Executive Appointments

Friday, March 21, 2008 at 2:16am

Tennessee Commerce Bank promotes three

Tennessee Commerce Bank has announced the promotions of Tammy Hickman, Lisa Justice and Lisa Sallee.

Hickman, who has been associated with the Tennessee Commerce Bank since February 2006, was promoted to banking officer and branch manager. She previously was an operations specialist and assistant branch manager at the bank. She has more than 20 years of progressively responsible banking experience.

Justice was promoted to operations officer and deposit operations supervisor. Associated with Tennessee Commerce Bank since 2003, she previously was senior deposit operations specialist at the bank. She has extensive experience in customer service and accounting.

Sallee, previously senior loan processor at the bank, was promoted to banking officer and loan supervisor. A graduate of Emporia State University, Kansas, she joined Tennessee Commerce Bank in 2004 as a loan assistant. She has more than 15 years of banking experience, working in human resources and customer service positions.

Brown joins Pinnacle as operations specialist

Rida Brown has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners.

Brown brings 23 years of experience to her role of treasury management operations specialist.

She comes from Regions Bank, where she worked in the research department.

Blahauvietz new VP at First Tennessee

First Tennessee has named Rick Blahauvietz senior vice president of commercial real estate lending for the Middle Tennessee area.

He brings 25 years of financial services experience to his new position, previously serving as senior vice president, market manager for the commercial real estate group of U.S. Bank. As senior vice president of commercial real estate lending, Blahauvietz is responsible for providing financial services to professional real estate developers and investors in all product types of commercial real estate.

Blahauvietz holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University, and also attended Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Atkinson announces accreditation, new hire

Atkinson Public Relations announces senior account executive Jenny Barker has earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America and Nicole Klemmer has joined the firm as senior account executive.

Accreditation in public relations is the largest and most prestigious certification program in the public relations profession. The designation signifies a high level of experience and knowledge, strategic perspective and sound professional judgment.

Klemmer comes to Atkinson from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning in Lansing, Mich. As media relations and outreach coordinator, Klemmer developed public relations plans and served as spokesperson for traffic safety issues. Additional responsibilities included writing copy for outreach materials and working closely with public relation firms to determine messaging and strategy for public information campaigns.

Prior to her work with the highway safety division of the Michigan State Police, Klemmer served as publications and public relations coordinator for the Girl Scouts – Seal of Ohio Council Inc. in Columbus, Ohio.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

McNeely Pigott & Fox announces promotions

Public Relations recently announced the promotion of b>Katie Young from assistant account executive to account executive and the promotion of Matt Saperstone from staff associate to associate account executive.

Young joined McNeely Pigott & Fox in 2005. Her industry experience includes media relations, event planning, writing and marketing for clients in the health care, banking, retail, government and nonprofit sectors.

She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and minors in political science and French.

In addition to interning at MP&F, Young interned with Seigenthaler Public Relations and the Vanderbilt News Service.

Saperstone graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s degree in public policy, focusing on nonprofit management and leadership. While at Georgetown, he worked with DC Central Kitchen, a nonprofit community kitchen, as a grant writer, researcher and event planner.

Prior to Georgetown, Saperstone worked for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and New Jersey Citizen Action. Saperstone completed an internship with the Office of the Honorable Al and Tipper Gore in August 2007.

City’s Palm Restaurant names executive chef

The Nashville Palm Restaurant, the ultimate destination for memorable business entertaining for more than 80 years and consistently ranked number two by the chain in the southeast, has named Lee Morris as executive chef.

He formerly served as the executive chef at Bricktops in Nashville and at Houston’s.

Johnson, Catholic Charities elected to national group

Holly Johnson, director of Refugee Services at Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., has been elected to a two-year term on the national Diocesan Advisory Group for Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). This is the second time that Johnson has been elected to serve on this national Advisory Group.

Johnson has served as director of Refugee Services at Catholic Charities since January 1999. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, she was associated with United Way of Middle Tennessee as a community support manager for the Helping People in Crisis Council and a staff contact for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

From 1995 to 1997, Johnson was executive director of the Ashe County Partnership for Children in West Jefferson, North Carolina. Johnson is a graduate of Elon College, Elon, North Carolina, with a B.A. degree in political science and public administration. She has a Masters degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.

Brentwood Services hires two claims reps

Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. (BSA) has employed two senior claims representatives, Kathy Martin-Spakes and Wendy Foshee, in its new Birmingham, Ala., office.

As senior claims representatives, Martin-Spakes and Foshee are responsible for reviewing, processing and handling workers’ compensation claims for Alabama clients.

Before joining BSA, Foshee had served as a workers’ compensation adjuster for lost-time claims for over 10 years with Employers Claim Management in Montgomery, Ala. Prior to that position, also as a workers’ compensation adjuster, she handled lost-time claims for Sun Employer Services, in Montgomery, for two years; and medical only and lost-time claims for Alexis, in Montgomery, for five years.

Martin-Spakes previously was a lost-time claims adjuster for two years for ATTENTA, a Frank Gates Company in Birmingham, where she also handled medical management of workers’ compensation claims for both individual and group self-insured businesses.

For four years prior to entering the insurance industry, she served as chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, West Alabama Chapter in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She also served for seven years as executive director of the American Red Cross---Etowah County Chapter, Gadsden, Ala. In addition, she was executive secretary to the Northern Division manager of Alabama Gas Corporation in Gadsden for 10 years, where she assisted employees with insurance issues and was responsible for First Reports of Injury and working with workers’ compensation claims.

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