On the Move: 16 May 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 10:05pm
Staff reports

Menge replaces Snipes at XMi

Henry Menge has been named managing director and principal broker at XMi Commercial Real Estate, replacing Stan Snipes, who has taken a position with Sperry Van Ness.

“Promoting Henry to managing director was the logical decision because of his demonstrated successes, his leadership in the organization and his commitment to the community,” Mike Shmerling, chairman of XMi Holdings, Inc., said in a release. “We are grateful to Stan for the years of devotion and commitment that he invested in XMi Commercial Real Estate, and we wish him the best in his future role.”

Menge (pictured), who worked alongside Snipes for seven years, will be responsible for the strategic direction, management and oversight of all XMi Commercial Real Estate operations. As a broker, he has played an influential role in the development of the Midtown area, working to secure locations for clients such as Chuy’s, AT&T and Renasant Bank. 

In the release, the Nashville-based company did not note how it will move forward hiring a person to work with Menge and in his former position.

XMi Commercial Real Estate manages approximately 1 million square feet of commercial property in the Nashville market and has completed more than $100 million in sales and leasing transactions since its establishment in 2006.

Roscoe Brown names CFO

Brian Byrd has been named CFO of Roscoe Brown, the storied HVAC and plumbing contractor that has offices in Murfreesboro, Nashville and Tullahoma. Byrd, a Murfreesboro resident and MTSU graduate, spent 13 years at the former Gaylord Entertainment, where he was executive director of shared financial services and controller of the ResortQuest business the company owned for a while.

F&M Bank adds senior VP

F&M Bank has hired Joe Snyder as senior vice president and chief information officer.

Snyder comes to Clarksville-based F&M with more than 15 years of IT experience in the financial services sector. Most recently, he was senior VP and IT director for nine years at the $1.2 billion Bank of Tampa .

“[Joe] is a skilled IT project manager providing leadership in strategic planning, IT infrastructure design, data warehousing network administration, and inventory and operations management,” said F&M President and CEO Sammy Stuard. “We are faced daily with technically challenging initiatives and are pleased to have Joe’s talent and insight to help us in this area.”

F&M has more than $800 million in assets and 15 branches in seven counties as well as mortgage offices in Davidson and Williamson counties.

Home2 Suites adds GM

The Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport, owned and operated by Pinnacle Hospitality Partners, has named Celester Elliott as general manager.

The five-story, 105-suite hotel is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in  June.

Elliott will be in charge of directing all aspects of hotel operations, including guest services and satisfaction, hotel administration, and overseeing marketing efforts.

"Celester has a dedicated and impressive record in hotel management and we are confident that his strengths will be a key factor in the success of this new Home2 Suites hotel," said Rakesh Govindji, president of Pinnacle Hospitality Partners, the hotel’s developer.

Prior to joining the Home2 Suites Nashville Airport, Elliott was general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites at the airport.

Elliott is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and holds a degree in mass communication/graphic arts.

In addition Pinnacle Hospitality Partners  has appointed Laura Lawrence as director of sales of the Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel.

Lawrence will be in charge of building relationships and assessing the needs of local businesses, working with the general manager to facilitate marketing efforts, and overseeing sales efforts that assure the success of the hotel.

"Laura has significant experience in the hospitality industry with a focus on sales and we believe that her overall strengths and passion for building relationships will be essential to the ongoing success of this new Home2 Suites hotel," said General Manager Celester Elliott.

Previously, Lawrence was area director of sales for Pinnacle Hospitality Partners, representing three hotels located within the Greater Nashville area.  Lawrence is a graduate of Daytona Beach Community College and holds an associate’s degree in  business. She is president of the Music Valley Merchants Association.     

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