On the Move: 30 April 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 4:36pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management names dean

M. Eric Johnson, a former associate professor at Vanderbilt University and current associate dean at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, will return to Nashville to serve as the dean of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, the university announced today.

Johnson, who is responsible for seven research centers and initiatives at Dartmouth as well as the school's MBA program, begins work at Owen on July 1, pending approval by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. He will replace Jim Bradford, who is retiring.

Johnson previously spent eight years (1991-99) at Owen, the last three as a tenured associate professor of operations management. He twice won awards for teaching excellence.

In the private sector, Johnson has held positions with Corvette America, Packard Electric, Systems Modeling and Hewlett-Packard.

“The return of Eric Johnson to Vanderbilt marks the start of an exciting new era at the Owen Graduate School of Management,” Provost Richard McCarty said in a release. “Eric is one of the leading scholars of supply chains and the impact of information technology on corporations. He is also a proven leader whose record of accomplishments at Dartmouth is enviable by any measure."

Johnson earned bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and economics from Pennsylvania State University along with a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research. He continued his academic work at Stanford University, at which he received a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and engineering management.

Johnson’s teaching and research focuses on the impact of information technology on the extended enterprise. His latest book, The Economics of Financial and Medical Identity Theft, examines the security failures and economic incentives that drive identity theft. He holds patents on interface design and has testified before Congress on information security.

“Among an extraordinary group of candidates, Eric stood out,” said Chris Guthrie, dean of Vanderbilt Law School and head of the search committee that selected Johnson. “His hiring is a coup for Vanderbilt and a testament to the strength, vitality and reputation of the Owen School, the university and Nashville.”

U.S. Bank promotes Ellison

The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank has promoted one of its top private-client advisors to regional wealth planner for Tennessee, Kentucky and parts of Ohio.

Matt Ellison, who has more than two decades of experience, joined U.S. Bank two years ago from RBC Bank, where he had been head of trust and wealth planning. Before that, he also worked at the former AmSouth Bank.

In his new role, Ellison is one of just 15 regional wealth planners for U.S. Bank’s Private Client Reserve group, which works with individuals, families and foundations with investable assets of more than $1 million. The Nashville office of the Private Client Reserve, which with the other local divisions of U.S. Bank recently made the move to the AT&T Building, serves as the primary location for U.S. Bank’s high-end entertainment and professional sports clients.

Ellison received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee, the Financial Planning Association of Middle Tennessee and the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

Remar taps Hanley as IT director

Remar Inc. has named Denise Hanley as director of information technology.

Hanley will oversee the Lebanon-based company’s information technology department and will be responsible for all aspects of Remar’s secure information systems, network infrastructure and system administration, strategic planning and day-to-day IT operations.

Hanley previously served as the chief data officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, a professional association that helps preserve the public trust through effective regulation of the accounting profession and the nation’s 55 state boards of accountancy.

Hanley’s 30-year career in management and information technology has included leadership roles in accounting, technology, warehousing and the health care industries. Prior to joining NASBA, she was an MIS project leader and supplier services systems manager with Cardinal Health/NSS. As a product manager for HCA, she played a pivotal role in the computerization of HCA international facilities located in Panama and the U.K.

“Denise brings with her a considerable depth of information technology knowledge and experience across a wide range of industries, and will be a great leader for our IT team as we continue our focus on initiatives that provide Best-in-Class service,” Dave White, Remar chief financial officer, said in a release.

Hanley earned an associate’s degree in electronic data processing from the former Nashville State Technical Institute and a BS in management of Human Resources from what is now Trevecca Nazarene University. She received her MBA from Lipscomb University. Hanley has also acquired formal training through AMA, IBM, Novell and Zenger Miller Frontline Leadership and holds a PMI certification in project management.

Bell promotes trio

Bell & Associates Construction has promoted Partner John-david Goolesby to building division manager and named as partners both John Thayer and Jeremy Mitchell.

For the past nine years, Goolesby has served as project manager and senior project manager for the Brentwood-based construction firm, overseeing such projects as One Greenway Centre in Franklin, Hutton Hotel in Nashville and Opal Condominiums in Orange Beach, AL.

“John-david has been a key part of our success and we’re excited to promote him to this position,” Keith Pyle, Bell president, said in a release. “We are confident he will be an important asset to help our organization reach its goals in the coming years.”

Thayer served as a LEED-certified senior project manager for the past seven years, while Mitchell, with 12 years of service at the firm, most recently worked as a project manager in Bell & Associates Construction’s transportation division.

“Both John and Jeremy have played a crucial role in the growth and quality service Bell has provided over the years,” Pyle said. “As we continue to grow, it’s an honor to have these men expand their roles within the limited partnership created over 15 years ago.”

Formed in 1997, Bell & Associates Construction, LP was founded to continue the legacy of Ray Bell Construction Company and is currently owned by a partnership of 11 long-term Bell Construction principals.

ATIBA adds VP of development

Atiba Management has hired Marc Spigel as vice president of development.

Spigel will handle business development primarily for Atiba Holdings subsidiary companies Atiba Software, LLC. and Atiba Network Services, LLC, and also provide support to the Cabedge Design, LLC business development team.

Previously, Spigel held various sales and leadership roles within Dell’s middle-market and large enterprise business units. Prior to that, he was communications manager for the Nashville Predators for five years.

Aire Serv promotes Dixon

Aire Serv has promoted Lane Dixon to retail sales director.

Dixon will work with franchise owners and Home Comfort Designers on developing professional in-home replacement sales teams.

Habitat for Humanity adds staff members

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville has added three new staff members in its Nashville office.

Jason Hickok joins Habitat as ReStore sales associate and donation pickup driver. Hickok has a degree in communications from Lipscomb University and recently moved back to Nashville after working for the American Red Cross in Okinawa, Japan.

Monique Gooch will serve as front office coordinator. Goochhas a degree in public relations from Western Kentucky University and most recently worked in a local law office.

Amanda Frick joins Habitat as family services program manager. Frick recently moved to Nashville from Columbia, Mo., and has a master’s degree in public administration from New York University.

Frick has 10 years experience working with families from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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