Charles W. Bone Receives 2021 ATHENA Social Justice Pioneer Award

Charles W Bone Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalCongratulations to our founder and chairman, Charles W. Bone, for receiving the Social Justice Pioneer award at the 2021 Nashville ATHENA Awards.

Charles has been an advocate for social justice issues for nearly five decades. Since founding Bone McAllester Norton in 2002, he and other Bone McAllester Norton leaders have worked to develop the firm as one of the most diverse in the state.

In one of the most high-profile pro bono cases in recent history, Charles led Cyntoia Brown Long’s legal team in an effort to overturn her 2006 conviction and 51-year sentence in prison. Following years of state and federal court hearings, before the Board of Parole, and a petition for clemency granted by Gov. Bill Haslam on Jan. 7, 2019, Cyntoia was released from prison on Aug. 7, 2019.

ATHENA chair Tameka Winston presented the award to Charles, noting that, “Every single day over the last 45 years, Charles has stood on the front lines of the war for social justice. He has an uncanny way to know and understand when someone needs assistance whether that person has reached out to him or not. His encouraging words, most famous a resounding ‘Great! Great! Great!’, have uplifted more individuals than anyone really knows.”

The attorneys and staff members at Bone McAllester Norton are proud to stand alongside Charles as advocates for social justice within our community.

Watch Charles’ acceptance speech here.

Bone McAllester Norton Founder Charles W. Bone Featured in NBJ Article About Pursuing Freedom for Cyntoia Brown

Charles W Bone Attorney at Bone McAllester Norton ProfessionalWhen Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton, watched a documentary about Cyntoia Brown in April 2010, he was appalled by how she was treated in a court of law.

“I was really stunned by the fact that, even though she was the victim, she became the convicted felon and was sent to prison … I just didn’t think that was what America was all about,” Bone said. For the past decade, he worked on Cyntoia’s case pro bono, until she was eventually granted clemency in 2019, on the 15th anniversary of her time in prison.

Read the full Nashville Business Journal article below to learn more about Cyntoia’s story and Bone McAllester Norton’s new civil rights practice area inspired in part by her case.


Bone McAllester Norton Announces Civil Rights Law Practice Area

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC has formally added a civil rights law practice area to our wide range of legal services. In doing so, we hope to contribute to a stronger community and region by helping ensure equal rights for all.

This practice area builds upon decades of work in the civil rights realm, including founder Charles W. Bone’s involvement in the successful efforts to obtain clemency for Cyntoia Brown. Available services include employment discrimination, housing and land use discrimination, Title IX discrimination, law enforcement accountability and compliance guidance, and internal investigations.

Learn more about our new practice area and participating attorneys here: Civil Rights Law.

Bone McAllester Norton Welcomes Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee for Annual Legislative Reception

On Tuesday, March 10, Bone McAllester Norton welcomed Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee leaders, supporters and board members to our office, to highlight more than 40 years of building strength, stability and self-reliance in our state. The legislative reception was hosted by Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, Speaker Cameron Sexton, Senators Jack Johnson, Jeff Yarbro and Becky Massey, and Representatives William Lamberth, Karen Camper and Ryan Williams.

This event is one of many examples of Bone McAllester Norton’s drive to improve the community through a culture of positive impact. Sam J. McAllester III, a founder and vice chairman of the law firm, has been a member of the Finance Committee for Habitat since 2012 and currently serves as a member of Habitat’s board of directors in Nashville.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee, visit its website

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Bone McAllester Norton Hosts 19th Annual MLK Breakfast

More than 1,000 civic and community leaders came together to kick-off Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Bone McAllester Norton’s annual MLK Day Breakfast. 

This event – now in its 19th year – was started with the goal of bringing the community together each year to celebrate, reflect and remind us of the importance of Dr. King’s message and renew the city’s commitment to the social justice issues he fought so hard for. 

“Dr. King’s message is in so many ways just as relevant today as it was 50+ years ago. As a law firm, but also as active members in this community, we believe fiercely that we have a responsibility to not just remember his legacy but push each other to keep thinking and talking about its relevance against the backdrop of present-day issues and challenges,” said Bone McAllester Norton PLLC co-founder, Stacey Garrett Koju.

This year’s event broke a 19-year record of attendance and brought a standing-room only crowd to hear longtime civil rights advocate and current Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins and Cyntoia Brown-Long. Brown-Long is an author, speaker and advocate for criminal justice reform and victims of sex trafficking. She was also a client of Bone McAllester Norton, who led the legal fight that resulted in her freedom being granted by former Governor Bill Haslam last year. She recently released a book, “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System,” which earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination. 

