GS&P adds Gibson to lead design studio
Design and engineering firm Gresham Smith and Partners has hired an industry veteran to lead its Nashville Design Studio, which works on projects around the country.
Randall Gibson  comes to Gresham Smith as division vice president and as a former Chicago-based president of Dewberry Architects, where he was named to the top spot in late 2007. He has 30 years of architecture and engineering experience, having focused on planning and project management for a wide range of projects. Gresham officials said he will look to broaden the markets served by the health care and corporate designers in the Nashville Design Studio.
“The A/E industry is in a very dynamic period right now; it presents an exciting opportunity to leverage the firm’s previous success and explore new ventures,” Gibson said. “As we focus on expanding our design services, we will also work to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients through all phases of projects. I’m pleased to join GS&P and look forward to developing a practice that’s increasingly flexible, robust and energetic, and positively capitalizing on the talent of our staff.”
Gibson is no stranger to Nashville. Dewberry was part of a joint-venture design team handling the architectural work on the renovation of the Metro Courthouse. The Ohio native also earned his degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee before completing coursework in the engineering MBA program at Northwestern University.
“Randy has dedicated much of his career to growth and development, having successfully managed many large, complex design projects while also directing a 250-person organization,” said Gresham CEO James Bearden. “His wide-ranging experience includes business development, acquisitions, strategic planning, marketing, and financial performance. Randy’s reputation for team-focused leadership precedes him, and we’re excited to welcome him to the GS&P team.”
Gresham Smith’s Nashville Design Studio is currently working on architecture and interior design services for Jackson National Life Insurance’s new 260,000-square-foot national headquarters in Lansing, Mich. Its members also recently completed the renovation of Vanderbilt University’s Rand Hall as well as a 220,000-square-foot addition to an Ohio hospital.
WGU Tennessee ads Estep as chancellor
Kimberly Estep  has been named the first chancellor of WGU Tennessee, the joint venture formally launched recently by Gov. Bill Haslam and Western Governors University President Robert Mendenhall to help working adults looking to complete a bachelor's or a master's degree to advance their careers.
Estep was previously vice president for academic affairs and student services at Nashville State Community College, which she joined two years ago from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn.
Tomichek joins Carter Lankford CPAs
Scott Tomichek  has joined Carter Lankford CPAs PC as senior tax manager.
Lucy R. Carter, co-founder and principal of the Nashville-based public accounting firm, said Tomichek will direct the daily operations of the tax department.
“Scott is an exceptional asset to our firm,” Carter said in a release. “He is very highly qualified and we value his extensive knowledge in the complex and fluctuating area of tax law.”
Prior to joining Carter Lankford, Tomichek was with Crosslin & Associates for 12 years, most recently as principal in charge of tax. He is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Tomichek is a graduate of Nashville School of Law and completed both his undergraduate and graduate work in accounting at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.
Tomichek serves on the board of directors for the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee and The Children’s House.
Tennessean Media Group names VP of sales
The Tennessean Media Group has named John Ward  vice president of sales.
Ward’s hiring, announced Wednesday on The Tennessean website, comes on the heels of the late-June announcement of Kurt Allen as vice president of marketing and strategy.
Ward and Allen join Maria De Varenne, (vice president of news and executive editor), Kevin Huff (central group controller and vice president of finance) and Laura Hollingsworth (president and publisher) to complete the Tennessean Media Group's local executive leadership team.
Ward will lead and be responsible for growing all areas of advertising and digital marketing and other services sales, and executing The Tennessean’s go-to-market strategy, the paper reported.
Previously, Ward held the dual position of vice president of sales for Deluxe Corp. and chief revenue officer for its subsidiary, OrangeSoda.
“[Ward] will be working with our sales team to energize and grow local/regional revenues for all Tennessean and Gannett product and service lines by delivering customer-focused integrated media solutions and advancing a ‘Lean Forward’ and customer-focused culture throughout the organization,” Hollingsworth, said in a statement.
Extension Advisors adds Harrington, changes name
Extension Advisors, LLC, has added Jack Harrington as a partner, a change of the firm name to SilverMark Partners, LLC, and the relocation of the Nashville office.
Collectively, these developments reflect a “significant enhancement” of the firm's scope of operation and strategic position, according to Will Fitzgibbon, founding partner of SilverMark Partners.
