On the Move: 28 January 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 4:43pm
Staff reports

FirstBank adds Rutherford chief

FirstBank has recruited a veteran Rutherford County banker to take over its operations there and in neighboring Cannon County.

Ben Weatherford comes to FirstBank, Tennessee’s third-largest community lender with more than $2 billion in assets, from Southern Community Bank. There, he had been Murfreesboro city president since the Tullahoma-based bank bought an office from Community First Bank & Trust a year ago. Before that, he was president of MidSouth Bank until stepping down in the summer of 2009.

Weatherford replaces Chuck Lewis, who retired at the end of 2012 after serving as FirstBank’s Murfreesboro city president for almost a decade.

“Middle Tennessee is an important market for us,” said Allen Oakley, FirstBank’s regional president. “Ben brings a wealth of market, customer and banking knowledge to help us achieve our strategic growth goals for this area.”

FirstBank runs five offices in Rutherford and Cannon counties and last summer controlled about 6 percent of deposits there. Oakley and President Chris Holmes have ramped up the bank’s growth push in Middle Tennessee during the past year, launching plans to add offices in Green Hills and Franklin and relocating their Cool Springs office to a more prominent site. This summer, they plan to open another branch on New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro.

“FirstBank is one of the premier community banks in the state with tremendous opportunity for growth,” Weatherford said. “I admire the FirstBank leadership team and look forward to making a difference in my hometown.”

Pinnacle lures Raymond James advisor

Pinnacle Financial Partners has recruited financial consultant James Hundley to be a senior vice president for Pinnacle Asset Management at its Belle Meade office. Hundley comes to Pinnacle from Raymond James Financial Services, which is Pinnacle's partner in fee-based investment management.

The University of Tennessee graduate has nine years of experience and also is a volunteer lacrosse coach at Ensworth Middle School.

Diversified Trust promotes six, names Berg principal

Diversified Trust has announced the promotion of six professional, lead by the appointment of Drew Berg as principal.

Berg, who joined Diversified Trust in 2006, chairs the Nashville office of the company’s Institutional Advisory Services Team and is a member of the Investment Strategies Group and Portfolio Management Team. In addition to serving clients, his primary duties include portfolio management and performance reporting.

Before joining the company, Berg spent eight years at Investment Scorecard, Inc., a Nashville-based provider of performance measurement, portfolio monitoring and client reporting solutions to the wealth management industry.

Southeast-based Diversified Trust is a wealth management firm with more than $4.5 billion in client assets. It has offices in Atlanta, Greensboro, N.C., Memphis and Nashville

“Drew is an invaluable asset to both clients and coworkers,” Tom Curtis, managing director of Diversified Trust, said in a release.  “We look forward to him continuing his leadership role in our firm as Principal.”

In addition to Berg, five key DT Nashville employees were promoted. They are as follows:

      * Mary Raymond, vice president

      * April Rome, vice president

      * Tammy Underwood, senior associate

      * Stephen Vogel, senior associate

      * Meg Fortenberry, associate

CareSpot hires CMO

CareSpot, an urgent care center conglomerate based in Brentwood, has name Dr. Frank J. Campbell its chief medical officer.

Previously, Campbell was the CMO for TriStar Centennial Medical Center and had served as the medical director of operations at Voorhees Hospital in Camden County, N.J., prior to relocating to Nashville.

Campbell will be responsible for improving patient and employee satisfaction at CareSpot. He’ll also work with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to improve patient care, implementing an electronic medical records system across all CareSpot centers, recruiting health care professionals for new cities where CareSpot is opening centers, and developing integrated health care programs in those cities where CareSpot has partnerships with hospitals, according to a CareSpot statement announcing his hiring.

“Dr. Campbell shares our belief in providing high quality, convenient healthcare to patients,” CareSpot CEO Michael D. Klein said in a release. “His leadership will allow us to reinforce these ideals in Florida and across the country as we open more centers this year.”

CareSpot employs more than 500 and is planning to open this year new centers in Kansas, Tennessee, Texas and Florida.


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