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Career Notes, April 2017

Who's moving up?

Eric Archie

Eric Archie


Russell Thompson Butler & Houston LLP has welcomed Freda Sun, a Chinese foreign exchange student, as an intern. 


Ford Wiles, chief creative officer and partner for Big Communications, has been named American Advertising Federation-Birmingham Silver Award Medal winner.


Eric Archie has joined Chambless King Architects as contract administrator.


Erin Stephenson has joined PNC Bank as vice president and director of client and community relations for the Alabama market.

Regions Bank has named Edward Lubembe, a branch manager in Bessemer, its Better Life Award recipient.

Danny Cottrell has joined the board of directors of United Bank


Stephen McNair, owner of McNair Historic Preservation Inc., has been named to the Leadership Mobile class of 2017, Mobile Bay Magazine's 40 Under 40 and to Coastal Alabama Partnership's 2017 Civic Masters Program. 

Credit Unions

Avadian Credit Union has promoted Teresa Hunter to branch manager for the Geneva location.


​Mrinal Mugdh Varma


Mrinal Mugdh Varma has been named provost and senior vice chancellor at Auburn University at Montgomery. In addition, Jessie Rosa has been promoted to director of athletics at AUM.

Annette Funderburk has been named interim president at J.F. Ingram State Technical College.

The Auburn University Foundation has appointed new directors to its board: Leslee Belluchie, Kerry Bradley, Bruce Donnellan and Javier Goizueta. The board also named Mike McLain its new chair and Benny LaRussa vice chair.

The Alabama State Senate has confirmed Lloyd Austin, Raymond Harbert and Quentin Riggins as at-large members of the Auburn University Board of Trustees.

Michael Pretes, a professor of geography at the University of North Alabama, is the 2017 recipient of the American Association of Geographers Distinguished Teaching Honors. 


The Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame has inducted Brian Barr, Paula Martese Marino and H. Stuart Starrett, all of Birmingham; Bill Harbert, formerly of Birmingham; and Todd May, of Huntsville. 

Human Resources

ESS has promoted Jared Balint and Mark McFadin to vice presidents of sales. In addition, the company has added Catherine Vinson as director of client care. 

Information Technology

Jason Jacobson has been named CEO and Brendan Jacobson has been named president of NetGain Technologies. The brothers became the third generation to run the company. In addition, John Meholovitch has been promoted to business controller. 


Brad Gabel has joined Protective Life Corp. as vice president and chief underwriting officer. 


Stephen Hunt Jr.


Stephen Hunt Jr.  has been named a principal of Cory Watson Attorneys.

Margaret Thompson has joined Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC as of counsel in the firm's Mass Torts Section.

David Hill Bashford has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP's Birmingham office as counsel on the Construction, Energy and Litigation teams.

Robert Shreve has become an associate in the Mobile office of Burr & Forman, where he will serve in the Tort Trial & Insurance practice.

Steven Worley has joined Carr Allison. He has over 20 years of experience.

Elizabeth "Liz" Huntley, of Lightfoot Franklin & White, served as the keynote speaker at the Lean On: Alabama's 2017 Women's Lifestyle and Leadership Conference in March.

Jon Mills has joined Maynard Cooper & Gale as an associate in the firm's Corporate, Securities & Tax Practice group. 


Dunavant Logistics Group has acquired Mobile-based John M. Brining Co. John Hearne, of John M. Brining Co., has become Dunavant’s new vice president of customs brokerage.

Glenn Smith has earned the CSX Industrial Development’s Partnershipping Award for his work in securing the Wayne Farms feed mill project in Ozark.


Steve Pierson has been promoted to director of convention sales at the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. Carman Atchison has joined the staff as sales manager for the Northeast territory and April Deal has rejoined the staff as customer relations manager. In addition, Rita Kelley has been promoted to information technology manager.


Laura Kappler-Roberts


Gabriel Restrepo, an area manager of Latin America sales with ACIPCO International, a division of American Cast Iron Pipe Co., has been appointed to the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

Laura Kappler-Roberts, president and CEO of Kappler Inc., has been named an honoree for the 2017 STEP Ahead awards presented by The Manufacturing Institute.


Crestwood Medical Center has re-elected Mike Gillespie as chair of the board and John Stallworth as vice chair. In addition, Jeffrey Garber, Eric Janssen, Smita Shah and Stallworth have been reappointed to three-year terms.

Southeast Alabama Medical Center has welcomed Brandy Duke to its Westway Medical Office in Dothan. 


Shelby Humane Society has named David Arias as its new executive director. 


Ann-Brooks Morrissette has joined the Fuse Project as planning and development manager.

JDRF has appointed Hanny Akl as its new board member of the Alabama Chapter. 


Jake Carlisle has been named director of ticketing at Talladega Superspeedway.

Real Estate

James Lomax has joined Colliers International as an associate in Huntsville.


Charles Marsh has been appointed to senior vice president of global sales for Adtran.

James Lackey has joined Quantum Research International Inc. as senior vice president/Defense Systems Group manager. In addition, Brad Kettner has been promoted to the position of manager, Space and Warfighter Support Division and site manager for Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

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