Helton, Keller leave ProVenture for OakPoint
Rick Helton and John Keller are forming OakPoint Advisors, leaving ProVenture Commercial Real Estate in the process.
The real estate veterans are teaming with Justin Albright and James Granberry, who formed OakPoint Properties in early 2011 and have purchased, among others, the building formerly home to Bank of Goodlettsville.
At OakPoint Advisors, Helton (on the left in our photo ) and Keller (on the right) "will specialize in corporate advisory as well as investment services, on both the local and national levels," according to a press release.
Albright and Granberry will re-brand OakPoint Properties as OakPoint Investments.
"We are excited about the opportunity to create a unique real estate company that caters to both corporate clients as well as real estate investors," Helton said in the release.
Medalogix hires pair
Local health care technology firm Medalogix has hired W.K. Cash Forshee  as senior vice president of business development.
In addition, the Nashville-based company, which specializes in predictive analytics, has hired Margaret Schmitt as an executive assistant and client coordinator.
In his role as senior VP, Forshee will focus on cultivating new partnerships with leaders in the health care sphere and on further developing Medalogix software.
Previously, Forshee worked at HealthStream, most recently as director of the company’s sales acceleration office.
“With his experience in health care, technology and sales, Cash has the perfect trifecta of skills to help further Medalogix’s mission,” Dan Hogan, Medalogix CEO, said in a release.
Forshee holds bachelor’s degrees in business and sociology from Belmont University.
Schmitt will serve a dual role, assisting Hogan with administrative tasks and offering technical support for Medalogix users.
Previously, Schmitt worked as a sales representative with U.S. Bank.
“[Schmitt’s] customer service and sales experience will be a major asset as we continue grow our client base,” Hogan said.
Schmitt holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University.
TSU professor wins Fulbright award
Dr. Makonnen Lema , an associate professor of agricultural and environmental sciences at Tennessee State University, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach next year in Ethiopia, TSU officials announced today.
Lema becomes the fourth TSU professor since 1999 to have been selected for participation in the Fulbright Program.
The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board partner to oversee the awards, which fall under the umbrella of the Fulbright Program.
Lema’s award will take him to Ethiopia for the 2013-14 academic year to teach and conduct research at Haramaya University, one of the African nation’s oldest universities.
“This is a great opportunity for Dr. Lema,” Dr. Chandra Reddy, TSU dean of the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, said in a release. “I know he is originally from Ethiopia, and he will be able to take back lessons learned here and apply them in his home country.”
The Fulbright Program was created in 1946 to increase cultural exchange and research between the United States and other nations. Each year roughly 1,200 U.S. scholars study, teach or conduct research abroad courtesy of the flagship program’s grants. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
“I am thrilled to have been selected for this prestigious award and extend my professional service internationally,” said Lema, who teaches in the TSU Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, at which he also is the coordinator and adviser for the animal science and pre-veterinary science program. “I couldn’t do this without the support of the University.”
An alumnus of Oklahoma State University, Lema obtained his Ph.D. in animal science in 1994. Prior to joining the TSU faculty in 2003, he was a faculty member at Alabama A&M University for six years.
Congress established the J. William Fulbright Scholarship board to supervise the Fulbright Program, set worldwide policies, select the program participants, and promote the program to audiences around the globe.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.
Nashe joins The Jones Law Group
The Jones Law Group has added Phylanice Nashe  as an associate attorney to its downtown Nashville office.
Nashe has more than 13 years of experience resolving complex claim issues for State Farm Insurance and will specialize in personal injury and wrongful death cases, in addition to other insurance litigation.
"Phylanice brings an energy and enthusiasm to the law that is refreshing,” Lynda Jones, principal and founder of The Jones Law Group, said in a release. “Her vast background in the insurance industry will be a wonderful asset from which our clients will benefit. The Jones Law Group is proud to support talented working mothers who are dedicated to helping others with their legal needs while prioritizing family matters too. Mrs. Nashe can handle a variety of personal injury and wrongful death claims and will be available to mediate matters as well."
Nashe is a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Tennessee in 2008. She is also a member of the Nashville Bar Association and Napier- Looby Bar Association.
Nashe is an adjunct professor at Strayer University and a graduate of The Institute of Conflict Management at Lipscomb University with a special emphasis in mediation.
American Addiction Centers adds chief operating officer
Brentwood-based American Addiction Centers has hired Candace “Candy” Henderson-Grice  as chief operating officer.
Previously, Henderson-Grice worked for CRC Health Corp. in various capacities, including as executive director, director of operations, vice president of operations and division president. For 11 years she worked for Comprehensive Addiction Programs, which CRC acquired in 2003.
Henderson-Grice (pictured) has more than 22 years of health care experience in merger/acquisitions, startups, turnarounds, talent recruitment, program development, financial planning, market analysis and community relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and master’s degree in psychology and counseling from Troy State University.
“With the addition of Candy to its executive team, American Addiction Centers has made another big step toward its long-term goals,” the company said in a release. “Candy’s background and extensive experience in driving the operations of fast-growing addiction treatment companies makes her a perfect fit for Chief Operating Officer."
AAC provides behavioral health care focused on addiction treatment and rehabilitation.
Cybera bolsters executive team with hires
Additionally, Cybera has promoted Scott Wolfe  to vice president of engineering.
The Nashville-based company made the moves to help its executive team more effectively align management with strategic transition and rapid growth.
“Cybera’s transition from selling network-based security services to our new Cybera ONE cloud-based secure application platform has repositioned our company for rapid growth,” Cliff Duffey, Cybera CEO, said in a release. “By adding these industry leaders to our executive team, we are continuing our impressive trajectory, and becoming the preferred security and application delivery solution for distributed enterprises. Our successful market position is able to attract top-flight talent, which will be the key to driving our future success.”
Tennant has more than 22 years of leadership experience, which includes starting, operating and selling two separate SaaS-focused companies. He previously served as senior vice president of the secure application division of Argus Systems Group, where he launched the company’s secure web appliance division. He also led the turnaround of fiber and Ethernet-based carrier Epik Communications, which Progress Telecom later acquired.
Tennant holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from Cornell University. He has studied in the MBA programs at Duke University Fuquay School of Business and at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Robinson previously served as a regional director for Intermedia Communications, where he helped grow the company’s revenue by 400 percent. Robinson also has held various sales management roles for Sprint, Telenet and GTE. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a MBA from the University of Washington.
Wolfe began his career at Cybera as a network engineer, quickly ascending to management roles within the company.
Churchill Mortgage adds new employees
Churchill Mortgage has added various employees.
Adding more than 35 years of combined mortgage industry experience to the Brentwood branch, Andrea Dean, Jamie Nelson and Ryan O’Dell are the lender’s newest mortgage loan processors, and Jasper Tollet and Alexander Moss are the newest junior loan processors. In their new roles, they will each be responsible for validating and verifying mortgage application documents for underwriting prior to approval.
Kim Law also joins the Brentwood branch as a senior underwriter, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience. Also joining as underwriters, Lisa Dantes and Stacy Kong bring more than 35 years of combined underwriting experience.
Churchill also welcomes four new home loan specialists across Middle Tennessee, including Jeff Escue, Richard Harris, Tiffany Hendrix and Anna Russiano. They will each be responsible for helping borrowers choose the best mortgage option to suit their needs. Furthermore, Churchill Mortgage recruited Laura Malone, who joins the lender’s Memphis branch as a processor.