Business Briefs 12-8-2016

Baker Donelson

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-51-32-pmBaker Donelson announces the addition of 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 magna cum laude graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law, Dr. Chaloner also received 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.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-51-38-pmClimo joins the Firm’s Advocacy Department where she assists 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.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-51-44-pmCole is a member of Baker Donelson’s Commercial Trans-actions & Business Counseling Group where she focuses 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.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-51-50-pmShoptaw joins the Firm’s Real Estate and Finance Group where he works on a variety of matters, including assisting clients in developing, financing and acquiring commercial real estate. In this capacity, he routinely performs due diligence for commercial leasing transactions involving health care companies and other large corporations. 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.

Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.

Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., announces that Jeff Cundiff has been elected Vice President. He was named Nashville Civil Group Leader in August.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-51-57-pmCundiff joined Barge Waggoner in early 2007 and has more than 12 years of experience in the engineering field. His experience includes specialties in sustainability within the built environment.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from Lipscomb University. Cundiff has also obtained a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Sustainability from Lipscomb and participated in the BWSC Leadership Institute. He was awarded by the firm with the Dan Barge Award of Merit in 2012.

Tennessee Department of Revenue

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced David Gerregano as commissioner of the Department of Revenue which went into effect on December 3.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-52-02-pmA 19-year veteran of the department, Gerregano, 46, is currently deputy commissioner, and he will replace Commissioner Richard Roberts, whose departure was announced earlier this month.

As deputy commissioner since 2011, Gerregano has helped oversee the audit division, enforcement and taxpayer services.

Gerregano received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1995 and clerked for the Chancery Court of Rutherford County until 1997 before joining the Department of Revenue as tax counsel. He ultimately became assistant commissioner in 2010 and then deputy commissioner in 2011.

Since becoming deputy commissioner, Gerregano has been a leader in developing tax policy and making tax guidance readily available to the public through the publication of revenue rulings and other online resources.

Gerregano has also been instrumental in updating the department’s systems in order to improve services to Tennesseans.

Gerregano grew up Gainesboro and received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 1992. He lives in Nashville with his family.

Meharry Medical College

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-52-08-pmMeharry Medical College has appointed Veronica Thierry Mallett M.D., MMM, as the new Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, effective March 2017. Mallett is 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 obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Barnard University and received 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.

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

The Nashville Medical Group Management Assoc.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-52-15-pmThe Nashville Medical Group Management Association, the local chapter of the oldest and longest professional membership association dedicated to the business administration of medical practices, has announced Kelley Rice, operations manager with Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics, will lead the board as president.


WEICHERT, REALTORS® The Andrews Group has announced  Margaret Davidson, Joseph Smith and Demetria Szellan, have joined their Nashville office on 2207 Crestmoor Road. They join the team of agents bringing many years of combined real estate expertise.