Lawson joins LBMC Technologies
LBMC Technologies has added Mary Ann Lawson as a technologies administrator.
Most recently, Lawson was senior accounting coordinator and corporate card administrator for Willis North America.
Lawson is a graduate of Tulane University where she earned her undergraduate degree in sociology.
The Andrews Agency hires Anterburn
Luke Arterburn has joined The Andrews Agency as an account executive.
Arterburn recently returned to Nashville to from Los Angeles, where he worked in production at TMZ. He worked at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center from 2009-11 as new media manager.
Arterburn graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in recording industry management.
Deane, Smith & Partners adds Crosby
Deane, Smith & Partners has added Jamie Crosby as a graphic designer to its web and print design team.
Crosby most recently served as a consumer/small and medium business inside sales representative with Dell Computers and also has extensive experience in technology and graphic design.
Crosby holds a bachelor’s degree in media design from Middle Tennessee State University.
Spence joins GS&P
Gresham, Smith and Partners has added Stanley M. Spence as a senior instrumentation and controls engineer for the industrial market.
Spence brings 18 years of experience in control systems, including engineering design, control strategy development, system integration and plant support.
Before joining GS&P, Spence served as a senior controls engineer and principal engineer at Wunderlich-Malec in Las Vegas. He has also served in various engineering roles at such companies as Honeywell, Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., and Circonix, Inc.
Spence earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tennessee.
MTCS hires Lipscomb’s Ellenburg as president
Middle Tennessee Christian School has named Phil Ellenburg as its president.
Ellenburg, who serves as Lipscomb University general counsel, will begin his role with MTCS in April.
Located in Murfreesboro, MTCS is a private PreK-12 school affiliated with the Churches of Christ and with an enrollment of about 670 students.
“Dr. Ellenburg’s proven leadership ability along with the vision and passion he has for Christian education makes him a perfect fit to lead Middle Tennessee Christian School as it continues to grow and expand,” Bob Schaffer, chairman of the MTCS Board of Trustees, said in a release. “We look forward to this new chapter in our school’s history.”
Ellenburg was named associate university attorney at Lipscomb in 1994 and was soon promoted to general counsel. While at Lipscomb, he is credited with leading the nearly decade-long process of gaining “institutional overlay” status for the campus master plan from the Metro Council (paving the way for Lipscomb and other universities in Nashville to formally codify plans for future growth and expansion) and winning a 12-year federal court battle regarding Lipscomb University’s use of tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds for campus construction.
Ellenburg also was instrumental in creating the LU Office of Risk Management and navigating the legal aspect of the athletics program’s transition from NAIA to NCAA competition.
Ellenburg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Lipscomb University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky.
Counsel On Call hires first CFO
Counsel On Call, the marketer of legal services to in-house departments and law firms, has hired the first CFO in its 13-year history.
Michael Webb has joined the firm from Informatics Corp. of America, the health care software venture spun out of Vanderbilt several years ago, where he was vice president of finance. Before his time at ICA, Webb was CFO and assistant treasurer at Capstone Government Solutions.
Webb will handle the strategic implementation and day-to-day managing of all financial-related activities of Counsel On Call, which is based in Maryland Farms and also has offices in Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas.
“Mike’s extensive experience in accurate and reliable financial management has proved his ability to steward Counsel On Call’s financial growth with precision and innovation as our first CFO,” said Dennis McKinnie, president of Counsel On Call. “His managerial expertise in creating processes for large organizations gives me great confidence that he will help Counsel On Call remain financially responsible as we grow.”
Webb earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Harding University and began his career at CPA giant Ernst & Young.
Paradigm Group names VP
Paradigm Group has named Bob Dugan as its vice president.
Dugan will help provide clients affordable health care and best-in-class retirement programs to their employees. He will also provide comprehensive, customized solutions to help employers and employees.
Previously, Dugan served as vice president at insurance firm Neace Lukens after building a practice at First Horizon Insurance.
Dugan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in risk management and insurance from Florida State University. He also holds a number of professional designations, including Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant.
“Bob’s experience is going to serve our clients well,” Paradigm Group CEO Bob Levy said in a release. “He’s a seasoned professional, and he understands the challenges our clients face.”
Paradigm Group is an employee benefits, retirement services and HR consulting firm.
Brookdale selects Smith to succeed Sheriff
The board of Brookdale Senior Living has chosen Andy Smith, the company's general counsel, to succeed Bill Sheriff as CEO of the country's largest senior living operator.
Smith is expected to take over from Sheriff on March 1, pending Brookdale's filing of its annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He joined the company in the fall of 2006 from Bass Berry & Sims after Brookdale acquired American Retirement Corp. for $1.2 billion. American Retirement had been one of Smith's clients at Bass, where he was chair of the health care practice.
"Andy's sharp intellect, deep understanding of and experience in the senior living industry, and his strong commitment to our philosophy and values best qualifies him to lead our Company into the future," Chairman Jeff Leeds said in a statement.
Sheriff announced last August that he planned to step down after leading Brookdale and American Retirement since 1984. Smith's naming Monday as his successor came at the same time the company reported a fourth-quarter loss of $24.5 million, 65 percent larger than the year-ago number. Revenues for the period rose 4 percent to $700 million, but operating expenses climbed 7 percent and $19.4 million in impairment charges also ate into the bottom line.
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