Executive Appointments

Friday, May 16, 2008 at 1:53am

Seigenthaler PR adds five members to its team

Seigenthaler Public Relations (SPR), an award-winning communications firm, has added five new professionals to its team.

Joining the agency are: Sonya Watson as senior designer; Shana Brogden as account supervisor; Amy Mitchell as account supervisor; Nate West as account coordinator, and Maria Guess as project coordinator.

Watson will be responsible for designing creative concepts and campaigns for SPR clients. Watson has more than 15 years of experience in art direction, graphic design and production. Prior to joining SPR, Watson served as senior designer with the First Amendment Center in Nashville.

As account supervisor, Brogden will provide media relations, project management and copy writing services to a wide range of SPR’s corporate clients. Brogden, who was an account executive with SPR from 2004 to 2006, rejoined the company from VF Imagewear where she was a marketing coordinator.

Mitchell, as account supervisor, will manage strategic communication and media relations primarily on behalf of the company’s healthcare, biotech and nonprofit clients. Mitchell has expertise in these areas through previous employment at New York public relations firms GCI Group and Ruder Finn Public Relations.

As an account coordinator, West will be responsible for providing media relations and copywriting support to the client services team. Guess, project coordinator, will provide production support in the firm’s creative services department.

The Memorial Foundation announces board member

The Memorial Foundation has elected Frank Grace Jr., a partner with the law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, to its board of directors.

Grace practices in the areas of health care, administrative law and general commercial litigation in the firm’s trial and appellate group. Throughout his career, he has represented hospitals, hospital companies and other health care providers in litigation matters ranging from regulatory and licensing to corporate and contractual, and he has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.) for his work in health care law every year since 1991.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Energy Automation Systems announces four appointments

Energy Automation Systems, Inc. (EASI) announces the appointment of four new employees at its corporate headquarters in Hendersonville. Sherrill Toran joins EASI as an electrical engineer and project coordinator. Will Lamb joins as a senior sales engineer. George Baker and Wyck Newberry will support the company’s business development, sales and customer services efforts.

Toran is an electrical engineer with experience designing, monitoring, analyzing and investigating plant systems, processes and equipment. She previously worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority where she served as senior electrical procurement engineer and senior electrical design engineer.

Lamb is a mechanical engineer with more than 16 years of experience in product design, manufacturing, purchasing, technical sales, project management and plant management. Prior to joining EASI, Lamb worked for Orchid International as director of product development.

Over his 30-year career, Baker has worked in regional and national sales and marketing for both small and large firms. Most recently, he was a sales consultant for Baker Sales Consulting, and previously he was a principal in the Sandler Sales Institute, which offers internationally renowned sales and management training programs.

Newberry brings more than 17 years of sales and business development experience to EASI. He most recently served as sales and marketing manager for the Midwest region of Charlotte Media Group.

Winfree joins Pinnacle

Billy Winfree has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a mortgage advisor.

Winfree brings more than seven years of experience and comes most recently from First Tennessee Bank, where he served as a mortgage advisor.

Prior to First Tennessee, Winfree served in a similar role at Bank of America. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Judson elected VP for Barge Waggoner

Judy Judson, RLS, of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. (BWSC), has been named vice president. She has 22 years of experience with the survey department at BWSC’s Nashville office, and has been department manager since 2005. She manages three field crews with state-of-the-art surveying equipment such as GPS and robotics.

Judson’s career with BWSC began in the planning department in 1986, and has continued to grow along with the rapidly changing techniques and practices in the surveying field. Judson studied pre-engineering at Middle Tennessee State University, and surveying practices at Nashville State Community College.

She is a registered land surveyor in Tennessee, and is active with the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors, where she served as past president.

Wright joins Colliers office

Waddell Wright, CCIM has joined Colliers Turley Martin Tucker’s (CTMT’s) Nashville office to specialize in investment sales, as well as, the leasing and sales of commercial space.

Prior to CTMT, Wright was the principal broker and owner of W. Wright & Company, managing eight licensed agents in brokerage, leasing and investments. As an owner, he handled all stages of the sales and leasing process. He has over 10 years of commercial real estate experience.

League for the Deaf adds to its board of directors

Carla M. Facer, Au.D., CCC-A; Valeria R. Matlock, Ed.D.; and Van Vincent have joined the board of directors of the League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Nashville

Dr. Facer serves as the clinical territory manager for South Central Region for Cochlear Americas. She received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, a master’s degree from Purdue University, and a doctorate of audiology from the University of Florida.

She completed her Clinical Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester and was employed as a staff audiologist at Nashville Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in Nashville.

Dr. Matlock earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Tennessee State University (TSU) as well as a master of education degree in Curriculum Specialty-Audiology; a graduate certificate in Healthcare Administration and Planning; and a doctorate of education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Curriculum Development.

She has served at The Bill Wilkerson Center and the Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County Health Department. At TSU, Dr. Matlock has served in several instructional and management positions.

Vincent received an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a bachelor’s of Sociology from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, and a J.D. from Memphis State University School of Law. He has served extensively with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee.

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