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Murray joins nBank as loan consultant

Sheryl Murray has joined nBank as a home loan consultant, bringing with her more than ten years of mortgage experience.

Murray, partner of realtor Sheila Barnard and Nashville native, has also recently been named to the President’s Circle and Winner’s Circle for the mortgage profession.

“I started out as a loan processor so I could learn the business,” she said. “I fell in love with the industry.”

She said she became a loan consultant “because customer service and upfront honest approaches are what I wanted to give to people. No surprises. I want to make their dreams come true and be a part of that experience.”

Murray said she can find a loan program that fits each person’s needs and will walk the client through the step by step details of the loan process to assure a smooth and easy closing.

“nBank makes all this possible with lower interest rates, local underwriting, processing and closing,” she said. “Not to mention loan options. I also give free consultations and a credit report.”

You can contact Sheryl Murray at 615-904-7424.

Vertical Theory, Simpson E-publishing, form alliance

Vertical Theory, a new media agency, and Simpson–E Publishing have formed a strategic alliance.

Andrew Greeno, president of Vertical Theory, said by forming a strategic alliance with other technology companies allows Vertical Theory to continue offering quality services to an ever-growing clientele’.

“Our client base is very broad, ranging from such diverse markets as finance, media organizations, music industry, nightclubs and many others,” he said. “We offer integrated solutions, providing businesses with a single point of contact. Our services include individual online press kits, to interactive Web design, to creative and marketing services including corporate identity.”

In June Vertical Theory launched their completely redesigned, “Version 2.0” Web site www.verticaltheory.com.

Vertical Theory and Simpson–E Publishing were recently interviewed on the national radio show, “The Art of Doing Business” with Dayna Steele, www.daynasteele.com, where the two discussed the challenges of “E-Business” and their new roles as strategic partners.

DiversityBuilder to give away two nights free in Lake Tahoe

DiversityBuilder and Holly’s Place have teamed up to give away lodging at Holly’s Place for two nights, a $300 value).

To Enter email Diversity Builder at newsletter@diversitybuilder.com with your name, email address and mailing address.

Holly’s Place, a GLBT friendly retreat, is a unique Lake Tahoe retreat nestled among the pines and within walking distance of the crystal clear waters of the lake. There are places nearby to hike, bike, play golf and enjoy water and snow sports. Relax in front of a fire in your cabin, cook your own meals, or enjoy excellent dining at one of the many area restaurants.

This offer is good for two Nights only (limited to two people) during October 15 through December 20, 2005, or March 15 through June 15, 2006.

"I have always welcomed diversity at my wonderful cabin retreat/resort for EVERYONE, in all walks of life. We welcome their dogs, too, if they are well behaved and travel with their pet! I can hardly wait to meet whoever visits,” explained Holly, owner of Holly’s Place.

The winner will be announced in the August DiversityBuilder Newsletter.

To sign up for the Diversity News visit www.diversitybuilder.com and click on the "news" tab.

HRC’s monthly Post Office Party and TEP benefit from AHM’s Kennith Cameron’s gift

Kennith Cameron of American Home Mortgage has initiated a publicity and fund-raising program for the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) monthly Post Office event, which is held the first Friday of every month at Tribe.

Cameron, who is helping to promote the Post Office party, which benefits HRC, has committed to match what HRC receives from participants who play Post Office and give the same amount to the Tennessee Equality Project each month.

Playing the “post office” game is simple. Participates donate $5 to the local HRC chapter and receive a number to place on their shirt. A corresponding “post office box” number is at the “mail center” where people can send notes. The game is played at Tribe the first Friday of each month. It is very popular, with more than 100 people regularly participating.

Cameron was searching for ways to get more involved with the GBLT community when he heard of TEP.

"The first time I heard of TEP was actually at a Post Office Party,” he said. “I was volunteering at the event and was introduced to a few members. That particular Post Office was splitting the funds raised with TEP. I think it was one of the more successful Post Office Parties to date."

Cameron decided he wanted to help TEP fight equality in Tennessee and proposed the idea of matching the amount HRC raised and would donate that to TEP.

“I approached Jeneen Preciose and Chris Sanders of TEP and Peter Nielson, Rob Sikorski, and David Taylor of HRC, who helped finalize the details,” he said. “The two groups work so well together, with many common goals and members. Working together with both TEP and HRC members, we all hope to make HRC’s Post Office better than ever. Now everyone will be able to play Post Office for $5.00 and be giving $10.00 to support the GBLT community."

TEP President-elect Randy Cox praised the effort, saying “everyone wins with this initiative – HRC and TEP, two organizations fighting for equality and American Home Mortgage and Tribe – two businesses committed to serving our community. We are grateful to Kennith for his generosity.”

TEP and HRC will have membership information as well as sign-up sheets at the event each month. For more information about the Human Rights Campaign, visit www.hrc.org. For more information about the Tennessee Equality Project, visit www.tnep.org. For information about Tribe, visit www.tribenashville.com.