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Movers & Shapers, August 2012

William Petrey, President/CEO of First Citizens Bank of Luverne

William Petrey, President/CEO of First Citizens Bank of Luverne

Dr. Charles M. (Chuck) Burgess Jr.

Burgess has practiced dentistry for 35 years in Opp. He also is active in tree farming and forestry conservation and manages his family’s tree farm. He recently has been very active in economic development in Opp and Covington County. Working with state and local officials, he spearheaded efforts to four-lane U.S. Highway 331 between Opp and the Florida state line. He is vice-chairman of the board of directors of South Alabama Regional Airport, a member of the Opp and Covington County Area Chamber of Commerce and a Rotarian.

William Petrey

Petrey is president/CEO of First Citizens Bank of Luverne. He also served as executive vice president at the bank. He was director of purchasing at Springford Foods in Montgomery, and worked in sales at W.L. Petrey Wholesale Co. Inc. He is a past president of the Luverne Rotary Club, was Crenshaw County’s Citizen of the Year in 2010 and served as chair of the board of directors of the Crenshaw County Economic and Industrial Development Authority. He also is on the board of directors of the Community Bankers Association of Alabama, serving as that group’s treasurer and vice chairman. 

Rick Clifton

Clifton is the new president and CEO of the Covington County Economic Development Commission. A local attorney, he has a strong background in business development, corporate and financial law, estate planning, tax and probate. He coordinated bond issues and resolved legal issues clearing the way for economic development projects that led to more than 700 jobs for the community and has developed innovative incentives to attract new business. He is a senior partner of Albrittons, Clifton & Moody P.C. law firm in Andalusia. A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he also has served as a staff judge advocate at Maxwell Air Force Base/Gunter Air Force Station in Montgomery.

Martha Dickey

Dickey, who taught physical education, health and biology for 25 years, has been a business owner for 23 years. She is past president of the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce. While president, she started the Peanut Boil Festival, which is held in conjunction with the World’s Largest Peanut Boil, organized by the Shriners of Luverne. She is a member of the Luverne Garden Club and active in the community.  

Dexter McLendon

Dexter McLendon

McLendon has served as mayor of the city of Greenville since October 2000 and is a former 12-year city councilman and former owner of McLendon Medical Supply. He also is serving as interim director for the Butler County Commission for Economic Development. He has traveled to Korea on three different occasions to help bring industries, such as Hwashin America and Hysco America, to the city. He is in the current class of Leadership Alabama. He is chairman of Butler County E-911 and a member of the Bank Trust Board of Directors. As mayor he obtained a YMCA for the community, serving as its chairman of the board for the first four years. He also worked for a new high school and to bring the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail into Greenville.

Warren C. Matthews

Matthews is a partner in the law firm Burr & Forman. He opened the Montgomery office of the firm in 2000. A resident of Greenville in Butler County, he is co-chair of the firm’s automotive group and focuses on economic development, state and local taxation, business entities, governmental affairs and more. He assisted with site selection and incentive implementation for the Kia Motors plant in Georgia, ThyssenKrupp steel mills in Mobile County and the Jack Daniel Cooperage Project in Lawrence County, and works with local authorities on economic development. He is chairman of the Greenville YMCA, vice chairman of Fort Dale Academy and has served as counsel for several nonprofit organizations. He is a member of Leadership Alabama.

Jesse McWilliams

McWilliams has served as a Butler County commissioner since 2000 and chairman since 2004. He is very involved in his community as owner and operator of Real Pit Barbecue Restaurant with his wife. He drives a school bus for the Butler County Board of Education and runs a route selling boiled peanuts to various businesses. He is involved in the Lions Club of Greenville, the Butler County Optimist Club, OCAP Board, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Butler County Economic Development Board. He is a Mason and a Shriner.

Connie Nicholas

Nicholas, interim CEO and assistant CEO of L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital, is a native of Butler County. She has dedicated more than 30 years to providing and improving healthcare in the Greenville area. A registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in health administration, she has been employed by L.V. Stabler for more than 30 years, serving in several nursing and administrative roles. In 2010, The Joint Commission honored L.V. Stabler Hospital as a top performer on key quality measures, an honor that goes to only 14 percent of American hospitals. 

Herbert H. J. Riedel, Ph.D.

Riedel has served as president of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College since January 2009. He has 26 years’ experience in higher education, including universities, technical and community colleges in Florida, South Carolina and Texas, where he has been a faculty member and served in faculty leadership positions. A native Canadian, Riedel is conversant in five languages and holds a fourth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which he teaches in the physical education department of LBWCC. Under his leadership, the school has added new course offerings, a mini-grant program, an honors program and more. He is active in the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce, the Covington County Economic Development Commission, the Alabama Partnership for Children, the Andalusia Ballet, Rotary International and church, and enjoys attending community and cultural events. 

Charles E. (Ed) Short

Charles E. (Ed) Short

Short serves as president, CEO and general manager of Covington Electric Cooperative in Andalusia. Chairman of the Andalusia Industrial Development and Covington County Economic Development boards, Short also serves as a director on boards of the Alabama Rural Electric Association, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, United Utility Supply board and CCB-Community Bank. Throughout his 55-year career in the electric utility industry, Short also has been an active leader with the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, NRTC, Kiwanis Club, United Utility Supply, Covington County Red Cross, Character@Heart and the Electric Power Research Institute Residential Marketing Group. Short worked as a lineman for eight years before entering Auburn University, where he received a bachelor’s degree before starting his career with CEC in the marketing department.

Robyn R. Snellgrove

Snellgrove is president and CEO of Crenshaw County Economic & Industrial Development Authority, a position she has held since 2007. She is active with the South Central Alabama Development Commission, the Region 7 Workforce Development Council and the Economic Development Association of Alabama. Snellgrove serves on the City of Luverne Planning Commission. She is active in the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce and other organizations and is a board member of Crenshaw County’s Distinguished Young Women program. 

Francine Wasden

Francine Wasden

Wasden has served as executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce since 2007. As chamber director, she is in charge of the “Downtown Incentive Program” for new business and the Alabama Entrepreneurial Research Network Program for Greenville and Butler County. A native of Monroeville, she has held several positions in sales and marketing throughout her career, her latest with WMFC, Southern Advertising Co. and Studio 205 Outdoor Advertising Co. In 2009, the Greenville Advocate named her “Person of the Year.” She is a member of the Greenville Rotary Club and The First United Methodist Church of Greenville.

Allen Stephenson

Stephenson has served in Butler County as the clerk of the Circuit Court for the Second Judicial District for the past 18 years. He is pastor of First Baptist Church in Georgiana and Mt. Pisgah Baptist. He serves on the Judicial Inquiry Commission for the Alabama Clerks Association, and is a member of that association’s executive board. He has served as president of the Greenville Jaycees and Kiwanis Club, and as drive chairman and president of the Butler County United Fund. He is a founding member of the Greenville Area Arts Council and is the voice of the Greenville Tigers on Friday night radio broadcasts. He has been active in the public schools, as well as other community groups.

Did You Know...

Butler County is the oldest of the three counties, established on December 13, 1819. Covington was established second, on December 17, 1821 and Crenshaw was founded on November 30, 1866.

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