Business Briefs 3-30-2017

Civil Site Design Group

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.06.54 PMKasey A. Holm and Kate McBreen have joined Civil Site Design Group as graduate engineers.
Holm was previously a civil engineering intern with TSD Engineering, Inc. in Folsom, California. A 2016 graduate of Lipscomb University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Holm volunteers with Feed the Children and the McMurray Middle School CRAZE Program. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. Originally from Rocklin, California, she lives in Green Hills.

McBreen was previously with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. as a Civil Engineer in Training. She graduated from Penn State University in May, 2015, with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering. She is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers where she serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Younger Members Group. She is also a member of Engineers Without Borders, Nashville Branch and the Society of Women Engineers. She volunteers with Habitat For Humanity of Greater Nashville and Second Harvest Food Bank. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, McBreen lives in Berry Hill.

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.07.03 PMCivil Site Design Group, PLLC, specializes in land planning and urban design, site planning and design, and civil engineering services for clients throughout the southern region of the United States. The firm provides effective and environmentally sensitive engineering solutions on projects for architects, developers and municipalities.

ESa (Earl Swensson Associates)

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.07.11 PMOne new employee has joined architectural firm ESa (Earl Swensson Associates).
Michael Jernejcic has joined ESa’s architectural team. Previously with Omni Architects in Lexington, Kentucky, he has experience designing educational buildings for K-12 schools, as well as post-secondary facilities. Jernejcic graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Kentucky in 2006 after earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree the previous year.

Harvest at Homestead

A. Marshall Family Foods recently named Donnie Counts as head chef at Harvest at Homestead, the farm-to-table restaurant located inside the historic antebellum home in Thompson’s Station. Previously, Counts served as kitchen manager at Harvest and, most recently, as executive chef at Puckett’s Boat House in Franklin.

A native of the Mississippi Delta, Counts draws on his background to create unique dishes for Harvest, building on Southern basics, while borrowing influences from culinary traditions from across the globe.

Since those memories around the stove as a child, Counts has overseen kitchens and trained under acclaimed chefs from Colorado to South Carolina–not to mention opened his own restaurant, a Spanish tapas concept in Mississippi.

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.07.32 PMCounts has a longstanding history with A. Marshall Family Foods. He first started working with the hospitality group in 2014, when he served as executive chef at Gray’s on Main. He then moved to Harvest at Homestead Manor to serve as its kitchen manager and the liaison between the restaurant and Homestead’s on-staff organic farmers, before serving as Executive Chef of the brand’s seafood concept, Puckett’s Boat House for a year.

Claire Crowell, chief operating officer for AMFF, is excited to see Counts back at Harvest.

Riley Warnock & Jacobson

Attorney Alex Fardon has joined Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC. With decades of experience in complex, high-stakes dispute resolution, his practice will continue to focus on commercial litigation.
Fardon was previously a shareholder and head of the Litigation Practice Group at H3GM. He began his career as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.  Fardon has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, Mid-South Super Lawyers and the Nashville Business Journal. A member of the American Bar Association , the Tennessee Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association, he is a winner of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing.

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.07.38 PMFardon earned his J.D. at Yale Law School. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. An accomplished classical guitarist, he volunteers with Musicians on Call, performing in hospitals. He is a founding member of Middle Tennessee Guitar Alliance, Inc. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Fardon and his family live in Green Hills.

Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC has served the Nashville area for more than 20 years. The firm focuses on the efficient litigation of complex commercial problems, including dispute resolution in all forums, whether state or federal courts, mediation or arbitration.

Tennessee Department of ECD

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam  announced Nashville business executive Bob Rolfe as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). An innovative business leader, Rolfe, 56, has more than three decades of experience in business and investment banking in Tennessee.

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.07.45 PMRolfe comes to the administration from Medical Reimbursements of America (MRA), a 250-employee Franklin company that provides specialty reimbursement solutions for more than 500 hospitals and health systems across the country. As chairman and CEO, he led the development and rollout of the first technology-based solution dedicated exclusively to the resolution of complex accident claims.

In 2011, Rolfe co-founded West End Holdings, a Nashville-based private equity partnership that acquires and manages underperforming companies, transforming their operating and financial performance. He spent the first 18 years of his career as an investment banker at J.C. Bradford and Co.

A native of Nashville, Rolfe received his executive MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. An active member of the Nashville community, he currently serves on the advisory board of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Nashville and have three adult children, Robert, Carly and Leslie. They are members of First Presbyterian Church, where Rolfe has served as an elder for more than 20 years.

Rolfe joined the administration on March 1. He replaces Randy Boyd who left ECD earlier this month to return to the private sector.

Alyssa Hasty, Ph.D., professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, has been named Associate Dean for Faculty Development for Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.07.53 PMFor the past six years, she served as director of Graduate Studies for the Molecular Physiology and Biophysics program and as an IMPACT mentor for first-year graduate students. In addition, for the past three years, she has supported junior faculty by serving as director of the career development program for the Digestive Diseases Research Center. Hasty also sits on mentoring committees of postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty from various departments.

Lori Rolando, M.D., MPH, assistant medical director of the Occupational Health Clinic and assist-ant professor of Clinical Medicine, has been named director of Occupational Health for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

Rolando has been at Vanderbilt since 2008, and also serves as medical director for Health Plus, the faculty and staff wellness program, a position she will relinquish due to the demands of her new job.

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.08.00 PMAn Illinois native, Rolando earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1997, followed by a residency in general surgery at Southern Illinois University and a vascular surgery fellowship at Indiana University.

After practicing as a vascular surgeon for a few years, she served a second residency, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and earned a master’s degree in public health simultaneously.

Linda Sealy, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Screen shot 2017-03-29 at 12.08.07 PMSealy, who has been on faculty since 1986, is associate professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Cell and Developmental Biology and Cancer Biology.

Since 2007, she has served as co-director, then director, of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD), a National Institutes of Health-sponsored grant for the graduate training of underrepresented minorities (URM). Under her leadership, the IMSD program has propelled Vanderbilt to the top echelon of institutions training minority Ph.D.’s. Over the past dozen years through the IMSD program and her own research lab, she has taught and/or mentored nearly 150 URM students at all phases of their pre-graduate/graduate training.