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Kirkland’s Announces Two New Board Members

A pair of prominent Tennessee retail executives, Susan S. Lanigan and Charlie Pleas, III, have been elected to the board of directors for Kirkland’s, the Brentwood-based specialty retailer of home décor products.

Lanigan is the executive vice president and general counsel of Chico’s FAS, Inc., a retailer of women’s clothing. In addition, she currently serves as the Chair of the Tennessee Education Lottery Commission. Previously she served as Executive Vice President of Dollar General Corporation, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for jewelry retailer, Zale Corporation.

Pleas is the senior vice president and controller of Memphis-based AutoZone, a retailer of automotive parts and accessories. Pleas qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Kirkland’s operates 381 stores in 35 states. More information can be found at Kirkland’

Brentwood receives Municipal League award

The City of Brentwood recently received the 2016 Achievement Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservations from the Tennessee Municipal League, a voluntary, cooperative organization established by the cities and towns of the state for mutual assistance and improvements. Brentwood was recognized for its effort to create more energy-efficient public spaces and encouraging local businesses and residents to use cleaner technologies. These initiatives promote environmentally sustainable practices, establishing Brentwood as a leader in energy efficiency. The award was presented during TML’s 77th Annual Conference in Gatlinburg.

Brentwood’s efforts began when the city used funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to update some of its city buildings with more energy efficient lighting. The city has also changed out its traffic lights to LED lights and is working with local electric utilities on potential options to upgrade streetlights to LED lights.

The city has plans to convert lighting in all city-owned parking lots to LED lights.

The city also used local funds and a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant to replace the boilers at the local library with more energy efficient units that save fuel and produce fewer emissions, and also used these funds to replace HVAC systems at the library and city hall. The two largest city government facilities are now connected to building management systems that allow the HVAC systems to be controlled remotely and shutdown when not needed, thereby saving energy.

Since the conversions, the city has realized a significant decrease in energy usage and energy bills. “It’s good for the city, in general, to do things like this to show we are good stewards of the taxpayer’s money, and we are looking for ways to save those dollars,” said City Manager Kirk Bednar.

Comdata launches fundraising effort with the Habitat for Humanity Fuel Card

Comdata recently announced the launch of its new Habitat for Humanity Fuel Card, offering cardholders the opportunity to save money while raising funds for Habitat throughout the year. Comdata will donate one percent of all card expenses to the nonprofit builder of simple, decent and affordable houses for low-income families around the world.

The card will allow Habitat offices and construction professionals to make all of their fuel, material and maintenance purchases with the built-in controls, convenience and savings of Comdata’s Fuel Card platform.

New customers are eligible for a $100 activation bonus and can save on fuel and maintenance expenses with Comdata’s Retail Savings Network.
In addition to this partnership, Comdata recently lent its support to Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz, a nationwide event where nearly 250 Habitat homeowners partnered with professional builders for one week to build new Habitat houses.

Brentwood-based Comdata is a leading provider of innovative payment and operating technology for businesses. It is one of the largest fuel card issuers and the second largest commercial MasterCard provider in the U.S. and Canada. For more information visit or