Executive Appointments

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 1:00am

Ingram Book Group names Seitz and Crabtree VPs

Ingram Book Group Inc. has named two key marketing executives to new roles. Audrey Seitz has been named vice president for merchandising and Tamara Crabtree has been named vice president for publisher marketing and creative services.

Seitz's career in marketing and promotions has included management positions in health care, broadcasting, entertainment, advertising and research management organizations. Prior to joining Ingram, she served as vice president of marketing and merchandising with Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of Wayland University in Texas.

Crabtree joined Ingram in 2002 as director of product marketing and promotions, having worked previously in sales and marketing positions at Joseph-Beth Booksellers and also Gaylord Entertainment Co., where she was sales and promotions manager for The Grand Ole Opry and event manager for The Ryman Auditorium. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee.

Rhyne named LifeWay's chief financial officer

Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention recently approved Jerry Rhyne as the company's chief financial officer and vice president of the finance and business services division. Rhyne succeeded Jim Carter, who retired July 1.

Rhyne previously served as director of finance and corporate comptroller, and he takes the helm of finance and business services division after 32 years at LifeWay. The finance and business services division encompasses finance and accounting, human resources, legal services, investment services, purchasing, facility and risk management, strategic planning, corporate services and logistics.

Rhyne earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Tennessee Technological University and a master of business administration from Vanderbilt University. He also is a certified public accountant.

Putnam named to Case Advisory Council

Wade Putnam, owner of Case Design & Remodeling - Nashville, has been named to the Case National Advisory Council. Putnam is one of only eight franchise owners in the United States selected to serve on the Advisory Council at Case, a residential maintenance, home improvement and remodeling company. Putnam's Nashville operation, established in September 2004, is the only Case location in Tennessee.

Bottiggi joins Innovative Financial Group

Lou Bottiggi Jr. was recently selected to join Innovative Financial Group as a financial representative. Based in Nashville, Innovative Financial Group is affiliated with John Hancock Financial Network, a national insurance and investment marketing organization.

Bottiggi has more than 32 years of experience in insurance and financial services. A graduate of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, he also holds the Chartered Life Underwriting designation.

Sarah Cannon Research Institute hires Walker

Sarah Cannon Research Institute has named Anna Walker as its new marketing manager.

In this role, Walker will assist in the development and implementation of the organization's strategic marketing plan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in fiction writing from Rhodes College and previously worked for Centennial Medical Center as assistant director of marketing and public relations. She has also been employed as a marketing and training specialist for HutchMed, an online triage protocol system for physician practices.

Franklin American Mortgage hires Kellams

Franklin American Mortgage Co. has appointed Susan Kellams as its new account executive for Middle Tennessee. Previously with Mortgage Investors Group and GE Mortgage Insurance, Kellams brings more than 12 years experience with her. Her responsibilities will be managing broker relationships and production growth for both existing and new customers in the Middle Tennessee area.

Gish, Sherwood & Friends promotes Edwards

Gish, Sherwood & Friends (GS&F), a Nashville-based advertising agency, has named Karen Edwards senior vice president/director of account services.

Edwards began working with Gish, Sherwood & Friends as a founding member in 1978. She has previously served as the elected president of the Nashville Advertising Federation and is a former chairman of the ADDY Awards. Edwards is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

HomeStar Solutions adds Harwell, Shan and Taylor

Rachel Harwell, El Shan and Heather Taylor have joined HomeStar Solutions, an alternative lending division of Cumberland Bank Mortgage, as loan originators. They will be responsible for originating residential loans and servicing customer refinance needs.

Harwell will serve the Murfreesboro, Carthage and Coffee County markets. Shan and Taylor will serve Franklin and Gallatin, respectively.

Prior to joining HomeStar Solutions, Harwell was an insurance broker with Professional Financial Group, Shan was an originator at Home Loan Corp., and Taylor brings experience from a successful sales career.

Beard elected to Rogers Group board

James S. Beard has been elected to the board of directors of Rogers Group Inc., with corporate headquarters in Nashville.

Beard is the former president of Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation and former vice president of Caterpillar Inc. His career at Caterpillar Inc. spanned 40 years. In 1981, he led the startup of Caterpillar Financial. Beard retired from both companies in March of this year.

Beard currently serves as board chairman of the Nashville Alliance for Public Education, and is a past chairman of the Equipment Leasing Association. He holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Robinson joins T.Rice Partners

Sonna Robinson recently joined T.Rice Partners LLC commercial real estate as an affiliate broker specializing in tenant representation. Prior to joining T.Rice Partners, Robinson spent 15 years in leasing and property management for various companies, most recently serving as leasing manager for the Brentwood and Cool Springs locations of The Chesapeake Business Centre.

Robinson is a graduate of MTSU and serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Brentwood. She is a former board member of the Brentwood Family YMCA and the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, and a graduate of Leadership Brentwood.

Jackson hired by Center for the Americas

Attorney Bethany Jackson has been hired as assistant director of the Center for the Americas at Vanderbilt University, an interdisciplinary research center devoted to improving life in the Americas.

Jackson brings a unique skill set to the Center for the Americas. She is a former partner with the Baltimore firm of Goodell, DeVries, where she litigated mass tort and complex products liability cases. She has a humanities background in Spanish and Spanish American literature and has traveled extensively in Central and South America.

First Tennessee names Harty manager

First Tennessee has named Cindy Harty manager of the company's new Parkway Commons financial center in Franklin.

Harty brings 18 years of banking experience and expertise in customer relations and sales to her new position. Prior to being named financial center manager, she served as a financial services representative for First Tennessee.

As manager of First Tennessee's Parkway Commons financial center, Harty will lead the sales efforts for consumer and business-related products, including investments, insurance and consumer loans.

Harty attended St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.

Harris joins AmSouth mortgage department

AmSouth Bank has announced the addition of Martin T. Harris as an assistant vice president and mortgage banker. His main responsibility will be to develop mortgage business in the Hillsboro and Vanderbilt University areas. In addition, he will be responsible for building relationships with realtors and builders.

Harris has more than 16 years of experience in the residential mortgage industry as vice president for SunTrust for two years, as well as three years each with Northern Trust and Wells Fargo. He was awarded the Nashville Mortgage Bankers Association Gold Award in 2004.

Harris received a B.A. in economics from New York University.

Jordan joins HomeStar Solutions

HomeStar Solutions, a division of Cumberland Bank Mortgage, has hired Ben Jordan as builder relations manager. Jordan will be responsible for managing all new business with construction and real estate development clients.

Previously, Jordan was a mortgage banker with Chase Manhattan Mortgage. He is a recipient of the Gold Award for Excellence from the Nashville Mortgage Banker's Association.

BOHAN Advertising/Marketing announces promotions

BOHAN Advertising/Marketing has promoted four employees in its creative, media and account services departments.

Darrell Soloman has been promoted from copy chief to associate creative director/copywriter. He joined the agency in 2001 and works primarily with the agency's health care and hospitality clients, including the HCA MidAmerica Division, the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Brian Mountain, who works on accounts for the Ebonite and Hammer bowling brands and Century Boats, has been promoted to account executive from assistant account executive. He is the founding president of the Nashville chapter of Ad2, an industry organization for young professionals.

David Schwartz is now creative services manager after joining the agency in 2004 as operations integration manager. While at Grey Global Worldwide-Atlanta, Schwartz worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, BellSouth and CNN.

Kristen Counce has been promoted to media supervisor from senior media buyer. In her new role, she oversees media buying for all of the agency's clients. She joined BOHAN in 2000.

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