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FLIGHT. 45 | NO. 41 | Friday, October 8, 2021

Michael Schwegler has joined the Nashville office of McGlinchey Stafford where he will work within his national corporate practice.

Schwegler has represented lenders, creditors and corporations in commercial and consumer lending transactions, consumer finance regulation and compliance, real estate, arbitrations, bankruptcies and commercial litigation.

Previously, he worked in the Tennessee State Attorney General’s Office and the Civil Rights and Journalist Claims Division for three years as an Assistant Attorney General. He has defended the state in the areas of civil rights, personal injury, state taxation, industrial accidents and administrative matters.

He received his JD from Vanderbilt University Law School. He also graduated from the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio. A member of the bankruptcy and appeals bars, he is an active member of various associations in the legal and financial sector.

NEC Announces 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center has announced that its Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the annual NEXT Awards on October 25. This year’s Hall of Fame class includes:

n Phil Bredesen: former mayor of Nashville then governor of Tennessee. A successful entrepreneur, he founded HealthAmerica Corp., a Nashville-based healthcare management company. He sold Health America in 1986 after increasing it to 6,000 employees and turning an initial investment of $ 10,000 into a business of $ 40 million.

n Lucius Burch III: The CEO of Nashville-based Burch Investment Group has had a career of nearly 50 years in venture capital, specializing in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and management consulting.

n Leatrice McKissack: Founded in 1905, McKissack & McKissack was one of the first African-American professional firms in Nashville. Leatrice McKissack took over as head of the company in the 1980s, carving out a place for herself in a male-dominated industry. Today, the McKissack name continues with Leatrice’s daughters, Cheryl McKissack Daniel, who took over from her mother in 2000 and is the current President and CEO of the family business, and Deryl McKissack, at the head of its own architecture, engineering and construction. firm of the same namesake McKissack & McKissack and continues to pave the way for future black architects.

n Trisha Yearwood: Country superstar, bestselling author, chef, business owner and television personality. She has three best-selling cookbooks, her Emmy Award-winning Food Network series, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, the Trisha Yearwood Pet Collection, her signature line of products and tableware collection with Williams Sonoma, as well as furniture, accessories for home and rugs.

The Nashville Entrepreneur Hall of Fame honors individuals who have built long and meaningful careers in Nashville. Each winner will be officially inducted into the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on October 25 during the NEXT Awards. Previous Hall of Fame inductees include: Dolly Parton, Darrell Freeman, Kix Brooks, Cordia Harrington and more.

Schultz takes on new position at Cumberland Trust

Cumberland Trust, an independent Nashville-based trust company, has appointed Debbie Schultz as vice president and director of administration of special needs trusts.

Schultz holds an Executive JD from Purdue University Global. She obtained an MBA and a BS in Commerce / Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), a graduate of Cannon Trust School and has obtained the title of Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®).

Prior to joining Cumberland Trust, Schultz was Head of the Trust Administration Team at Bank of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Previously, she led the Arden Trust Company Special Needs Trust Team Unit in Phoenix, Arizona.

TN Nurses Association appoints Executive Director

The Tennessee Nurses Association has appointed Kirk W. Lawson, CAE, as the association’s new CEO. Lawson brings over 20 years of C-level experience, as well as grounded, mission-driven, member-organization experience.

Lawson’s appointment will be complete following the retirement of Tina Gerardi, MS, RN, CAE, who served as the association’s executive director for almost four years.

As Executive Director, Lawson will oversee TNA’s operations, including the membership model, programs, partnerships and finances of the organization. Lawson will also oversee strategic advocacy efforts for legislation to improve nursing and health care for the people of Tennessee.

Lawson most recently served as Executive Director of Business Professionals of America, where he implemented a business model that generated over $ 1 million in annual revenue, increasing the annual budget from $ 1.1 million to $ 2.4 million, while increasing membership and member services. He previously served as Executive Director of the Columbus International Program in Columbus, Ohio.

