2021 In Charge – Technology

Each year, our In Charge list brings together business, political and civic leaders from all corners of the Middle Tennessee landscape. This year's list is our 12th iteration and features roughly 500 people driving change across the region. We thank our friends and colleagues at the Scene and Nfocus for their help in creating it.


Antoine Agassi — Chairman and CEO, Trinisys: Has led data management and integration company since early 2015. Was previously president of Cogent Healthcare and CIO at 21st Century Oncology, among other things.

Charlie Apigian — Director, Data Science Institute, MTSU Jones College of Business: Chair of university’s booming computer information systems department, which is home to about 500 students, and a key player in region’s efforts to boost IT workforce.

Rob Bellenfant — Founder and CEO, TechnologyAdvice: Retook reins of business technology consulting firm in 2017 after short stint as chief strategy officer. Previously CEO of Thrive Marketing Group also founded investment vehicle 615 Ventures.

Michael Berman — CEO, Ncontracts: Has been with financial and compliance software firm since 2009 and has overseen growth spurt driven by several acquisitions. Team’s most recent deal, for California-based QuestSoft, grew team to 260 and client roster to 3,700 financial institutions.

Joan Butters — CEO, Xsolis: Leads growing marketer of machine learning and artificial intelligence tools that mine EMRs and claims data. In 2019 bought fellow local software company MEDarchon and last year hired former Brookdale and Change Healthcare exec Chris Bayham to be COO.

Meg Chamblee — EVP, Tennessee, UDig: Tapped in 2020 to lead lT consulting firm’s team across the state after working as director at CGI. Was 2020 president of Women in Technology of Tennessee and is co-founder of Tech Council’s emerging leaders program.

Alex Curtis — VP of Public Affairs and Communications, Greater Nashville Technology Council: Spearhead of council’s growing advocacy work at state and federal levels. Previously was director of Creators’ Freedom Project.

Greg Daily — Chairman and CEO, i3 Verticals: Serial payment tech entrepreneur in 2012 launched i3, which now processes $14 billion in transactions annually. Team has in the past year spent $128 on East Tennessee and Detroit software companies that specialize in working with government agencies.

Wellford Dillard — CEO, CM Group: Leads global marketing technology player that bought local success story Emma in 2017. Backed by NY investment firm Insight Partners, his team has bought five firms in the past two years, growing revenues to more than $250 million.

Keith Durbin — CIO and Director of IT Services Department, Metro Government: Has led Metro’s IT team since 2009 after being member of Metro Council. Former HCA IT&S manager has set up new data center for city and led push to make more data publicly available.

Tim Estes — President, Digital Reasoning Systems: Launched artificial intelligence software company in 2000 and built it beyond its national security roots to play roles in finance and health care. Oregon-based Smarsh last year bought company, putting Estes in position to build out products and tap into broader talent base.

Tod Fetherling — CEO, Perception Health: Serial entrepreneur who built on IT career at HCA to help build GoNoodle, Stratasan and other firms and, as Tech Council president, was part of core team that launched EC. With Perception, is working to turn masses of health care data into actionable business insights.

Nicole Gibson — Nashville Site Director, Dell: Oversees with Henry Pile (former GM of Marathon Music Works and Exit/In) the tech giant’s local campus, which has grown to 1,800 people in recent years. HR specialist who joined Dell in 1999 and was named to leadership position in 2017.

Bill Grana — CEO, HCTec: Former PureSafety CEO who has helped build health IT and managed services company into major player that now works with more than 1,000 hospitals. Has in past year sold small revenue cycle division and announced plans to add 100 jobs in Lewis County and hire 20 in Brentwood.

Ray Guzman — CEO, SwitchPoint Ventures: Co-founded consulting/equity investing firm in 2018 with Damian Mingle after building WPC Healthcare and transitioning to buyer Intermedix. Machine learning and AI clients include PhyMed and Decode Health, the former IQuity.

Tammy Hawes — Founder and CEO, Virsys12: Started and leads firm that helps health care companies integrate Salesforce. In 2018 landed first outside funding from Salesforce vehicle. Previously worked in tech positions at HCA, Central Parking and Paradigm Health.

