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VOL. 40 | NO. 48 | Friday, November 25, 2016

Meharry names senior VP, medical school dean

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Meharry Medical College has appointed Veronica Thierry Mallett M.D., MMM, as its senior vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, effective March 2017.

Mallett is a researcher and educator, known for her work in women’s health and reducing health disparities.

In her role as senior vice president for health affairs, Mallett will be responsible for the quality of health care provided at Meharry and for the maintenance of the institution’s health service affiliations that provide exemplary training for Meharry students, residents and fellows.

As dean of the School of Medicine, she will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer of the medical school and oversee its academic programs, research efforts, curriculum, student affairs and fiscal management. Mallett also will be responsible for the academic component of residency programs.

Prior to joining Meharry, Mallett was the founding chair and professor for the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. She also served on the faculty of Northwestern University, Wayne State University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work in the treatment of urinary incontinence and genital organ prolapse and research related to determining the cause of and reducing health disparities. Fluent in medical Spanish, she recently worked to develop a new medical school and health science center on the Texas/Mexico border that will address the critical physician shortage in El Paso and the surrounding community.

Mallett earned a degree in biology from Barnard College and her M.D. from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She also holds a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology, and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive pelvic surgery.

Mallett replaces Marquetta L. Faulkner, M.D., who is retiring from the position. Faulkner has served the Meharry community for more than 27 years and will continue to serve the institution as a professor of medicine.

Baker Donelson selects 4 Nashville associates





Baker Donelson has added four new associates to its Nashville office: Aaron Chaloner, Macy Cullison Climo, Hannah McSween Cole and Michael Shoptaw.

Chaloner is a member of Baker Donelson’s Intellectual Property Group and focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including all stages of intellectual property litigation, as well as counseling clients on copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret concerns.

A 2016 graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law, Chaloner also earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2012, giving his practice a specific focus in patent prosecution for life science and biotechnology.

Climo joins the firm’s Advocacy Department assisting clients in general business-related litigation matters. She is a 2016 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, where she worked for the Vanderbilt University Journal of Transnational Law.

Cole is a member of Baker Donelson’s Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling Group, focusing her practice on a variety of transactional matters including all aspects of entity formation, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. A 2016 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Cole worked for the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Shoptaw joins the Firm’s Real Estate and Finance Group, working on a variety of matters, including assisting clients in developing, financing and acquiring commercial real estate. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served as a staff editor and associate cases editor of the Mississippi Law Journal.

Derrick joins Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin


Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has added Heather Derrick as an attorney.

Derrick joins the firm’s real estate section as an associate. Her practice includes commercial banking and real estate transactions, drafting purchase and sale agreements, handling title matters and general business planning.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Derrick is a Nashville native and a 2008 graduate of Harpeth Hall.


Also, the firm has hired M. Suzanne Hartness as the firm’s chief operating officer. She replaces Maureen Wylie, the firm’s first COO, who joined in 2014 and is now relocating.

As GSRM’s COO, Hartness will oversee daily business and administrative operations and work with firm management to implement strategic initiatives. She is responsible for all support functions at the firm including finance, human resources, information technology, business development and marketing, as well as legal staff and attorney recruiting.

Before joining GSRM, Hartness served as national services executive for Ricoh Managed Services, a business unit of Ricoh USA, Inc., where she focused on revenue growth, client retention and business operations. She also served as a liaison to Middle Tennessee law firms in implementing managed document services, production print and mail services, imaging and workflow solutions, and legal document services.

She earned a degree in marketing from Mississippi State University.

Next Awards celebrates innovative entrepreneurs


Medalogix founder and CEO Dan Hogan was the top entrepreneur of 2016 and Matt Cheuvront the top young entrepreneur of 2016 at this year’s Next Awards, which are hosted annually by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Entrepreneur Center to celebrate innovation in business.

