Business Briefs – 5/29/14

Synovus Mortgage

Jeremy Davis, Director of Mortgage Banking, has announced the addition of two well known mortgage banking teams and an additional experienced mortgage loan originator to Synovus Mortgage Corporation (SMC) located at The Bank of Nashville, a division of Synovus Bank.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.22.47 AMAlene Gnyp joins as Vice President, Mortgage Loan Consultant for Synovus Mortgage Corp. in the West End location of The Bank of Nashville. Gnyp brings more than twenty years of mortgage lending experience focused on the mortgage needs of medical professionals.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.22.51 AMCarolyn Daniels joins as Vice President, Mortgage Loan Consultant for Synovus Mortgage Corp. in the Green Hills location of The Bank of Nashville. Daniels also brings more than twenty years of mortgage lending experience focused on the mortgage needs of medical professionals.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.22.56 AMAdditionally, Justin Frizzell joins Synovus Mortgage Corp. as Assistant Vice President and Mortgage Loan Originator at the Cool Springs location of The Bank of Nashville. Frizzell has twelve years of mortgage lending experience and previously worked as a mortgage banking officer at Fifth Third Bank.


Nashville Bar Assoc.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.02 AMThe Nashville Bar Association has honored Davidson County District Attorney General Victor S. “Torry” Johnson with the prestigious Norman award. The presentation was made at the organization’s annual Law Day lunch earlier this month.

The Jack Norman award was initiated in 1996 and named for the legendary Nashville defense attorney. Recipients are presented upon the recommendation of the Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Committee. The award is not presented every year; it is at the discretion of the NBA Board.

Neal and Harwell

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.09 AMAubrey Harwell Jr., co-founder, member and managing partner of Neal and Harwell PLC., has been named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Southeastern Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SEABOTA). The award recognizes Harwell’s superior skill in advocacy, his contributions to the legal profession and his absolute integrity.

Harwell’s service extends beyond the law firm. He also serves as chair holder of the Jennings A. Jones Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise in the College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Nashville School of Law and has taught at both Vanderbilt University and Belmont University in Nashville.

Tuck and Hinton

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.19 AMMary Melissa Yohn has joined Tuck Hinton Architects as Intern Architect, announced Mary Roskilly, AIA, Principal/Partner. As an Intern Architect, she collaborates with the firm’s project directors and project managers on projects.

Yohn was previously an Intern Architect at Cohen Carnaggio Reynolds in Birmingham, Ala. She is a 2012 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Yohn is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, a Young Urbanist with the Nashville Civic Design Center, and a member of TWIG: Tennessee Women in Green.

Tennessee Dental Assoc.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.23 AMDr. Robert P. Pulliam D.M.D., M.S., a periodontist based in Nashville, received the prestigious Tennessee Dental Association (TDA) Fellowship Award during the recent Music City Dental Conference held in Nashville, the 147th annual meeting of the TDA.

Pulliam earned his dental degree in 1997 from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry at Birmingham and specialty certification in periodontics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2000. Pulliam and his wife, Kaki, reside in Nashville.

MTR Family Law

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.32 AMVirginia (Ginger) J. Connell has joined MTR Family Law, announced Marlene Eskind Moses, founding manager of the firm. Connell was previously an attorney with Jackson, Kweller, McKinney, Hayes, Lewis and Garrett in Nashville, where she represented clients in all phases of divorce, child support, paternity, contempt, and dependency neglect. Prior to completing law school, she was a paralegal at the firm for ten years. She also spent two years as a paralegal for Child Support Services of Davidson County.

Connell received her J.D. from Nashville School of Law in 2010. She is a 2005 cum laude graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in management and human relations.


The Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA) recently announced the addition of four new staff and faculty members and one new promotion.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.36 AMJohn Ronning has been named Assistant to the Vice President for Finance at MTSA. Prior to MTSA, he was an office manager at Scooter J. Construction.


Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.41 AMRebecca Talley has been named Special Assistant to the President and Dean. Prior to MTSA, she was a liaison for various non-profits at Alignment Nashville.


Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.45 AMMichael Vollman has been hired as a full-time Academic Faculty at MTSA. Prior to MTSA, he taught at Vanderbilt and Georgetown Universities.


Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.51 AMJordan Patterson has been named Instructional Technology Specialist at MTSA. Prior to MTSA, he with DePaul University College of Law.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.23.58 AMDebbie Rose has been promoted to Director of Financial Aid at MTSA. Previously, she served as MTSA’s Coordinator of Business Operations.




Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.24.05 AMVanderbilt’s Anita Agarwal, M.D., professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, recently received the J. Donald M. Gass Medal from the Macula Society.

During the annual meeting of the Society, Agarwal was recognized with the organization’s highest honor, the Gass Medal for outstanding contributions in the study of macular diseases.

Receiving the medal has significant meaning for Agarwal, who completed her medical retina fellowship under Gass’ mentorship at Vanderbilt, worked alongside him and later assumed his clinical practice. Gass, who died in 2005, was one of the world’s most respected experts on diseases of the retina, macula and uvea.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.24.11 AMShari Barkin, M.D., MSHS, William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr.

Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been elected to serve as vice president of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR), with succession to the presidency in 2016.
Barkin will serve a four-year leadership term beginning in May.

Before coming to Vanderbilt, she served as an associate professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine, Brenner Children’s Hospital.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.24.17 AMLaura Dugan, M.D., the Larry L. Hillblom Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), has joined the Vanderbilt faculty to direct Vanderbilt University’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, a division of the Department of Medicine.

Dugan, a neuroscientist, brings a robust research program studying the cellular mechanisms of nerves and neuronal injury in the brain, and the role of inflammation in the aging brain and in the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease. The Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCSD, led by Dugan, ranked 20th in the nation out of more than 1,500 programs by U.S. News and World Report.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.24.24 AMAtia Jordan, M.D., a Vanderbilt School of Medicine alumna, has been hired as a pediatrician whose primary focus is on sleep medicine in children.

Jordan, one of few board-certified pediatric sleep specialists in the region, will see patients in the Pulmonary Medicine Clinic on the 10th floor of the Doctors’ Office Tower at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and at the new Children’s Hospital subspecialty clinic in Hendersonville.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.24.29 AMSten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, has received the 2014 Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.

Vermund, who earned his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Mailman School in 1990, will receive the award during the school’s sixth annual Alumni Summit for Public Health Leadership on June 5.

Vermund is Amos Christie Professor of Global Health and professor of Pediatrics, Health Policy, Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt. He is known internationally for his leadership of HIV care, treatment and prevention projects throughout the world.

Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 9.24.34 AMWilliam Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine, received the Immunization Champion Award — Friend of Pharmacy from the American Pharmacists Association (APA) at the group’s annual meeting, held recently in Orlando, Fla.