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Career Notes, August 2016

Who's moving up?

Kristine Harding

Kristine Harding


Kristine Harding was inaugurated as the 97th president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. In this role, she will lead the 54 U.S. licensing boards. 


John C. (Chad) Yarbrough has joined United Bank as vice president and community bank business lender in the bank’s Baldwin County market. 

Bill Horton has been appointed regional president of the South Region for Regions Bank. In addition, Steve Hartline, a procurement administrator in Birmingham for the bank, has been chosen for the Regions Bank Better Life Award for June. 


Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United Inc. has appointed Susanne Hall as vice president of its West Region. Coca-Cola United is headquartered in Birmingham. 

Credit Union    

Kyle McDougal has joined America’s First Federal Credit Union as brand management officer. 

Economic Development

Brenda Tuck has joined the Alabama Department of Commerce Workforce Development Division as a liaison to the state’s regional workforce councils. 


Nathan Handmacher


Nathan Handmacher, senior sales and leasing executive with Stirling Properties, has been appointed to the advisory board of the University of South Alabama Center for Real Estate and Economic Development. 

Charles Ball has been elected chairman and Randy McKinney has been elected vice chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. 

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have awarded Carolyn Campbell-Golden, vice chancellor for advancement at Auburn University at Montgomery, a Fulbright U.S. Scholar International Education Administrator Program grant for a higher education exchange program in Germany. 


Carlos Kingston has been promoted to chief operating officer of Qualis Corp. in Huntsville. 

Jonathan Whitcomb, president of Dynetics Technical Services, retired on July 1 after 20 years of service. Stephen Cook, vice president of Dynetics Corporate Development, will serve as acting president of DTS. 


Pierce Godwin and Allison Moody have joined the Montgomery sales office of Business Interiors Inc. In addition, Tim Carroll has been appointed director of sales for the company’s Birmingham and Montgomery areas, while Keith Norton has joined the Birmingham sales team. 


Dr. Will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Health System, was named chairman-elect of the Alabama Hospital Association. Tom Shufflebarger, COO of Children’s of Alabama, was elected to the AlaHA Board as a hospital representative in the Birmingham region. 

Julie Cartee, of Mobile, was recognized by Plexus Worldwide for the success of her home-based business. Plexus is a direct-selling health, wellness and weight management company. 


Brandon Shreves, a former State Farm agent, has opened Shreves Insurance in Mobile.

State Farm Agent Lad Drago has qualified for Million Dollar Round Table membership for production for a second time. 

Margie Dodson has been promoted to claims manager for the Birmingham operations of Brentwood Services Administrators Inc. 


Elena Lovoy


Elena Lovoy has joined Adams and Reese as special counsel in the Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group in Birmingham. 

Jere Beasley, Ted Meadows, David Dearing, Danielle Ward Mason and Brittany Scott, of the firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC, are finalists for the 2016 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award for their work on litigation related to Johnson & Johnson talcum powder and its link to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. 

Baker Donelson announced that David Larsen has been named an IP Star in the 2016 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Handbook. 


John Benko, director of operations for Pace in Birmingham, has been elected president of the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association for a two-year term. 


Larry Fleming has been promoted to president and CEO of Syncro Corp. He replaces Ed Childress, who retired effective July 1. 


Valerie Taylor, assistant account executive of Big Communications, has been named American Advertising Federation Birmingham’s Junior of the Year at the 2016 Ten Awards Ceremony. 

Real Estate

RealtySouth has welcomed the following new agents to its offices in Alabama: Melanie Adams, Michele Baker, Ashley Bryan, Dailey Clay, Brenda Dees, Rush Denson, John Franklin, Frankie Gettings, Richard Inman, Dailey Lewis, Patricia Martin, Joy Miller, Rick Murrah, Madison Neal, Laura Perry, Michael Radeke, Cory Richardson, Julia Sanders, Kristi Sayers, David Turman, Kyle Turner, Lynn Weems and Vonda Willingham. 


Matthew Jordan has been promoted to chief technology officer at Digium Inc. He assumes the responsibilities previously held by Mark Spencer, founder of Digium, who will remain as chairman of the board. 


The following were sworn in as new officers of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association in June: President Harold Pate Jr., President-elect Charles Ashwander, Treasurer Ralph Womer Jr., Vice President James Lee and Immediate Past President C. Alan Jones. In addition, the association honored Jerome Williams, of Birmingham, with the Distinguished Service Award. 

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