CapStar adds Cassiol, Cusick
CapStar President and Chief Executive Officer Claire W. Tucker has announced the addition of several newcomers.
Tony Cassiol joins CapStar as a senior vice president in the C&I Commercial division. Cassiol was previously a senior vice president with Bank of America in Nashville and has also had leadership banking roles at Royal Bank of Scotland and Manufacturers & Traders Bank in Buffalo, N.Y.
Cassiol earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, where he also played varsity hockey.
Jennifer O’Bannon and Kerri Greer will join the loan operations and support division.
O’Bannon arrives from Gaylord where she had a sales analyst role, and was previously a retail operations specialist with Reliant Bank.
Greer was previously a loan support/project manager at Civic Bank and Trust. She began her banking career at First American National Bank and has also had customer service roles at The Bank of Nashville and First Farmers & Merchants Bank.
Ty Cusick is a new credit analyst for the C&I lending division, and Amanda Kimberly is a portfolio manager in CapStar’s Hendersonville office.
Cusick was previously with United Community Bank in Lenoir City, Tenn. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.
Kimberly joins CapStar from Sumner Bank and Trust in Gallatin, where she was a credit analyst and lending assistant, analyzing financial relationships and coordinating the annual loan review process.
NECAT appoints Crist CEO
The Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television network — typically known as NECAT— has appointed Trish Crist  as CEO, effective June 24.
Crist replaces Kim Hayes, who has served as director of the organization for the past four years.
Crist comes to NECAT from The Nature Conservancy, where she has been involved in philanthropic giving and corporate and foundation relations since 2009. She has also worked at Hands On Nashville and was program director of the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation from 2004-09.
“Trish’s familiarity with our operations, her experience as a fund raiser and grant writer and her interest in theater and production made her an ideal fit for NECAT,” Board Chair Thomas C. Weber said in a release. “We look forward to taking NECAT to the next level with Trish’s leadership.”
NECAT operates Music City Arts 9, iQtv10 and Access Nashville 19 on Comcast cable. These local stations reach about 161,000 households in Davidson County, according to a release.
Disney unit adds Clifford as VP
Nashville-based Disney Music Publishing has announced that Patrick Clifford  has been named vice president of music publishing and A&R.
Mio Vukovic, Disney Music Group senior vice president of A&R and creative, said in a release that Clifford will be responsible for the company’s catalog of existing songs and provide “creative direction, leadership and growth” of the DMP writer roster. He will also oversee A&R functions for DMP in Nashville.
Clifford most recently served as vice president of A&R for Nashville-based Ten Ten Music Group, holding the post since 2005. He began his career with artists James Taylor and Cat Stevens at Nemperor Artists. Relatedly, he discovered and recorded The Romantics at Nemperor Records.
Clifford also served in the A&R departments of A&M, Capitol, Chrysalis, and Epic, working with the Miami Sound Machine, Blues Traveler and the Neville Brothers. He would go on to serve as a senior A&R executive with BMG, with his tenure there marked by work with Etta James and Ziggy Marley, among others.
“Patrick’s stellar career speaks for itself,” Vukovic said in the release. “As an A&R man with companies like A&M Records, Capitol, BMG and Ten Ten Music Group, he led the charge, finding and developing great artists and songwriters. He’s going to be a tremendous asset for us, not only in Nashville but globally as well.”
Pierce joins Pinnacle
Donna Pierce has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a registered principal for Pinnacle Asset Management.
The advisors at PAM provide fee-based investment management.
Pierce brings 24 years of financial services experience to her role. She comes most recently from Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. (Regions Bank), where she was a regional compliance principal.
Pierce, who attended Austin Peay State University, holds Series 6, 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses. She is a member of the Nashville Compliance Principal Roundtable and is a past state president for the Tennessee Federation of Business and Professional Women.
Pierce is based at Pinnacle’s Belle Meade office.
Richard to replace Rijos as COO
Brookdale Senior Living has gone with a familiar face to replace outgoing veteran COO John Rijos.
The Brentwood-based operator of senior living and skilled nursing centers in 36 states has tapped Greg Richard to take over Rijos’ spot. Richard, 59, has been Brookdale’s executive vice president of field operations since January 2008 and before that was EVP of operations for about a year and a half and the COO of American Retirement Corp., which was acquired in 2006 by Brookdale for more than $1 billion.
Richard started his new job on Sunday after the retirement of Rijos, who had been with the company since 2000. His new base salary has been hiked to $450,000 from $350,000 and he will be eligible to receive an annual cash bonus of that amount.