On the Move: 2 April 2013

Monday, April 1, 2013 at 3:44pm
Staff reports

Cabedge team adds designer/strategist

Cabedge Design has hired Rachel Self as creative strategist.

Self will strengthen Cabedge’s unit of creative designers and business strategists.

Prior to joining Cabedge, Self did pro bono work for Resound, Center for Children and Young Adults, City of Springfield, Georgia and Southern Environmental Solutions. She also interned at Working Class Studio and Summit Church.

Self has a bachelor's of fine arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in graphic design, with a minor in photography.

CMT promotes Finke to VP

CMT has promoted Cindy McLean Finke to vice president, program publicity and communications, within the company’s Nashville office.

In addition, Stephanie Molina has joined the network as vice president, program publicity, for the West Coast office.

Both Finke and Molina will spearhead the press campaign for the upcoming series launch of Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, which premiers April 21, and for the 2013 CMT Music Awards to be held June 5.  

“Cindy and Stephanie make a fantastic and experienced team, and are uniquely suited to lead CMT’s press efforts at a time of lightning-fast growth at the network,” Lisa Chader, CMT senior vice president of corporate communications, said in a release.  “Both are well-respected within the entertainment industry and amongst their peers, and I’m thrilled to have them in leadership roles.”

Finke joined the CMT corporate communications team as senior publicist in 2002. Since then she has led publicity efforts for CMT Crossroads, the CMT Music Awards and films under the CMT Original Movies franchise.

Prior to CMT, Finke was a publicist at E! Entertainment Television and The Style Network, creating and managing publicity campaigns for primetime series and specials including The E! True Hollywood Story, Celebrity Homes and Nigella Bites. Finke has also worked in the publicity department for Showtime Networks Inc.

Zeitlin’s Thompson wins national award

Paige Thompson, vice president of relocation and corporate services at Zeitlin & Co., Realtors, has received the president’s award from the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network of more than 500 real estate firms in 30 countries.

"Paige is a talented leader who is dedicated to advancing the real estate industry,” Shirley Zeitlin, Zeitlin & Co. CEO, said in a release. “Whether Paige is helping our agents better understand the complexities involved in relocation or spearheading programs for agents around the world, she always demonstrates a keen understanding of the business. We’re proud that she is representing Zeitlin & Co., Realtors on an international stage.”

Thompson has worked for Zeitlin & Co. as a residential and corporate relocation professional for 16 years. As vice president, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the relocation department.

Vintage King taps Evans, Howell

Vintage King Audio has named audio industry veterans Kurt Howell and Chad Evans to oversee the company’s new Nashville sales office.

Howell (on the left in this photo), with more than 30 years of experience within the sector, began his career in A&R at CBS Records in Nashville. He would go on to spend time as an engineer, producer, arranger, session player, and manager. His resume includes stints with Marshall Graphic Systems, Digidesign, Akai Division and International Music Company.

Howell, who studied voice, composition and arranging at Belmont University, has toured or recorded with Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, James Brown, Hank Williams Jr., and Waylon Jennings,

Evans joins Vintage King as a sales consultant. Previously, Evans spent 10 years with Guitar Center. He once worked at Masterfonics in Nashville, handling sessions with King Crimson, Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, and the Dixie Chicks as a staff engineer.

In addition to Nashville, Ferndale, Mich.-based Vintage King has locations in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York. The company specializes in analog and digital audio equipment.

BMI adds Barnett as VP of finance

Broadcast Music Inc. has appointed John Barnett as vice president of finance.

Barnett will oversee BMI’s financial planning and analysis, treasury, collection services and risk management/insurance. He will be based in Nashville.

“John is a well-rounded financial executive who brings many years of diversified and relevant experience to BMI,” Bruce A. Esworthy, BMI senior vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer, said in a released. “We are pleased to have him join the senior management team in this key role at this exciting and evolutionary time in BMI’s corporate history."

Barnett most recently served as senior vice president of finance for Nashville-based First Acceptance Corp., a publicly traded regional auto insurance company.  Prior to that, he worked at Anheuser-Busch in corporate planning, business planning and mergers and acquisitions.

Barnett holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He also received a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Illinois.

Captain D’s hires Arrowsmith

Restaurant operator Captain D's has hired a veteran development executive who used to work at rival chain Checker's as it preps a big push into franchising.

Michael Arrowsmith comes to Captain D's from franchise consulting firm NSI. Before that, he was senior vice president of development at Checker's and also worked at Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffee, Shoney's and Denny's. He is the first-ever chief development officer at Captain D's, which runs about 530 restaurants in more than two dozen states.

"Michael brings to Captain D's a vast knowledge of franchise sales experience, a strong understanding of how to develop and cultivate target markets and the wherewithal to implement successful strategies throughout an entire system," said Phil Greifeld, CEO of Captain D's.

Greifeld has set growing his team's store base via franchising as one of his top 2013 priorities. Since taking over in the fall of 2010, he has rebuilt the company's executive team and boosted unit-level economics and sales growth. In 2012, annual unit volume at the company's restaurants was about $920,000, up from a 2010 recession trough of $830,000 and about $870,000 in 2007. Now, armed with a new store prototype (see image below), he is casting the company's net for multi-unit restaurant operators to join his franchise system.

Separately, Greifeld has tapped Jim Stevens to be Captain D's first chief operations officer. Stevens came on board at the Grassmere-based company two years ago as VP of operations. In his new role, Stevens essentially takes over from former EVP Mike Lippert, who has left the company after a little more than two years. Stevens also joined Captain D's in 2011 and previously was a regional executive at Arby's Restaurant Group.

Dowdle Construction Group adds Manning

Chase Manning has joined Dowdle Construction Group as a project engineer.

Manning will support the firm’s new construction, renovation construction, retail and office work, among other assignments.

Previously, Manning was with Hutton Construction in Chattanooga, starting as an intern and working his way up to assistant project manager. 

Manning graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with a Master of Science degree in engineering management/ construction management. His undergraduate coursework in business administration was also completed at UTC.

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