Bass, Berry & Sims adds 4, promotes 1

Friday, March 15, 2013, Vol. 37, No. 11

Sarah B. Krause, Stephanie A. Roth, Brittain W. Sexton and Marcia N. Topiwala have joined the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC as new associates, and Amanda Elliott Stanley has been promoted from associate to counsel.

Stanley has practiced with the firm since April 2005 in the commercial transactions and real estate practice. She focuses on asset-based financing, syndicated revolving credit and term loan facilities, subordinated loans, construction loans and work-outs. She earned a J.D. and M.P.H. from Emory University and a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Krause joins the employee benefits and executive compensation practice. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah was in-house employee benefits counsel at Amgen Inc. Krause earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University and received a B.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Roth, who joins the labor and employment practice, previously practiced at Waller. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University, a master’s of divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and a B.A. in religion from Duke University.

Sexton joins the litigation practice. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates. Sexton earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee and a B.A. in English from Murray State University.

Topiwala joins the corporate and securities practice. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP in Nashville. She earned her law degree from Fordham University and a B.A. in English from Wellesley College.

Entrepreneurs’ group announces new board

The Nashville chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global business network of more than 8,700 business owners in 122 chapters and more than 35 countries, has announced its 2013/2014 board of directors:

  • President: Joe Freedman, founder, Music City Tents, Peachtree Tents, RFx Legal and American Legal Search
  • Past president: Andy Bailey, entrepreneur coach, Petra Coach
  • Incoming president: Dan Hogan, CEO, Medalogix
  • Forum chair: Bryan Merville, president and director of sales, Beacon Technologies
  • Forum co-chair: Alan Young, CEO, Armor Concepts LLC
  • Membership chair: John Kepley, CEO, teknetex inc
  • Membership co-chair: Jackson Miller, founder and CEO, Bizen Inc. and L2M LLC
  • Forum health/retention chair: Jeff Turner, president, Turner Machine Co., Inc and National Storm Shelters
  • Sponsorship chair: Ben Hanback, president, The Hanback Group
  • Sponsorship co-chair: Bob Jacobs, managing partner, Equity Express
  • Learning chair: Arnie Malham, founder and president, cj Advertising
  • Social chair: JT Terrell, founding partner, Music City Tents
  • Finance chair: John Aron, president and CEO, The Pasta Shoppe
  • Communications chair: Eric Jackson, managing partner, Keystone Business Solutions, LLC
  • Catalyst chair: Bryan Ansley, CEO, FNB Merchants
  • Catalyst co-chair: Alex Tolbert, owner, Bernard Health
  • Member benefits/integration: Chris Kincade, CEO, The Kincade Group, Inc.
  • Spousal forum: Rebecca Donner, principal, Inner Design Studio
  • At-large/forum olympics: David Box, principal and Co-Founder, Trinisys
  • At-large/community: Tim Ozgener, president, Ozgener Ventures LLC
  • At-large/membership: Debbie Gordon, president and CEO, S3 Surplus Management
  • At-Large/mentorship: Charles May, principal, bytes of knowledge

The Nashville EO chapter has a total of 132 members. To join, an entrepreneur must be a founder, co-founder, owner and controlling shareholder of a company with gross annual sales exceeding $1 million.

McKinney elected president of Napier-Looby group

Attorney Joseph K. McKinney, an associate with Dickinson Wright PLLC, has been elected president of the Napier-Looby Bar Foundation.

McKinney focuses his practice in the areas of commercial & business litigation, civil litigation, labor & employment litigation, and minority business enterprises. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association, and the Napier-Looby Bar Association. He received his B.A. from Rhodes College and his J.D. from the University of Memphis.

The Napier-Looby Bar Foundation is a part of the Napier-Looby Bar Association and serves to raise funds for scholarships to deserving individuals and endeavors in the Middle Tennessee community.

2013 Athena Award nominees announced

Twenty six of Nashville’s most successful business women are in the running for the 2013 Nashville ATHENA Award. These outstanding candidates represent the best and brightest stars in the metropolitan business community.

The Nashville ATHENA Award Program honors business and professional women for their career successes, service to community, and encouragement of women. It seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

Professional organizations across the region nominate outstanding women who best embody the goddess Athena, who is known for her strength, courage, wisdom, and enlightenment, but most of all for her generosity.

