Nashville | Enterprise Risk Management: Ten Things That Should Keep Board Members Up at Night

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM CST
Lipscomb University | Ezell Center | Paul Rogers Board Room
1 University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204



Ever think about one of those companies that wake up to find themselves in the headlines?  Were the headlines expected or unexpected?  In today’s business and social environment, board members must be well-versed in enterprise risk management to help the companies they serve prepare for the expected and unexpected risks that occur.

Our panel of experienced leaders will share their stories, observations and insights from each of their unique perspectives – legal, cyber, human resources, and board member.  Another must see event for business owners, board members, and board candidates!


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Trace Blankenship
Member and General Counsel
Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Trace Blankenship is an attorney and one of the initial members of the Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC.  For over 20 years, he has regularly advised boards of directors, chief executives, and entrepreneurs on the strategy, structure, and execution of significant business transactions in the life of a company.  His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/private equity financings, securities regulation, and corporate governance/board functionality. The Nashville Business Journal has said, “If one of Trace Blankenship’s clients has a big decision to make, you can bet he has a seat at the table.” 

Trace has been named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2014 in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, banking/finance, and nonprofit governance.  He was selected for the Nashville Business Journal’s 2018 “Best of the Bar” among corporate/securities lawyers in Nashville and in 2017 for both corporate/securities and banking/finance (the only attorney overlapping both categories that year).  He is also a contributing author of Director’s Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, recently published by the American Bar Association.     

Trace is also the General Counsel of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC and serves on the law firm’s board of directors ex-officio.  He’s frequently invited to speak about corporate governance, buying and selling companies, and market trends in capital formation.  He’s a long-time faculty member of the Young Leaders Council and trains 150 young professionals every year about legal responsibilities and best practices of effective board members.  He has served on or chaired the boards of several local nonprofit organizations including the Center for Nonprofit Management, Cumberland Region Tomorrow, The Oak Hill School Parents Association, Daystar Counseling Ministries, the Young Leaders Council, Lipscomb University’s Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity Advisory Board, and the Tennessee Governor’s Prayer Breakfast Citizens Committee.  He’s general counsel of the CMA Foundation and an elder and board member of West End Community Church.



Gina Pruitt
Member-in-Charge, Risk Assurance & Advisory Services

Gina is the Member-in-Charge of the Risk Assurance & Advisory Services practice of KraftCPAs. She has more than 30 years of experience. Her responsibilities include risk assessment, network security and vulnerability assessments, cyber security controls consulting, internal audit, IT audit and consulting, and System & Organization Controls (SOC) examinations.

Gina oversees procedures related to internal audit and IT consulting for more than 50 engagements, several of which include attestation services, and leads approximately 25 to 30 network assessments annually. Gina has extensive experience performing risk assessments, setting up internal audit departments, and managing all aspects of internal audit, specializing in IT audits and integrated audits. She has been an IT internal auditor in both public accounting and private industry and is often an expert panelist on cyber security and other technology-related topics for several events, including the Nashville Business Journal’s annual Cyber Summit and the Tennessee Society of CPAs’ annual Cyber Security Conference. Gina is also active in several professional associations such as the Institute of Internal Auditors, Board of Governors, the American Institute of CPAs’ Information Management and Technology Assurance Executive Committee, and the Board of the Nashville Technology Council.

Gina spent 10 years in Big 4 public accounting as the Partner-in-Charge of the Nashville practice of Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) with Deloitte & Touche. She was the Southeast Regional Director for Internal Audit Services. In this role, Gina managed approximately 200 employees and more than 100 clients as part of various procedures for all internal audit clients in the southeast region of Deloitte.


Kim White
Special Advisor & Retired Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Kim White was named Executive Vice President, Human Resources, in May 2015 after having served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, since November 2013. Ms. White joined CCA in July 2012 as Managing Director, Inmate Programs, bringing a wealth of correctional experience and knowledge as a corrections professional to her position. In January 2013, she was promoted to Vice President, Correctional Programs Division.

After serving more than 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in a wide variety of operational roles, Ms. White most recently held the position of Assistant Director, Human Resource Management Division, where she was responsible for the management of hiring, training, recruitment and retention of the BOP's 38,000 employees.  Prior to that post, she served six years as Regional Director in the BOP's Mid-Atlantic Region providing oversight to the region's 30,000-plus inmates and 5,000 field staff.  Having joined the BOP as a Correctional Officer, she promoted through the ranks, including serving as a Warden. 

Throughout her experience in corrections, Ms. White has also given strong focus to planning, developing, administering and evaluating inmate programs.  She has a sincere dedication to furthering the advancement of effective, evidence-based rehabilitation programs that offer inmates a greater chance for success upon release. 

Ms. White earned her undergraduate degree in Corrections and a master's degree in Corrections, Criminology and Juvenile Justice from Kent State University.


Kevin McDermott
Chief Audit Executive
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Kevin McDermott is Pinnacle’s chief audit executive. He is based at the firm’s downtown Nashville office at Symphony Place.

McDermott, with more than 40 years of experience, started in the commercial loan department of a bank in Omaha, NE, in 1976. He joined the audit practice of Peat Marwick & Mitchell (predecessor to KPMG LLP) in 1978, spending his first six years at the firm providing audit services to clients in commercial banking and insurance. In 1986 McDermott joined the Nashville office of KPMG and was elected to the partnership in 1988. In 2008 he transferred to KPMG’s Office of General Counsel, where he provided assistance to the firm and outside counsel on various SEC investigations and third-party litigation matters, primarily involving clients in the financial services sector.

McDermott earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from South Dakota State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed to practice in Tennessee and New York. McDermott is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.

He has served on the boards of directors of various professional and community organizations and currently serves on the boards of and chairs the audit committees of Genesco, Inc. and Daktronics, Inc.