“In so many ways Cyntoia’s story is a present-day manifestation of Dr. King’s message. Listening to her story challenges us to think about, remember, and celebrate the messages he preached about forgiveness, love, justice, redemption, faith and service,” said Dinkins. “As the passage of time takes us further away from the days of Dr. King, it is so important that we make ourselves constantly reimagine the meaning of his words in today’s context. Talking to Cyntoia today did that in an incredibly moving way.”

“What a great opportunity today was to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy but also to talk about how we can each carry forth his message in our own lives today. I have been given an extraordinary second chance. I am deeply grateful to Bone McAllester, former Governor Bill Haslam, and the many others who stepped forward to help me tell my own story and get a second chance at life,” said Brown-Long. “I’m committed, now to standing on the backs of the giants like Martin Luther King, Jr. to ensure we carry his legacy forth – that we give voice to those who need it most and that we inspire others to listen more intently to what they have to say and act on it.”

“What makes a great law firm isn’t only top-flight lawyers, but also a steadfast commitment to the community in which we practice,” said co-founder and chairman Charles W. Bone. “From the day we opened the doors of Bone McAllester Norton, we’ve maintained a dual commitment to legal excellence and community as our compass. This event to honor Dr. King’s legacy is an important part of that, as was our work to free Cyntoia Brown-Long.”

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a Nashville law firm with nearly 45 attorneys with an extensive range of practices and experiences including expertise in litigation, banking and commercial lending, corporate and securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, entertainment and environmental matters. In addition to their legal expertise, the firm has also steadfastly committed itself to a range of community initiatives, including among other things, their 19-year support of the annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast.

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Bone McAllester Norton Chairman Charles W. Bone Receives the Nashville Bar Association's John C. Tune Public Service Award

Charles W. BoneCharles Bone John C Tune Award 2019Sam J. McAllester III and Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton, received the Nashville Bar Association’s John C. Tune Public Service Award at the 2019 NBA Annual Banquet.

Bone said, “It’s an honor to receive this award, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by individuals who work every day to make our community a better place to live for everyone.” 

The John C. Tune Public Service Award recognizes an NBA member who has demonstrated commitment to both to their profession and to the betterment of their community. It is considered the highest award presented by the NBA and, due to its significance, is presented not annually but when a deserving candidate is recognized.

Throughout his successful law career, Bone has served as a trusted adviser to countless clients seeking advice on corporate and litigation issues. He has been involved in a variety of community efforts and organizations.

Bone is also well-known for representing Cyntoia Brown in her bid for clemency after an original conviction of first-degree murder and life imprisonment. After nearly 10 years of tireless work by her pro bono legal team, Brown was released on parole in August of this year after then-Governor Bill Haslam commuted her sentence.

For more information about the John C. Tune Public Service Award, visit the NBA website.

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Charles W. Bone Addresses End Slavery Tennessee’s Brentwood Chapter

CWB End Slavery TN ArticleRecently, Bone McAllester Norton founder and chairman Charles W. Bone was the featured speaker at the End Slavery Tennessee “A Voice for the Oppressed” benefit dinner. Nearly 50 people gathered at the Brentwood Country Club to hear Bone’s story about representing Cyntoia Brown.

Bone represented Brown in her bid for clemency after an original conviction of first-degree murder and life imprisonment. After 15 years served, and nearly 10 years of work by her pro bono legal team, Brown was released on parole in August of this year by the decision of Governor Haslam when he granted clemency for Brown. 

End Slavery Tennessee’s mission is to promote the healing of human trafficking survivors and strategically confront slavery in our state with a vision of creating a slave-free Tennessee.

Read more on the event here, and for more information on End Slavery Tennessee, visit its website.

Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers in America©

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to announce 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America© across 28 distinct practice areas. In addition, Glen A. Civitts was named the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Securitization and Structured Finance Law.

