CVB board welcomes Lavender, MacLachlan
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. today announced it has added to its board of directors Don MacLachlan , executive vice president of administration and facilities for the Tennessee Titans, and Kevin Lavender , senior vice president and managing director of national commercial banking for Fifth Third Bank.
In addition, Ed Hardy, president of Great American Country, will serve as chairman of the NCVB board of directors for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Ken Levitan, president of Vector Management, will serve as chair-elect.
In addition to Hardy and Levitan, existing NCVB board members for fiscal 2013 include the following:
• Bob Patterson - Bradley, Arant, Boult Cummings
• Steve Turner – MarketStreet Enterprises
• John Fleming – Renaissance Nashville Hotel
• Shannon Bowles – Marriott Airport Hotel
• Pete Weien – Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
• Beth Fortune – Vanderbilt University
• Mike Dungan – UMG Nashville
• Tom Negri – Loews Hotels
• Beth Seigenthaler Courtney – Seigenthaler Public Relations
• Henry Hicks – GrayLine
• Jason Sheer – Tin Roof Restaurants
• Rick Schwartz – Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
• Pam Wright – Wright Travel
• Stacey Garrett – Bone McAllester Norton
• Patrick Franzone – Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
Vanguard exec named to AirStrip board
Keith Pitts , the vice chairman of Vanguard Health Systems, has been named to the board of San Antonio-based health IT company AirStrip Technologies. The news comes shortly after Vanguard and AirStrip — which is partly owned by HCA Holdings — said they are expanding their relationship to include all of Vanguard's nearly 30 hospitals.
Lipscomb names engineering dean
Engineering education veteran Dr. Justin Myrick  has been appointed dean of Lipscomb University’s Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, LU officials announced today.
Myrick, who officially began Oct. 1, replaces interim dean Greg Nordstrom.
Myrick spent the majority of his career at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, at which he also served as the director of the Health Systems Research Center. In addition, Myrick directed Georgia Tech’s Master of Science in Health Systems program.
Prior to his tenure at Georgia Tech, Myrick was on faculty at the University of Central Florida and was an assistant project engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft, where he focused on the CH-53A Marine Assault Transport helicopter. Sikorsy parent United Technologies Corp. is one of the world's largest companies. Most recently, Myrick was an adjunct professor at Tennessee Technological University.
Myrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama, a Master of Science degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.
Country Music Hall of Fame adds marketing director
Michelle Sabo  has been named director of marketing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Sabo will assist in the development, management and implementation of the museum’s advertising and promotional strategies, as well as oversee the museum’s internal client service function.
Sabo spent six years as director of marketing at Outback Concerts in Nashville and four and a half years as field marketing and sales director with Feld Entertainment in Pittsburgh, where she worked with brands including Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Sabo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Belmont University.
Relatedly, Meg Hershey has been promoted to marketing manager.
Hershey will manage implementation of the museum’s marketing campaigns, as well as provide strategic planning and budget input. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations.