Executive Appointments

Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 1:00am

Symphony names Schram pops conductor

Albert-George Schram, Netherlands native and resident staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, has been announced as Nashville Symphony's new principal conductor for pops and special programs. His tenure will begin in the 2006-07 opening season of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the symphony's new home in the heart of downtown Nashville, although he will conduct the first Bank of America Pops series concert in the 2005-06 season, featuring Michael McDonald, on Sept. 9 and 10. Schram will also be intimately involved in planning every aspect of the Symphony's 2006-07 pops season in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

As principal conductor for pops and special programs, Schram will be responsible for programming and guest artist selection for the Bank of America Pops series, as well as building and maintaining that series' strong audience base. In addition, he will lead select classical, education and other special events concerts throughout the season. Schram will join associate conductor Byung Hyung-Rhee and chorus director George Mabry on the roster of Nashville Symphony conductors, as the search for a music director continues following the death of 22-year NSO music director Kenneth Schermerhorn in April 2005.

Schram currently serves as the resident staff conductor with the Columbus Symphony, and has been engaged in numerous capacities since 1979.

In addition, Schram regularly guest conducts the Louisville Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, where in 2002 he opened the orchestra's new permanent summer home, Summer Park. Schram's former engagements with the Nashville Symphony include Pops weekends featuring Bernadette Peters, the Smothers Brothers and the Classical Mystery Tour (a tribute to the Beatles), as well as a Centennial Parks concert in June 2005.

Coldwell Banker Barnes adds associates

Coldwell Banker Barnes/Snow and Wall has added the following sales associates:

J.J. Dillingham and Xaviera "XayXay" Washington have joined the Harding Place office. Dillingham previously worked at Lipscomb University and also graduated from the school with a degree in communications and psychology. Washington is president/CEO of Washington Development Company, and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration management from Tennessee State University.

Grace Kenny has joined the Brentwood office. She previously was a realtor with American Heritage Inc., and holds a B.A. degree in communications and music from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Kelly Stansifer has joined the Mt. Juliet office. Prior to joining Coldwell Banker Barnes, she was an administrative assistant to the CEO of an oil and gas research/development company.

Cybera announces additions

Private networking provider Cybera Inc. has announced several staff additions at its Nashville office to support an expansion in customer base and sales revenue growth.

Jennifer Kelly has been named Cybera's corporate council. Kelly has more than 16 years of corporate legal experience and will be responsible for overseeing Cybera's contract drafting as well as managing multi-jurisdictional corporate reporting requirements. Kelly was most recently with Boult Cummings Conners and Berry.

Jon Zadick has joined Cybera as a major account manager. He brings more than 12 years of sales experience through similar positions with Compuware and with Dialogic Communications Corporation.

Also joining Cybera as a major account manager is Lorie Mayberry. She brings eight years of sales experience and most recently managed $20 million in accounts at Aspect Communications where she received the 2004 Winners Circle award.

Gretchen Morgan has joined Cybera's provisioning team as a project manager and will oversee the installation of network connections. Morgan's addition to the provisioning team will increase Cybera's implementation capacity.

Also joining the operations team are Asa Kabazzi and Randy Payne as Level 2 NOC Technicians. Kabazzi and Payne bring a combined 12 years of telecommunications experience to Cybera.

Chris Baker has been hired as Cybera's newest fulfillment technician where he will be responsible for managing the day-to-day configuration of customer equipment. Baker comes to Cybera with seven years of experience in data networking, the last four spent as a network technician with AT&T Wireless.

Logan's Roadhouse promotes Effner

Logan's Roadhouse has announced the promotion of Rob Effner to senior vice president of development and operations innovation. Effner is responsible for real estate, facilities, franchise relations, design and construction, prototype development, the beverage program, and other significant operational initiatives.

Effner joined Logan's Roadhouse in December 2003. Before that, he was with Red Lobster for 20 years, where he held positions in operations, training, strategic planning, operations development and concept development. He was responsible for leading cross-functional work teams in areas of remodels, design methodology, innovation, beverage deployment and concept prototype development. His work has received awards such as Chain Store Age's Brand Reinvention and Nation's Restaurant News' Successful Settings.

Saint Thomas names Parker nursing chief

Saint Thomas Hospital recently announced the appointment of Janet Parker to the position of chief of nursing.

Parker previously served as dean of nursing and academic science, Mid Michigan Community College, Harrison, Mich. Prior to that position, Parker served as senior vice president and vice president of nursing at fellow Ascension Hospital Saint Mary's in Saginaw. Parker has also served at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, as director of Orthopaedic/Neurosciences/Emergency Nursing.

Parker holds a master's of science, with a clinical emphasis in emergency and ambulatory nursing from the University of Michigan and a B.S.N. from Vanderbilt University.

