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Career Notes, April 2015

Who's moving up?

J. Robert Murphy Jr.

J. Robert Murphy Jr.


Anglin Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong PC has named Ryan Campbell, Scott Hand, Jeremy Mostellar and Brandon Smith partners of the firm. 

Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore PC has promoted Rachel Godwin to director of accounting and audit services. 

L. Page Stalcup III, a partner with Wilkins Miller, has been appointed a member of the board for the Ad Hoc Committee for City Revenue and Growth Analysis Board for the City of Mobile. Blake Ethredge, a senior accountant with the firm, has been awarded the Certified in Financial Forensics credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Scott Browning, who has 17 years experience, was named a partner in the firm.


Deborah Barnhart, CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, has been presented the Honeywell Hometown Heroes Award for her work with middle school math and science teachers as part of the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy initiative. 

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has honored Bill Emrich with its 2015 Engineer of the Year award for his innovative nuclear propulsion research and testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. 


Vulcan Materials Co. has elected Elaine Chao and Thomas Fanning to its board of directors. With these additions, Vulcan’s board is now made up of 13 members, 11 of whom are independent. 


Gresham, Smith and Partners has named J. Robert Murphy Jr. senior vice president in charge of the firm’s Birmingham office. 

Banking & Finance

Julie Penn


‚ÄčIberiabank Corp. has named Julie Penn assistant vice president and branch manager of its Fairhope branch. Penn has eight years’ experience in the financial industry.

Harrison Morris has been named CEO of ServisFirst Bank in Dothan, and Steve McCarroll has been named to its board of directors.

Berkadia, an investment banking and research company, has named David Wilson senior investment advisor in its Birmingham office. Wilson has more then 25 years of experience. 


Diatherix Laboratories Inc., of Huntsville, has appointed Ruth Brinkley to its board of directors. Brinkley is president and CEO of KentuckyOne Health

Credit Unions

America's First Federal Credit Union has promoted Alan Stabler and Shirley Lochamy to executive vice president, and Mike Northrup, Audra Weber, Phil Boozer, Teresa Owens and Kevin Morris to senior vice presidents. Trish Lacey, Lori Smith, Chance Hallmark, Mark Shaddix, Denise Vasut, Nancy Rice, Karen Deluca, Robin Moore and Kyndie Huey were also promoted.

Economic Development

The Alabama Department of Commerce has named Ted Clem its director of business development. Clem’s senior management team will include Bob Smith as assistant director of business development – European strategy and Hollie Pegg as assistant director of business development – Asia strategy. 


The International Services Council of Alabama has named Auburn University at Montgomery Professor James Nathan Citizen Diplomat of the Year. 

Wallace State Community College Nursing Department head Deborah “Pepper” Hoover has received Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the Year award. 

Auburn University Professor James Hansen has received the U.S. Golf Association's Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for 2014 for his most recent biography, "A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf." 


Philip Nolan


Camber Corp., of Huntsville, has named Philip Nolan CEO. He succeeds co-founder Walter Batson, who will continue to serve as chairman of the board of directors. 

Project Design Group Inc. Mechanical and Project Engineer John Hailey Jr. has been chosen as Engineering Manager of the Year for 2015 by the Mobile Area Council of Engineers. 

The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame has inducted its 2015 class, including Clint Coleman, Michael DeMaioribus, J. David Irwin, Joseph Miller and Stephen Moxley


Fenwick Brands has a new president and CEO, Melissa Baker, who has served as vice president and general manager North America at Biolab Inc. 

Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management Inc.’s Laura Southeard has been named Assistant of the Year for 2014 by Securities America, a subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.

Harbor Financial Services LLC has added Raymond Bell Jr. to its Public Finance Division. Bell is the managing attorney of Bell Law Firm PC.

Health Care

Neeysa Biddle has been named senior vice president, Ascension Health and Birmingham market executive. In this role, she becomes CEO of St. Vincent’s Health System


Alfa Insurance District Manager Buddy McDanal, of Opelika, was named the Alabama Manager of the Year. He also earned the Distinguished Sales Award – Gold Level at the company’s annual awards ceremony. 


Lacey Smith has become a partner in Armbrecht Jackson LLP. She has been with the firm since 2007 and practices in the area of general civil litigation. 

Jennifer Brinkley has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Huntsville office as a member of the construction and procurement practice group and government contracts practice group.

Jenny Harris Henderson has been appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, Western Division. She has been a partner with Bradley Arant in Birmingham.

Carr Allison has named Elizabeth Burgess and Jordan Watson as the firm’s newest shareholders. 

Hand Arendall LLC has elected Roger Bates as managing lawyer of the firm for a three-year term. Bates has also been inducted as a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation. 

Sirote & Permutt PC has announced that shareholders Gaile Pugh Gratton and Jack Held were elected as fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation. 

Secretary of State John Merrill has established a bi-partisan Probate Judges Advisory Council and named the following individuals to it: Earlean Isaac, W. Hardy McCollum, Terry Mitchell, Steven Reed, Tammy Brown, Bill English, Ryan Robertson and Tim Russell.

Henry O'Connor III has joined Jones Walker's Mobile office in the firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group as special counsel.

Andy Birchfield Jr., principal and mass torts section head at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC, has been appointed co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs steering committee in the multidistrict litigation surrounding blood thinner medication Xarelto. In addition, R. Graham Esdale, a principal in the firm, has been selected as one of the 2014-2015 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. 


Ronnie Boles, owner of General & Automotive Machine Shop in Huntsville and a member of the Business Council of Alabama’s board of directors, has been honored with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. 

Motion Industries Chairman Bill Stevens has retired after 37 years with the company. Tim Breen, president and CEO, will succeed Stevens. 

Real Estate

Stirling Properties has added Julie Watson to its commercial brokerage division as sales and leasing executive in the company’s Mobile office. 

RealtySouth has had the following agents join its offices across Alabama: Benjie Abbott, Steven Bailey, Jen Brown, Melody Glasgow, Scott Hanson, Tracy Heaton, Nick Higdon, Gage Rollo and Wanda Taylor


The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors has named Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished American Sportsman for 2015.

Huntsville golf professional Stephen Puryear has been named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Dixie Section of the Professional Golf Association.


Hornady Transportation has inducted members into its 500,000 Mile Club, 1 Million Mile Club, 1 Million Mile Safe Club and 2 Million Mile Club, as well as recognizing the 5 Year Safety Belt Buckle Award winners. Those recognized were: George Bendzen, Frank Cunningham, Chris Dominick, William Eichhorn, David Evans, Stanley Gaillard, Frederick Gray, Darrell Harris, Reuben Jones Jr., Robert Kyte, Bob Lamoureux, Maxie Lorick, Kenneth McDavid, Glenn McIntrye, Donald Owsley and Bert Parker

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