Bone Law adds Atanda
Bone McAllester Norton has added Tayo Atanda , who is working in the alcoholic beverage law arena as well as with entrepreneurs and in dispute resolution cases.
Atanda is a Nigeria native who moved to the United States at 14 and graduated from Stratford STEM Magnet High School in East Nashville. He recently earned his law degree from the College of Law at the University of Tennessee. His alcoholic beverage work includes beer, liquor, dance and catering licensing for restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and resorts throughout Tennessee. He also works with new and emerging businesses on LLC formation, contracts and non-disclosure agreements. His litigation and dispute resolution practice involves labor and employment cases as well as personal injury claims.
“Tayo joined us soon after graduating from law school in a temporary position, and his outstanding performance made him invaluable to our firm,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “We are pleased to have him join us.”
Uniguest names Payette executive VP
Hospitality technology company Uniguest has named lodging industry veteran Paul Payette as executive vice president of business development.
Payette comes to Nashville-based Uniguest, which markets both hardware and software to help hotel owners provide various guest amenities, from R66T Digital Media/OnSite Concierge in Nevada, where he was chief innovation and partnerships officer. Before that, he was senior director of business development at Choice Hotels International from 2001 to 2009, among other positions.
Payette will seek clients worldwide and help develop new products and services.
"The addition of Paul Payette to the Uniguest team further strengthens our connection with the lodging industry," said John Bearden, Uniguest's CEO. "Paul brings us valuable industry insights, technical knowledge and a deeper understanding of our lodging clients' needs."
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Payette earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and studied business at Harvard Business School.
Avondale adds Black
Avondale Partners has named Jeff Black  as co-director of equity research.
Black, who joins managing director and chief compliance officer Sarah Sherck in co-directing the research team, will help shape the Nashville-based company’s efforts to aid its institutional client base.
Black joined Avondale Partners in 2012 as a senior research analyst, a position he will continue to hold, covering the consumer sector with a focus on mall-based specialty retailers. He brings more than 20 years of research experience, having held senior research positions at Citigroup, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers, each in New York. His work earned him top three/runner-up rankings from 2008-10 in Institutional Investor magazine’s annual poll of buy side firms. In addition, Black has been cited as a top research source for investors in the Greenwich survey.
“Jeff brings the unique experience and ability, in partnership with Sarah, to guide Avondale’s analysts as they deliver truly differentiated and proactive research to our clients,” Bill Hirschman, Avondale head of equity capital markets, said in a release. “Having Jeff here in Nashville is a huge advantage for Avondale, and we are extremely excited about the leadership he will bring to our research effort.”
Avondale Partners is an independent firm specializing in capital markets, investment banking, and wealth and asset management.
BMLG promotes trio
Big Machine Label Group has promoted Megan Knutson to BMLG director of label group resources; Kelsey Chandler to Republic Nashville label coordinator and Jimmy Chapin to BMLG international coordinator.