Lawson holds a CAE degree from the CAE Commission, an independent certification body of the America Society of Association Executives. Lawson also holds an MA from Ohio State University and a BA from DePauw University.

Ensworth appoints new school principal

Ensworth has appointed C. Prentice Stabler as its eighth principal, starting in the summer of 2022. Stabler’s appointment was made after an international search that attracted more than 170 applicants.

Stabler graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history with a certificate in teacher preparation, where he was honored with the New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Stabler was awarded the Klingenstein Leadership Merit Scholarship to continue his education at Teachers College of Columbia University, where he obtained his Masters in Private School Leadership. While at Columbia, he was also a Klingenstein graduate student consultant at Harlem Academy in New York.

In 2020, Stabler received an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Stabler’s career as an educator began at McCallie, where he held a variety of positions including history teacher, varsity team head coach, boarding counselor, and dorm parent, and Deputy Director of Residential Admissions. In 2013, Stabler was appointed Principal of the Franklin Road Academy Graduate School. Stabler was then appointed Associate School Principal at FRA in 2019, overseeing high schools, colleges and colleges, the Office of Diversity, Community and Inclusion, and the Office of Spiritual Life.

Stabler will succeed David Braemer, who was a school principal for 10 years.

MTSU Selects Arik as President of Planning

The Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Murat Arik, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, to the Jennings and Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning.

Arik is director of the Business and Economic Research Center. This joint role will allow him to further develop initiatives relevant to planning needs in the Midstate region while encouraging a dialogue on topics with the region’s decision makers, opinion leaders and the community.

The position of president will focus initially on research and service to the metropolitan areas of Nashville and Clarksville. Arik also expressed his enthusiasm for serving as a resource for the greater Middle Tennessee region.

Arik teaches strategic management, innovation management and innovation acceleration to undergraduates. He has consulted extensively with local and state government agencies, chambers of commerce and private companies. His research focuses on regional economic trends, international business dynamics, strategic management, innovation management and innovation acceleration.

Celsor and Woodard join Pinnacle in Gallatin

Pinnacle Financial Partners has hired a duo of experienced financial services professionals for its recently opened Gallatin office.

Karen Celsor joins the firm after leaving Reliant Bank as head of the Gallatin office. She has 35 years of experience in financial services.

Trina Woodard also joins Pinnacle from Reliant Bank. She is a financial advisor based in the Gallatin office and brings 26 years of experience to her role.

Celsor most recently served as a branch manager for Reliant Bank in Gallatin and held similar positions at Sumner Bank & Trust and Fifth Third in Gallatin. She attended the Volunteer State Community College.

Woodard’s previous experience at Reliant Bank in Gallatin included roles as a business development manager for Sumner and Davidson counties and as a branch manager for his first location in Gallatin when he was known as of Commerce Union Bank. She was also a personal banker for Cumberland Bank and a branch manager for AmSouth Bank.

Thomas & Hutton hires a project manager

Thomas & Hutton has hired Andrew Reed, PE, as the project manager for the company’s Nashville area. He brings five years of civil engineering management experience in various markets including healthcare, single-family, multi-family, student housing, hospitality, mixed-use and urban infill.

Reed recently completed the design and permits for the Vanderbilt University Student and Graduate Housing Project. He also oversees multi-family and office projects in the Wedgewood Houston and Chestnut Hill neighborhoods, as well as office and doctor’s office projects along the Charlotte Pike Corridor.

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a Chartered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee.

You have the power greets Najafian

You’ve got the power… Knowing how to use it, Inc. Welcomes Azadeh Najafian as Assistant to CEO Cathy Gurley. In this role, Najafian will serve internal and external needs that support You Have the Power’s long-term strategies and outreach. It will help identify and research the information necessary for the growth and operation of the agency. Najafian will also be responsible for the agency’s communications with agency partners, stakeholders and voters.

Najafian obtained his bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degrees. degrees in Persian literature from Shiraz University in Iran. She recently completed her Master of Arts in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. Najafian has worked at the Kentucky Museum, the South Union Shaker Village, and with the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition as an ESL assistant.


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