Executive Appointments

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 10:00pm

American Diabetes promotes Zeitlin

The American Diabetes Association of Middle Tennessee announces the promotion of Beth Zeitlin to the position of senior market director. Zeitlin will be responsible for managing the volunteer development, programming and fund-raising efforts for the Middle Tennessee market, as well as collaborating with the local Leadership Council and coordinating the Father of the Year Awards and the Jean Therapy Gala. Most recently, Zeitlin served as area director for the Middle Tennessee chapter.

Before joining ADA in 2002, Zeitlin owned and operated VP Special Projects, a sales and marketing company for independent business owners. Additionally, she has served in a marketing capacity with Shirley Zeitlin & Co. Realtors, the Nashville Symphony Association and the Nashville Convention Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado.

Rogers Group makes Bellante director

Fran Bellante has been promoted to director of information systems for Rogers Group Inc. He joined the company in 1995 as information systems project leader. Bellante is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1991 with a double major in information and decision systems and industrial management.

Cobbs named director of North Rutherford YMCA

The YMCA of Middle Tennessee has named Gary Cobbs executive director of the new North Rutherford YMCA-Ronald Reagan Family Center, which is scheduled to open this fall at the intersection of Sam Ridley Parkway and the Mason Tucker extension.

Cobbs brings 10 years of staff experience with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Most recently, he served as executive director of the Northwest Family YMCA in Nashville. Prior to that, he was Teen and Outreach director at the Rutherford County Family YMCA in Murfreesboro. He had worked at that center since receiving his degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1995.

Ingram Publisher Services hires Thomson

Ingram Publisher Services Inc., a division of Ingram Book Group that specializes in providing distribution services for publishers, has named Joe Thomson vice president of client sales.

Thomson comes to Ingram Publisher Services after six years as vice president of sales and marketing at Edwards Brothers Inc., a book and journal manufacturer based in Ann Arbor, Mich. He also held regional manager, account executive and sales positions while at Edwards Brothers, working in Boston, New York and Atlanta. Thomson also served as vice president of sales and marketing with Darby Printing Co. in Atlanta.

Thomson received his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2003 and his undergraduate degree in business administration in 1987 from the University of New Hampshire.

ThriftSmart hires key team members

ThriftSmart, a newly formed chain of thrift stores with a Franklin location currently open and a Nashville store opening in June, has hired four employees.

Roger Johnson serves as store manager. He was the director of process improvement for the Coalition for Christian Outreach in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Kristen Schoonover serves as both assistant retail manager and marketing manager. Schoonover was the former global alliance marketing manager for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Mindy Mumme serves as assistant retail manager. She was an assistant manager for the UPS Store in Franklin.

Larry Jackson serves as the operations supervisor. Jackson formerly was with Rohm Electronics and Solectron in Nashville.

Payne and McCarter join Nashville Bank & Trust

Linda M. Payne and Deborah D. McCarter have joined Nashville Bank & Trust.

Most recently, Payne was with Bank of America, where she was a banking officer for seven years. Prior to that, she was a customer service representative with American General Life and Accident Insurance Co. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from California State University Fullerton.

McCarter, an Accredited Automatic Clearing House Professional, joins Nashville Bank & Trust from Volunteer Corporate Credit Union, where she served as an electronic transfer specialist. Previously, McCarter was an accounting clerk with the Kroger Regional Accounting Center in Nashville. She attended Eastern Kentucky University.

Bass, Berry & Sims announces new members

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC announces that eight attorneys have been named members of the firm in the Nashville downtown office.

Laura R. Brothers is a member of the Corporate and Securities Practice Area. Her practice includes representing corporations in various types of public equity offerings. Brothers received a B.S. in accounting in 1993 from Valparaiso University, and she received her law degree in 1996 from Vanderbilt University Law School.

David R. Esquivel is a member of the Litigation Practice Area. He focuses his practice on antitrust and other competition-related matters. Esquivel also provides pro bono representation. He received his undergraduate degree in political science and history from Duke University and he graduated from Duke University School of Law.

Angela Humphreys Hamilton is a member of the Corporate and Securities and Healthcare Practice Areas. Her practice includes the representation of health care companies in mergers and acquisitions. Hamilton graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in accounting. She received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Derek S. Hughey is a member of the Corporate and Securities Practice Area. His practice involves advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings and general corporate matters. Hughey received a B.A. in accounting from Lipscomb University and received his J.D. and M.B.A. from Duke University.

Paige Waldrop Mills is a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Areas. Her practice includes consultation with clients in the selection, registration and protection of trademarks. Mills received her B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee and she received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Michael S. Moschel is a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Area. He both litigates and advises clients regarding various employment-related issues. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and is a graduate of the University of Rochester.

W. Brantley Phillips Jr. is a member of the Litigation Practice Area. Phillips' practice includes extensive work in the areas of campaign finance and various state and federal regulatory proceedings. Phillips graduated from Birmingham-Southern College and he received his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law. He also holds a master's degree in public policy from Duke University.

Elizabeth S. Warren is a member of the Healthcare Practice Area. Her area includes analyzing fraud and abuse issues and assisting health care providers in complying with federal and state health information confidentiality requirements. Warren graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. degree in history and she received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Elmlinger joins Pinnacle Financial Partners

Financial services professional Lenda Elmlinger has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a financial advisor. Elmlinger brings 18 years of experience from SunTrust Bank where she served as a vice president in the private banking division. She previously served as group vice president for its Trust and Investment Management area. Prior to SunTrust, Elmlinger served for four years as a branch manager/auditor in charge/management trainee at First National Bank of Cincinnati (now US Bank).

Elmlinger, who will be based in Pinnacle's Cool Springs office, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and holds a master's degree in finance from Xavier University. She attended David Lipscomb University to become a certified financial planner and served as adjunct professor after becoming certified.

Rose joins NFIB as development manager

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the leading small-business advocacy group in Tennessee and the nation, has announced the hiring of Vernon Rose as Southeast region development manager. Rose will oversee development with new and existing partnerships, as well as fund-raising for NFIB's political action committees (national Leadership Trust and SAFE Trusts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia).

Prior to joining NFIB, Rose was director of marketing and development at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. She has been a licensed realtor with Worth Properties and Shirley Zeitlin & Associates since 1998. She has worked with The Nashville Symphony as associate executive director, general manager and director of development. Prior to that, she was director of Leadership and Major Gifts at United Way of Middle Tennessee.

Rose earned her bachelor's degree in art history from Emory University.

Sebelist opens Siskind Susser Nashville office

Sebelist practices exclusively in the area of immigration law, handling all types of matters with an emphasis on employment-based immigration issues. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is the past advocacy coordinator for the Mid-South chapter and is the chapter's liaison to the Memphis office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She serves on the Access to Justice Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Immigration Committee of the Nashville Bar Association. Sebelist lectures and writes on immigration law frequently, including business visa issues, employer compliance and family immigration issues.

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