Executive Appointments

Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 1:00am

MTA's Ballard elected to national transport board

Paul J. Ballard, chief executive officer of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, has been elected to the American Public Transportation Association board of directors. Ballard will represent the APTA region that includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, plus Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ballard was appointed CEO of the MTA of Nashville and Davidson County in January 2002. He has served as the chief executive officer or general manager of six transit systems, including those in St. Louis and Birmingham, Ala. He also has been president of two national transit management firms and operated or consulted on transit operations in 38 cities in 19 states.

Ballard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business, transportation and public utilities management from the Indiana University School of Business and a Master of Arts degree with distinction in public administration from Webster University in St. Louis.

Innovative Financial Group hires Conger

Jordan Y. Conger has joined Innovative Financial Group as director of education and training.

He will be responsible for the marketing of the local organization, participating in the recruiting of new agents, and coordinating the education and training of new and experienced agents for Innovative Financial Group.

Conger attended Trevecca Nazarene University and Peabody College.

Williams fills new position at Brentwood Services

Brenda Williams has been appointed to the new position of medical cost containment manager with Brentwood Services Administrators Inc., an affiliate of Brentwood Services Inc., a specialty insurance brokerage firm.

Prior to joining BSA, Williams was a case management supervisor with Care Management Consultants, where she worked for the past 15 years. Prior to that, Williams worked at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston as the quality assurance and utilization review coordinator.

Williams completed her registered nurse (RN) degree at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In addition, she holds Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), Certified Case Manager (CCM), and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) designations.

Capella Healthcare adds Warren, Wall

Capella Healthcare recently announced the addition of Denise Wilder Warren as senior vice president and chief financial officer, and health care attorney Howard T. Wall III as senior vice president and general counsel.

Prior to joining Capella, Warren was senior equity analyst and former research director for Avondale Partners LLC and brings more than 20 years of financial experience to the company. Prior to her four years with Avondale, Warren served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Gaylord Entertainment Company. While at Gaylord, Warren was selected as financial executive of the year by The Institute of Management Accountants.

Warren earned her Bachelor of Science in economics from Southern Methodist University and received her Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Prior to joining Capella Healthcare, Wall served as senior vice president and general counsel, secretary and corporate governance officer of Province Healthcare Company, an operator of non-urban hospitals throughout the United States. Prior to joining Province, Wall spent more than 14 years at the Nashville law firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis. While at Waller Lansden, he served as the chairman of the firm's Healthcare Working Group from 1989-97.

Wall received his J.D. degree from Washington & Lee University.

Palk joins National Federation of Independent Business

The National Federation of Independent Business, a small-business advocacy group, has announced the hiring of Russell Palk as Southeast region public policy director.

Palk will oversee NFIB's public-policy initiatives on behalf of its 83,000 small-business members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Prior to joining NFIB, Palk was president of the Tennessee Retail Association, the state's largest retail trade association with membership comprised of all retail formats and channels of distribution. Prior to that, he was a partner and owner of The Fulton Group in Nashville.

Palk earned his bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in public administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and he attended the Nashville School of Law.

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