VU promotes pair to financial services unit
Vanderbilt University has promoted a pair of finance office officials, the university announced today.
John McDaniel , associate vice chancellor for finance, McDaniel will lead Vanderbilt Financial Services. Having served at the university for more than a decade, McDaniel most recently worked in the Provost’s Office of Finance and Administration.
Susan Hart has been promoted to associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. Hart, a CPA, joined Vanderbilt nine years ago. Prior to that, she worked as an auditor/accountant for Ernst & Young, Disney and Kraft.
“Vanderbilt Financial Services leads the provision of core, common business service needs for faculty, students and staff across the institution,” Brett Sweet, VU vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer, said in a release. “John and Susan both have a deep institutional knowledge and depth of experience that will serve them well in their new roles.”
Vanderbilt Financial Services includes Student Accounts and the Student Cashier’s Office, which serves as the centralized billing and collection point for approximately 13,000 degree-seeking students. The department processes roughly $250 million in tuition and educational fees and is responsible for all aspects of Vanderbilt’s Title IV compliance and the administration of student loans.
Also a part of VFS is TravelVU, the university’s comprehensive program providing travel coordination and expense reimbursement processes for faculty, students and staff.
Golden Spiral Creative adds Birkhead
Nashville-based Golden Spiral Creative announced Wednesday marketing veteran Rob Birkhead  has joined the company as vice president of client development and creative strategy.
Birkhead most recently served as senior vice president and associate publisher of Worthy Publishing. His past work includes positions with Thomas Nelson, Word Entertainment, Reunion Records and global advertising firm McCann Erickson, Worldwide.
“Rob is an amazing addition to our team,” John Farkas, Golden Spiral CEO, said in a release. “Marketing is all about making meaningful connections between people and ideas or products. Rob is a proven innovator who has consistently shown the ability to make those connections in extraordinary ways.”
Stites names two partners, two to counsel roles
The downtown office of regional law firm Stites & Harbison has named two attorneys members and promoted two to counsel.
Joining Stites’ member ranks are William Ferrell Jr. and Madison Martin. Ferrell (top left in our photo ) is a part of the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering handles patent litigation as well as matters related to patent drafting, patent prosecution and other IP-related work.
Martin (top right in our photo) is a member of Stites’ creditors’ rights and bankruptcy group. She concentrates on commercial bankruptcy matters as well as out-of-court restructurings and distressed asset sales.
Stites also named two attorneys counsel. They are Jennifer Kovalcik, also a member of the firm’s IP and technology group, and business litigator Brian Neal. Kovalcik concentrates on designing and implementing IP protection plans, enforcing IP assets and software licensing. She also works with U.S. Customs & Border Protection to enforce trademarks through seizure orders. Neal’s work focuses on complex commercial disputes, bad-faith insurance defense, products liability and general litigation.
Stites' Middle Tennessee operation is home to about 50 attorneys and includes a small outpost in downtown Franklin. The firm also runs offices in Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and Virginia.
Williamson Habitat named ED
Becket Moore  has been named the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County.
Moore brings more than 20 years of nonprofit and business experience, having most recently served as vice president of finance and operations at Cheekwood Museum & Botanical Gardens. Prior to that position, he was director of operations and business affairs at University School of Nashville, where he managed the financials, facilities and operations for the private school.
"Becket has a proven track record of managing successful non-profits as well as great experience in the business world," said Richard Chapman, board president of Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County. "We are confident this combination of skills and expertise will serve us and the families we help well."
"I was raised in Williamson County and am proud to have my own children grow up in the county as well," Moore said. "I am excited and honored to be a part of Habitat of Humanity of Williamson County and look forward to working with our communities to help provide families with housing opportunities."