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Career Notes, August 2015

Who's moving up?

Kyle Beason

Kyle Beason


Kyle Beason, a senior accountant with Wilkins Miller LLC, has been appointed the 2015-2016 treasurer of the Mobile Chapter of the Alabama Society of CPAs.


Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan was elected president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. SASDA is made up of 15 southern states and the territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

Banking & Finance

Charlie Williams has been named Citizens Bank and Trust’s president. Williams joined CB&T in 2008. 

First Commercial Bank, a division of Synovus Bank, has appointed Elizabeth Pharo, chair of the board of Momentum Telecom, to its local advisory board. In addition, FCB has added Carol Collinsworth Hines as vice president and senior relationship manager. 

FNB of Central Alabama has named Heyward Gould its president and member of the board of directors. Gould has been with FNB since 2007. 

Synovus Mortgage Corp. has promoted Steve Shoemaker to residential production manager. He will manage the sales team in the Birmingham area for Synovus Mortgage. 

Greg McClellan, CEO of MAX, has been chosen CEO of the Year for credit unions over $250 million in assets by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. In addition, MAX has named Ken Peavy as vice president of wealth management. 


HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has appointed Maureen Mack as its director of marketing and communications. Mack has more than 15 years of experience in communications.

William Grieco has been named vice president of Southern Research’s Energy & Environmental Division


Douglas Jensen has been appointed vice chancellor and senior executive director of workforce development for the Alabama Community College System. In addition, Tim Alford has been appointed special assistant to the chancellor for economic development. 

University of North Alabama has hired Leshan Elliott as program director for Industrial Hygiene. Elliott succeeds Crescente Figueroa, who has retired. 

The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce has announced the 2015 Alabama Business Hall of Fame inductees. They are Samuel Ginn, William Hulsey, J. Smith Lanier II, James Lee III, Marvin Mann, Alma Gates Scroggins and Mike Warren


Thad Hendrix, project manager at Project Design Group Inc. in Mobile, has been named the chairman of the Mobile Area Council of Engineers. 


City of Gardendale Mayor Othell Phillips has been named Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington’s chief of staff. Stan Hogeland, Gardendale City Council president, will assume the position of mayor and Alvin Currington, current Gardendale Council president pro-tem, will assume the City Council presidency. 

Tracy Doughty



Tracy Doughty has been promoted to senior vice president of operations at Huntsville Hospital. 

Financial Advisor

Valerie Leonard, a partner with Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial, has been named to InvestmentNews’ “40 Under 40” list for 2015. 


Beasley Allen Principal Danielle Ward Mason has been named the 2015 Alabama Black Achievers Award Attorney of the Year from The Oliver Robinson Foundation. 


Charles Haun, Tim Parker III, Charles “Chas” Haun III, Alison Haun Phillips and Jared Phillips have been promoted within the family business, Parker Towing Co. Charles Haun was named vice chairman of the board and CEO. Parker was promoted to president. Chas Haun was promoted to executive vice president. Alison Haun Phillips was promoted to director of communications and account payable manager. Jared Phillips was promoted to manager of technology and operations. 


Jim Poh has been hired as senior vice president director of communications and media at Intermark Group. Poh has extensive national experience, including winning several awards within the industry. 


The Helen Keller Foundation Board of Directors has elected former U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus III as its chairman. The foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and education of vision and hearing disorders. 


The Alabama Pharmacy Association has presented several of its 2015 awards, including the Lester White Good Government Award to Cole Sandlin, of Hamilton; Faculty Member of the Year to David Brackett of the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center; the Excellence in Innovation Award to Frances Cohenour of Florence, and the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award to Michael Hogue. 

Emily Miller


Real Estate

Emily Miller has been named property management and leasing assistant with White-Spunner Realty, of Mobile. 

Sam Winter & Co. has added Heather Saad as administrative assistant and Stuart Sox as photographer/videographer. 

Fred Smith, of RealtySouth’s Crestline office, has been named Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Birmingham chapter. Robin Owings, also with the Crestline office, has received the Accredited Buyer’s Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors. 

Cathy Rogoff will lead ARC Realty Co. in sales. Rogoff has 20 years of experience.

Lewis Golden has formed Hamilton & Co., a commercial real estate firm in Mobile. Golden has more than 10 years of experience in real estate as a commercial broker and property manager.

Sports Safety

The National Center for Sports Safety, in Birmingham, has named Joseph Longoria director of advancement. The non-profit provides sports safety programs to youth and high school sports. 


Alabama State Rep. Terri Collins has received the American Trails’ 2015 State Trail Advocacy Award for Alabama. The awards recognize the contributions of volunteers, professionals and other leaders who are working for the betterment of trails in rural and urban settings. 


The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association has presented the Distinguished Service Award to Jan Strother of Hartselle. In addition, Barry Stewart, of Hartselle, was presented a service award for his devoted time to the Diagnostic Lab Committee and the North Alabama Veterinary Medical Association.

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