Amy Henderson — President and COO, Nashville Software School: Leads growing nonprofit education venture day to day. Led Firefly Logic through growth and sale to LeanKit and was 2020 chair of Greater Nashville Technology Council board.

Dov Hirsch — GM, Immersive Health Group, The Glimpse Group: Veteran health care and tech exec who joined New York-based Glimpse in 2019 after stints with Entrepreneur Center and other organizations. Also advisor to entrepreneurs going through Vanderbilt’s Wond’ry program.

Beth Hoeg — COO, Trinisys: Joined data conversion and integration company in 2009 and has more than 20 years of IT and organizational improvement experience. Past president of Women in Technology of Tennessee.

Jim Jirjis — Chief Health Information Officer, HCA Healthcare: Former VUMC chief medical information officer who joined hospital giant in 2013 to focus on interoperability, clinician and patient tools and tech acquisitions such as PatientKeeper and MobileHeartbeat. Last year was named to federal government’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.

Kevin Jones — CEO, Celero Commerce: Veteran fintech exec who in 2018 founded Celero with backing from LLR Partners. Thanks to recent acquisition, company now processes more than $14 billion in card payments annually from 40,000 businesses.

Peter Marcum — Founding Partner, Dev Digital; Managing Partner, Kernel Equity: Serial entrepreneur has built web application and development company after running Nashville Computer Liquidators, Bargain Hunt and other companies. Has added Bahamas and India offices to presence here.

Enderson Miranda — CEO, OnSomble: Was promoted in 2017 to lead health care education platform developer after being its president and COO for four years. Joined firm in 2012 after managing Sprint’s regional business operations.

Brian Moyer — President and CEO, Greater Nashville Technology Council: Former CIO at Gaffey Healthcare and HealthTechS3 assumed helm of trade group in 2016. Has sharpened body’s focus on workforce development and advocacy work.

Marty Paslick — Senior VP and CIO, HCA: Three-decade veteran of hospital operator, where he oversees more than 5,800 IT&S workers working at five data centers and 15 support offices. Last year named to Tech Council Hall of Fame.

Joelle Phillips — President, AT&T Tennessee: Has since 2013 overseen state operations for telecom giant, which has invested billions in networks. Now leading AT&T’s response to Christmas Day bombing, after which company took some heat for its network approach.

David Pierce — CEO, Education Networks of America: Has led networking and school company focused on schools and libraries since 2002 and has more than three decades of industry experience. In 2018 bought two Texas companies to add to service offerings.

Martin Renkis — VP OpenBlue Security and Innovation, Johnson Controls: Founder and CEO of cloud software and video venture Smartvue Corp., which he sold to Johnson Controls in 2018. Was promoted last year to oversee security services and digital transformation of security products.

Paul Ricci — CEO, Qualifacts: Former Nuance Communications leader who recently took over from David Klements as leader of firm that develops software for behavioral health care providers. Company now works with more than 800 agencies after last year buying a Maryland peer with backing of Warburg Pincus.

Aaron Salow — CEO, XOi Technologies: Founded wearable tech company that now focuses on field service work and has completed more than 600,000 jobs. In 2019 landed $11 million in funding from investor group that includes Nashville Capital Network.

Shaun Shankel — CEO, Fresh Technology: Former songwriter who has since 2017 run Fresh Hospitality arm that markets multiple IT systems that handle $330 million in annual food sales. Last year led team to strong client growth as COVID hit.

Nicole Tremblett — VP of Information Technology Group, HCA: Leads strategy and planning for hospital company’s national tech team of more than 5,500. Regional knowledge and advocacy connector, former Greater Nashville Technology Council board chair and now board member of TechBridge TN.

Van Tucker — President and CEO, Launch Tennessee: Joined public-private entrepreneurship partnership as COO in early 2020 and last summer took over from Margaret Dolan. Previously led Nashville Fashion Alliance and was a co-founder of Avenue Bank.

Barry Vandevier — COO, Asurion: Leads product management, tech and supply chain teams for device insurer and tech services titan finishing up new downtown HQ. Former Tech Council board chair who previously was, among others, CTO at Travelocity and CIO at Sabre.

John Wark — CEO, Nashville Software School: Founded and bootstrapped nonprofit training academy now based in airport area and recruited Amy Henderson to be first president and COO. School has graduated more than 1,300 people since 2012.