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Career Notes, April 2014

Who's moving up?

Chip Adkins, Renasant Bank Mortgage

Chip Adkins, Renasant Bank Mortgage

ACCOUNTING
Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore PC, with offices in Fairhope, Foley, Brewton and Spanish Fort, has named Diane Anderson as director of client development. Anderson has more than 20 years in the finance industry.

Warren Averett LLC has added Max Koss to its firm as director of international tax. Koss has more than 27 years in public accounting, including 24 in international tax. 

Blake Ethredge, a senior accountant with Wilkins Miller Hieronymus of Mobile, has completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts to earn his designation of Certified Valuation Analyst. 
 

ADVERTISING
Red Square Gaming has hired Cyril Guichard as creative director. A native of France, Guichard has more than 15 years of experience.

Big Communications, of Birmingham, has promoted Merry Michael Smith to media buyer, Katherine Cooper to media coordinator, Rylee Roquemore to account executive and Brittany Norman to public relations account executive.

Spencer Till, senior vice president and executive creative director of Birmingham-based Lewis Communications, has been honored with the Silver Media Award at the annual American Advertising Awards. 

BANKING
Renasant Bank Mortgage has hired Chip Adkins as the company’s eastern divisional manager. Adkins has more than 20 years of financial services experience.

Regions Financial Corp. announced that John Roberts would retire from its board of directors effective April 23. Roberts has served as a director since 2001.

Aliant Bank, of Birmingham, has hired Sierra Earle as branch manager of the Meadow Brook office. Earle has 10 years of experience in the industry. 

BIOTECH
Rick Burch has been named president of Innovative Med Concepts LLC, of Tuscaloosa. During his career in pharmaceuticals, Burch has helped launch more than 20 pharmaceutical products. 

CONSULTING
The Spectrum Group has added Kathy Harvey to its firm. Harvey, who recently retired from a 35-year career of civilian service in the U.S. Army, exclusively in the Army Materiel Command, will serve TSG clients in north Alabama.

CONSTRUCTION AGGREGATES
Vulcan Materials Co. has elected Grayson Hall as a director of the company. Hall is chairman, president and CEO of Regions Financial Corp. 

Leonard Lock, Alabama Commission on Higher Education

EDUCATION
Leonard Lock has been appointed director of instruction and special projects to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Lock has more than 20 years’ experience in the education field.

Kelly Dunbar and Kimberly Washington, teachers at Fonde Elementary School in Mobile, have been presented with a $250 classroom donation from Roberts Brothers as part of the company’s adopt a school program.

Bennett Bearden, director of the University of Alabama’s Water Policy and Law Institute, has been presented a certificate of recognition from Gov. Robert Bentley for advancing water policy in Alabama in his role as chair of the Alabama Water Agencies Working Group.

LaFreeda Jordan has been hired as assistant vice chancellor and will assist with government relations and economic development issues for the University of Alabama System. She will be based at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

ENGINEERING
The Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame has inducted the following individuals as its 2014 class: E. Glenn Bishop, William Craig, Kimberly Greene, H. Vincent Poor, Jeff Stone and Daniel Turner.

HEALTHCARE
Keith Parrott, CEO of Baptist Health Systems, has been named to the Alabama Hospital Association’s Board of Directors. Parrott will fill the unexpired term of Shane Spees, former Baptist CEO who accepted a position in Mississippi. In addition, Baptist has named Sally Jackson Sims to the position of Patient Safety Officer and Chief Pharmacist.

INSURANCE
Brentwood Service Administrators has promoted Suzanne Miller, of Bessemer, to the position of senior claims adjuster. Miller has been in the insurance sector since 1998.

LANGUAGE SERVICES
Foreign Language Services has promoted Celine Davis to contract manager for interpreting and Lauren Montefusco as fulltime office manager and Spanish certification specialist.  

LEGAL
Andrew Brasher has been named Solicitor General of Alabama. He replaces John Neiman, who has returned to private practice. The solicitor general supervises the state’s handling of appellate litigation in state and federal courts.

Butler Snow LLP has expanded its Birmingham office with 20 attorneys joining the firm. The attorneys are Brad Anderson, Austin Averitt, James Barton Jr., Katie Britt, Helen Downs, Sarah Hoffmann, Russell Irby, Michael Johnson, David Kinman, Jerome Lanning, Henry Long III, Margaret Loveman, Alan Mathis, Bradley Mayhew, Randall McClanahan, Angie McEwen, T. Kurt Miller, E. Alston Ray, J. William Rose Jr. and Caroline Walker.

