On the Move: 2 January 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 10:05pm
Staff reports

Decosimo adds assurance principal

Larry Felts has joined the Nashville office of public accounting and advisory firm Decosimo as assurance principal.

Felts comes to Decosimo with more than 30 years of accounting and management experience, including serving as an office managing principal, with two Big Four international accounting firms across various markets. Most recently, Felts served as a principal with Crosslin & Associates.

“Adding Larry supports our firm’s strategic initiative for growth in our current markets,” said Nick Decosimo, managing principal of Decosimo. “His leadership strengths and strong relationships across many of our firm’s industry focus areas like manufacturing and distribution, healthcare and financial services groups will be critical to our firm as we grow in Nashville and beyond.”

With the addition of Felts, Decosimo has 38 active principals across the firm’s nine locations in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and the Cayman Islands.

A certified public accountant, Felts is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Felts graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He also served in the United States Air Force.

Deloitte names managing director

Accounting and professional services giant Deloitte has appointed its U.S. controller the managing director of its Hermitage office.

Graham Cowie takes over the top spot at Deloitte’s massive shared services center from Ken Gerdesmeier, who retired from the Big Four firm in June of this year. Deloitte’s operation on Sells Drive is home to more than 1,000 people working in finance and accounting, information technology, call center support, human resources and financial advisory services as well as the facility's global office of information management.

“I’m delighted that Graham will lead our Hermitage operations,” said Tom Aaron, Tennessee managing partner for Deloitte. “The Hermitage office serves important roles in Deloitte’s achievements in the Tennessee marketplace and around the world. Under Graham’s leadership, I know we will continue to provide exceptional service.”

Cowie, who will stay on at his post as controller of the U.S. arm of Deloitte, was a vice president at physician practice manager PhyCor in the late 1990s before moving to Deloitte. He also has worked in the firm’s audit business and its health care industry practice for a number of years.

CapStar hires controller

CapStar Bank has recruited from a fellow community bank a controller as it continues to build up its infrastructure on the heels of the acquisition of American Security Bank & Trust.

Rhonda Carr comes to downtown-based CapStar from Reliant Bank in Brentwood, where she had been vice president and controller. Before that, she was a regulatory reporting manager at Pinnacle Bank. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Technological University.

Four-and-a-half-year-old CapStar has been fleshing out its management ranks in recent months, adding former Fifth Third regional CEO Dan Hogan and former Bank of America Senior Vice President Rob Anderson. The bank also has recently hired eight other staffers in its finance, operations, credit and retail groups, taking its total headcount past 100 as it nears the $1 billion asset mark. Here’s a rundown:

• Travis Hailey has joined the bank as senior accountant. He was most recently at Fifth Third Bank in mortgage sales and before that was assistant controller at Reliant and an enumerator for the U.S. Census Bureau.

• Jason Adams is a new portfolio manager/underwriter in CapStar’s credit department and will work with its commercial real estate group. He also comes from Fifth Third, where he was most recently assistant vice president and CRE portfolio manager.

• John Markham joins CapStar as a portfolio manager and credit analyst supporting the commercial finance group. Previously, he was CFO for local medical plan marketing company Connection Benefit Group. The former Vanderbilt University field goal kicker also spent four years at Bank of America and completed an 18-month training program there.

• Amy Brown is a deposit operations and compliance specialist who has joined CapStar after spending eight years at American Security, rising to deposit operations manager and security officer.

• Lisa Rouwenhorst comes to CapStar as a customer service representative supporting the bank’s private banking and sports and entertainment divisions. Previously, she spent more than a decade at Wells Fargo, supporting portfolios worth more than $875 million.

• CapStar also has brought on three financial service representatives. They are Neoma Caldwell, a former customer service specialist at First State Bank, as well as former Bank of America head teller David Waddell and Cole Norris, who formerly was an affiliate broker at Century 21/Reliant Realty.



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