptist Hospital names Wells administrator

Baptist Hospital recently announced the appointment of Norman Wells to the position of administrator of emergency services.

In his role as administrator of emergency services, Wells is responsible for all strategic and operational matters related to emergency services, both internally and externally.

Wells joined Baptist Hospital in 2003 as director of admissions services. He has a bachelor's degree from Belmont University and a master's degree in organizational management from Trevecca Nazarene University.

McNeely Pigott & Fox promotes three

McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations (MP&F) has recently promoted three staff members. Joe Burchfield, Tosha Jones and Jessica Martin have all been promoted to associate account executive from staff associate.

Burchfield came to McNeely Pigott & Fox in June 2004. Before joining the firm, Burchfield interned in the Tennessee governor's communications office, and served as regional coordinator for the Wes Clark for President campaign in Knoxville. Burchfield is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he received a bachelor's degree in communications and political science.

Jones joined MP&F in September 2004 as a staff associate. She graduated magna cum laude from Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor's degree in business administration. Before joining MP&F, she interned with the Tennessee Titans Radio Network and with Dell Computer Corporation's communications department.

Martin joined MP&F as a staff associate in August 2004. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. While attending UT, Martin interned with The Ingram Group and AC Entertainment in 2003 and Seigenthaler Public Relations in 2001.

Former Congressman Watkins joins Pine Creek

Pine Creek Healthcare Capital, a specialized lender to community and rural hospitals, announced recently that Wes Watkins, former U.S. Congressman for Oklahoma, has been added as an advisor to its experienced leadership team.

With more than 40 years of public service, Watkins has spent his career representing the people of Oklahoma. Watkins served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years from Oklahoma's Third Congressional District, a largely southern and eastern Oklahoma region known for its economic challenges.

After serving in the U.S. Congress from 1977 to 1990, Watkins ran for governor of Oklahoma and later became president of World Export Services Inc., an investment and consulting company. After Rep. Bill Brewster announced his retirement from the Third District seat in 1995, Watkins was elected to his former seat in November 1996, and served in the U.S. House until 2002.

From 1980 to 1990, Watkins served on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and became a founding member of the Congressional Trade Caucus and president of the House Rural Caucus. Watkins was the only member of Congress in U.S. history to have served on all three major Congressional economic committees: Appropriations, Budget, and Ways and Means. He began his public career in 1975 when he was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate.

First Farmers & Merchants Bank names Moody CFO

Patricia Moody, who began her career at First Farmers & Merchants Bank in 1998 as a part-time teller, has been recently promoted from vice president and trust officer to chief financial officer.

Among her new duties as CFO, Moody is responsible for coordinating the financial functions of the bank and holding company, preparing the annual budget, monitoring acceptable accounting principles, and preparing the bank's financial statements. The CFO is a member of the bank's senior management.

A Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, Moody holds a master of business administration from Middle Tennessee State University and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association's Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University. Prior to moving to Tennessee, she spent six years in Mississippi as manager of J. Clark & Associates, a public accounting firm. She is secretary of the Leadership Maury board of directors and a member of the Leadership Maury alumni board. She is also a member of the Columbia Breakfast Rotary Club.

Baker Storey McDonald adds Gavigan to team

Baker Storey McDonald Properties has announced that Jim Gavigan has joined the BSM team as director of construction.

Gavigan has more than 14 years of construction project management. His management portfolio consists of retail construction totaling more than $150 million with a completion of more than 350 projects throughout his career.

Now a member of Baker Storey McDonald Properties, he will be directing all aspects of BSM's Design/Build, Site Development, Zoning/Permitting, Environmental and Construction.

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