S. Nathan Gordon, Baker Donelson

Baker Donelson has added S. Nathan Gordon to the firm's Birmingham office. A 2012 graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Gordon is an associate in the corporate/mergers & acquisitions group.

Balch & Bingham LLP has added two new attorneys, Deborah Hembree and Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon. Hembree joins the firm’s Wealth Management and Employee Benefits, Real Estate, Lending and Commercial and Estate Planning Practice Groups in Birmingham. Dixon joins as an associate and member of the Labor and Employment and Litigation Practice Groups in Atlanta.

Hand Arendall has added five new attorneys to its Birmingham office. They are Mark Hess, Maridi Thompson Huggins, C. Dennis Hughes, Bert Nettles and Latanishia Watters. In addition, Baldwin County firm member Michael Niemeyer has been elected president of the Baldwin County Bar Association.

Maynard Cooper & Gale PC has added shareholder Matthew Stiles and associate Matthew Cannova to its Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practices. In addition, the firm announced that shareholders Peter Fruin and Julie Wilson Portera are the new co-chairs of the firm's Securities Litigation practice.

Frank Young has joined Red Mountain Law Group as the group's newest firm, Young Law LLC. His practice concentrates on civil, commercial, employment, financial and healthcare litigation, as well as international law for strategic growth.

Armbrecht Jackson LLP has added three new attorneys to its firm. Steven Pearson has become a partner and S. Gaillard Ladd and Lindsay Schafer Hurt have become attorneys.  

MANUFACTURING
American Buildings Co., of Eufaula, has promoted Bill Prescott to division sales manager – Atlantic Division. An Auburn University graduate, Prescott has more than 25 years’ experience.

MEDICAL
Evergreen Medical Center Hospice has named LeAnn Roberts Middleton the new administrator of hospice operations. Middleton has more than 28 years of experience in the nursing profession. 

ORGANIZATIONS
The Alabama Recreation and Parks Association has named Andrew Pinkerton, of the city of Hoover Parks and Recreation, the 2013 Outstanding New Professional of the Year. In addition, Dee Nance, also representing the city of Hoover, has been named the Jim Spain Professional of the Year.

The Alabama Farmers Federation has named Preston Roberts as Area 7 director, Josh Melson as Area 1 director, David Heflin as Area 5 director, Wallace Drury as Area 6 director, and Bradley Cox as Area 2 director.

PRODUCTION COMPANY
Brian Talkish and Jan-Michael Cifonie, both of Vazda Studio, have received two silver ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation Birmingham for their work on the AAF Birmingham’s 55th ADDY Awards Opening.

PUBLISHING
Grand View Media Group has named Bill Cooke president of Moose River Media, which was acquired by GVMG in September, 2013. 

Langston Hereford, The Fred Smith Group of RealtySouth

REAL ESTATE
The Fred Smith Group of RealtySouth's Crestline office has added Langston Hereford. Hereford has 29 years of sales experience.

Russ Russell, of Russ Russell Commercial Real Estate of Huntsville, has earned his Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation from the Realtors Land Institute.

TECHNOLOGY
Camber Corp., of Huntsville, has promoted Bruce Schoemer to chief technology officer. Schoemer has more than 30 yeas of experience in management. 

TOURISM
The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission has appointed Gina Simpson as its next president and CEO. She has served on the board of directors since 2010 and was board chair in 2013.

TRANSPORTATION
Hornady Transportation has inducted several members into its 500,000 Mile Club, 1 Million Mile Club, the 1 Million Mile Safe Club and the 2 Million Mile Club. Those inducted into the 500,000 Mile Club are James Gibson, William Eichhorn, Chris Dominick and George Benzen. Those inducted into the 1 Million Mile Club are Wayne Stottlemire, Edward Miller and Stanley Gaillard. William Rogers and James Johnson were inducted into the 1 Million Mile Safe Club. Winston Brite and James Ezell were inducted into the 2 Million Mile Club.

Parker Towing Co., of Tuscaloosa, has promoted Josh Gibson to crew dispatcher, Ron Jesser to human resource manager and Chris Bushhorn to director administrative services. 

UTILITIES
Mark Crosswhite has replaced Charles McCrary as CEO of Alabama Power Co. McCrary stepped down after 13 years at the helm of the utility. Crosswhite most recently served as COO at Southern Co.

Leigh Grantham has been appointed vice president of member services and communications for PowerSouth. PowerSouth serves the wholesale energy needs of 16 electric cooperatives and four municipal electric systems in Alabama and northwest Florida.

WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Laura Southeard, client services associate of Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management, has been appointed to the Securities America Inc. 2014 Sales Assistant Advisory Board. She will serve a two-year term. 

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