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Movers & Shapers, August 2013

People making a difference in Etowah and St. Clair counties

Bill Bowron, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Red Diamond Inc. in St. Clair County.

Bill Bowron, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Red Diamond Inc. in St. Clair County.

Bill Bowron
Bowron is chairman of the board, president and CEO of Red Diamond Inc. in St. Clair County.  He also worked in banking in Georgia. He is active with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Rotary Club of Birmingham, PreSchool Partners and the Mountain Brook Sports Park Foundation. He was inducted into the Alabama Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2011.

Carver Boynton
Boynton, a certified shopping center manager and licensed real estate agent who holds a law degree, has served as general manager and marketing director of PREIT Gadsden Mall since May 2010. She is responsible for the overall operation of the 500,000-square-foot shopping center. Prior to this, she was general manager/marketing for Aronov Realty Management Co.’s Selma Mall. 

Heath Buckner
Buckner, a CPA, is president of Buckner Holdings Inc., a multi-generational family business with interests across a range of sectors, including industrial packaging, trailer manufacturing, real estate and financial services. Prior to joining his family’s business, he spent several years at a boutique investment bank.  He also is a principal of Brookline Capitol Inc., a Birmingham-based financial advisory firm, and serves on the advisory board of McSweeney Holdings Inc. Buckner is a member of the Phoenix Club of Birmingham.

Jim Edmondson, CEO for Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden.

Jim Edmondson
Edmondson is CEO for Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden. Prior to working for Riverview, he was CEO of Jacksonville Medical Center in Calhoun County and Hillside Hospital in Pulaski, Tenn. As Riverview CEO, he has focused on developing the medical staff and on overall employee satisfaction.  

Joe Funderburg
Funderburg is mayor of Pell City. He is retired from the State of Alabama Judicial System, where he served as chief probation officer of St. Clair County for 33 years. He is a former Pell City Board of Education member and is a member of Ben Jacobs Masonic Lodge and Zamora Temple Shrine. He also is a professional musician and cut records in the 1970s.

Jason Goodgame
Goodgame is vice president of Goodgame Co. Inc., a construction company in business since 1955. Active in the community, he has been president of the Pell City Education Foundation Inc. since 2005; been an officer of the Pell City Chamber of Commerce, and worked closely with both the Pell City and St. Clair County Leadership classes. In 2007, he was awarded Citizen of the Year for Pell City.

Erica Grieve
Grieve was named executive director of the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce in April 2012, coming to the chamber after six years in the social service field including vocational rehab, substance abuse counseling and education. She is a member of the board of the Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama.

Sherman Guyton
Guyton, mayor of Gadsden since 2006, is owner/broker of Sherman Guyton Realty/ERA Guyton-King Real Estate companies. He is a member of the Gadsden Rotary Club, Alabama City Lions Club and a Cultural Arts member.

Joanne Hightower, executive director of United Way of Etowah County.

Joanne Hightower
Hightower is executive director of United Way of Etowah County. She is Gadsden Rotary Club president, United Way of Alabama secretary, First Friday Forum treasurer and is a member of the Gadsden Women’s Club. In 2012, she received the East-Central Alabama Woman of Distinction award from the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama.

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 was cited as a “model of professional practice” in Economic Development Tomorrow. He previously served as assistant director of the Alabama Development Office and executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority. He serves on the board of the Alabama Economic Development Alliance.

Mark McLenithan
McLenithan is director of manufacturing at Goodyear’s Gadsden plant. He has 27 years of manufacturing experience in the steel, soap and food processing industry. He is a member of the Gadsden-Etowah Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a member of the United Way of Etowah County board of directors, and a Business Council of Alabama member.

Carol Pappas
Pappas is president and CEO of Partners by Design, a multimedia marketing firm based in Pell City. The company publishes “Discover St. Clair” magazine and created loganmartinlakelife.com. Partners also builds websites, develops electronic newsletters, creates brochures and magazines for communities, companies and organizations, as well as consulting for public relations and marketing. She is former president of the Alabama Press Association, Alabama Associated Press, former editor and publisher of The Daily Home, St. Clair Times and Lakeside Living Magazine. She is chairman of the Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts.

Evan Ray
Ray joined St. Vincent’s Health System in 2012 as president of rural hospitals, which includes the oversight of St. Vincent’s St. Clair and St. Vincent’s Blount hospitals. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a board member with the Boys & Girls Clubs, is the United Way campaign committee chairman, a board member of the Wings of Hope, and a governing board member of the YMCA Birmingham. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership St. Clair County.

Wayne Rowe, CEO of Quality of Life Services Inc. in Gadsden.

Wayne Rowe
Rowe has been CEO of Quality of Life Services Inc. in Gadsden since 1982, where he supervises more than 300 employees and a budget of more than $20 million, as well as a public housing program.  He began his professional career in health care services as a health planner with the Health Systems Agency, Region IV of Alabama, in 1976. He also has worked in administrative health care at Jacksonville State University

Don Smith
Smith has been a professional economic developer since 2004 and currently is executive director of the St. Clair County Economic Development Council. He joined the EDC in 2007 and has been involved in announcing 2,500 new jobs and $450 million in new investment in St. Clair County. He has spoken on the topic of economic development throughout the state and is an active member of seven boards focusing on economic and workforce development.

Spencer Weitman
Weitman is president of National Cement Co. of Alabama Inc. in Ragland, a position he has held since 1993. He also is CEO of Kirkpatrick Concrete and Walker Concrete, a Georgia affiliate of NCC-AL. He began his career with Gary Concrete in Georgia, then worked in Birmingham for Sherman Industries and the Concrete Co. in Columbus, Ga. He is active in many professional organizations.

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