Industrial Strength Marketing hires managing director
Nashville-based Industrial Strength Marketing has hired Kevin Brown  as managing director to lead its integrated marketing products and solutions team.
Brown, a veteran of the digital agency revolution of the last decade, has worked with, among others, Formula One, LIVESTRONG and Nissan, as well as Nashville entities such as the Loveless Café, Nashville Predators and the Ryman Auditorium.
In 2009, Brown co-founded Rockhouse Partners, a full-service digital marketing firm focused on live event marketing, digital strategy, data aggregation and analysis, ROI measurement, sponsorship activation and ecommerce solutions.
Belmont promotes long-time employee to VP for institutional effectiveness
Belmont University has promoted Dr. Paula Gill to vice president for institutional effectiveness.
Gill is responsible for evaluating the university’s progress toward its performance objectives. In addition, she will serve as a member of the university’s senior leadership cabinet, providing feedback and consultation on university decisions and strategic planning.
Previously, Gill served in numerous positions at Belmont, beginning as mail services coordinator in the university mailroom in 1994.
Gill received her B.S. degree at Belmont and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama with a focus on quality management and higher education administration.
“As Belmont University continues its phenomenal growth trend, the need for assistance at the highest level of leadership has become apparent,” BU President Dr. Bob Fisher said in release. “We want to provide guidance to help our campus be more effective and manage resources for the good of our students. There’s simply no better person for this role than Dr. Gill. Her expertise and perspective are matched only by her great love for, and dedication to, the Belmont community.”
VU Office of Sponsored Programs names director
Vanderbilt University’s Office of Sponsored Programs has named Clint Brown  its director.
Formerly the OSP interim co-director, Brown is responsible for all aspects of pre-award grant management for Vanderbilt University. He will serve as the institutional official for OSP program activities, including grants and cooperative agreements to federal and state agencies, foundations and corporations.
“We have developed a team of research administration professionals who are supporting our faculty and administrators in a timely and effective manner,” Dr. John F. Manning Jr., associate vice chancellor for health affairs and chief administrative officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said in a release.
“Having a permanent director for the OSP allows us to move the office to its next phase,” Manning added.
Brown has been with Vanderbilt since January 2006 and has served in a variety of roles within research administration, both at the Medical Center and the university. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, he served as a fiscal management reviewer for the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., and also served as the director of financial affairs for Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence for Research Policy.
Brown earned his master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in business information systems and quantitative methods from Tennessee State University. He is also a certified research administrator.
MCC names trio of food/beverage pros
Music City Center President and CEO Charles Starks has named three industry veterans to lead the soon-to-open convention facility’s food services team.
At full operation, the convention center will be able to produce up to 20,000 meals per day, Starks said.
Zimmerman most recently served as director of retail operations for the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. His hospitality experience also includes tenures at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., the Sacramento (Calif.) Convention Center and the Colorado Convention Center and Performing Arts Complex.
A chef and cookbook co-author, Zimmerman received a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a M.B.A. in marketing from Regis University.
Briley has worked stints as food and beverage manager at Union Station Hotel, a Wyndham Historical Hotel, in Nashville. In addition, she served at the Marriott at Sawgrass (home of the PGA Tournament Players Club golf course) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at the aforementioned Orange County Convention Center and at WaterColor Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
With a background in menu development and budget and cost management, Knoepfel comes to Nashville from the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. He also served as executive chef at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va., and as executive director of culinary operations at the aforementioned Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Knoepfel received his education at Chefs Training School in Geneva, Switzerland.
“I can’t tell you how excited we all are about the food services team we’ve assembled,” Starks said in a release. “World-class food preparation and service is going to be crucial to the Music City Center’s success, and this group has the experience and skill set to meet that criterion.”
Zimmerman, Briley and Knoepfel have already started work, with the center set to open in May.