On the Move: 21 February 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5:27pm
Staff reports

Thompson Burton adds partner

Franklin-based law firm Thompson Burton has added J. Cole Dowsley, Jr., as a partner.

Dowsley, who most recently was a partner at the Nashville law firm of Cornelius & Collins, will lead the firm’s business litigation practice. He will advise clients on commercial litigation, contract disputes, employment matters, professional liability and entertainment litigation.

“We’re very pleased to have Cole on our team,” Kevin Thompson, Thompson Burton partner and co-founder, said in a release. “Having been a partner with a well respected litigation firm, Cole will add significant value to our clients across numerous industries.”

Dowsley received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Tennessee Law Review. He obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee, graduating magna cum laude.

Fifth Third relocates Surface to Tennessee

Fifth Third Bank has relocated a veteran executive from its Indianapolis operations to be the company's new retail line of business executive for Tennessee.

Tina Surface is taking over the top retail spot for the state from Wade Lindsey, who late last year relocated to Charlotte to head up Fifth Third’s consumer operations in North Carolina. Surface will lead about 230 retail employees in the state.   

Surface began her banking career at Fifth Third 22 years ago as a customer service representative while attending Indiana University. She had worked her way up to market manager, leading a team of more than 250 employees and $1.1 billion in deposits, ranking Fifth Third third in the Indianapolis market.

“Tina has consistently distinguished herself as a high-performance team leader throughout her time with Fifth Third,” said Don Abel, president and CEO of Fifth Third in Tennessee. “We look forward to her leadership and contribution to the Tennessee affiliate.”

Surface served on several boards of directors in Indianapolis and chaired United Way campaigns for the region.

Great-West Financial hires Colley

Great-West Financial has hired Seth Colley as a regional sales director for its bank markets business.

Colley will assist bank advisors in the sale of Great-West Financial retirement income and life insurance products

Previously, Colley served as a regional vice president for Genworth Financial. Prior to Genworth, he was employed at BancorpSouth as a vice president.

Colley earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee.

McIndoe named director of United4Hope

Holly McIndoe has been named director of the Operation Andrew Group’s United4Hope school program.

Previously, McIndoe was director of development and communications at Nashville Opportunities Industrial Center (OIC). McIndoe also was the funds development coordinator at the Metropolitan Homelessness Commission and the manager at the Nashville Chamber Public Benefit Foundation.  

McIndoe is a graduate of Auburn University.

Thomas joins Pinnacle Financial Partners

Russell Thomas has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a client service specialist.

Thomas brings eight years of experience from Regions Bank, where she most recently served as a private wealth management assistant.

Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.


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