Executive Appointments

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at 1:00am

Shalom Foundation names Swartz executive director

The Shalom Foundation, a nonprofit international humanitarian aid organization, has named Jacqueline Swartz as the organization's new executive director. With a background in marketing, business development and operations, Swartz will oversee all day-to-day operations of the organization, including long-range planning, fund development, community partnerships, marketing communications and international projects.

Swartz comes to The Shalom Foundation after more than six years with LifeWay Christian Resources, the world's largest Christian publishing company, where she was responsible for the management and operations of several strategic business units. Her responsibilities included product development, financial management, sales, strategic alliances, marketing and public relations.

Prior to LifeWay Christian Resources, Swartz held various management positions in the Christian publishing industry as well as positions on various boards of directors. She is a cum laude graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University and holds a B.A. in management and human relations.

Fifth Third Bank hires Khoury

Fifth Third Bank, N.A. (Tennessee) has added George Khoury as financial advisor. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Khoury worked as a financial advisor for Lincoln Financial Advisors. Khoury received his bachelor's degree from Belmont University.

Habitat for Humanity announces promotions

Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity (NAHFH) has promoted Gary Bigelow, Laura Robertson and Angie Loflin to key leadership positions within the agency.

Bigelow is vice president of construction, directing the construction of 29 homes in 2005 with over 7,500 volunteers, as well as overseeing the development of Phase II of Providence Park.

Robertson is vice president of development, working with local corporations and faith-based organizations that are house sponsors for the agency. Robertson also administers all fund-raising events and activities.

Loflin is vice president of programs and marketing, directing the Partner Family educational programs and services and is responsible for the agency's marketing functions.

Chris McCarthy has been named president/CEO by the NAHFH board. McCarthy has also been appointed as one of three affiliate leaders to join the 14-member five-year Strategic Planning Steering Committee for Habitat for Humanity International. This group will be working for the next six months to frame the strategic goals and objectives for the billion-dollar ecumenical affordable housing ministry.

Ladd joins World Christian Broadcasting

Nashville writer and broadcaster Paul Ladd has joined World Christian Broadcasting as director of follow-up. His responsibilities include responding to comments and requests from listeners, as well as writing and producing segments for the organization's English-language broadcasts.

Prior to joining World Christian Broadcasting, Ladd was morning-drive news anchor and producer for Metro Networks Nashville. He has also been a newspaper columnist and television anchor/reporter. Ladd served as director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Human Services under Gov. Don Sundquist. In addition, he won the 2004 Achievement in Radio Award for "Best News Interview" in the Nashville market.

Ladd is a graduate of Lenoir Community College and Middle Tennessee State University.

McWhorter named senior mortgage banker at AmSouth

AmSouth Bank announces the addition of Matthew McWhorter as a senior mortgage banking officer. His main responsibility will be to develop mortgage business in the Middle Tennessee area. In addition, he will be responsible for building relationships with realtors and builders.

McWhorter has previous experience in the mortgage industry as well as sales experience. He comes to AmSouth from Skye Mortgage where he was a senior mortgage officer. He has six years of sales management experience with Edwards Networking Products and CommScope Inc. He has an additional 12 years of sales experience with Dexter Axle Company and Philips Products.

McWhorter received a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University.

Foglesong named Hall of Fame trustee emeritus

Jim Foglesong, who has served as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's board of officers and trustees for 28 years, was named trustee emeritus at the museum's recent quarterly board meeting. Foglesong served four consecutive three-year terms as a trustee (1979-9l) and two one-year terms as chairman (1989-91).

Trustee E. W. "Bud" Wendell was re-elected to a fifth one-year term as chairman.

Vince Gill was voted president for a fourth consecutive term.

Trustees re-elected to three-year terms include Wendell, Nelson Andrews and Tim Wipperman.

New officers, elected for one-year terms, include Randy Goodman, president, Lyric Street Records; Luke Lewis, co-chairman, UMG Nashville; Robert McLean, president, McLean & Co.; Scott Siman, president, rpm management LLC; and celebrated country music star Trisha Yearwood.

Other trustees emeriti include Richard Frank, Emmylou Harris and Bruce Hinton.

In addition to Wendell, Andrews and Wipperman, trustees include David Conrad, Mike Curb, J. William Denny, Keel Hunt, Kevin Lavender, Steve Turner, Janice Wendell and Brian Williams.

Officers include Ernie Williams, Connie Bradley, Paul Corbin, Dr. Robert Fisher, Dr. Pedro Garcia, Al Giombetti, John Grady, Francis Guess, Lon Helton, Donna Hilley, Henry Juszkiewicz, Donna Nicely, Honorable Bill Purcell, Kenneth Roberts and David Ross.

Chris Horsnell and Mike Milom of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC continue as the nonprofit educational organization's legal counsel.

Cricket hires Leser as general manager

Cricket Communications has named veteran telecommunications executive Alan Leser to the position of area general manager.

Leser will be based out of Cricket's Nashville office, which is the company's headquarters for the eastern region of the United States. In his new position, he will oversee sales and marketing efforts for the Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga markets.

Prior to joining Cricket Communications, Leser worked as the vice president of sales and marketing for Public Communications Corp., based out of Saudi Arabia. In this role Leser was responsible for the development and execution of the sales and marketing strategies. He was instrumental in the launch of the first integrated digital wireless telecommunications service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

IASIS Healthcare announces promotions

IASIS Healthcare announces that Donna Wittman has been promoted to director of reimbursement compliance and Karen Braddy has been promoted to reimbursement coordinator.

As director of reimbursement compliance, Wittman is responsible for Medicare and Medicaid compliance requirements of all IASIS Healthcare hospitals. Wittman also has training, education and supervisory responsibilities for assigned reimbursement coordinators. Prior to her promotion, Wittman was responsible for Medicare and Medicaid compliance requirements for five IASIS Healthcare hospitals.

As reimbursement coordinator, Braddy is responsible for Medicare and Medicaid compliance requirements of IASIS Healthcare hospitals and for providing information and support to the operations reimbursement department. Prior to her promotion, Braddy was reimbursement analyst for the IASIS corporate office.

Short receives award from Tennessee Mortgage Brokers

Brian C. Short, president of Integrity Mortgage Group Inc. in Franklin, was awarded the Tennessee mortgage broker industry's highest honor at the recent annual convention of the Tennessee Association of Mortgage Brokers (TNAMB.org) in Nashville. The President's Award was presented by the outgoing president of the Tennessee Association of Mortgage Brokers, Jack Sullivan.

Short has served as treasurer of the Tennessee Association of Mortgage Brokers for the past two years. His prior experience with TNAMB was as chairman of the State Education Committee. Short was also elected as the vice president of TNAMB for 2005. Short was Tennessee's first Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist (CRMS) in 2001 and earned his Certified Mortgage Consultant (CMC) designation in 2004.

Short has been a mortgage professional since 1998 and started Integrity Mortgage Group Inc. in Franklin in 2001.

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