SPR announces promotions, hires
Seigenthaler Public Relations, Inc., has promoted five team members and added two professionals to its Nashville office.
Those promoted are Amy Hall Jones, vice president of client services; Ben Palos, director of client services; Nate West, account supervisor; Logan Simmons, account executive; and Lanier Brandau account coordinator.
Those added are Cathy Conners, executive assistant; and Samantha Fiala, account coordinator.
Jones, who specializes in developing marketing and branding campaigns, joined SPR in 2006. Her previous title was director of client services.
Palos will oversee strategic communications programs. Previously an account supervisor, Palos specializes in marketing, media relations and crisis communications services to a spectrum of clients. Palos also is a member of SPR’s new media team, providing insight and direction on social media strategies.
“We are proud to promote these outstanding members of our team, who continuously exceed expectations by generating exceptional results for our clients,” Beth S. Courtney, SPR CEO, said in a release. “We also are delighted to welcome Cathy and Sam to Seigenthaler PR and know that they will make enhance our services as we continue to grow.”
Conners joins SPR with 18 years of office administration experience in the health care field. As executive assistant, she provides support related to financial, human resource and facility and equipment systems. Prior to joining SPR, Conners was an executive assistant with Accredo, Hemophilia Health Services. A graduate of JN University, Conners is IT certified in healthcare information, project management Six Sigma, Sharepoint and Microsoft Office.
A recent graduate of Wake Forest University, Fiala completed an internship with SPR in the fall of 2012 and now serves as an account coordinator with the firm. With a bachelor’s degree in English and minors in journalism and Spanish, Fiala provides research, media relations and writing support to numerous client services teams. While a WFU undergraduate, Fiala also completed two editorial internships with Simon & Schuster in New York City and SAGE publications in Los Angeles.
PARKS adds duo to Gulch office
Gabriela Lira (on left in photo ) and Jordan Riggle of Bob Parks Realty's Fine Living Team have joined the PARKS office in the Gulch, bringing the total number of Realtors in the office to 14.
PARKS opened its Gulch location in November in the building that houses the Turnip Truck and Apricot Lane. The Gulch location focuses heavily on urban real estate and serving as a resource about downtown living.
“Gabriela and Jordan are top-notch Realtors who have a proven track record of buying and selling homes in the Nashville community,” Zach Goodyear, PARKS office managing broker, said in a release.
Lira and Riggle formed the Fine Living Team in 2011. Prior to becoming Realtors, Lira enjoyed a 10-year career in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry and Riggle worked in marketing and spent two years as a Titans cheerleader.
CMT hires VP of creative services
CMT has tapped creative and branding veteran Peter Mannes  to serve as vice president of creative services.
Dee McLaughlin, CMT senior vice president of brand strategy, marketing and creative, said Mannes will direct the efforts of the creative team in the creation, planning, development and production of all on- and off-air production and graphics for CMT.
Mannes will be based in Nashville.
“From award winning promo work, to his successful brand campaign executions, to his vast experience working with other nets, Peter’s broad skillset is exactly the synergy we were seeking ” McLaughlin said in release.
With more than 20 years in the media industry, Mannes comes to CMT from Sundance Channel, where he was director of brand marketing. Prior to Sundance, Mannes was founder of Argot Media, a full-service creative production agency at which he produced creative rebrands of multiple TV networks, including History Channel, Biography, Bloomberg Television and Sí TV.
Mannes also held the position of vice president of production for Global Media Holdings/Global Japan, at which he supervised production of all on-air promos, series, specials, print and marketing projects for the launch and operation of two television networks developed for the Japanese market, SheTV and SF. Earlier in his career, Mannes served as a production manager for MTV Networks, which included working on the re-launch of MTV Asia.
Mannes graduated from Northwestern University.
Amsurg hires pair
Amsurg Corp. has announced the appointment of two senior company officials.
Phillip A. Clendenin  will serve as executive vice president of operations.
Shawn Strash has been named senior vice president of corporate services, the position Clendenin has held since 2009 and is vacating for his new role.
Both appointments are effective Feb. 4.
Previously, Strash worked with HCA, Community Health Systems and other health care entities.