Former Nashville restaurateur to begin a solo legal practice
Former Nashville restaurateur Jody Faison  said today he plans to begin a solo legal practice, with an emphasis on regulations that affect the food and beverage industry.
Faison, who passed the bar exam in April after finishing his course work at Nashville School of Law, said he hopes to handle some legal work with long-time friend and local attorney Adam Dread.
“I am excited to start practicing law and hopefully being of service to the people in Middle Tennessee and also looking forward to working with many of the people who so graciously helped me get to this point,” said Faison, a Fayetteville native.
“One of those persons, Mr. Adam Dread, was my first restaurant manager, circa 1984, and he and I plan to collaborate on legal matters in the food and bar industry.”
Faison said his nearly 26 years of experience as a restaurant owner/operator will benefit his legal practice as it relates to the technical aspects of the industry.
Following graduation from Vanderbilt University in 1981, and at age 22, Faison opened in Hillsboro Village the eponymously named Faison’s. The restaurant/bar was immensely popular and served as a forerunner, of sorts, to the explosion of cosmopolitan nightspots that hit the city in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
After opening Faison’s, Faison remained a constant in the city’s culinary and entertainment scene for the next 25 years, with popular eateries and music venues including 12th and Porter, 12th and Porter Playroom, The Iguana, JoeD’s Hot Chicken Shack, Café 123, Jody’s Dining Hall and Bar Car and Pub of Love. Faison also served as a founding partner in Jules and SoBro Grill.
TSU announces personnel changes
After nationwide searches to fill several key positions, and as part of a reorganization effort, Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover has announced several appointments at the university.
Dr. Mark Hardy will serve as vice president for academic affairs. Hardy had served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and as professor of biology at Jackson State University. He also served as dean of the JSU College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology.
Dr. Gloria Johnson has been promoted to dean of the TSU College of Liberal Arts. Johnson currently serves as interim dean of the college.
Dr. Michael Harris has been hired as dean of the TSU College of Public Service and Urban Affairs. Harris previously served as chancellor and professor of public and environmental affairs, business and education at Indiana University Kokomo. He also served as senior fellow of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Millicent Lownes-Jackson has been named dean of the TSU College of Business. Jackson currently serves as TSU interim provost and executive vice. She also served as associate dean of the College of Business.
Dr. Alisa Mosley has been hired as associate vice president of academic affairs. Mosley previously served as executive director for academic quality and director for the Jackson State University Center for University Scholars, as well as associate professor of management at JSU.
Other organizational changes include the appointment of Dr. Murle Kenerson as interim dean of libraries. Kenerson currently serves as TSU director of administrative and user services. He will serve as interim dean after the retirement next month of Dr. Yildiz Binkley, dean of libraries and media centers.
Also appointed is Dr. Stephanie Bailey as director of public health initiatives. Bailey currently serves as interim dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs. In her new position, she will develop a comprehensive unit that will ensure the University’s consistent achievement of internal and external goals for public health and related services to the TSU community.
The announcements are the result of work done by seven search committees Glover appointed earlier this year.
“Each search committee performed its responsibilities in a highly productive, open and efficient manner,” Glover said in a release.
The newly appointed officials will join TSU on or before July 1.
HCA Holdings adds Lamont as partner
The directors of HCA Holdings have voted to add a managing partner of Oak Investment Partners to the hospital operator's board.
Ann Huntress Lamont  has been with Oak, which has put to work $9 billion since 1978, for 31 years and manages its health care and payment services teams. Her addition grows HCA’s board to 14 and she will be a member of its compensation and nominating/governance committees.
Lamont's election comes shortly after HCA's 2013 annual shareholders' meeting, where investors voted against the incumbent directors in significantly greater numbers than in 2012. In conjunction with her appointment, directors Michael Michelson and Stephen Pagliuca — representing private-equity giants KKR and Bain, respectively — resigned their seats on the nominating and governance committee. The move means independent directors now hold a majority of seats on both the compensation and nominating committees.
A political science graduate of Stanford University, Lamont developed several biopharmaceutical investments early in her career. At Oak, her investments have included local players Psychiatric Solutions and American Esoteric Laboratories.
"We are delighted that Annie will be joining our Board," said HCA Chairman and CEO Richard M. Bracken. "I am confident that her extensive experience in the healthcare industry, strong background as a director of other companies and strategic insight expertise will make her a valuable member of our Board."
GS&P hires West for federal government work
Gresham, Smith and Partners has hired David West  as executive vice president of the firm’s federal market.
West is a 30-year veteran of the architecture and engineering industry, having spearheaded the significant expansion of federal programs at several design firms and managed more than 40 different federal IDIQ contracts for the public and private sectors. He will lead the growth of GS&P’s 2010-created federal market, staff and related business development opportunities.
“David has an impressive track record with pursuits, wins and successful project execution in the federal sector,” James Bearden, GS&P chief executive officer, said in a release. “He has the experience, relationships and tenacity to guide GS&P’s Federal market expansion and make it a major player for our firm. His background in working with agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and NASA positions him well to pursue new business opportunities for GS&P and build upon existing relationships.”
West previously served as regional services director for federal programs at American Structurepoint, Inc., in Indianapolis, Ind., and in a variety of positions during 29 years at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
At BWSC, he served as manager of the firm’s Dayton office for 17 years and also led the firm’s Department of Defense (DOD) program for more than 25 years. During his tenure, he grew the DOD program from 1 percent to 25 percent of the company’s volume.