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VOL. 40 | NO. 7 | Friday, February 12, 2016

Entrepreneurs’ Organization selects board

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The Nashville chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization has announced today its 2016-17 board of directors.

The new board of directors for the EO Nashville chapter includes:

President: John Kepley, CEO, Teknetex Inc

Past president: Charles May, president & co-founder, bytes of knowledge

Incoming President: Alan Young, CEO, Armor Concepts LLC

Membership Chair: Eric Jackson, managing partner, Keystone Business Solutions, LLC

Membership co-chair: Brad Hill, owner, Local Search Masters

Finance chair: Brittany Lorenzi, founder, BluePrint Strategy

Finance co-chair: Josh Pittman, CEO, MediCore Medical Supply

Strategic Alliances chair: Bryan Merville, president, Beacon Technologies

Strategic Alliances co-chair: Sonny Clark, president, Edge Real Estate

Catalyst chair: Alex Tolbert, owner, Bernard Health

Catalyst co-chair: Amy Tanksley, owner, Uncle Classic Barbershop

GSEA/Mentorship: Evan Austill, COO, PatientFocus, Inc.

Communications chair: Bethany Newman, co-owner and president, ST8MNT

Communications co-chair: Traylor Woodall, executive creative director and founder, Fivestone Studios

Learning chair: Shaun Carrigan, CEO and founder, NetContent Inc.

Learning co-chair: Jeff Bradford, president and CEO, the Bradford Group

Social chair: Angela Proffitt, Owner, Vivid Experiences, Angela Proffitt, LLC

Social co-chair: Glenn McConnell, owner, Music City Tents

Forum chair: Rebecca Donner, owner, Inner Design Studio

Forum co-chair: Joleyn Smithing, president, Collegiate Sports Data

Member benefits/engagement chair: Mose Ramieh, president, Power & Generation Testing, Inc.

Member benefits/engagement co-chair: Bryan Ansley, president and CFO FNB Merchants

Community chair: Dan Hogan, CEO, Medalogix

At-Large chair: Marty Reed, CEO, RANDA Solutions

With 172 members, EO Nashville is one of the largest EO chapters in the world. Each EO member must own a business with annual revenue of at least $1 million. EO Nashville members average $12.8 million in sales annually. Combined, they generate over $1.62 billion annually in sales and employ more than 8,500 people.

Bass, Berry & Sims, h3gm become one law firm


Bass, Berry & Sims PLC and Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner law firms will be combining, resulting in a unified team of nationally renowned attorneys, according to Todd Rolapp, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims.

Following the combination, more than half of the corporate attorneys ranked in Tennessee by Chambers USA will be members of Bass, Berry & Sims.

The h3gm attorneys joining the firm include leaders in mergers and acquisitions and securities law, bankruptcy, intellectual property and health care. Upon their joining the firm, Bass, Berry & Sims will have more than 260 attorneys across its four offices.


The following h3gm shareholders will join Bass, Berry & Sims:

Mark Manner, managing partner of h3gm, corporate M&A.

Curtis Capeling, intellectual property & technology

David Cox, corporate M&A

Craig Gabbert, bankruptcy, litigation

Mike Hill, health care

Kris Kemp, corporate M&A

John Popham, commercial Real Estate

Glenn Rose, bankruptcy, litigation

Susan Sidwell, securities

Jonathan Stanley, corporate M&A

Additionally, a group of h3gm’s associates and legal professionals will join Bass, Berry & Sims.

Two GSRM attorneys promoted to member


Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC attorneys Matt Haskell and Rob Hazard have been elevated to member level in the firm.

Haskell is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practices, representing companies in the transportation, life sciences and health care industries, as well as small businesses and governmental entities, in employment, personal injury and civil rights lawsuits in both federal and state courts.


Prior to joining GSRM, Haskell earned his law degree from Mercer University and his undergraduate degree from Sewanee.

Hazard is an attorney and certified public accountant whose practice is dedicated to estate planning, business and corporate law, and commercial transactions. Prior to joining GSRM in 2009, Hazard worked as a CPA with Ernst & Young, LLP in New York.

