Business Briefs 3-16-2017

Crain Construction, Inc.

Screen shot 2017-03-15 at 2.21.15 PMCrain Construction, Inc. has hired Brent McGee as a project manager and Kyle O’Leary as the general contracting firm’s director of human resources.

McGee’s diverse resume includes serving as project manager or superintendent for Class A office, tenant upfits, healthcare, municipal, parking and high-rise residential projects throughout the Southeast and Texas.

McGee earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University and quickly gravitated to construction management. He is a LEED AP and an ASHE Certified Healthcare Constructor.

Screen shot 2017-03-15 at 2.21.22 PMO’Leary will focus on talent acquisition, training and development for Crain Construction.

Previously, the middle Tennessee native held human resources positions with Mosaic Consulting Group, Amazon, Franke and Cricket Communications. He has a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, is working on a master’s degree from Villanova University and is a Society of Human Resources Certified Professional.

Fridrich & Clark Realty, LLC

Fridrich & Clark Realty, LLC is pleased to announce that Jill Rigsby Higgs has joined the Green Hills office as an Affiliate Broker.

Screen shot 2017-03-15 at 2.21.27 PMHiggs was raised in a real estate family giving her a deep-rooted passion for the business. She grew up in Cowan, TN, right at the foot of the Sewanee Memorial Cross. Her family was instrumental in developing several subdivisions on Tims Ford Lake along with 20 plus subdivisions in the area. She attended the University of Tennessee and moved to Nashville after graduation where she worked as the Recruiting Coordinator in Vanderbilt University’s Career Center.  After living in Nashville for five years, Jill’s love of real estate, the area    and people led her to launch   her Real Estate career in 2012. She enjoys getting to know      her clients and consulting with them on their needs and wants and prides herself in providing every client exceptional service.

RealtyTrust Residential, LLC

Screen shot 2017-03-15 at 2.21.33 PMRealtyTrust Residential, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Callianne Deschner to their roster of professional real estate agents.

Deschner has a background in education and teaches fifth grade for Williamson County Schools.
Her primary focus will specialize in first-time home buyers.

Tennessee State Building Commission

The Tennessee State Building Commission has voted unanimously to appoint Ann McGauran as State Architect. McGauran is the first woman to serve Tennessee in this capacity since the position was created in 1955.

Screen shot 2017-03-15 at 2.21.38 PMMcGauran is a Senior Architect and Facilities Management Professional who has more than 25 years of architectural and project management experience. Since 2014, she has been working in the Tennessee Depart-ment of General Services, most recently serving as the Executive Director of Business Operations, in the STREAM Division. McGauran has substantial experience as an architect in the private sector, including with Vanderbilt Medical Center, where she worked as a project manager and in other capacities.

The State Architect and staff serve as support for the functions of the State Building Commission and also provides oversight for all state capital projects and real estate transactions that are under authority of the State Building Commission, to assure compliance with State statutes and policies.

The Office of the State Architect is administratively attached to the Tennessee Treasury Department. The State Building Commission was created by the Legislature to oversee construction of all State public buildings and capital maintenance. Members of the State Building Commission are: Lt. Governor Randy McNally, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, Commissioner Larry Martin, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Comptroller Justin Wilson, and State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. McGauran steps into the role previously held by Peter Heimbach, who transferred to the Department of General Services.

McGauran is a licensed Architect who is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). She has a BA in Architecture from Auburn University and a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Vanderbilt University- Owen School of Management.

Tennessee State Museum

The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission announced that Tennessee native Ashley Howell accepted the position of executive director of the Tennessee State Museum.  The commission voted to offer Howell the position at its meeting back in January. She succeeds long serving director Lois Riggins Ezzell who retired December 31.

Howell, 40, currently serves as the deputy director of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.

A Nashville native, Howell graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a degree in art history.  She holds a master’s degree from UT in communication and a master’s of business administration degree from Boston University with a certificate in museum studies. She joined the Frist Center in 2007 as director of development and most recently served as deputy director.

Howell joins the Tennessee State Museum with a new museum currently under construction at the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. The state museum is one of the oldest and largest state museums in the nation with more than 150,000 artifacts in its holdings.

Howell will assume her new role on April 1.