Pinnacle hires Farmer as service specialist
Hannah Farmer  has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a service specialist.
Farmer is based at Pinnacle’s Cool Springs office located on Mallory Lane in Brentwood. She previously served as a teller for First Tennessee Bank and U.S. Bank.
Farmer attended Motlow State Community College.
VU Nursing School hires Norman as dean
Linda Norman  has been named dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.
Norman will replace Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch, who is retiring at the end of June.
The appointment, effective July 1, requires VU Board of Trust approval.
Norman, a 22 year VU School of Nursing veteran, serves as the school's Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and senior associate dean for academics.
Recognized as a national leader in nursing and health profession education, Norman has led curricular innovations in blended learning, interprofessional education, quality improvement and doctoral distance learning. She has been responsible for setting and implementing the strategic direction for all of the school of nursing’s academic programs.
The appointment comes during a key transitional period in academic health care at the VU School of Nursing, which celebrated its 100th anniversary five years ago. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the school 15th in the nation in its Best Graduate Schools-Nursing.
“I am delighted Linda is assuming this highly visible and strategically significant role. Having worked closely with her for many years, I know she will be an outstanding dean, bringing to this new opportunity extensive experience along with the respect of the School of Nursing’s faculty and students,” Dr. Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for VU Health Affairs and dean of the VU School of Medicine, said in release.
F&M Bank names Scott branch manager
Jarod Scott  has been named branch manager and assistant vice president of F&M Bank’s Lebanon office.
An officer candidate with the Army National Guard, Scott is also an adjunct professor of business mathematics at Volunteer State Community College.
“Jarod brings 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and is especially experienced in developing sales strategies and customer service programs,” Sammy Stuard, F&M Bank president and CEO, said in a release. “He has also completed the requirements for life insurance and annuity sales.”
WCM promotes Rhodes
Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., has promoted Blain Rhodes  to manager, A&R,
Rhodes will provide A&R resource and creative support across the publisher’s roster and catalog, and assist in the discovery of new talent and development of existing songwriters.
Rhodes, who joined WCM in April 2012, will continue to report to Ben Vaughn, executive vice president, Warner/Chappell Nashville.
"Blain is an extremely hard worker who is passionate about songwriters and has the utmost respect for the craft of songwriting,” Vaughn said in a release.
Churchill hires eight locally
Churchill Mortgage has added 15 employees, including eight in Brentwood, across its branch network. Since the start of the year, the lender has hired more than 45 employees.
In Brentwood, Churchill has added Amber Howey and Jackie Karras as underwriters; Monica Madrid as a home loan specialist; Doloris Abner as a customer care specialist; Shannon Morgan as a post closer; Elizabeth Diane Louk as a set-up manager; Alexander Moss as a junior compliance analyst; and Maggie Hardwick as a closing coordinator.
Brentwood-based Churchill proves conventional, FHA, VA and USDA residential mortgages across 26 states
NSL honors trio
The Nashville School of Law has honored three local leaders.
NSL alumna Judge Barbara Haynes has received the 2013 Distinguished Alumna Award; faculty member Marshall Davidson, the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award; and Howard Gentry Jr., the 2013 Community Service Award.