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Career Notes, August 2014

Who's moving up?

Betsy Jarnigan

Betsy Jarnigan

Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants has awarded Betsy Jarnigan, a senior accountant at JamisonMoneyFarmer, its 2014 outstanding Young CPA Award.

Boeing has named Craig Cooning as president of its Network & Space Systems businesses, succeeding Roger Krone. Cooning, who holds degrees from Auburn University and the University of Alabama, will also be on the board of directors of United Launch Alliance in Decatur.

Aliant Bank has promoted Robin Greenlee to vice president and credit risk officer and Celie Allen to vice president. In addition, Aliant has added Charles Hardy Jr. and Ryan Skipper to its Business Banking Division in the Montgomery market and Curtis Anthony and Mark Woods in the Business Banking Division in the Birmingham market.

BankFirst Financial Services has hired Tim Henderson as its Tuscaloosa community president. Henderson will lead BankFirst’s new Tuscaloosa loan production office.

BBVA Compass has promoted John “Rusty” Davis and Jim Park to senior vice presidents in correspondent banking and Jens Lovell to national mortgage banking sales manager. The bank has hired Fred Wipperling as its correspondent banking relationship manager. In addition, BBVA Compass has named Cris Wright to its Calhoun County advisory board, Sanjeev Saxena to its Fort Payne advisory board and Christie Dasinger Knowles to its Gadsden advisory board.

ServisFirst Bank has promoted Jacob Baker to mortgage loan officer, Cameron Bishop to private banking officer, Kyle Conrad to assistant relationship manager -  commercial banking and Karen Grahn to vice president credit card division manager. In addition, the bank has hired Jason Holland as assistant relationship manager – commercial banking.

Atherotech Diagnostics Lab President and CEO Michael Mullen has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Southeast program for excellence in health care and life sciences.

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology researchers Jane Grimwood and Jeremy Schmutz have been recognized as among the most highly cited researchers in the category of plant and animal science and Greg Cooper has been recognized as most highly cited in the category of molecular biology and genetics by Thomson Reuters, in a report based on information from InCities Essential Science Indicators.

Transworld Business Advisors of Alabama announced the Bud Ward has joined Regions Bank's Northwest Alabama Advisory Board. Ward is a Transworld advisor working with businesses in the Florence-Muscle Shoals region. 

Brasfield & Gorrie has named Jill Deer vice president of development and administration.

Roy Anderson Corp. has hired Steve Brooks as vice president, Rohan Alexis as senior project manager and Michael Moore as BIM/VDC director.

John McPherson

Vulcan Materials Co. has named J. Thomas Hill its new president and CEO. Hill, formerly the executive vice president and chief operating officer, succeeds Donald James, who will assume the role as executive chairman. In addition, the company has promoted John McPherson to executive vice president, chief financial and strategy officer. The board of the company also announced that Cynthia Hostetler has been elected to the board and Phillip Farmer is retiring from the board.

Bobby Woodard has been named associate provost and vice president for student affairs at Auburn University. In addition, Graeme Lockaby, associate dean of research in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has been named interim dean. Lockaby succeeds Jim Shepard, who is returning to faculty full time as a professor.

Gardendale Board of Education has selected Patrick Martin as its inaugural superintendent of schools. The board of education became an official entity on April 1 and the system is expecting its first students in fall 2015.

The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences has named Mark Nelson dean of the college. Nelson has been part of the faculty for more than 20 years. In addition, Lisa McKinney, an accounting lecturer in UA's Culverhouse College of Commerce, has been recognized with the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award from the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Marcie Hill, of Double Springs, has been named the new director of Wallace State Community College's Child Development Program. Hill has 18 years experience in the education system.

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors has appointed Kevin Jackson as leader of engineering for its Birmingham office.

Stephanie Bryan has been elected the Poarch Band of Creek Indians first female tribal chair. Bryan has served in several leadership positions for the tribe, including chair of the PBCI Tribal Gaming Commission and the PBCI Budget and Finance Legislative Committee. 

Chip Cook has been named the new administrator at the McClellan Assisted Living Community. Cook has more than 14 years in assisted living and senior specialty care experience.

Kay Manley and Tracy Henderson have received the Healing Hands designation from Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation. The designation is part of the foundation's Grateful Patient program, where patients and families can recognize caregivers who have provided exemplary care. 

Coastal Insurance Co. Inc. has named Margaret Nekic as president and CEO. Nekic replaces Melvin Capell, who is retiring from the company he helped form in 2003.

IL Group, of Gulf Shores, has added Angelo Adams as regional vice president of sales. Adams brings more than 11 years of experience to the IL Group.

Maynard Cooper & Gale PC attorney W. Edward Bailey was the only Alabama attorney to be included in the 2014 Who's Who Legal: The International Who's who of Patent Lawyers directory. Bailey serves as of counsel in the firm's Birmingham office. In addition, attorney Vanesa Hernandez has been named to Lawyers of Color's Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes mid-career minority attorneys excelling in the legal profession.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has been chosen by his peers to serve as southern regional chair for the National Association of Attorneys General. 

Cumulus Media has promoted Angel Brown to vice president and market manager of its four-station cluster in Mobile.

The Grounds, the Greater Gulf State Fair, has named Brittany Reddit as its new marketing and business director. Reddit brings more than six years experience to the position. 

The Alabama Association of Nonprofits announced its new officers and directors, including Chairman Johnnie Aycock, Vice Chair Tay Knight, Secretary Chris McCauley, Treasurer Jessica Woods, Immediate Past Chairman Gigi Armbrecht, Advocacy Chair Armand DeKyser, Membership Chair John Roper, Communications Chair Teri Henley, Education & Training Chair George Casey and new board members Marcus Carson, Leslie Ecklund, Felicia Jones, Beth Haddock, Kathleen Hale, Ryan Hankins, Anitra Bell Henderson and Mary Ramsey.

The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association recently elected new officers, including President John Hammons, President-elect T.C. Branch, Vice President Harold Pate, Treasurer Winston Pirtle, Board Member at Large Charles Ashwander, Delegate Jan Strother and Immediate Past President Bill Bledsoe. In addition, the ALVMA recognized Allen Riley as the Veterinarian of the Year. 

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