BUSINESS MILESTONES: Airport Authority provides funding for education

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NASHVILLE - The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Board Vice Chairwoman Juli Mosley recently presented checks totaling $30,400 to representatives of McGavock High School, MTSU, TSU and Volunteer State Community College.

MTSU will use the funds for the MNAA Endowment that provides scholarships to Aerospace Administration students.

These donations represent one component of the MNAA’s ongoing efforts to foster and promote aviation education within the community. The proceeds benefiting this year’s schools were raised from participants at MNAA’s 16th annual Aviation Classic Golf Tournament held in 2011.

“The Authority strives to provide the Nashville Airports Experience to our passengers and partners, which includes a long-time commitment to fostering local students’ interest in the aviation industry,” said Raul Regalado, MNAA president and CEO. “Over the past 16 years, the MNAA, along with generous community support, has contributed nearly $1 million in support of education initiatives.”

Fulks joins the orthodontic practice of Dr. David Sain

Dr. Clay Fulks has joined Dr. David Sain at Smile Team Orthodontics.

“We are so excited to have Dr. Clay Fulks on our team.  He is a man of integrity and has a desire to give compassionate and excellent orthodontic treatment.” Dr. David Sain said.

Fulks recently finished his residency in orthodontics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he served as chief resident during his final year. He will remain on staff at Vanderbilt in a part-time faculty position.

A native of Georgia, Fulks graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelors of science in biology. He then moved to Florida to complete his doctor of dental medicine degree at Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine. He now resides in Middle Tennessee with his wife, Jenny, and son, Jackson.

More information is available at  

Dr. Angles to join MMC’s Gastroenterology department

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic welcomed Ronald Angles.  He will be joining the gastroenterology department in April. Angles received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee, Ill.  He earned his doctor of osteopathy degree in 1991 from Southeastern University of the Health Sciences in North Miami Beach, Fla. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Flint Osteopathic Campus at Michigan State University in Flint, Mich.  He finished his gastroenterology fellowship at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Flint. Angles is proficient in all aspects of invasive gastroenterology including ERCP and is board certified in gastroenterology.      

“We are privileged and excited to have Dr. Ron Angles join Murfreesboro Medical Clinic,” stated Dr. Robert Ingle, MMC’s senior gastroenterologist. “His training, skill and personality will allow him to be a great addition to our gastroenterology department. We look forward to the knowledge he will bring to our group.”

Before coming to the MMC, Angles worked at Digestive Healthcare of Central Tennessee in Shelbyville. He will maintain office hours for patients both in Shelbyville at 112 Airport Business Park Drive and Murfreesboro at 1272 Garrison Drive.  

MMC Chief Executive Officer Joseph A. Peay added, “Attracting quality physicians, such as Dr. Angles, remains our goal so that we can continue to meet the medical needs of Murfreesboro, Rutherford County and surrounding areas. He will be a great addition to our Clinic.”

For more information on Angles, call 931-735-6036 or 615-867-8070.  

Ferguson named regional communications director

Beth Ferguson, development director for the Heart of Tennessee Chapter, has been promoted to regional communications director for the Volunteer Region of the American Red Cross. Ferguson, who began her career with the Greater Chattanooga Area Red Cross in 2004, is a veteran of public affairs work for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Gustav, the Good Friday Tornado and the historic May 2010 Flooding. She has also been instrumental in building a donor base in the Heart of Tennessee Chapter that has enabled the chapter to experience exceptional growth since 2006.

Ferguson will lead a team in shaping the Red Cross message to the residents of the 62 counties that comprise the Volunteer Region in Middle and West Tennessee.  

She assumed her new role on April 2.

Ferguson can be contacted at 615-250-4272 or

First National Bank announces changes

Driven by growth and positioning personnel for the future, First National Bank has promoted and named Tom Vance as its new vice chairman and Randy Fletcher as president.

The two top-level promotions came as the bank’s board of directors also announced a number other advancements, including naming Pieter van Vuuren as executive vice president and Stacy Vincent of the Murfreesboro branch to assistant vice president and loan officer.

Vance, a Murfreesboro native, will spend more time on strategic planning for the bank and market development, especially in the Rutherford County market where he has extensive experience and FNB now has a full-service branch and rapidly growing mortgage loan unit.

Fletcher assumes responsibility for day-to-day operations. He opened First National’s first loan office in Murfreesboro in 2007. Due to the success of that office, FNB opened the full-service branch on Gateway Boulevard last year.

Vincent joined the Murfreesboro branch of FNB in 2009 and has played a key role in its highly successful loan portfolio growth.

The list of other promotions and new titles includes:

• Michael A. Weeter – Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

• Cindy J. Swann – Senior Vice President, Branch Administrator, and Corporate Secretary

• Nancy Locke – Senior Vice President, Human Resources Director, and Marketing Manager

• Brent Foster –  Senior Vice President, Senior Loan Officer.

“In addition to recognizing Randy’s abilities to lead our bank, the board also made a number of strategic promotions in the persons of Pieter van Vuuren, Michael Weeter, Brent Foster, Cindy Swann, and Nancy Locke. Each of these talented banking senior officers will have vital roles in the leadership team of our financial institution. I am proud of all of them and look forward to overseeing the great jobs I know each one will do,” Vance said.

Founded in 1874, First National Bank has a full range of banking services. For more information about First National Bank, located at 200 East Main Street in McMinnville, and their services, please call, 931-473-4402 or visit First National Bank is a member of the FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.

Holly Sears appointed to ISCS Leadership Team

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has appointed Holly Sears as co-chair, public sector, for the Tennessee/Kentucky Alliance for a one-year term.  In this volunteer role, Sears will represent the interests of owners, developers, investors, marketers and other retail specialists across Tennessee and Kentucky.

“ICSC is delighted to welcome Holly into this new leadership role,” said ICSC State Director Holly Buchanan. “Her enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to the success of ICSC and the retail real estate industry will be of great benefit to our growing membership in our region.”

Sears joined the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce in 2005. As vice president of economic development, she leads efforts to continue to help create high wage jobs, diversify the economic base and enhance the quality of life for all Rutherford County citizens by recruiting corporate and regional headquarter companies, high tech manufacturing facilities, research and development operations and supporting office developments.

In addition to her leadership with ICSC, Sears is vice chair of NAIOP, Nashville – The Commercial Real Estate Organization, serves on the Board for Tennessee Economic Partnership and is a member of the Mid-Area Cumberland Development Agency Board of Directors.

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce seeks to promote economic development and a quality of life to benefit all residents of Rutherford County. Programs, events and services are offered to both members and non-members. The Chamber operates out of a main office on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro, and branch offices in Smyrna and La Vergne. Learn more at

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 55,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. For more information, visit

Nunnari Joins Pinnacle

Michelle Nunnari has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a service specialist for the West College Street office in Murfreesboro.

Nunnari has 12 years of client services experience. Past roles included serving as a teller specialist for Regions Bank in Murfreesboro and a telebanking specialist for AmSouth Bank in Nashville. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Pinnacle Financial Partners provides a full range of banking, investment, mortgage and insurance products and services designed for small- to mid-sized businesses and their owners and individuals interested in a comprehensive relationship with their financial institution.  Comprehensive wealth management services, such as financial planning and trust, help clients increase, protect and distribute their assets.

Additional information concerning Pinnacle can be accessed at
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