Executive Appointments

Friday, March 7, 2008 at 12:23am

CMT promotes pair to senior directors

CMT’s Evan Kroft and Laurissa Ryan have each been promoted from directors to senior directors.

Kroft is now senior director, music programming; and Ryan is senior director, artist development and relations. Both are based in Nashville.

Kroft will handle all matters related to music videos, submissions and scheduling across all CMT platforms, including CMT, CMT.com, VOD, CMT Mobile and CMT Pure Country.

He joined CMT in 2004, and is responsible for programming music video hours and country music on the channel and its multi-platform properties. He works closely with the record labels to create 360-degree music premieres, including on-air and online exclusives with artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Big & Rich and Carrie Underwood. Recently, Kroft was named one of Billboard’s “30 Under 30” most promising young music executives. Previously, Kroft worked at WUSN-FM in Chicago.

Ryan will handle all music talent-related projects, including show bookings, talent development and ancillary businesses, including CMT Films, CMT Games, retail and other emerging areas.

She began her career with CMT in 1999 and has recently led all talent booking for such signature shows as “CMT Giants,” “CMT at Summerfest” and the network’s annual music awards. She also played a significant role in establishing such shows as “In The Moment,” “Total Access,” countdown specials and other music programming.

Smith is county’s new assistant D.A. general

The Davidson County District Attorney General office has announced the addition of Stacey Lee Smith to the staff, as an assistant district attorney general.

Smith received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in Norman, Okla. He was graduated from Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree, where he received his B.S. in economics and engineering studies.

Prior to joining the DA's office, Smith served as staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, where he represented domestic violence victims in family law matters.

Smith will work on the General Sessions Court team.

Balfour group announces tech planning director

Balfour Resource Group, the equipment planning division of Balfour Beatty Construction (formerly Centex Construction), announced it has hired Ryan Frymire as director of technology planning.

As director, Frymire will help manage the selection, acquisition and installation of technology equipment in large-scale hospital construction and renovation projects. Frymire fills a newly created position at Balfour Resource Group, as the company expands to provide technology planning and implementation.

Frymire offers more than 25 years of experience in health care information technology systems, integration and management. Most recently, he worked as director of communication systems integration and commissioning for The Children’s Hospital in Denver. Previously, Frymire served for 15 years as the technology officer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.

Lasley appointed to trust advisor

SunTrust Bank recently announced Thomas Lasley, J.D., LL.M. as vice president and trust advisor for the Nashville region. Lasley joins the Belle Meade private wealth management team. He most recently served as the regional financial planner for the Nashville Region.

Lasley received his A.B from Duke University, his J.D. from the University of Georgia, and LL.M. in taxation from the University of Alabama.

Weber joins CIC, Inc. as development director

Buster Weber, who has almost 30 years of commercial real estate experience in the Nashville market, has joined Commercial Industrial Construction, Inc. (CIC, Inc.) as director of business development. Weber was previously a broker at Nashville Commercial Real Estate Services.

Weber has been involved in the management, acquisition and development of some of the major industrial and commercial projects in the greater Nashville area since 1979.

He entered the real estate field as a leasing and property manager with Equitable Real Estate. In 1988, he joined Mizell & Cohen, where he was leasing and property manager for Space Park South in Nashville. Weber was associated with ProLogis from 1994 to 2005, helping with the acquisition and development of more than 5.4 million square feet of commercial and industrial property for the company.

AGA announces Curtis certified finance manager

The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the Nashville Chapter AGA are proud to announce Nichole Curtiss has become a Certified Government Finance Manager (CGFM).

This is an esteemed, nationally recognized credential that demonstrates Curtiss’ advanced knowledge and understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and activities involved in government financial management.

Curtiss has served as a Legislative Performance Auditor IV for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of State Audit since 2001.

She has a B.S. in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Curtiss is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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