Of Note: 29 April 2020

William Sekyi

Patterson Intellectual Property Law has announced that William Sekyi has been inducted as a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation.

Sekyi (pictured) is an of counsel patent attorney who began his practice in Washington, D.C., in 2002 and has since litigated patent disputes in district and appellate courts and before the International Trade Commission. 

In addition, he counsels clients on IP matters and prosecutes patents. More recently, he was involved in a number of inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Sekyi earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College, London University; a M.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University; and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

The NBA fellows program was established in 1991 to honor service to clients and to the public interest. Fellows are selected by their colleagues. Each class of fellows is limited to approximately 2 percent of the bar in Nashville.

Nashville Symphony expands online presence

With all ticketed concerts and education and community programs suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nashville Symphony has expanded its presence online with entertainment and music education offerings via its website and social networks. 

"This pandemic has forced all of us to adapt and find innovative ways to stay connected with each other until we can resume public activity," Alan Valentine, symphony president and CEO, said in a release. "Thanks to the resilience and creativity of our staff and musicians, these dynamic resources enable us to continue offering our programming to music lovers in our own community and around the world."

Expanding the symphony's virtual entertainment and music education offerings has been done with input from the orchestra's 80-plus musicians, Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yanez and Nashville Symphony Chorus Director Tucker Biddlecombe, as well as from staff, board members and volunteers, and the general public.  

GlobeSt.com recognizes SEV

Online publication GlobeSt.com has named Nashville-based commercial real estate brokerage, development and design firm Southeast Venture a net lease influencer firm of the year.

The honor recognizes SEV for its “significant contributions” to net leasing, the “prevailing method of leasing property” in the commercial real estate industry, according to a release.

Southeast Venture has served the Nashville and Middle Tennessee region for nearly 40 years, during which time its notable projects have include leasing, selling and managing the majority of the 850-acre MetroCenter, instigating the 7.5 million-square-foot Cool Springs development and assisting in developing the nearly 40-acre mixed-use Silo Bend project in The Nations

“It’s an honor to be recognized among some of the best in the business, from all across the country,” Wood Caldwell, SEV principal, said in the release. “We’re proud of our history in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and we look forward to many more successful projects in the years to come.”

GlobeSt.com publishes news and analysis regarding the commercial real estate industry.

Regions Foundation awards Pathway Lending $150K grant

Pathway Lending, a Nashville-based nonprofit community development financial institution, has announced the Regions Foundation has awarded it a $150,000 grant in support of its response efforts following the March 3 storms and tornadoes.

The Regions Foundation is an Alabama-based nonprofit initiative of Regions Bank that supports community investments.

In addition to Pathway’s commitment to make up to $4 million in loans through the program, its response efforts also include expanded advisory services and a lineup of new educational programming.

“We all have a stake in the resiliency of our community’s small businesses and their ability to recover from last month’s storms,” Lee Blank, Nashville market executive for Regions Bank, said in the release. “Pathway is standing in the gap for many businesses during this uniquely challenging time, and we believe its efforts in the days, weeks and months following the storms will help lead to a brighter, stronger future for companies in Middle Tennessee.”

First Horizon Bank offers free online programs

In an effort to support businesses and their employees during the coronavirus pandemic, First Horizon Bank is now offering an online version of its free onsite financial wellness programs.

The educational and interactive classes cover managing a budget, building an emergency fund, understanding a credit score, preventing identity theft and buying a home.

Currently, more than 200 Middle Tennessee companies are enrolled in the First Horizon program. Participating companies or their employees do not have to bank with First Horizon Bank.

First Horizon Bank is based in Memphis but offers a strong presence in Nashville.

Harrington, The Bakery Companies donate to The Store

Local businesswoman Cordia Harrington and her The Bakery Companies have donated six pallets of McDonald's buns to The Store, located near 12South.

The most recent donation brings to 41,400 buns the number the business has donated to date.

The relationship between Harrington and The Store began about two years ago when Kim Paisley and Brad Paisley (who helped create the nonprofit that oversees The Store) presented their idea to the Belmont University Board of Directors, of which Harrington is a member. Several months later, Harrington hosted a fundraiser at local restaurant Char for about 75 guests. The effort focused on raising money to fund construction of the building near Belmont's campus (read more here).

Other donated products include muffins and seeded buns. Additionally, The Bakery Companies donates products to Second Harvest.

Earlier this year, the Post named Harrington its CEO of the Year (read here).

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