February 28, 2008


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Hospital welcomed four new advisory board members at its meeting of the board of trustees on February 26. Those joining the advisory board are Thomas Brewer, Mark Hines, Dennis Onks, and Doug Venable.

Thomas Brewer, planning administrator for General Motors (GM) Spring Hill Manufacturing, will serve on the Planning and Facilities Committee. He has been with GM for 31 years and assigned to Spring Hill for the past 20 years. Prior to joining Saturn Corporation in 1987, Brewer was the controller of a GM joint venture in Beijing, China. Currently, he leads the Launch / Planning Group as the GM Spring Hill plant retools to start production of the new Chevrolet Traverse this fall. Brewer holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Evansville.

Mark Hines, president and chief executive officer of Heritage Bank & Trust, will serve on the Finance and Budget Committee. He has 24 years of experience in the banking industry, including organizing two local banks. During his career, he has held a variety of key leadership roles in the banking industry, including serving as president, chief financial officer, assistant vice president and director of marketing, and director of information systems. Mr. Hines holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Belmont University. He is also a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking of the South.

Dennis Onks, director of the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center in Spring Hill, will serve on the Planning & Facilities Committee and Land Ad Hoc Committee. Since 1998, he has served as the director of the multi-discipline research unit of animal science, plant and soil sciences, ornamental horticulture, forestry and wildlife, agricultural engineering and agricultural economics. Prior to that, he was the superintendent of the Highland Rim Experiment Station, another multi-disciplinary research unit. During his career, he has overseen numerous research projects, secured grant funding, and managed the construction of new facilities. Onks holds a master’s degree in animal science (physiology) and a Ph.D. in animal science (breeding) from the University of Tennessee.

Douglas C. Venable, president and chief executive officer of Porter-Walker LLC, will serve on the Human Resources Committee and Pension Committee. He moved to Tennessee in 2001 to acquire Porter-Walker, an industrial and safety supply distributor serving major industries and customers in the Tennessee Valley. His prior experience includes completing several startups and acquisitions in industries ranging from commercial real estate to the retail bakery business to the maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supply distribution business.  Venable holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and in 2000, he completed the Stanford Executive Program, a six-week, intensive academic program in general management within the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“I am pleased that these respected business leaders who are actively involved in our community have agreed to serve on our advisory board. Their knowledge and experience will make them tremendous contibutors to the committees of our board of trustees. I look forward to working with them in the future,” said CEO Robert Otwell.


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