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VOL. 42 | NO. 7 | Friday, February 16, 2018

Ross Bryan Associates board adds 2, promotes 2

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Michael Paris and Brent Thornton have joined the board of directors of Ross Bryan Associates as vice presidents. Current board members Steven Qualls and Kurt Boyd have been named associate principals.

Paris has more than 25 years of engineering and design experience and specializes in glass fiber reinforced concrete and architectural precast design. He joined Ross Bryan Associates in 1992 and has worked on the renovation of Shepard Hall at The City College of New York and numerous New York school façade restoration projects. He is a member of the board of directors of RBA Audit LLC.

Thornton joined the structural engineering firm in 2000. He oversees contract document prep and construction administration and also provides investigative and auditing services. He has been the design engineer on several buildings on the Belmont University campus including Patton Hall & Bear House, Potter Hall, McWhorter Hall Health Services Pharmacy and the Troutt/Blackbox Theatre Complex. He has also provided engineering design for the new University of Tennessee-Knoxville Student Union. He is also member of the board of directors of RBA Structural Engineering LLC.

A board member since 2013, Qualls joined the structural engineering firm in 1995. He is also an adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech University.

Boyd joined the firm in 1993 and has been a member of the board of directors since 2011.

Aries Clean Energy selects Kelfkens as senior VP


Aries Clean Energy has added Renus Kelfkens as senior vice president of engineering, which includes directing all efforts in design, construction, and operations.

Kelfkens, most recently the head of engineering for Sundrop Fuels, brings experience in the natural gas, gasification and renewables conversion to liquids industry to Aries.

He served as an executive member and SVP, engineering, at Sundrop. Prior to that, he served as SVP, engineering, at Greatpoint Energy

Kelfkens holds degrees in chemical engineering degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and business administration from the University of South Africa. He completed the Gibbs Business Leadership Program and Executive Development Program.

Aries, based in Nashville, designs and builds bio-based downdraft and fluidized bed gasification systems.

Davis Joins Barge Design Solutions


Michael Davis and Ben Zoeller have joined Barge Design Solutions, Inc., as project engineer and project manager, respectively. Davis in the Transportation Business Unit and Zoeller in the Environment & Water Resources Business Unit.

Prior to joining Barge Design Solutions, Davis was employed at Alfred Benesch & Company. His experience includes environmental erosion prevention and sediment control inspections, environmental permit compliance, bridge structural design and construction phase services.

Davis is an Auburn University graduate with a civil engineering degree. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Tennessee and Alabama and is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control.


Zoeller’s 17-year career has focused on project management and operations relative to water resources, geotechnical, construction services and environmental engineering. He was previously employed at Amec Foster Wheeler.

Zoeller earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and Alabama, as well a Certified Floodplain Manager.

FBMM promotes four team members

Entertainment business management firm Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc., has announced the promotion of four team members: Jake Dougher to account manager and Marissa Bond, Tyler Simmons and Katlyn Spalding to senior account assistants.

Dougher, who has been with FBMM since 2012 and, is now an account manager. His previous work experience includes being a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. He also worked as an account manager at Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc., in Washington, D.C. He earned a degree in art history from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2008.

Bond, who joined the FBMM team in 2013, was previously an executive assistant at Artist & Repertoire, LLC., and is a member of the Women’s Music Business Association, Troubadour Society, American Society of Composers, and Authors and Publishers. She holds a degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Tennessee.

Simmons, who joined FBMM in 2015, worked previously as a booking intern at The PressHouse and a business development intern at Gilda’s Club Nashville. He holds a degree in business administration with an emphasis in the music industry and finance from the University of Maryland.

Spalding, who joined FBMM in 2016, was formerly an assistant finance director for Little English, LLC. Spalding holds degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics.

W Publishing hires marketing vice president


Thomas Nelson has hired Denise George as vice president of marketing for the W Publishing Group.

George comes to W Publishing with more than 20 years of marketing experience in creative industries. For the past seven years, she has served as vice president of content and customer development at Creative Trust. Prior to that, George spent more than 15 years at Capitol Records in customer content development, artist marketing, and, most recently, in business development as vice president of strategic marketing.

In her new role, George will oversee all marketing and publicity efforts for the W Publishing Group.

Bower, Lockley join Pinnacle Asset Mgmt.


David Bower and Holly Lockley have joined Pinnacle Asset Management, one of the organization’s units that provides investment management and securities trading and execution. They will operate out of Pinnacle’s Donelson office.


Bower joins Pinnacle as a senior vice president and financial consultant. He previously spent more than 24 years with SunTrust Investment Services, where he managed approximately $125 million in assets. He holds a degree in finance from Middle Tennessee State University. He is also an Accredited Asset Management Specialist.

Lockley, with 18 years of financial services experience, previously spent 11 years at SunTrust Investment Services. She will work alongside Bower as a PAM sales assistant. Lockley holds a degree in business management from University of Phoenix’s West Florida campus in Temple Terrace, FL.

Wilson bank selects new commercial lender


Wilson Bank & Trust has welcomed Kent Sandidge IV as a vice president and commercial lender at the bank’s West End office.

Sandidge has served in a number of roles in the financial industry during his 25-year career, most recently as a vice president/senior small business relationship manager with Capstar Bank.

He attended Battle Ground Academy and is a graduate of U.T. Martin and the Barret Graduate School of Banking at Christian Brothers University.

Lathon joins staff at Addiction Campuses


Addiction Campuses has hired Erika Lathon, formerly of WZTV, as public relations manager.

Lathon is a familiar face in Middle Tennessee where she reported news on air for 17 years. She is an Associated Press Award-winning journalist with seven Emmy nominations.

She previously worked as a reporter and anchor at WAAY Television in Huntsville.

Uniguest adds industry veterans as CFO, CRO


Nashville-based Uniguest, a global provider of secure technology and print services, has hired Gene Reardon as chief financial officer and Lee Horgan as chief revenue officer.


Both previously worked with CEO Jeff Hiscox at Newmarket International.

Prior to serving as Newmarket’s CFO, Reardon was corporate controller and then named vice president of finance. Reardon is a CPA and CGMA and holds a degree in accounting from the University of Maine.

As CEO of Amadeus Hospitality, Horgan oversaw several software launches and CRM deployments. Horgan began his career in sales at Newmarket and later served as EVP of sales and CTO under Hiscox. He is a graduate oif Indiana University Indiana University with a degree in history.

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