Business Briefs

Belmont University
Associate Professor William M. Akers is returning as Chair of Belmont University’s Motion Pictures program. As the founding chair in 2013, Akers created the curriculum for the program and was instrumental in the design and construction of the Milton and Denice Johnson Center, where the department is housed. Since its inception, the program has grown from 12 students to 210. In this position, Akers mentors students and assists the department’s faculty while writing sequels to his two books, “Your Screenplay Sucks: 100 Ways to Make it Great” and “Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way.”

In addition to his position at Belmont, Akers also works as a script consultant for clients all over the world. He is a founding board member of eiACE, the Entertainment Industry Association of Consultants and Educators and sits on the boards of the Nashville Composers Association and the University Film & Video Association.
Akers received a B.S. in Visual & Written Creative Expression from Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California. He has been writing features and television for 25 years and is a Lifetime Member of the Writers Guild of America.

Bridgestone Americas
Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) has previously announced Bridget Neal as president, off-the-road (OTR), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). Neal succeeds Taylor Cole, who recently was named president of Firestone Building Products, LLC.

As president, Neal will lead all aspects of the Bridgestone OTR tire business in North America, including strategic planning, product and technology introductions, sales and engineering. She will be responsible for aligning the company’s go-to-market strategies with the broader commercial portfolio, while also helping drive coordination for the Bridgestone OTR business globally. Additionally, Neal will continue to advance the company’s efforts to develop industry-leading technology solutions that track tire performance and help OTR customers improve their productivity and profitability.

Neal joined Bridgestone in August 2002 as a supply planning and sourcing engineer. During her tenure, she has held roles of increasing responsibility within the company’s commercial tire business, including commercial supply chain manager; manager of distribution programs for Bridgestone Bandag retread systems; account executive for original equipment commercial truck and bus tires; and general manager of original equipment and government sales for the truck and bus business. She was promoted to her current position as director, OTR tire sales, in 2015. Neal earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center
TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center is proud to welcome William Yi, MD, general surgeon, to TriStar Medical Group Southern Hills Surgical Consultants.

Dr. Yi specializes in the treatment of diverticulitis, gallstones, gastric ulcers, hernias, lipomas, cysts and cancers of the breast, stomach and colon.

Dr. Yi received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He is now accepting new patients in his clinic office at TriStar Southern Hills Surgical Consultants located at 937 Wallace Road, Suite C 414 in Nashville.

Patterson Intellectual Property Law
Patterson Intellectual Property Law is pleased to announce that Registered Patent Agent Alex Huff- stutter has joined Patterson Intellectual Property Law as an associate. He will work in the firm’s electrical patent and software IP practices. A Nashville native, Huffstutter’s areas of expertise include recent technical innovations in electrical engineering including graphene synthesis. He is a 2017 graduate of Belmont University College of Law. He earned  his B.E., with honors, in Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2013.   Alex is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Carlos L. Arteaga, M.D., director of the Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies (C2T2), director of the Breast Cancer Research Program and associate director for Clinical Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate dean of Oncology Programs at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Arteaga, who holds the Donna S. Hall Chair in Breast Cancer and is a professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, has been a member of the Vanderbilt faculty since 1989. Since 2001, he has been the leader of the Vanderbilt Specialized Program of Re- search Excellence (SPORE) in Breast Cancer, a program that is in its third round of funding (five years per round) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). As the founding director of C2T2 he helped launch the VICC center that integrates an early phase clinical trials program, a personalized cancer medicine infrastructure with expertise in tumor tissue-based molecular methods, as well as a core resource with novel functional imaging methods.

Zeitlin & Co., Realtors
Zeitlin & Co., Realtors is pleased to announce that Tiffany Lee, and Carol Pepin  have joined the team of agents serving Middle Tennessee. Lee is very excited to harness her passion for residential real estate by joining Zeitlin. She will be working at the Zeitlin Williamson County office. Pepin recently relocated from Augusta, Georgia, where she resided for over thirty years-the last sixteen of which were devoted to a career in real estate. She is ready to combine her years of experience and knowledge of residential real estate to this booming Nashville market.