For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers® has identified the leading attorneys and law firms in the United States and 70 countries worldwide. The methodology behind Best Lawyers’ selection is based upon an extensive peer-review process and Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

This year’s list recognizes attorneys David Anthony, Anne Sumpter Arney, Trace Blankenship, Charles Robert Bone, Charles W. Bone, John P. Branham, Glen A. Civitts, William J. Haynes III, Sharon O. Jacobs, Paul W. Kruse, Sam J. McAllester III, Robert G. McDowell, Andrea P. Perry, Christopher Raybeck, Jack F. Stringham II, Edward M. Yarbrough and Stephen J. Zralek in the firm’s Nashville office as well as attorney Marshall Cook in the firm’s Hendersonville office for the following practice areas:

  • Anne Sumpter Arney
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    • Health Care Law
  • Trace Blankenship
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Charles Robert Bone
    • Administrative / Regulatory Law
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Glen A. Civitts
    • Corporate Law
    • Health Care Law
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    • Real Estate Law
    • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Marshall Cook
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Sam J. McAllester III
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Edward M. Yarbrough
    • Criminal Defense: General Practice
    • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    • DUI/DWI Defense
  • Stephen J. Zralek
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Copyright Law
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property

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Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Attend Conexión Américas’ Annual Cafecito Breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys Charles W Bone, Stephen Zralek and Raquel Bellamy recently attended "Cafecito: A Cup of Coffee for Conexión Américas” breakfast reception. The annual event was held at Music City Center and benefited the nonprofit organization’s mission to help Latino families realize their aspirations for social and economic advancement through their integration into the Middle Tennessee community.

Conexión Américas was founded in 2002 to address some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities created by recent demographic changes in the Greater Nashville region as an increasing number of Latino families move to Tennessee in search of a better life. Raquel Bellamy currently serves on the board for Conexión Américas, while Stephen Zralek is a former board president. Zralek served as chair of the Cafecito in 2011 and Charles W. Bone served as co-chair of Cafecito in 2010.

For more information about Conexión Américas, visit its website.

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Charles W. Bone Honored at Salvus Center Dinner in Hendersonville

On April 6, Charles W. Bone was honored at the 2019 “Seed to Harvest” Spring Celebration for the Salvus Center, Inc. a faith-based primary care health center in Gallatin, Tennessee. Salvus seeks to reclaim the Biblical and historical commitment to care for poor and underprivileged patients so they can experience wholeness, wellness and healing. Joined by more than 300 guests, the annual event celebrated the volunteers and donors who have supported the center since its opening in 2006. All proceeds benefitted the center’s programs and future patients. Tennessee State Representative and Bone McAllester Norton attorney Johnny Garrett and his wife Kara Garrett served as event chairs.  

In 2004, Bone was among the group of community leaders who founded Salvus Center to address the health care concerns for people who work and support their families but cannot afford health care and do not qualify for TennCare. After much planning and meeting, the Salvus Center started seeing patients in 2006 with the vision that every citizen in Sumner County would have access to affordable health care. Over the years, the center has served more than 62,000 patients.

Bone was introduced as the Honored Guest of the 2019 Spring Celebration Dinner by his daughter, Baylor Bone Swindell, who shared how her grandparents Nokes and Billy Bone established the family’s tradition of giving back to others in Sumner County.

For more information about Salvus Center, visit their website.

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Charles W. Bone Featured as “Good Guys” Panelist at TLAW’s 2019 Empowerment Conference

Bone McAllester Norton Founder and Chairman Charles W. Bone was featured on the “Good Guys Panel Discussion: Making the Business Case for Diversity” at the Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women (TLAW) fourth annual Empowerment Conference on March 28. Moderated by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly Kirby. Bone was joined by fellow “Good Guys” panelists Jeffery B. Jones, office managing shareholder of Florida-based Littler Mendelson, P.C. and David Billions, managing director of litigation at FedEx in Memphis.

Founded in 1989, TLAW is a statewide women’s bar association credited with significantly increasing the number of women on the bench and in other legal positions in Tennessee. TLAW’s two-day Empowerment Conference offers invaluable legal education, career development and networking opportunities, and was recognized by the National Conference of Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA) as the recipient of the NCWBA’s 2018 Outstanding Member Program Award for its groundbreaking work.

For more information about TLAW, visit its website.

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Nashville Post Names Four Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys to “In Charge 2019”

Bone McAllester Norton is proud to share four attorneys are named to Nashville Post’s “In Charge 2019,” the 10th annual compendium of Middle Tennessee’s top businesses, political and civic leaders.

The firm’s founder and chairman Charles W. Bone, founding member Stacey Garrett Koju and attorney Ed Yarborough are included on the “In Charge – Legal” list, and President and CEO Charles Robert Bone is included on the “In Charge — Development” list.

The firm is honored to be recognized alongside the diverse and inspiring individuals who help our city thrive.

For the full list, visit Nashville Post’s website.

