Damron named Young Engineer of the Year
Dyan C. Damron was recently awarded the Young Engineer of the Year by The Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) at the Nashville Chapter’s Annual Meeting.
The award recognizes young TSPE members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their careers. Damron is currently a Project Manager at Neel-Schaffer, Inc. She is a licensed professional engineer in three states.
Damron is a 2002 graduate of Tennessee Tech University, with a Bachelor of Engineering. She was instrumental in organizing and chartering a new student Chapter for ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers). She served as the first president of the newly formed Tennessee Tech Student Chapter and has been a member of ITE since she graduated.
In 2005, Damron was awarded the TSITE Jack B. Humphreys Award for Service as a Young Member, the same year she also was nominated by NSPE as one of the 10 New Faces in Engineering.
She is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) of Tennessee.
Damron serves as a volunteer for Nashville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School’s pre-engineering program. She is a member of Brentwood United Methodist Church and donates time and resources to a local family in her community.
FirstBank makes two key additions
FirstBank has named two new county presidents and a business banking manager as part of its continuing growth in the Nashville market.
The three banking veterans joining the Nashville leadership team are: David Ott, business banking manager; Clarence Seal, Wilson County president; and Ray Tate, Sumner County president for Lexington, Tenn.-based FirstBank.
Tate will be responsible for overseeing FirstBank operations in the growing community. Most recently, Tate was a financial adviser for Pinnacle Financial Partners in Goodlettsville. He also served as Cookeville city president for First American/AmSouth and a credit analyst for Northwest Financial. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in business administration.
As business banking manager, Ott will develop FirstBank’s business banking department in the Nashville market and will work to build relationships with the bank’s business customers. Ott joins the FirstBank team with 24 years of experience in the banking industry, and has held roles at Barnett Bank, Bank of America and SouthTrust. He most recently worked for Wachovia as senior vice president of business banking in the Nashville market.
Seal will serve as FirstBank’s Wilson County president and will play a key role in opening the bank’s first branch office in Mt. Juliet within the next year. Seal has 19 years of banking experience and previously served as community president in Wilson County for SunTrust bank. Seal graduated from Tennessee Tech University.
Wrensong/Reynsong announces promotion
Wrensong/Reynsong Music has announced the promotion of Christina (Frazer) Mitchell, an employee of Wrensong/Reynsong for more an 12 years, to Director of Creative.
Mitchell’s duties will include songplugger/networking relations. She will continue to do in-house administration for Wrensong/Reynsong for the staff of four writers — Jon Randall, Ashley Monroe, John Wiggins and Sally Barris.
U.S. Bank, Pulley presented with Lender of the Year honor
Clint Smith, Tennessee District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration, recently presented an SBA Lender of the Year Award to Veronica Pulley, U.S. Bank SBA Division Business Development Officer in Nashville .
“We’re pleased to be able to present this award to U.S. Bank and Veronica Pulley for all of the assistance they have given to the small business community here in Tennessee —they generated the largest dollar amount of loans in the state” noted Smith.
U.S. Bank increased its U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan total by 13.8 percent for fiscal year 2007. U.S. Bank SBA Division provided a record 5,353 SBA-guaranteed loans to small businesses nationwide, up from 4,703 in fiscal 2006.
“We really enjoy working with the SBA in Tennessee and we are always ready to assist the small business person — or the prospective entrepreneur — whenever we can,” said Pulley.
Sloane joins Ultrastar as senior client manager
UltraStar Entertainment, LLC, a leading fan club management and marketing service, today announced Michael Sloane has joined the company as Senior Client Manager.
Sloane will be based in UltraStar’s Nashville office and will oversee the company’s artist partnerships in the Nashville area, including Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Third Day and Bill Gaither. He will report to Matt Blum, Director of Client Relations for UltraStar.
In his new role, Sloane is responsible for developing and managing UltraStar and sister company Musictoday’s relationships with fan club clients, coordinating content production, artist deliverables and member benefits, and driving revenue and membership growth.
Sloane joins UltraStar from Nashville-based Echo Music, LLC, where he managed more than 75 clients including Brooks & Dunn, the Academy of Country Music, Blues Traveler and Sister Hazel, and was responsible for growing and retaining fan communities, developing client strategies and programs to drive client branded products, and penetrating new markets.
While at Echo, Sloane helped grow the company’s client roster by 200 percent. Prior to Echo, Sloane served as Director of Operations at nonprofit organization Lyrics for Life, where he developed brand awareness, orchestrated events and grew business partnerships with Hootie & The Blowfish, Shawn Mullins and Edwin McCain, among others, in support of pediatric cancer patients.
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