VU trio earns Guggenheim grants
Three Vanderbilt University professors have been named 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows, the university announced today.
Kate Daniels , Jane Landers  and Daniel Sharfstein  are among 175 scholars, artists and scientists chosen from almost 3,000 applicants for the fellowship. Guggenheim recipients are appointed on the basis of prior impressive achievement and exceptional promise.
VU officials did not disclose the dollar amounts of the awards. In 2008, the average grant in the United States and Canada competition was approximately $43,200.
"Kate Daniels and Jane Landers are national leaders in their disciplines, and the Guggenheim Award recognizes both their accomplishments and their potential,” Carolyn Dever, dean of the VU College of Arts and Science, said in a release. “Kate and Jane are highly visible leaders on our campus, as well, whose efforts in teaching and program building have advanced the Arts and Science mission on every front.”
Chris Guthrie, dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law, described Sharfstein as a creative scholar, gifted writer and empathic individual.
“Despite all of the accolades he has already received, he has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential,” Guthrie said. “I am grateful to Guggenheim for supporting Dan's important work, and like everyone familiar with Dan's scholarship, I am anxiously awaiting Dan's next book."
Daniels, professor of English and director of Vanderbilt’s MFA program in creative writing, will devote part of her fellowship to writing new poems related to her archival research of Eastern State Hospital. In addition, she will work on another poetry project that takes an interdisciplinary approach to subject matter spanning the field of medicine, illness and health care, and its many connections with creative writing.
Daniels, in the center of our photo, is an affiliated faculty member in the Center for Medicine, Health and Society.
Landers, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History, has written extensively on Africans in the Atlantic World, including Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions (Harvard, 2010). The book won the Rembert Patrick Prize and an honorable mention for the Bolton-Johnson Prize for Best Book in Latin American History from the Conference on Latin American History.
Landers serves as director of the Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies digital archive at Vanderbilt.
Sharfstein, professor of law and an affiliated professor in the VU Department of History, was awarded a fellowship for his new book on post-Reconstruction America, Thunder in the Mountains: The Clash of Two American Legends, Oliver Otis Howard and Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. Sharfstein’s first book, The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White (Penguin Press, 2011), won the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Prize for nonfiction, among other awards. For his research on civil rights and the color line in the American South, Sharfstein was awarded an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was founded in 1925 by then-U.S. Sen. Simon Guggenheim and his wife as a memorial to a deceased son.
BNA Wine Group names Castaldi COO
BNA Wine Group has named as COO a wine industry veteran who has worked at some of the biggest names in the sector.
Mark Castaldi  is overseeing the finances, supply chain, grower relations, grape procurement and vendor contracts for BNA Wine, which was launched last year by John Hooper. Castaldi has more than 20 years experience in the wine, beverage and food industries. Among his titles have been either COO or general manager for Sonoma Wine, Schug Winery, Constellation Wine, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and Beringer Wine Estates.
“Mark is extremely well-connected in the wine industry and his operations experience will be invaluable as we take our young company to the next level,” said Hooper. “With Mark onboard, we’ll have the solid operational foundation from which to expand our wine portfolio and distribution network.”
Castaldi is based in St. Helena, Calif., in Napa Valley.
Hooper last year sold the Tennessee Wine and Spirits distributorship to launch BNA Wine with Little Lion Wine founder and winemaker Tony Leonardini and sales executive Gary Carr. The company has five wines in its portfolio.
Harris Research adds five to executive roster
Harris Research, which franchises Chem-Dry carpet cleaners and N-Hance wood renewal services, today announced five executive hires.
Bill Zinke , vice president of marketing for Chem-Dry described the company’s growth and hiring strategy as “aggressive” and said Harris Research has added over 30 hires since opening its new regional headquarters in the Gulch in March 2012.
“We opened an office here because we wanted to grow east of the Mississippi (River),” Zinke said. “It’s been a busy year. We’ve instituted a rigorous screening process (for new franchisees and executive hires) and looked very hard for the highest caliber people. We also eliminated some underperforming franchises.”
Executive hires announced today include:
Dwayne Tanner  joins the group as senior vice president of franchise sales and development. Tanner was formerly vice president of franchise sales and development for Focus Brands and regional vice president of franchise development for Ruby Tuesday. He also held executive and management positions at Wendy’s and Cinnabon. At Wendy’s he directed the growth of the company’s $400 million non-traditional business market.
Bill May  is the company’s new director of national accounts for Chem-Dry Corporate Services. May is the former director of business development at PuroClean and has worked with Dynamic Restoration and SERVPRO. He also created import programs for national retail chains after working in Gillette’s wholesale and retail sales operation.
Joe Manuszak  has assumed the role of director of international development. Manuszak was formerly managing partner at The Calverton Group. He was also the DMA Operations Leader at Yum! Brands and senior director of franchise operations at Church’s Chicken. Manuszak. In the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s he oversaw the expansion of Domino’s Pizza in England.
Zinke joined the company as vice president of marketing for Chem-Dry earlier this year. Zinke is the former chief marketing officer at Tasti D-Lite. He has extensive brand marketing experience and spent several years managing and growing packaged brand goods at Unilever He held key marketing positions at Ready Pac Produce and, more recently, he spend several years leading the marketing efforts of several franchised businesses, including Dippin’ Dots and Baskin Robbins.
David Newman  joined the company in 2012 as chief financial officer for Harris Research. His position was previously unannounced. Newman is responsible for overseeing accounting, finance, billing, manufacturing, and distribution and information technology. Newman was senior vice president of finance for Direct General Corp and chief financial officer of Laffer Associates. He also held key executive positions at Progeny Marketing, Galaxy Motorsports and ACD Tridon.
Chem-Dry is the world's largest carpet and upholstery cleaning service with over 3,500 units in 35 countries. N-Hance is a growing wood renewal franchise with about 300 operating franchise units.
Aegis adds chief legal officer, promotes client relations director
Aegis Sciences Corp. has added to its senior leadership team Joel Galanter  as chief legal officer and general counsel.
In addition, Aegis veteran Regina Sweeney  has been promoted to vice president of client relations.
“Joel has been an outstanding resource to our company for many years, and his knowledge and expertise will be an invaluable asset to our executive leadership,” David Black, Aegis founder, chairman and CEO, said in a release. “Regina has been integral to the growth and development of Aegis, and we look forward to her additional contributions as we continue to grow.”
Galanter, formerly a partner in the litigation group at Adams and Reese, has worked closely with Aegis on legal matters for several years. As chief legal officer, he will manage all of the company’s legal and regulatory operations.
Galanter joined Adams and Reese in 1998 and his litigation practice has had a strong focus on intellectual property and business disputes. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School.
Sweeney will oversee Aegis’ client services, collection logistics, forensic records and clinical pharmacist teams. She joined Aegis in 1995 and has served in a variety of roles, most recently as director of client relations.
Nashville-based Aegis is a forensic toxicology and health care sciences laboratory providing drug testing services to more than 2,000 clients in multiple sectors.