“Currently in our ninth year of operation, we have experienced substantial success in both our Nashville and Dallas offices, and we are now ready to take another important step forward in the life of our organization as we expand the capabilities and reach of our business,” Fizgibbon said in a release.
Harrington joins SilverMark Partners with more than 20 years of experience in investment banking, venture capital and consulting. He was previously a partner at Brentwood Capital Advisors, where for 10 years he provided M&A advisory services, capital raising assistance, and strategic advice to leading companies in the health care, technology and business services industries. Harrington’s prior experience also includes serving as a general partner at merchant banking firm Nelson Capital Corp. and as an IT consultant at Accenture.
Benchmark Realty adds Goostree
Benchmark Realty, LLC, has added agent Veronica Goostree, company CEO/Owner Phillip Cantrell has announced.
Originally from Southern California, Goostree is a member of the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, serving the market of Rutherford, Wilson, Davidson, and Williamson counties. Goostree holds the designation of ABR and earned her associate’s degree in business management.
Gray estate donates $600K to TSU
The estate of Vernice Marie Taylor Gray and her late husband, Elbert Gray Jr., has donated $600,000 for scholarships for students attending Tennessee State University.
The fund, established under the Elbert Gray Jr. and Vernice Taylor Gray Memorial Scholarship, will be used at the discretion of the university to fund two “financially disadvantaged” male and female students from Tennessee each year.
“This is certainly great news for Tennessee State University,” TSU President Glenda Glover said in a release. “We are pleased to announce this donation, which provides not only money but makes it possible for less fortunate students to get an education. We commend the Elbert Gray Jr. and Vernice Taylor Gray Trust for this scholarship program.”
After attending San Diego State University for one year, Vernice Gray transferred to TSU where in 1950 she graduated with a B.S degree in social administration and a minor in Spanish.
ReviveHealth adds trio
ReviveHealth has added Evan Smith and Mark Willis as senior vice presidents and Jessica Blackburn as marketing manager.
The move takes the firm to 23 employees, including 12 in its Nashville headquarters office.
Smith brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate, financial and investor communications, market analysis and evaluation, corporate positioning, merger and acquisition activity, equity and debt financing, and crisis and issues management. Prior to joining ReviveHealth, he served as lead for investor relations for inVentiv Health and held senior positions at Chandler Chicco Companies and FTI Consulting.
A chartered financial analyst and member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, Smith previously founded CPR Financial Communications, a health care and technology investor relations and corporate communication advisory firm that was acquired by Weber Shandwick. He earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Willis brings 28 years of agency-side experience in health care integrated marketing communications. His background includes stints at small regional PR firms and large national full-service marketing communication agencies, as well as global communications firm FleishmanHillard.
Willis has led marketing communications and crisis management for an academic medical center and played a role both in the introduction of several drugs for biotech and pharmaceutical firms and for a web-based repository of community-based organizations and for-profit companies looking to address childhood obesity. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in journalism and public relations.
As marketing manager, Blackburn will focus on raising awareness and visibility of the firm, and on the growth of the agency’s health services, health technology and healthy living practices. Previously, she served as marketing and sales manager at SMS Holdings.
Blackburn graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and a minor in economics.
“We’ve been at the forefront of health care communications through every major movement and right now, what our clients need most is an agency that gets it and that can help them figure out how to do more and maximize every opportunity,” Brandon Edwards, ReviveHealth CEO, said in a release. “Our assets are our people, and the addition of Evan, Mark and Jessica means an even stronger bench of senior-level talent able to provide our clients with unparalleled strategic insights, counsel, and support for any communication challenge they’re facing.”
Jagemann Precision Plastics adds pair
Murfreesboro-based Jagemann Precision Plastics, which specializes in over-molded and insert-molded components for the automotive, electronics/connectors and solar markets, has appointed Evan Dungan as plant manager and Val Cupples as quality assurance eEngineer.
“The continued growth and expansion of Jagemann Precision Plastics is consistent with our strategy of offering highly technical capabilities and services to our customers and the market,” Tom Jagemann, company CEO, said in a release.
WEX Fleet One makes changes
WEX Fleet One, a provider of fuel cards and fleet-related payment solutions, has made various changes and additions to its staff at its Antioch campus. Read more here .