DVL welcomes Rundberg
DVL Public Relations & Advertising has announced the addition of Jennifer Rundberg  as associate creative director.
Rundberg, who previously served as a vice president and senior designer at GS&F, brings more than 30 years of experience as a designer, illustrator, art director and creative manager. At Nashville-based DVL, she will oversee the creative department and manage its day-to-day operations.
Rundberg graduated from Austin Peay University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in advertising design.
Miller joins The Andrews Group as realtor
The Andrews Group has announced that realtor Ryne Miller  has joined the Nashville agency’s sales team.
A member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors and former high school coach, Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University.
Giovanetti to serve as COO at LifePoint
LifePoint Hospitals has named Victor Giovanetti  chief operating officer of the company’s Eastern Group of hospitals.
The group’s executive leadership team oversees the operations of 17 hospitals in Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Michigan, including hospitals owned by Duke LifePoint Healthcare.
Giovanetti has more than 25 years in operational, legal, financial, clinical and strategic aspects of health care management and administration. He joins Brentwood-based LifePoint from HCA Lewis-Gale Regional Health System in Roanoke, Va., where he served as president and oversaw four hospitals, two regional cancer centers, six outpatient centers and a multi-specialty group practice with 135 employed physicians.
Before joining Lewis-Gale, Giovanetti served as COO and CEO of Nashville-based Southern Hills Medical Center and, prior to that, worked in operations management for HCA’s Mid-America Division.
A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Giovanetti earned his M.B.A. from the University of Dallas and his B.S. in business management from Berry College in Rome, Ga.
“With his extensive experience and expertise in developing hospital systems that deliver outstanding quality, financial results and patient satisfaction, we believe Victor will be an invaluable asset to our team,” Jeff Seraphine, president of LifePoint’s Eastern Group, said in a release. “We look forward to the contributions he will make in the Eastern Group as we work to ensure our hospitals’ successes and make our communities healthier.”
Haslam appoints Butler Snow’s Malone to TPAC board
Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada attorney Melvin J. Malone  as a representative of the private sector to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corp. Board of Directors.
Malone is a member of Butler Snow’s government group, with his practice focused on telecommunications, utilities, governmental relations, start-ups, non-profits and commercial litigation.
Malone serves as chairman of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc., and is a fellow of the American, Tennessee and Nashville bar foundations. He is also a member of the board of delegates for the Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers and is a former chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.
Malone completed his undergraduate education and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee.
“We are honored and proud that Gov. Haslam appointed Melvin to serve on this board,” Donald Clark, Jr., Butler Snow chairman, said in a release. “Community service is a hallmark of our firm, and Melvin is a great example because of his numerous activities in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities.”
The TPAC Board of Directors consists of 27 members, eight of whom are appointed by the Tennessee Performing Arts Foundation, four of whom are named by the Tennessee Arts Commission and four of whom are named by the governor.
First Advantage hires Morse as senior VP
First Advantage Bank announced today it has added John Morse  as senior vice president and business banking relationship manager.
Morse, who brings nearly 30 years of banking experience to the position, was previously senior commercial lending officer at FirstBank, where he managed a $25 million commercial loan portfolio and was responsible for the bank’s statewide brokered lease portfolio.
Morse earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University. He is also a graduate of the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending, the National Commercial Lending School and the Graduate School of Banking of the South.
Morse’s civic and professional involvements include the Rotary Club of Brentwood, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Donelson/Hermitage Chamber of Commerce and the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation and MBA Association.
“John’s extensive business banking background further strengthens our team of experts and supports our position as a trusted financial partner and advisor for Nashville area businesses,” Allan McCombs, First Advantage Bank senior vice president and treasury division manager, said in a release. “The Nashville market has responded well to our unique business model and style of business banking and we remain focused on building the right team to deliver an unsurpassed customer experience.”
The Morse hire comes less than three months after Clarksville-based First Advantage launched a small-business group.