Additionally, the Next Awards honored UBS as 2016 Entrepreneurial Partner of the Year for the company’s commitment to supporting the region’s entrepreneurial infrastructure and commitment to diversity and inclusion programs at the Entrepreneur Center.


Next Awards are given in five business categories at two stages of development – startup and market mover – in addition to nine specific awards for contributions to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Also, for the first time, the Next Awards invited online voting for favorite finalists to determine the winner of the Nashville’s Choice Award. The winner, with more than 84,000 votes, was Groups360, a company that provides data and analytics to meeting planners and hoteliers to optimize choices for conventions, meetings and group travel. More than 300,000 online votes were cast in the inaugural Nashville’s Choice balloting.

Winners of 2016 Next Awards are:

  • Nashville’s Choice Award – Groups360
  • Entrepreneurial Partner of the Year – UBS
  • Young Entrepreneur of 2016 – Matt Cheuvront, Proof Branding
  • Entrepreneur of 2016 – Dan Hogan, Medalogix
  • Mentor of the Year – Julia Polk, New Ventures Consulting
  • Game-Changer Award – Jammber, Inc.
  • Business Culture Award – DSi
  • Intrapreneurial Culture of the Year – Edgenet
  • Funder of the Year – InCrowd Capital
  • Startup, digital media and entertainment – Made In Network
  • Startup, health care – Stratasan
  • Startup, products and services – Inflammo
  • Startup, social enterprise and sustainability – REBOOT Combat Recovery
  • Startup, technology – iCitizen
  • Market Mover, digital media and entertainment – SnapShot Interactive
  • Market Mover, health care – Bernard Health
  • Market Mover, products and services – A Head For Profits
  • Market Mover, social enterprise and sustainability – Knowledge Academies, Inc
  • Market Mover, technology – Edgenet

Tennessee Chamber names board appointments

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry has announced 15 appointments to its 54-member board of directors for 2017. The appointments represent all three grand divisions and are appointed for a three-year term.

The Tennessee Chamber is one of Tennessee’s oldest statewide business trade associations and also serves as the Tennessee Manufacturers Association. The Tennessee Chamber board of directors is the governing body of the Tennessee Chamber and provides significant input to the Chamber’s annual legislative and policy agenda that guide the work of the business advocacy group.

2017 Tennessee Chamber board appointments are:

  • Mary Begley – Appalachian Power, manager external affairs, Kingsport
  • Don Bradford – EnSafe, CEO, Memphis
  • Josh Brown – Pfizer, senior director, national legislative affairs, Franklin
  • Will Carver – Kramer Rayson, partner, Knoxville
  • Craig Cowart – Jackson Lewis, principal, Memphis
  • Bryan Daniels – Blount Partnership, president & CEO, Maryville
  • Jeff Fedorchak – TruGreen, vice president corporate affairs, Memphis
  • Jason Fisher – Bridgestone Americas, vice president labor affairs, Nashville
  • Drew Goddard – Bass, Berry & Sims, partner, Nashville
  • Tina Hodges – Advance Financial, CEO, Nashville
  • Robert Klein – U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, director plant operations, Nashville
  • Paul Leath – Southern Gas Company, director external affairs, Chattanooga
  • Brian McCuller – LBMC, Shareholder, practice leader tax, Nashville
  • Timothy Slattery- Nissan North America, senior manager, Government Affairs, Franklin
  • Mandy White – Jackson Chamber, senior vice president, economic development, Jackson

Pinnacle hires Perry as SBA portfolio manager


Lin Perry has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as an SBA portfolio manager.

Before joining Pinnacle, Perry was a credit officer and portfolio manager with First Tennessee Bank.

Prior roles included serving as a senior portfolio manager in business banking at First Tennessee and vice president of special assets at AmSouth Bank (First American National Bank).

Tennessee Orthopaedic welcomes new physician


Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance has added James H. Rubright, MD.

Rubright is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

Rubright earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his general orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

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