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Movers & Shapers, April 2013

Spotlight on Tallapoosa and Chambers counties

Doug Dewberry

Doug Dewberry

Crawley is in his second term as mayor of the city of Lanett in Chambers County and is owner of ZK Recruiters LLC, after a long career with WestPoint Stevens. Active in his community, he has worked with Millard Fuller Legacy Build and serves on the board of Alabama State University and Lanier Hospital.

Crowder has served as executive director of the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce since 2006 after 30 years at WestPoint Stevens. Her Chamber represents businesses in LaFayette, Lanett and Valley in Chambers County, and in West Point, Ga. She is on the board of Bradshaw-Chambers County Library.

Dewberry came to Chambers County in 1991 to serve as CFO at Lanier Health Services. From 2006 to 2010, he was director of executive development at CPSI in Mobile, before returning to Lanier as CEO.

Franks became president of Central Alabama Community College in 2008. He has taught for many years, served as chancellor at Southern Arkansas University Tech and served on the cabinet of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He has also served as state director of vocational education.

Valerie Gray

Gray is executive director of the Chambers County Development Authority. She is president of the board for the Economic Development Association of Alabama. She is vice president of the Southeast U.S. Korean Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and sits on the board of trustees of Lanier Health Services and the advisory board of directors of Auburn Bank’s Valley location.

Lamberth joined Russell Lands Inc. in 1982, and in 2003 was named president and chief operating officer. He oversees all operations of Russell Lands, a diverse Alabama company specializing in the development of lakefront communities on Lake Martin. He is very active in his community, serving on several civic and economic development boards and organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Alabama.

McDaniel is general manager and executive chef at SpringHouse restaurant at Russell Crossroads on Lake Martin. After graduating from Auburn University, he studied at the New England Culinary Institute, and later worked as sous chef for Chris and Idie Hastings at their Birmingham-based restaurant, Hot and Hot Fish Club.    

Moody is mayor of LaFayette in Chambers County, his first public office. He is director of human resources for SaeHaeSung Alabama Inc. He formerly served as operations manager for Russell Corp. for 16 years, and was vice president of McClendon Trucking. A graduate of Auburn University, he is a former chairman of the city’s recreation committee, past president of the executive board of East Alabama Mental Health and past president of the LaFayette Rotary Club.

Bobby Payne

Payne is, once again, mayor of Tallassee in Tallapoosa and Elmore counties. He was elected in 2012 after a four-year break. He is chairman of the Alabama Aging Consortium, president of the Alabama League of Municipalities, president of the Tallassee Rotary Club and board member for the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce.

Jim Peace has been president and CEO of Russell Medical Center since February 2008. Activities include the Lake Martin Economic Development Alliance and ARISE transportation and Lake Martin United Way. He is a board member of the Alabama Hospital Association, Alabama Diversified Health Services and Coastal Insurance Risk/Retention Group and was recently honored as Business Person of the Year by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce.  

Pearson has served as interim president of Southern Union State Community College since 2008. She began her career in higher education working in student services at Auburn University. She joined the Alabama Community College System in 1982. She is very active in the local community.

Riley, mayor of Valley, spent 40 years in education, including 12 years as principal at Valley High School and 20 years as superintendent for the Chambers County schools. He is a member of the Chattahoochee Valley Credit Union Board of Directors and former president of the District 4 Alabama High School Athletic Association and president of the AHSAA Central Board of Control. 

Rye began a new position as executive director of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce in January 2012. She spent her early career in interior design and management at Macy’s and Dillard’s. A part-time resident of the Lake Martin area since 2002, she moved to the area full-time in 2012.

Charles R. Shaw Sr.

Shaw is mayor of Alexander City, serving his first term. He is a former Tallapoosa County commissioner, where he served on committees with the Alabama County Commission Association. He also served on the Coosa County Board of Education. He has owned Shaw Refrigeration in Alexander City since 1977.  

Segrest is president of the Tallassee Community Development Corp. and executive director of the Tallassee Redevelopment Authority. A retired Circuit Court judge, he now practices law in Tallassee where he is active in the Chamber of Commerce.

Smith is owner of Little Black Dress, a clothing boutique in Alexander City, and a member of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce. Active in the community, she sponsors baseball and soccer teams and works with the local schools foundation.

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