Business Briefs 3-9-2017

Batch Nashville

Batch Nashville has announced that Nancy VanReece has joined the company to develop their growing roster of local and national clients. VanReece has worked with companies of all sizes in Nashville and nationally, having spent the last three decades with her own Carpe Diem Management as a consultant, digital media trainer, and operations expert.

VanReece joins Batch as its first Vice President of Business Development to continue Batch’s success providing locally-made gifts to many of the largest companies in Nashville, as well as national corporations that are choosing Nashville as their convention destinations.

Batch is a gift and retail company that was launched by three friends in 2013. Since its early days as a subscription box company, Batch has focused on working with local, artisan makers to offer food and home goods ideal for personal gifts, corporate gifts, events and weddings. Batch Nashville’s retail store is at the Nashville Farmers’ Market.

Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee

Screen shot 2017-03-08 at 1.42.11 PMThe board of directors has elected Peter Woolfolk as chairman of the board for the Middle Tennessee Better Business Bureau.

The founder of Communications Strategies, Woolfolk became a BBB in 2008. He first chaired the Student of Integrity Scholar- ship Awards program for several years. He then chaired other BBB programs including the 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and the Torch Awards for Ethical Commerce  for three years. He is a member of the Executive Committee and was corporate treasurer for two years.

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services

Screen shot 2017-03-08 at 1.42.18 PMCrye-Leike Real Estate Services has announced that Wayne Bennett of Manchester, Tennessee has become affiliated with Crye­Leike Commercial.

Bennett brings to Crye-Leike over nine years of professional real estate sales experience. Previously, he was affiliated with Parks Real Estate of Cool Springs.

As a REALTOR® and affilate broker, Bennett serves the commercial real estate needs of buyers and sellers in and  around Williamson, Davidson, Coffee, and Rutherford counties.

He has attained several REALTOR® designations to maintain his professionalism as a Realtor, including becoming an Accredited Buyer’s Representa- tive (ABR). He is also a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) which means he has the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

Bennett is a member of the Church of the Advent in Nashville.

ESa (Earl Swensson Associates)

Screen shot 2017-03-08 at 1.42.55 PMTwo new employees have joined architectural firm ESa (Earl Swensson Associates).

Jordan Fay, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, has joined ESa’s architectural team. Previously with PBDW Architects in New York City, he has experience designing high- end residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. Fay graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2009.

Screen shot 2017-03-08 at 1.43.01 PMLauren Siler, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined ESa’s architectural team from Perkins+Will in Charlotte, where she worked on projects for a variety of markets. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2012 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

ESa is a 56-year-old, Nashville-based architectural firm that designs healthcare facilities, educational facilities, hospitality venues, corporate office buildings, senior living communities, and facilities for communities and the arts. ESa is located at Gulch Crossing, 1033 Demonbreun Street.

Ingram Group

Ingram Content Group  has announced two new associates to the company.

Ed Spade is now the Senior Manager of Content Acquisition, North America, for Lightning Source LLC. He joined Ingram in 2015 as a Senior Content Acquisition Manager, consulting publishers on their strategies for print and digital publishing, including digital content management and distribution and product development and licensing.

Camille Watts has been named Manager of Ingram Content Services for Lightning Source LLC in New York. Previously, Camille was a Business Development Manager for Lightning Source.


Screen shot 2017-03-08 at 1.43.09 PMINSBANK, a Nashville-based full-service commercial bank, has announced the additions of Chris Frazier and Fran Levy as deposit portfolio managers. Frazier and Levy come to the bank during a time of steady growth and will enhance new and existing relationships with key business clients and business owners.

Before joining INSBANK, Frazier was the assistant general manager for Lamar Advertising, where he managed and led the sales team that covered the state of Tennessee. Prior to his experience at Lamar, Frazier also had the opportunity to work in commercial sales and marketing for Servpro’s Disaster Recovery Team, and also as a Business Banking Specialist for Wells Fargo Bank here in Nashville. Frazier earned a Bachelor of Business Management and Marketing from Middle Tennessee State University.

Screen shot 2017-03-08 at 1.43.15 PMBefore joining INSBANK, Levy was a loan underwriting assistant for Truxton Trust in Nashville, Tennessee. She helped clients with day-to-day banking operations, as well as assisted loan officers with processing documentation and closings for consumer and commercial lending. Levy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

MPD Community Credit Union

The Board of Directors of the MPD Community Credit Union is pleased to announce Stephanie Sessum has been named the new CEO.

Screen shot 2017-03-08 at 1.43.21 PMSessum began her financial institution career as an employee of MPDCCU 9 years ago and has exceptional knowledge of the industry. The position became available when Nancy Walker the former CEO, retired January 3, 2017. Walker served as MPDCCU’s CEO for 19 successful years. It is a goal of Sessum to create awareness that individuals do not have to be a member of the police department to join the community based Credit Union.

MPDCCU has 3000+ members from all over the Greater Nashville area. The MPD Community Credit Union is located in Donelson, at 2711 Old Lebanon Road.

Weichert Real Estate Affiates, Inc.

WEICHERT® Affiliated Offices in the Nashville Area welcome two new team members to their team, Stacy Gazenski and Nate Mather who join a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at the office located at 2207 Crestmoor Road Suite 101 in Nashville.