Executive Appointments

Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 1:00am

IRIS expands team with three additions

IRIS Networks has added Mark Cazee as business development manager, Scott Overby as assistant engineer and Meghan Knox as executive assistant.

Cazee will be responsible for selecting real estate and construction sites for new node development and engineering and constructing new routes. Prior to joining IRIS, he served as outside plant project manager for Kentucky Data Link (KDL) in Evansville, Ind.

Overby previously served as inside plant project manager and network technician for KDL.

Knox will be responsible for managing the day-to-day office activities at IRIS. Knox is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Sy.Med Development announces four hires

Sy.Med Development Inc. has hired the following four new team members: Client Services Trainer Phebe Braik; Client Services Representative Andrew Huber; Sales Consultant Grant Morrison; and Client Services Liaison Melanie Nevens. The four will provide solutions and support to Sy.Med clients.

Braik joins Sy.Med from Compco, Inc., where she was project manager and support specialist.

Huber recently graduated from with a bachelor's degree in business from Auburn University.

Prior to joining Sy.Med, Morrison was with Clinix Medical Information Services, LLC.

Nevens was previously executive escalations analyst for WebMD.

Local attorney opens law practice

Derrick L. Scretchen has opened a new law practice located in the Fall School Business Center, 1130 Eighth Ave. S.

Scretchen, who spent seven years of in the Nashville District Attorney's Office, will concentrate his private practice in the areas of criminal defense, including DUI-related charges, wills, civil litigation, estates and probate. During his time as an assistant district attorney, Scretchen acted as prosecutor in numerous trials including felony and handgun-related offenses.

Scretchen graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta and received his J.D. at the University of Florida College of Law.

Fifth Third adds two in management

Fifth Third Bank has added Tamela Clifton and Terry Akin to its management team.

Clifton has been hired as the assistant vice president and banking center manager for the new Gallatin Banking Center. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and most recently was employed by U.S. Bank for 14 years.

Akin has been hired as vice president, senior affiliate risk officer. For the past 17 years, he served as regional investigator for AmSouth Bank. He obtained his bachelor of science degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

First Tennessee tabs three managers

First Tennessee has named managers of its three recently opened facilities.

Tish Fielden is manager of the new Madison financial center. She will direct the sales efforts for consumer and business-related banking, including wealth management services.

Previously, Fielden was branch manager at National Bank of Commerce in Nashville where she managed all aspects of the bank's operations. Also, Fielden has held store management and customer service positions at Life Uniform and VF Workwear.

Fielden attended Volunteer State Community College.

Tom Simons is manager of the new Belmont-Hillsboro financial center. Simons will lead the sales efforts for consumer and business-related products, including investments, insurance and consumer loans.

Prior to joining First Tennessee, Simons spent four years with National Bank of Commerce in Nashville. His most recent position with the company was branch manager, where he oversaw all aspects of the operations and won numerous quarterly sales awards.

Vicki Willett is manager of the new Southern Hills financial center. Willett will oversee the sales efforts for consumer and business-related products including deposits and loans as well as wealth management services.

Previously, Willett spent 13 years with the Tennessee Credit Union in Brentwood. Her most recent position with the company was branch manager, where she oversaw all aspects of branch operations. Willett also spent 11 years with First American Bank as a teller, chief teller and member service representative.

Mailnet Services adds employees

Mailnet Services Inc., an Internet-based communications and marketing company, has added Jane Faulkner as customer service representative, Gus Rojas as web developer and Laura Clark as administrative assistant.

Prior to joining Mailnet, Faulkner spent 13 years with Progeny Marketing Innovations, Inc.

Rojas was a software development engineer at Microsoft Corp. where he developed tests and applications for the Microsoft Business Framework. He has held other programming and engineering positions at Philips Corp. and at Delphi Energy and Engine Management Systems.

Clark worked as a claims customer care representative for Protective Life Insurance and as a receptionist for Arizona Bus Sales Corporation.

Gospel Music Channel appoints new members

The Gospel Music Channel has appointed Sonya DeRose to the position of director, affiliate sales (Western region) and David G. Baker to the position of vice president of national advertising.

DeRose served at E! Entertainment and Style Network where she held the position of director, affiliate relations (Southwest region). Prior to her time at E!, DeRose was the director, affiliate sales & marketing (Western region) for DMX Music, Inc., and BET Networks as affiliate marketing manager, Action Pay-Per-View.

Prior to joining Gospel Music Channel, Baker was managing director, business development and sales, for Media Options Inc., responsible for advertising sales for Scripps Networks. Previously, Baker was vice president of advertising sales for Fox Family Worldwide in New York.

Callihan named CEO of SunTrust Bank

Margaret L. Callihan, who currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Chattanooga, has assumed the role of chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Southwest Florida.

Prior to her appointment as president of SunTrust Bank, Chattanooga, she served in Nashville as the retail line of business manager for SunTrust in Tennessee and Alabama.

Callihan earned a B.A., cum laude, and an MBA at Vanderbilt University.

Saint Thomas names Leonard chief of medicine

Saint Thomas Hospital has announced the appointment of John M. Leonard, M.D., to the position of chief of medicine.

Prior to joining to Saint Thomas, Leonard served as vice chair for Education and residency program director for the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Leonard also served as attending physician in the Department of Medicine and consulting physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Leonard completed his residency at Yale and Vanderbilt University Medical Centers and received his B.S. from Florida State University.

Henderson named first chair at Avondale

Richard W. (Rich) Henderson has been named as the first chairman of Avondale Partners LLC. Henderson is one of six founders of Avondale Partners and serves as senior managing director and the head of equity capital markets.

Before founding Avondale in 2001, Henderson was a managing director of Equitable Securities, where he was head of equity capital markets, including institutional sales, sales trading, NASDAQ trading and syndicate sales. Previously, he served with J.C. Bradford in Nashville, and Hambrecht and Quist and Kidder Peabody & Co. in New York. He holds his B.S. in business administration from Bucknell University.

Trane employee retires; replacement announced

Trane has announced the retirement of District Manager Phil Armstrong from the Nashville District Sales Office after 36 years with the company.

Jim Bierkamp, area manager for the Knoxville District Sales Office, has been promoted to district manager to replace Armstrong.

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