Norton recognized as top turnaround professional

Friday, December 2, 2016, Vol. 40, No. 49


William L. Norton III, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Turnaround Professional Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.

Norton is one of the original founders of the Tennessee Chapter of the TMA and served as its first president and on the original board. Globally, TMA is composed of more than 8,300 turnaround and corporate renewal professionals across 55 chapters.

Norton focuses his practice in the business bankruptcy area, dealing in all aspects of bankruptcy cases, creditor rights and insolvency. He has more than 30 years of practice in bankruptcy and insolvency law.

MTSU names Sluder University College dean


The administrator leading MTSU’s Quest for Student Success will now also serve as dean of the University College and will oversee work with students undecided on majors, as well as adult degree completion, online learning and academic outreach to high school students.

Richard “Rick” Sluder, who joined MTSU as vice provost for student success in September 2014, succeeds David Gotcher, who returns to his role as associate dean of the college after serving as interim dean since August 2015.

MTSU launched its Quest for Student Success initiative in October 2013, creating extensive reforms aimed at helping its students stay on track academically and complete their degrees. The MTSU effort works in conjunction with Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” goal to extend the reach of higher education in the state.

Under Sluder’s leadership, MTSU saw record increases this fall in its retention rates and other key student success measures. Freshman retention has increased almost 12 percent since the success program launch, going from 68 percent in 2013 to about 76 percent this fall.

Sluder, who served as vice provost for recruitment and outreach at the University of Central Missouri before joining MTSU, earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in criminal justice from Truman State University and Sam Houston State University, respectively, and a master’s degree in human resources management from Truman State.

Colliers adds director of self-storage investment sales


Colliers International | Nashville has hired James “Ashley” Compton as national director of self-storage investment sales.

During his 12-year brokerage career, Compton has sold or listed more than 9.9 million square feet of self-storage throughout the United States valued in excess of $632 million.

Compton worked as an acquisitions analyst for a self-storage REIT before joining the commercial real estate brokerage world in 2004. At CBRE’s Nashville office, Compton was consistently recognized as a top producer within CBRE’s Nashville office, as well as most recently being recognized as CBRE’s top national self-storage producer in 2014 and 2015.

He has represented Bank of America, GE Capital Corporation, Babcock & Brown, Westport Properties, Regions Bank and U-Haul International, among other high-profile clients.

Compton holds an MBA with a focus on accounting from the University of Mississippi’s School of Business, in addition to a degree in finance and real estate from the University of Memphis.

Nashville MGMA names new board of directors

The Nashville Medical Group Management Association, the local chapter of the oldest and longest professional membership association dedicated to the business administration of medical practices, announced today its new board of directors for 2016-17 with Kelley Rice, operations manager with Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics - Tennessee, serving as president.

New board members are:

  • President: Rice, MBA, CMPE; operations manager, Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics - Tennessee
  • Immediate Past President: Linda ClenDening, MS, FACMPE, chief executive officer, Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics - Tennessee
  • President-Elect: Joy Testa, CPC; practice manager, Nashville Family Foot Care, PLLC
  • Secretary: Jimmie Holland, MBA, MHA, CMPE; performance improvement manager, HCA Physician Services Group
  • Treasurer: Jami Dewese; front office manager, Endocrinology-Diabetes Associates

Additional board members and advisors for Nashville MGMA include:

  • Myriam Bagwell, CMPE; practice administrator, Endocrinology-Diabetes Associates
  • Rod Ballard, CPA; principal, Jackson Thornton Healthcare
  • Glenn Bradley, vice president, First Tennessee Medical Private Banking
  • Sharon Cannon, administrator, Women’s Group of Franklin
  • Kathi Carney, CPC, CPMA; director of operations -STAT Solutions
  • Lucy Carter, CPA; member, KraftCPAs, PLLC
  • Nic Cofield, VSP, VTSP; business development manager, Jackson Thornton Technologies
  • Hayden Cook, senior network contract manager, UnitedHealth Group
  • Dana Curtis, Central billing office manager, The Surgical Clinic PLLC
  • Keith Dennen, member attorney, Farris Bobango
  • Cheryll Doss, administrator, Nashville Oncology Associates, PC
  • Kenny Flippin, Private Practice Positioning Specialist, ADF Medical
  • Kristy Groth, CMPE; practice manager, Advanced Ortho and Spine
  • Steve Horrell, financial services representative, Principal Financial Group
  • Danny Jeter, CISSP; president & Founder, Jeter IT Solutions
  • Scott Mertie, CHFP, CMPE; president, Kraft Healthcare Consulting, LLC
  • Christa Mixon, administrator, Otolaryngology Associates of Tennessee
  • Hudson Shelton, healthcare account executive, Medix
  • Laura Watkins, FACMPE, CPC; senior medical practice consultant, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company
  • Meredith Yates, account manager, the Bradford Group