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Movers & Shapers, April 2015

Spotlight on Etowah and St. Clair counties

Carver Boynton

Carver Boynton

Carver Boynton

Boynton is general manager of the Gadsden Mall. A Selma native, she has worked nearly 20 years in business and event marketing and shopping-center management, and she worked as an adjunct instructor of business at Concordia College-Selma for eight years. Boynton is president of the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber of Commerce board, interim president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama board and a board member for United Way of Etowah County. Boynton earned her undergraduate degree from University of Alabama, a master’s from Faulkner University and a law degree from Birmingham School of Law. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.

Richard Buckner 

Buckner is an owner and vice president of Buckner Barrels Sales Corp., where he manages the sales and customer services department. He has been with the company since 1979, bringing more than 30 years of experience to the team. He is chairman of the board of the trade association Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA). Locally, he has served as St. Clair Republican Party chairman and a state Republican Party executive committee member and chairman of the Springville Chamber of Commerce. He is a former Springville City Council member and former mayor. He is an advanced certified municipal official, a member of the St. Clair County Industrial Development Board and a charter member of the St. Clair County Leadership class. 

Teresa Carden 

Carden is the mission coordinator for Lakeside Hospice in Pell City. Lakeside serves St. Clair and seven other counties. She has added programs to Lakeside’s outreach with a focus on music’s effects on memory, music therapy in assisted living and skilled nursing and music thanatology. She also has worked with programs in patient’s pet care, and programs for veterans, caregivers, cancer patients and survivors support and the Lonely Hearts Club. She is a graduate of Leadership Pell City and Leadership St. Clair County. She is president of Pell City Business and Professional Women, originating the fashion show held annually to fund scholarships for young women. 

John Croyle

John Croyle


Croyle is founder and executive director of Big Oak Ranch Inc., which includes Big Oak Boys’ Ranch in Gadsden, Big Oak Girls’ Ranch in Springville and Westbrook Christian School in Rainbow City. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Mobile. At UA, Croyle played defensive end for the 1973 National Championship football team, playing for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. At 19, he felt he had been given a gift to work with children and declined professional football opportunities to open Big Oak Ranch. He speaks across the Southeast and has helped raise more than 1,800 children. He has received many honors and has been featured in several national publications and television programs. He is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. 

Blair Fields 

Fields is associate broker and owner of Fields Gossett Realty in Pell City. His responsibilities include budgeting, property management, community involvement, technology and training. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is involved with many civic and professional groups, including the St. Clair County Board of Equalization, Pell City Rotary Club, Pell City Civitan Club, Pell City Education Foundation, St. Vincent’s St. Clair Board, St. Clair Association of Realtors and Pell City Parks and Recreation assistant baseball coach. He is an alumnus of Pell City and St. Clair County Leadership classes.  

Blair Goodgame

Goodgame opened Lakeside Package in 2011 upon her graduation from Auburn University, and in 2013 the business, which sells spirits, wine, beer and party accessories, was named the “Emerging Business of the Year” by the Pell City Chamber of Commerce. The store is an annual supporter of the Pell City Animal Shelter, the Rotary Club, the Alabama Wildlife Organization, the Pell City Library Guild, Lakeside Hospice and more. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Pell City, the YWCA of Central Alabama and much more. She and her mother, Cindy, host the YWCA’s Purse and Passion Luncheon for St. Clair County, which in 2014 raised a record amount for Our Place, the local women’s domestic abuse shelter. They also host the annual Pink Party with the American Cancer Society, which raises money for breast cancer research and awareness. She is a member of the Leadership St. Clair Class of 2014.

Craig King

Craig King


King is president and CEO of J.P. King Auction Co. Inc. He is the fourth generation president of the Gadsden-based firm that his great-grandfather, J.P. King, founded in 1915. The luxury real estate auction company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. With more than 35 years of luxury real estate and auction experience, King is past president of the Auction Marketing Institute, the Alabama Auctioneers Association and past director of the National Auctioneers Foundation. He has been inducted into both the National Auctioneers Association and the Alabama Association of Auctioneers Halls of Fame. He holds real estate and auctioneer licenses in more than a dozen states and has personally auctioned more than 10,000 properties with sales prices totaling over $1 billion. 

Craig Lipscomb

Lipscomb is owner of his firm, B. Craig Lipscomb, Architect. His company’s project experience includes office buildings, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, banks, municipal facilities, religious structures, public buildings, educational facilities, retail and utilities. He is a graduate of Auburn University and is registered to practice in Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. He also is owner of It’s Yogurtime LLC. He is a member of several civic and community boards and has won awards for his professional and civic activities. He is a board member of the Gadsden Museum of Art, Etowah County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Etowah County. He is president-elect of the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra. 

