On the Move: 24 April 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5:48pm
Staff reports

Ole adds Ozier as GM

John Ozier has joined Ole (stylized as “ole”) as its general manager, creative in Nashville, effective May 6.

Ozier will manage the rapid growth and expansion ole is experiencing, according to Robert Ott, Ole chairman and CEO.

Ozier has placed songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Rodney Atkins, Clay Walker, Lee Brice, Ronnie Dunn, Jo Dee Messina and LeAnn Rimes, among others. In 2010, he was responsible for four songs in the top 15 on the country Billboard charts.

Ole bills itself as one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, the company has operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.

Stites & Harbison adds patent attorney with China medical background

Intellectual property law and health care law attorney Cong “Connie” Ding has joined Stites & Harbison and will work with clients in both Nashville and Memphis. 

Ding is a native Chinese speaker and writer as well as a registered U.S. patent attorney who counsels both foreign and domestic clients on patent prosecution in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical device and life sciences. 

“Connie brings incredible life sciences and health care experience to Stites,” Stephen Price, office executive member for the Nashville office. “Her background as a patent attorney, a doctor, a molecular biology researcher and her knowledge of China will be a great asset to our clients in Nashville, Memphis and firm wide.”

In addition to her patent law experience, Ding is qualified as a medical doctor in China where she diagnosed and treated patients at Beijing Xiyuan Hospital in Beijing, China. As a researcher, Ding conducted clinical trial research in Beijing, China, and performed pharmaceutical, genetic and molecular research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Ding has a medical degree from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, a Master of Science degree in cell and molecular biology from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She is a member of the American, Tennessee and Memphis bar associations and speaks frequently on patent law to both domestic and international groups.

Curb Records names Norman chief creative advisor

Curb Records has added former Warner Bros. Records Nashville president Jim Ed Norman as chief creative advisor.

While serving as Warner Bros. head for 22 years, Norman oversaw the conglomerate’s signing and career launching of multi-platinum artists including Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, Big & Rich, Dwight Yoakam and Randy Travis.

During the same timeframe, Norman worked closely with Curb Records Chairman Mike Curb in the joint-ventured label Curb/Warner.

Norman will continue his association with the Curb Family Foundation and in his role as senior fellow at the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University.

In a news release, Mike Curb said Bryan Stewart will continue as vice president of A&R and Kelly Lynn Janson will continue in her role as A&R consultant.

“We are very excited about our A&R team and particularly the fact that all of us have worked together for so many years,” Curb said. “And we’re proud of the tremendous roles that these individuals have played in our company’s success.”

Corizon promotes pair

Local correctional health care company Corizon announced today the promotions of Frank Fletcher to vice president of business development for state corrections and Michael Miller to vice president of business development for community corrections.

Fletcher and Miller will lead the strategic sales process for state and community corrections, focus on current client retention planning and provide sales leadership for the Brentwood-based company’s marketing/business development department.

“Frank and Michael have both shown excellent performance and leadership and are valuable assets to Corizon,” Jon Walker, Corizon senior vice president of business development, said in a release. “I am excited about their new roles and feel confident that this change will align the BD team with other departments in the company and lead the way to further success.”

Miller earned his degree in business from Murray State University and spent the next 22 years working in the business development sector, with the last six years specifically focused on corrections.

Fletcher earned his degree from the University of Missouri and has been a Corizon employee for the last 24 years, serving in a variety of business development roles.

ReviveHealth adds four

ReviveHealth has added four new employees to its growing Nashville-based office: Lana Taussig as account supervisor; Laura Matthews as account executive; Bethany Doty as assistant account executive; and Melonie Levernier as accounting manager.

“Each brings a unique personal and professional background, along with exceptional skills and collaborative spirit,” Brandon Edwards, ReviveHealth CEO, said in a release. “I am confident they will contribute to and help propel our clients’ and our firm’s continued success.”

Taussig brings seven years of experience in planning and executing marketing and media relations programs for organizations involved in various fields, including education, health care, technology and environment. Before joining the firm, she was an account supervisor at Seigenthaler Public Relations and, previously, public relations manager at Colorado Public Radio. Taussig holds a degree in communications from the University of Denver.

Matthews previously worked at iostudio, a full-service ad agency. There, she developed strategy and created content for the Army National Guard’s social media platforms and website. She also managed a full website redesign and long-term integrated communications campaign. Matthews graduated from Elon University with a degree in corporate communications and a minor in business administration.

Doty has experience coordinating impactful campaigns via interactive and news media for clients in consumer products and home goods. Most recently she worked as media associate at GolinHarris, which she joined after working at Henson Consulting, both in Chicago. Doty earned a degree in communication from Bradley University, having also minored in business management and administration.

Prior to joining the firm, Levernier served as finance manager at redpepper, where she managed day-to-day and long-range finance and accounting for the advertising agency. She previously was co-owner and operator of a chiropractic clinic in Colorado. Levernier holds a doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota.

VUMC adds cardiovascular expert

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has brought on board Thomas Wang to lead its Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and to be physician-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

Wang comes to Vanderbilt from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he led the heart failure disease management program and was associate director of the heart failure and transplantation section. He replaces Doug Sawyer, who announced late last year he would step down from his leadership post but stay at VHVI.

“VHVI has been a very successful model for the development of a robust cardiovascular service line,” said Wang, who started in his new position April 1. “Also, Vanderbilt has been a very forward-thinking institution when it comes to personalized medicine in both research and clinical implementation. It’s one of the premier places in the country for doing patient-oriented research, which is my area of investigation.”

At VUMC, Wang will oversee basic and translational research, the clinical program and fellowship training. He also will continue to pursue his study of pre-clinical cardiovascular disease, obesity and metabolism.


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