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Bone McAllester Norton Leaders attend Carter Work Project Groundbreaking

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Sam J McAllester III Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonSam J McAllester IIINashville has been selected as the host city for the 36th annual Habitat for Humanity Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. On Oct. 3, Bonelaw attorneys Sam J. “Mac” McAllester III and Charles W. Bone joined Mayor David Briley, family, friends, local leaders and Habitat for Humanity for the groundbreaking celebration in the Park Preserve neighborhood of North Nashville.

World-renowned music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have joined forces with the Carters to help bring 500 volunteers together to build 20 homes for low-income families in one week from Oct. 6 to 11, 2019. The 36th Annual Carter Work Project will help increase the inventory of homes in Park Preserve, a 42-acre community in North Nashville developed by Habitat.

Charles W Bone Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonCharles W Bone AttorneyThere will be a total of 175 homes, serving 58 families when complete. The funding raised for the project has allowed an additional 12 new single family homes and 26 new townhomes to also be constructed by the year 2021. The anticipated 2019 Carter Work Project, alongside Habitat’s continued efforts throughout the year, will make a significant impact on affordable housing across Metro Nashville.

From the firm’s beginning, the leaders at Bone McAllester Norton have valued creating a culture founded upon making a difference for good. Bone McAllester Norton’s attorneys partner with more than 130 local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. McAllester, a founder and vice chairman of the law firm, has been a member of the Finance Community for Habitat since 2012 and currently serves as a member of Habitat’s Board of Directors in Nashville. 

For more information about the 2019 Carter Work Project, visit Habitat for Humanity’s website.

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Conexión Américas’ Cafecito

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Conexión Américas’ Cafecito on April 13. Community members and leaders gathered together at the Music City Center to share a meal and hear about Conexión Américas’ victories, challenges, and dreams for our local Latino community. At Cafecito this year, Renata Soto, co-founder, highlighted one of the many questions they receive: where is the playground? On May 18, Casa Azafrán will be hosting the opening celebration of the new park, located off Nolensville Road in Nashville.

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Bonelaw attorney Raquel L. Bellamy serves on Conexión’s board of directors. Stephen Zralek serves on the Board of Ambassadors and Charles W. Bone is a former Cafecito chair from 2010.

Conexión’s mission is, “to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed.” Through Conexión over 8,000 individuals and families every year learn English, succeed in school, go to college, pay taxes, buy a home, start a business, protect our families, advocate, and so much more. We are honored to support the work of our neighbors at Casa Azafrán.

Three BoneLaw Attorneys Featured in the Nashville’s Post’s annual In Charge List

Bone McAllester Norton attorneys, Charles W. Bone, Stacey Garrett Koju, and Ed Yarbrough, were featured in the Nashville Post’s annual In Charge list for 2018. The Post highlights Middle Tennessee’s top business, political, and civic leaders. They say, “The women and men found on our list…represent the best of the best—and always are ‘in charge.’”

Charles W. Bone, Founder and Chairman, represents clients on matters ranging from M&A to financial institutions and government relations. The Post also highlighted Bone’s pro bono efforts on behalf of TN Inmate Cyntoia Brown.

Stacey Garrett Koju, Founding member and chair of the firm’s Board of Directors, concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate transactions, labor and employment law, and higher education. Koju says she is driven by her law partners and the firm’s staff who truly embody the firm’s motto, Law. Life. Passion.

Ed Yarbrough, Member, was noted for his criminal defense and government investigations practice at Bonelaw. Yarbrough is well known for his service as U.S. attorney and assistant district attorney.

You can find the complete list of lawyers, judges, and managers for In Charge - legal 2018 here

Charles W. Bone Speaks at Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Summit

Bone McAllester Norton attorney and chairman, Charles W. Bone, spoke at the Nashville Bar Association’s Diversity Summit on “Elevating Diverse Attorneys for Success” on March 1st, 2018. Bone has always believed in the necessity of creating a diverse team of attorneys and staff. He began his legal career during the heart of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Bone felt personally responsible to advocate for equal rights for diverse professionals.

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In 2002, Charles W. Bone and Stacey Garrett Koju began Bone McAllester Norton PLLC with a commitment to each other that the firm would be intentional about its diversity.  Koju, Bone McAllester Norton’s Board Chair, and Bone sought to create a firm that would reflect the belief that quality legal representation begins by first reflecting their clients and the communities they are from.

Bone shared how the firm intentionally closes on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day.  Our Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast is one way we provide our attorneys, staff, and communities with an opportunity to reflect upon where we were 50 years ago and where we need to be today. As a leading law firm in Nashville, we want to honor the leaders who came before us who fought for equality and the basic human rights of all individuals.