The awards are sponsored by Nashville CABLE, with more than 600 members and a 30-year history of helping women reach their full potential. Information about CABLE is available at The awards presentation will be held March 21 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Nominees for the 2013 Nashville ATHENA Award are:

  • Kimble Athan Boswoth, president and COO of Proforma Printelligence. Sponsored by National Association of Women Business Owners, Nashville Chapter
  • Barbie Chadwick, executive director of Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation. Sponsored by Women’s National Book Association
  • Deborah Ann Cole, president and CEO of Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Company. Sponsored by Links, Inc. Music City Chapter
  • Yolanda Selene Cox-Bey, executive assistant/analyst with Simplicity Creative Group and certified image consultant with Selene Styling Studio. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter
  • Charlene Maria Dewey, associate professor of medical education and associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Sponsored by Links, Inc. Nashville Chapter
  • Candice Patrice Flowers, managing partner of Working Place Coaching & Consulting LLC. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Nu Omega Chapter
  • Stacey Arlene Garrett, chair, board of director and member of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. Sponsored by CABLE Nashville Chapter
  • Jimmie White Hill, retired educator with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and mentor for new teachers at Lipscomb University. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter
  • Roberta Hubkaby Hill, human resource supervisor of Franklin Special School District. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Nashville Alumnae Chapter
  • Saletta Ann Holloway, director, board of trustees relations of Meharry Medical College. Sponsored by Links, Inc. Parthenon Chapter
  • Susan Allen Huggins, executive director of CABLE. Sponsored by Women’s Economic Council Foundation
  • Anita Janine Jenious, director – EAD of Vanderbilt University. Sponsored by Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Nashville Chapter
  • Lynda Faye Jones, attorney/managing member of The Jones Law Group, PLLC. Sponsored by Davidson County Democratic Women
  • Mercedes Elizabeth Jones, owner, Legacy Project Resources, LLC. Sponsored by Women In Numbers
  • Gretchell Odett Jordan, vice president/branch manager, Regions Bank. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Psi Omega Chapter
  • Aileen R. Katcher, partner, Katcher Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations. Sponsored by Nashville Women’s Breakfast Club
  • Paula S. Mansfield, senior vice president, community banker Rutherford County for First Tennessee. Sponsored by CABLE Rutherford County
  • Anne Clayton Martin, member of Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC. Sponsored by Lawyers’ Association for Women
  • Lisa Lowery Massey, president and CEO of Nashville Technology Council. Sponsored by Women In Technology of Tennessee
  • Misha A. Maynard, managing partner with HERO, Inc. Sponsored by National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Nashville Chapter
  • Michel Alice McDonald, assistant professor of medicine, director of dermatologic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Sponsored by Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee
  • Doris Harrison McMillan, Afterschool Program Director of New Hope Academy. Sponsored by Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Nashville Capitol City Chapter
  • Jenni Hancock Moscardelli, community volunteer. Sponsored by Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
  • Patsy Ann Rees, director of intake and case management/adjunct professor State of Tennessee/Bethel University. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Delta Omega Chapter
  • Lynn Stinnett Williams, state director of government relations of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Nashville
  • Shirley A. Zeitlin, CEO of Zeitlin & Co., Realtors. Sponsored by Tennessee International Women’s Forum

Latin American Chamber has new board members

The TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce has announced six new board members, including the introduction of three junior board members, part of the young professional board training program.

Joining the board are:

  • Marielena Ramos, a producer and director at WTVF-TV. She also serves on the Chamber’s communications committee.
  • Kia Jarmon, a public relations and brand strategist with The MEPR Agency. She also serve as communications chair.
  • Edmundo Cepeda, who is the senior manager of strategic analytics at Asurion.

New junior board members are:

  • Jose Rodriguez, a recent Lipscomb University graduate who also serves as the new administrative assistant for the Chamber.
  • Karla Vazquez, finance & human resource coordinator for the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. She recently graduated from Lipscomb University.
  • Dalila Duart, is Tennessee State University student who leads the TSU FUTURO chapter. She also is a graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity & International Affairs.

Churchwell to lead Cardiovascular Fellows

André Churchwell, M.D., associate dean of diversity and associate professor of medicine, radiology and biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named the first president of a newly formed Cardiovascular Fellows Society by Emory University School of Medicine, where he completed his graduate medical education.

The J. Willis Hurst, R. Bruce Logue and Nanette K. Wenger Cardiovascular Society was created to connect Emory cardiology alumni to each other and to current cardiology faculty. The group’s purpose is to provide networking opportunities for alumni, to promote alumni accomplishments and to encourage further investment and support of Emory cardiology’s mission.

Churchwell graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in biomedical engineering and later graduated from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship in Atlanta at Emory University, where, in 1984, he was the first African-American named as chief resident of medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital.