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Career Notes, April 2013

A month of career climbs throughout the state

Michael Morgan, president and CEO of First Community Bank of Central Alabama

Michael Morgan, president and CEO of First Community Bank of Central Alabama

ACCOUNTING
Frost Cummings Tidwell Group, of Birmingham, has added Brent Barringer as partner. Barringer has eight years of experience. 

JamisonMoneyFarmer shareholder Cathy Rice has been elected to serve on the board of directors for the Georgia Land Trust Inc., Alabama Land Trust Inc. and The Chattowah Open Land Trust Inc. In addition, JMF has promoted Kim Smith as shareholder of the firm.

Steven Barranco, of Warren Averett LLC, has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy. Barranco will serve a four-year term.

AGRICULTURE
Alabama Cooperative Extension Service Urban Regional Specialist Robert Spencer has been presented the President's Volunteer Service Award by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation for his efforts in Haiti with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program. 

AUTOMOTIVE
The Supervisory Board of Daimler AG has announced that Andreas Renschler will assume board of management responsibility for production and purchasing of Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans, effective April 1. Renschler was the first president of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. in Vance.

Drew Linn, president of Birmingham-based Southland International Trucks, has been named the 2013 Trucker Dealer of the Year by the American Truck Dealers and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. Linn began his career in automotives in 1965.

AVIATION
Ronnie Kearns has been appointed president of Alabama Aircraft Support and chief operating officer of Overseas Aircraft Support in Arizona. AAS is located in Enterprise and focuses on the Bell Helicopter market.

Boeing Co. has appointed Greg Hyslop as vice president and general manager, Boeing Research & Technology. Hyslop, who formerly served as vice president and general manager of Boeing Strategic Missile & Defense Systems, will continue to be based in Huntsville. Replacing Hyslop in the SMDS position will be Jim Chilton, formerly vice president and program manager for Exploration Launch Systems. 

BANKING
First Community Bank of Central Alabama has named Michael Morgan its new president and CEO. Morgan has 24 years of banking experience.

Grayson Hall, president and CEO of Regions Financial Corp., has been elected by the board of directors to succeed Earnest Deavenport Jr. as chairman, effective May 16. Deavenport, 74, is retiring from the company. In addition, the board has elected Charles McCrary, CEO of Alabama Power Co., as chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, effective May 16. In other company news, Deno Posey, a 30-year employee and payments operation manager in Birmingham, received the company’s Better Life Award, which is awarded to Regions associates for their dedication and job performance. In addition, Anne Copeland has been named head of Private Wealth Management, a division of Region’s Wealth Management Group.

Lynn Joyce, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Southern States Bank

Southern States Bank has named Lynn Joyce executive vice president and chief financial officer. She will manage the bank’s accounting, compliance and information security departments.

ServisFirst Bank has added Kelli Bergman as credit officer for its Huntsville branch. In addition, ServisFirst has promoted Ann Armstrong to vice president, commercial account manager; Jessica Robinson to private banking officer, and Rachel Hale to branch operations manager for the Dothan location.

A.J. "Lonnie" Strickland III has been elected as a director of United Security Bancshares Inc. and its subsidiary, First United Security Bank, by its board of directors.

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
Vulcan Materials Co. has elected Lee Styslinger III director of the company. Styslinger, 52, is chairman and CEO of Altec Inc. and serves on four other company and organization boards.

White-Spunner Construction, of Mobile, has made some reorganizational changes. John White-Spunner has re-assumed the helm as president and CEO. Jeff Carrico has been promoted to chief operating officer. Allan Gustin has been promoted to vice president of pre-construction and estimating. Wayne Mostellar has been promoted to vice president of construction. 

EDUCATION
James Bessette, director of University Relations for the University of Montevallo, has recently earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Universal Accreditation Board.

Mike DeMaioribus, of Dynetics, and Wayne Smith, of Community Health Systems, have been named to the Auburn University Board of Trustees for seven-year terms. They replace John Blackwell and Sam Ginn who were not eligible for reappointment.

Jim Hart has been named president of the Golf Academy of America, the longest-running two-year golf career college in the world. Mike Largent, former president, will continue to serve in an executive role for Education Corporation of America, parent company for GAA and several other schools.

Kim Jackson, controller, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School

Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School has named Kim Jackson as controller. Jackson formerly was an audit partner for 34 years at the Montgomery office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

ENGINEERING
GW Jones & Sons Consulting Engineers Inc., a 127-year-old Huntsville company, has been acquired by Nashville-based Littlejohn Engineering Associates. The GW firm will continue to operate under its same name, with Mark Yokley, president of GW, serving as a special consultant during the transition. Harry Wilson has been hired to serve as principal of the Huntsville office.

Seven individuals have been inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. They are: Larry Benefield of Auburn, James Carroll Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Ronald Chronister of Athens, James Hoskins of Reston, Va., John Richardson of Hoover, Donald Vaughn of Montgomery and D. Dale York of Birmingham. 

GLOBAL SECURITY
Northrop Grumman Corp. employees Roy Foreman and Omar Thompson have received top awards at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. Foreman received the Industry Professional Achievement award. Thompson was the recipient of a Special Recognition award. 

HEALTHCARE
Accion Delta Region Manager Lisa Riley has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the Alabama Mental Health Board of Trustees. Riley is the Alabama legislative advocate for Autism Speaks.

Southeast Alabama Medical Center has named Levonne Outlaw as stroke care network coordinator. Outlaw has been with SAMC since 1989.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Business Systems and Consultants Inc., a documents and records management company based in Birmingham, has promoted Ernest Hughston to executive director of operations and technology. 

INSURANCE
Wayne Smith has joined Truitt Insurance & Bonding Inc. as producer. Smith has more than 30 years of experience and was previously owner of J. Wayne Smith Insurance Agency LLC.

Northwestern Mutual has honored Jay Dixon, of Northwestern Mutual Alabama in Hoover, with its 2013 Southern Region Managing Director Leader Award.

FINANCIAL PLANNERS
T. Bragg Van Antwerp Jr. has joined Mitchell McLeod Pugh & Williams, an investment advisory firm in Mobile. 

FITNESS
Ryan Romano, a Birmingham native, and Mike McCoy, an Alabama graduate, have opened an Elite Performance Training center called The Warehouse Performance Institute

Thomas Woodall with Sirote & Permutt, PC

LEGAL
Sirote & Permutt, PC announces that retired Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Woodall has joined the firm and will chair the Appellate Practice Group.

Baker Donelson had 11 members of its Birmingham firm ranked in Chambers USA. They are: W. Patton Hahn, Timothy Lupinacci, Eric Pruitt, B.G. Minisman Jr., D.J. Simonetti, William Somerville, Edward Meyerson, H. Chervis Isom, Denise Killebrew, Murphy McMillan and William Sylvester.

Ashley Neese has been named a shareholder for law firm Dominick Feld Hyde PC. Her practice areas include corporate and business law, commercial real estate and financing, commercial litigation, probate, estate and trust administration and litigation and asset protection planning.

Martha Thompson, of Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart LLP, has been invited to join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, a nonpartisan alliance whose goals are to create a standard of litigation management in pursuit of client defense.

Katharine Weber and C. Andrew Kitchen, both of Maynard, Cooper & Gale PC, have been selected by BTI Consulting Group Inc. to its Client Service All-Stars for 2013.

LOGISTICS
Wade Glenn has been named director of sales for ASF Intermodal. ASF is a full-service drayage provider and transportation broker. 

MARKETING / PUBLIC RELATIONS
Brian Key has been named principal of Copperwing Design, an integrated brand management and creative consultancy in Montgomery. Key has 14 years of experience.

Intermark Group Inc., of Birmingham, has recently hired Jonathan Daniel, Kate Matthews and Ali Smith.

KC Projects, of Birmingham, has hired Kimberlee Brooks as assistant account coordinator, and promoted Maree Jones to digital PR executive.

Luckie & Co., of Birmingham, has added Chris Statt, Eric Whitaker and Laura Long to its management team. Statt will serve as chief financial officer, Long as senior vice president and director of account management and Whitaker as vice president and director of brand planning.

MEDIA
Brandt Ayers, publisher of The Anniston Star, has written about his life’s journey, called “In Love With Defeat: The Making of a Southern Liberal,” which includes his coverage, as a young reporter and editor, of the civil rights struggle in Raleigh, Washington and Anniston.

The Bert Show, a syndicated talk radio program anchored by Bert Weiss, has debuted on 99.5 The Vibe (WZRR) in Birmingham in March. The show will run in the morning drive slot. 

Stephen Potts, of PMT Publishing Co., publishers of Business Alabama, Mobile Bay, Birmingham Home & Garden and other magazines, has been named the 2012 Big Brother of the Year by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alabama. Potts is a member of the BBBS of South Alabama.

REAL ESTATE

Sam Winter with Sam Winter & Co. Inc.

Sam Winter has founded Sam Winter & Co. Inc., a real estate sales firm specializing in marketing residential properties throughout Mobile.

The Shopping Center Group, a retail-only real estate advisory firm, has added Chris Caldwell as its new director of leasing. He will work to strengthen the company’s landlord services platform in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Colliers International has announced that Kyle Collins has joined the company as senior vice president and principal to lead the company's new Huntsville location.

RealtySouth has added the following new agents to its Alabama offices: Diane Duffie, Stephanie Floyd, Jeff Harding, Misty Joseph, Annabelle Robinson, Alex Serota and Rob Stewart.

SIGNAGE
David Watson, national accounts director for Watchfire Signs by Time-O-Matic, has been named to the board of directors of the International Sign Association. Watson is based in Birmingham.

TECHNOLOGY
The SSI Group Inc., a healthcare IT company in Mobile, has named Terry Pefanis as chief financial officer and Mary Hyland as vice president of regulatory affairs and chief privacy officer. Pefanis also will serve as vice president and chief compliance officer.

Abacus IT Solutions, of Birmingham, has hired Gib Johnson as president. Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in business development and technology.

Paul Malone, Dynetics corporate security manager, has been elected 2013-2014 chairman of the Mid-South Chapter of NCMS, the Society of Industrial Security Professionals. 

TOURISM
Chianti Cleggett has been named national sales manager of the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. She will develop business for national accounts.

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