In Nashville, First Advantage operates at 3100 West End Ave. In recent months, the bank has fleshed out plans to expand into Williamson County and drop its Nasdaq listing (read more here).
UL Workplace taps Libardi as senior VP
UL Workplace Health and Safety has named David Libardi  senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Libardi will spearhead the development, implementation and management of all company sales and marketing efforts as well as oversee the strategy for expanding UL’s client base, increasing customer retention and growing sales.
Libardi joins UL from Emdeon (formerly WebMD), where he served in the top sales leadership role. Prior to Emdeon, he worked for 24 years at Ceridian, where he held the position of senior vice president of field operations. In this role, he led a team of 600 employees who were responsible for the sales, implementation and customer support of a complex product portfolio of workforce and HR management solutions.
Libardi holds a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.
“We are excited to welcome Dave to our team, as he brings decades of sales leadership, marketing and strategy expertise that will support our efforts to aggressively grow market share and further our mission of fostering safe living and working environments for people,” Bill Grana, president of UL Workplace Health and Safety, said in a release. “His excellent leadership and wealth of experience will be highly valuable assets to our organization and those we serve.”
Kroger promotes pair
Kroger announced Thursday afternoon it has named veteran employees Steve James  vice president of merchandising and Laurie King  vice president of operations of the company’s new Nashville Division.
Previously, the company announced Rick Going will serve as Nashville Division president (read here) for the senior leadership team.
“Steve and Laurie both have the leadership skills, experience, and knowledge needed to serve our customers, our associates, and our communities well,” Going said in a release.
James previously served as Kroger’s director of operations for the Nashville area. He has been with the company since 1995 starting in the Houston area as a store manager. James came to Nashville in 2010.
King comes to Nashville from Kroger’s Atlanta division, where she was a director of operations. She began her Kroger career as a co-manager in 1991, later serving in several positions including risk manager and district manager.
The Nashville Division of Kroger will include more than 11,800 employees in 63 Middle Tennessee stores and another 28 in the Knoxville and Huntsville, Ala., markets. The Middle Tennessee stores previously had been a part of Kroger’s Mid South division based in Louisville, while Knoxville and Huntsville stores had been a part of the Atlanta division.
TPCA adds five
The Tennessee Primary Care Association has announced the following additions:
Megan Garber, clinical coordinator. Prior to joining TPCA, Garber was the player program manager with Prometheus Sports, developing philanthropic programs and community outreach events for professional athletes. She has a B.S. in health promotion and nutritional science from the University of Georgia.
Larry Jones, telehealth specialist. Jones has several years of experience in technical support and has run his own IT business. He also spent a year-and-a-half in Bangladesh and eight years in Brazil working on income-generation projects and program management. Jones has a B.S. in behavioral science from Trevecca Nazarene University and an M.S. in global economic development from Eastern University.
Mary Ann Keefer, accounting assistant. Keefer previously served as director of finance for Health Assist Tennessee and chief financial officer for the Tennessee Rural Partnership. Prior to joining TPCA, she worked with the Tennessee Hospital Association. She holds a B.A. degree from the University of Mississippi, with a dual major in history and English.
Dranda Whaley, outreach and enrollment consultant. Whaley, who most recently served as executive director of Health Assist Tennessee, led the TennCare Consumer Advocacy Program from 1994 through 2005. She holds a B.S. degree in elementary education and library science from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.P.A. in public administration from Tennessee State University. She has also studied conflict resolution at Lipscomb University and with Nashville Conflict Resolution Center.
Terri Woodmore, communications coordinator. Prior to joining TPCA, Woodmore held various positions in corporate and not-for-profit environments, most recently with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency. She also has worked at Thomas Nelson Publishers, Tennessee State University, and Dye, Van Mol and Lawrence Public Relations. She has both a B.S. and M.S. degree in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.
“TPCA’s growth is a reflection on the growing importance of community health care centers in Tennessee,” CEO Kathy Wood-Dobbins said in a release. “Our new team members will help us to continue addressing the needs of our members and the communities they serve.”