Piasecki joins Ingram

Ingram Book Group Inc., a wholesale distributor of book product and publisher services, has named Mark Piasecki as field sales representative serving Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

In his new duties, Piasecki will be responsible for establishing and maintaining strong, long-term relationships with booksellers to promote new-title releases and backlists of Ingram's client publishers, as well as Ingram's wholesale services.

During his career, Piasecki has worked for Harry N. Abrams Publishing Inc., Barron's Educational Publishers, Bantam Doubleday Dell, and Western Publishing. He has a bachelor's degree in political science from Kent State University.

Vanderbilt's Gherman named group president

Vanderbilt University librarian Paul Gherman will serve as president of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the largest regional academic library cooperative in the nation, for 2005-06.

AARP Tennessee appoints Kelly

AARP Tennessee has announced that Rebecca Bundon Kelly has been appointed to the position of state director for AARP Tennessee. Kelly, who has been with AARP since 1992, previously served as the associate state director. With 24 years of professional experience in the field of aging, Kelly will be responsible for AARP's strategic direction and mission, serving over 615,000 members in Tennessee.

Before joining AARP, Kelly managed senior employment programs for Louisiana's State Unit on Aging, and served as a consultant to the Georgia Department of Labor on older worker programs. She holds a master's degree in public administration from Georgia State University, and an undergraduate degree in music education from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.

Minnie Pearl Foundation adds Dorris

The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation has named Adele Dorris as the director of development and outreach. Dorris joins the foundation with more than 13 years of marketing, special event planning, fundraising and managing experience. She recently owned Adele's Gifts & Interiors before coming to the foundation.

Dorris will be organizing, facilitating and planning events for the foundation. Previously, she has been the director of development at the Museum of Science & History in Jacksonville, Fla., and an event coordinator at Presentation Resources Inc. Dorris has also worked with a number of Nashville music-related companies in a marketing, special events, and public relations capacity.

First Tennessee names DeJarnette manager

First Tennessee has named Ken DeJarnette manager of the company's new Abbott Martin financial center.

DeJarnette brings seven years of banking experience in training and management to his new position. He previously served as a banking center manager for Fifth Third Bank and as a financial center manager for First Tennessee in Franklin.

As manager of First Tennessee's Abbott Martin financial center, DeJarnette will lead the sales efforts for consumer and business-related products, including investments, insurance and consumer loans.

DeJarnette holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree, both in business administration, from Middle Tennessee State University.

QuadraScan taps Izikoff and Bishop

QuadraScan Technologies LLC recently announced a promotion and the addition of a new member to its management team.

Myles Izikoff, a QuadraScan founder and former vice president of sales, has been promoted to senior vice president of sales, with responsibility for overseeing the total sales and marketing strategy. Izikoff became vice president of sales when the company opened in Brentwood in 2002.

Brad Bishop has been named new vice president of sales. Previously, he had been vice president of consumer sales for Fitness Systems Inc., in Brentwood. Beginning with Fitness Systems in commercial sales, Bishop was employed with that firm for a total of 10 years.

Jones named to court task force

Kelvin D. Jones III has been appointed to serve on the Tennessee Supreme Court's Task Force on Attorney/Client Fee Disputes. Jones is the executive director of the Metro Nashville Human Relations Commission and previously served as special assistant for Legal Affairs to Mayor Bill Purcell and as a corporate attorney with Bass, Berry and Sims PLC.

Wilson and Bell join Dye Van Mol

Dye, Van Mol and Lawrence (DVL) announced recently that Stacey Wilson and Daniel Bell have joined the agency.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Wilson spent more than three years with fashion media agency KCD Inc. in New York where she managed publicity for Versace and designer Zac Posen. At DVL, Wilson will continue to manage events and media relations as an account executive.

Bell has been hired as an art director for DVL's interactive media department. Prior to joining the agency, Bell designed exhibitions and print materials for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. He earned a B.A. in advertising from Lipscomb University in 1999.

Crosslin Vaden hires Felts

Crosslin, Vaden & Associates, a regional accounting and consulting firm, has hired Larry Felts as audit director.

With more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, Felts has significant expertise in serving public companies, including initial and secondary offerings. Prior to joining Crosslin Vaden, he was managing partner of the Nashville office of PricewaterhouseCoopers until retirement in 2003. He has also worked for another Big Four firm, serving as managing partner of the Knoxville office and partner in the Nashville office.

Felts is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served several terms on the Financial Institute Committee of the TSCPA and as an instructor of courses on financial services issues for the Bank Administration Institute, Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions and various colleges and universities.

Felts received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Tennessee and has participated in the Executive Development Program at Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia. He also served in the United States Air Force.

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