He earn his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law, an M.B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University, and his undergraduate degree from University of Tennessee.

Dodson Parker names new partners


The law firm of Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC, has named Candi Henry and Tyler Chance Yarbro shareholders in the firm.

Henry provides advice to businesses and municipal agencies and serves on the firm’s transactional practice team. Her litigation practice focuses on appeals.


She joined the firm in 2008 after having served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable William C. Koch Jr., both on the Tennessee Court of Appeals and on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Henry is an instructor of legal writing and research at the Nashville School of Law, and was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as an assistant to the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

Yarbro began her legal career as a public defender and she joined the firm in 2011. She focuses her practice on litigation, serving clients in employment, personal injury, criminal and probate matters. She is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Vanderbilt University Law School.

Yarbro was named to the 2015 “Attorney for Justice” Pro Bono Honor Roll by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Ingram Content Group makes leadership changes


Ingram Content Group has named Pep Carrera as chief operating officer of VitalSource Technologies Inc., Ingram’s leading educational platform company.

Carrera will transition into this role from his current position as chief information officer at Ingram. Kent Freeman, currently VitalSource’s COO, will move into a newly created strategic position at Ingram Content Group as chief strategy and development officer.

Carrera joined Ingram Content Group as CIO in 2012, leading Ingram’s technology and digital platforms, which serve publishers, libraries, booksellers and educators worldwide. He will relocate to Raleigh, N.C., where he will lead the teams based in VitalSource’s offices in Raleigh, Boston and the United Kingdom.

Freeman has been with Ingram Content Group for 33 years in a variety of leadership roles and has led VitalSource since 2009.

Nashville Zoo announces new board members


Julie W. Walker has been selected as chairman of the board of directors of the Nashville Zoo.

Walker is the owner of The Bridge Lady, a company that teaches the game of bridge. This is the third year she has served on the zoo board. She also has served as the president of the Junior League, chaired the inaugural Frist Gala, is vice president of the Garden Club of Nashville and does advocacy work as a trustee for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

New additions to the zoo’s board of directors are:

Cathy Stewart Brown, business administrator for the Stewart Home School in Frankfort, Kentucky, a residential home and school for adults with developmental disabilities.

Anne Davis is the managing attorney for the Nashville office of the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Laurie Eskind has worked in Nashville’s nonprofit community for 25 years, serving, for example, as Metro Nashville Arts Commission commissioner, Nashville Ballet capital campaign co-chair and co-founder and co-director of the Nashville Jewish Film Festival.

Alex Marks is the owner of Royal Investments, LLC.

Brian Smallwood is a partner in Smallwood Nickle Architects PLLC.

Butch Spyridon is the president and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.

First Tennessee hires development coordinator


First Tennessee Bank has hired Lethia Swett Mann as its community development and revitalization coordinator for Middle Tennessee.

In this role, Mann will lead Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) initiatives, guiding the bank’s outreach in this area and sourcing innovative investment opportunities within the market.

This position marks a return to First Tennessee for Mann. From 1990 until 2000, she was a financial analyst, small business lender and community development coordinator at the bank. Before returning to First Tennessee, Mann was vice president of The One Fund, a small business loan program.

A Nashville native, Mann holds a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. She serves on the board of Residential Resources, Inc. and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

LogicForce consulting hires president, COO


LogicForce Consulting, a legal technology services and solutions provider, has announced named John Sweeney as its president and chief operations officer.

Ranked as a Top 100 legal consultant in the United States, Sweeney has managed more than 200 successful consulting engagements with law firms and corporate legal departments in the areas of business management and eDiscovery.

Community Child Care adds Youngman to board


Jason Youngman, assistant vice president and financial center manager for Fifth Third Bank (Public Square, Franklin), has been elected to the board of directors of The Community Child Care Center in Franklin.

The center is a not-for-profit organization established in 1971 by Church Women of Franklin. The center has served many children in those years and helped families reach levels of independence that would not have been possible without an affordable, safe and nurturing alternative for their children.

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