Lyman Lovejoy

Lovejoy has been in the real estate business for more than 40 years and is well known in the St. Clair area as “The Land Man.” He has been responsible for the development of multiple subdivisions and commercial businesses in the area. He has been vice president or chairman of the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, which he helped organize, for 15 years. He currently is a member of the Pell City Chamber of Commerce, the Moody Chamber of Commerce and the St. Clair County Gideon’s Association. He currently serves as active board member of the St. Clair County Mayors Association, the St. Vincent’s Hospital Advisory Board and Industrial Development Authority. He previously served as president of the St. Clair Realtors Association. He also has worked with the Boy Scouts, Red Cross, United Way and numerous fundraisers.

Trey Massey

Massey is the third generation owner of Massey Asphalt Paving in Argo and a developer. His company specializes in paving, concrete curbs, seal coating and parking lot striping, serving central Alabama since 1967. Massey is a 1996 graduate of Springville High School and a 2000 graduate of Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee, with a degree in business management. 

Mike McCain

Mike McCain


McCain has been executive director of the Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority since its inception in 1985. The IDA was named one of the top development groups in the U.S. by Site Selection magazine and is a recipient of Business Facilities magazine’s Economic Development Achievement Award. He was elected one of 127 Fellow Members of the International Economic Development Council for attaining “unusual stature and achievement” in the field. He was voted as the 2011 recipient of the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Achievement in Economic Development by Alabama Department of Commerce project managers. He has served on the boards of directors of the American Economic Development Council and Southern Economic Development Council, and is a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama. He is currently serving on the board of the Alabama Economic Development Alliance.

William Meehan

Meehan, president of Jacksonville State University, was recently honored with a Legacy Award from the Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber of Commerce for his service to the community. As JSU president for the past 16 years, he has worked to bridge the town and gown divide not only in the City of Jacksonville, but also in Etowah County and beyond. Under his leadership, the university partnered with Gadsden State Community College to create the FUSION! program — giving GSCC students the opportunity to seamlessly transfer into JSU to pursue bachelor’s degrees. The two institutions also partnered to construct the Joe M. Ford Center for Economic Development on the campus of Gadsden State in 2002. Meehan serves on the board of directors for the Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber, which also honored him with the Bobby L. Austin Community Impact Award in 2008. He will retire from JSU in July after 40 years at the university. 

Lesa Osborn 

Osborn is director of the Gadsden Commercial Development Authority. She is a liaison between the city of Gadsden and the development community. Prior to accepting the director position, she was the marketing and development manager for the GCDA for a year and served as vice president of business development and research for the Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber, all built on a career in banking. She serves on the board of directors of the Gadsden Kiwanis Club and the advisory board of the Imagination Place for Children. She attended the Georgia Tech Institute of Technology where she received training in economic development certification, the University of Georgia’s Georgia Institute for Organizational Management and Gadsden State Community College, where she received a degree in banking and finance. 

Nanda Patel 

Patel is owner and director of operations for Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Gadsden and Fort Payne, a position she has held since 2003. She employs 50 people. She is a graduate of UAB and of other leadership management programs at Cornell and Emory universities. She is a member of the board of Etowah Tourism, a board member of the industrial development board, executive board of United Way and is active in arts and cultural organizations. She is a past president of DeKalb Tourism and a past executive board member of Alabama Mountain Lakes Association.

Matthew Pope 

Matthew Pope


Pope is a lifelong resident of St. Clair County, whose family has been rooted in the community for more than 120 years. He has served on the board of directors for Leadership St. Clair County, Pell City Rotary Club, Pell City Habitat for Humanity, CEPA Management, Commercial Development Authority and the Career Tech Advisory Council. He chaired the St. Clair County United Way campaign for two years and teaches financial literacy classes to children and adults. He is vice president at Metro Bank in Pell City, where he has been employed since 2007.  He graduated in 2006 with a BA from the University of Alabama.

Don Smith

Smith has been a professional economic developer since 2004 and is currently executive director of the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, which earned the Community Economic Development Award of Excellence from the Economic Development Association of Alabama. Smith works closely with the Birmingham Business Alliance and the newly formed Core4 Marketing Alliance, which includes St. Clair, Talladega, Cleburne and Calhoun counties. Smith graduated from Auburn University with a degree in business administration focusing on taxation and accounting and also is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.  He has spoken on the topic of economic development throughout the state and is currently an active member of numerous boards focusing on economic, rural and workforce development throughout the state.

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