Bone, along with Junaid Odubeko, Audrey J. Anderson, and Saul Solomon, identified the importance of equipping diverse attorneys with mentors of the same race, providing current attorneys with the resources they need to be successful, and breaking down the social constraints of hiring young attorneys based solely upon grades.

When asked how young diverse professionals keep moving forward within a system that does not embrace diversity, Bone said, “With the direction the world is going, 5, 10, 15, 25 years from now things have to change. There is no choice. They will not be able to hold you back.”

Charles W. Bone Reads to First Grade Class at Robert Churchwell Magnet Elementary

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First grade teacher, Crystal Hicks, invited Bone McAllester Norton attorney, Charles W. Bone, to read to her class at Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Bone read to the class of 18 students Oh the Places You Will Go. The children were eager to meet their special guest today.

We applaud Ms. Hicks for coordinating over 100 community members and leaders to read to the children this week alone. Bone was grateful for the opportunity to join Ms. Hicks in her efforts to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss.


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Super Lawyers Honors 15 Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys

The 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers recently release its list of outstanding lawyers, and 15 Bone McAllester Norton attorneys were included. Ten were named as Mid-South Super Lawyers, while five were included as Mid-South Rising Stars.

In addition to the overall Mid-South recognition, Anne C. Martin was also named to the Nashville Top 50, Top 50 Women and Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee.

“Our attorneys pride themselves on a thorough understanding of our client’s objectives and then focus on coming to creative, strategic solutions,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. “I believe that’s why our peers have chosen more than a dozen of our attorneys for awards like this. We are grateful to them for observing the expertise and passion behind what we do.”

Mid-South Super Lawyers are selected through a multi-phased process, which includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The list is produced by Super Lawyers, a national rating service that includes more than 70 practice areas.

Super Lawyers also selects attorneys to be included in its Rising Stars list, which is compiled using the same requirements and selection process as the Super Lawyers list. However, to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for no more than 10 years.

The 10 Mid-South Super Lawyers are: 

The five Mid-South Rising Stars are:

For more information about these awards, visit the SuperLawyers website.

Bonelaw Client Studio Bank Takes Steps Towards Formation

Congratulations to our client, Studio Bank (In Organization), whose incorporators this week filed notice with the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions of its intent to apply for a banking charter.

Charles W. Bone, Trace Blankenship, and Chris Raybeck, members of Bone McAllester Norton’s Corporate and Banking/Financial Services teams, serve as corporate counsel to the new bank in organization and have been working closely with Aaron J. Dorn and the other founders for over a year on this exciting new chapter in the history of Tennessee’s banking industry. Among other things, the Bone McAllester team has provided guidance to the founders on strategic matters, board composition and governance, securities offerings and capitalization, and real estate negotiations. This is the first regulatory filing in the process of becoming a bank and opening their doors for business. Studio Bank (In Organization) would be the first true de novo headquartered in Nashville since 2008 – one that is not part of a corporate reorganization, merger or acquisition.

Bone McAllester Norton’s banking and financial services group has a diversified and comprehensive financial services practice representing all types of financial institutions and working with management on virtually any business issue that a financial institution may encounter. Our lawyers have been providing advice to banks, bank holding companies, mortgage companies, and all types of financial institutions throughout Tennessee and the southeast for some 40 years.

Learn more about our Banking and Financial Services group.

To read more about the future of Studio Bank (In Organization) click on these links:

Pat Emery and Matt Kisber among organizers of Nashville's Studio Bank", The Tennessean, August 24, 2017

It's official: Nashville's upstart bank files notice with regulators", Nashville Business Journal, August 24, 2017

Studio Bank founder rolls out big-name board", Nashville Post, August 24, 2017

Wellness Works at Bone McAllester Norton!

When Miller Chandler launched a new company, Foundation Wellness, Charles W. Bone and Sam J. McAllester III jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

"The idea that we could offer a customized fitness and overall wellness program to our employees was appealing", says Charles W. Bone, "we spend so much time at work and don't always have time for the gym  but often we can schedule an hour during the day for yoga or weight training."

Mr. Bone has been a fitness proponent for years, always making time for exercise as part of a balanced lifestyle.  In fact, he was the first one in the room on the day we had our first yoga class.  He is an avid runner and has completed over 40 half-marathons in 15 states, and counting.

Health is of course the top priority but we are finding that this is a great boost for employee morale as well.  We are thrilled to have this partnership with Miller and his staff at Foundation Wellness.

To read the article in the Nashville Business Journal, click here.