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Movers & Shapers, August 2017

Spotlight on Morgan, Limestone, Lawrence & Franklin Counties

Brad Bolton


Brad Bolton

Bolton is president and CEO of Community Spirit Bank, in his 21st year with the institution. Bolton serves on the Red Bay City Council as vice mayor, now serving his third term. Since 2009, Bolton has served on the Franklin County Community Development Commission, helping fund county projects, infrastructure and economic development. He is one of the 12 members of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s CDIAC Board, serving a two-year term. Bolton is past chairman of the Alabama Bankers LCB Board, Franklin Water Board, Franklin County Industrial Board and a variety of youth sports boards. He is a member of the Independent Community Bankers of America, currently serving as vice chairman of the Education Committee, as well as a two-year appointment to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. Bolton was awarded Franklin County’s Distinguished Service Award in 2016 and is a lifelong resident of Red Bay and Franklin County. He is a graduate of the University of West Alabama and the Graduate School of Banking at Samford University and Barret Banking School.

Tab Bowling

Bowling is serving his first term as mayor of Decatur. He is an account representative for Hagemeyer North America, with 30 years of experience in the industrial wholesale distribution industry. He is a past board member of Decatur Parks & Recreation and serves on the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments and Rotary Club of Decatur board of directors. He is a past Decatur Jaycee, graduate of Leadership Decatur and a member of the Paul Harris Fellow Society. He is director of adult Bible study ministries at Trinity Baptist Church.

Bobby Burch

Burch is a Lawrence County commissioner and owns and manages his own insurance agency in the East Lawrence area. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was raised on a local dairy farm and graduated in 1984 from Lawrence County High. He graduated from Auburn University in 1988 with a degree in aviation management. He founded the Burch Agency in 1992 and has operated it successfully for the last 25 years.

Brian Cook

Cook is an owner and chief administration officer at Cook’s Pest Control Inc., a regional pest management company with more than 1,700 employees in 36 offices in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. He is also chairman of the board of the Cook Museum of Natural Science, transforming his grandfather’s personal collection into a 60,000-square-foot educational institution and tourism destination in downtown Decatur. He is a graduate of Samford University and earned an MBA degree. He is the vice president of Not Forgotten Inc., a nonprofit near Iquitos, Peru in the Amazon Rainforest, which works with former street boys, educating and empowering them to be catalysts for change in their community. He also serves on the board of directors for the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority and the Neighborhood Christian Center, a community outreach organization.

Matt Cooper


Matt Cooper

Cooper is executive vice president and chief business development officer of CB&S Bank in Russellville. He has spent most of his career in commercial lending and currently serves on the executive management team. He is past president of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and is currently vice chairman of the Franklin County Economic Development Authority and a member of the Franklin County and Russellville city industrial development boards. He also serves on the University of North Alabama Executive Business Council. He is a graduate of Russellville High School, Northwest-Shoals Community College, the University of North Alabama and Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking.

Charlene Fancher

A 20-year veteran in municipal government, Fancher has served the city of Red Bay as a certified municipal city clerk, a certified municipal court clerk, city council member and now mayor. She is superintendent of the Sewage Disposal Board of the City of Red Bay, vice president of the Bear Creek Development Authority, a board member of the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments and a graduate of Leadership Red Bay. Fancher serves on the steering committee to help Red Bay achieve Alabama Community of Excellence designation and is an avid supporter for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Together with her husband, Fancher is owner of Fancher’s Taxidermy in Red Bay.

Robert Glenn

Glenn is the president of Athens State University, Alabama’s oldest institution of higher education and the only upper division university in the state. Glenn has more than 40 years of experience in higher education. He graduated from Birmingham-Southern College and holds advanced degrees from the University of Alabama. He is active in a wide range of community service activities in Athens, Decatur and Huntsville, and a graduate of Leadership Alabama.

Holly Harbin

Harbin is administrator at NHC Healthcare in Moulton, which is owned by National Healthcare Corp. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is a board member for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and Palliative Care Partners, a subsidiary of Hospice of the Valley, and a member of Rotary Club of Lawrence County. She is also a member of the 2017 Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Board of Examiners, a quality award program that promotes organizational excellence and economic growth.

Tom Hill


Tom Hill

Hill is president and CEO of the Limestone County Economic Development Association. He spent 16 years in agribusiness management with the Alabama Farmers Cooperative, 21 years in economic development with the Morgan County Economic Development Association and LCEDA, and three years in commercial banking. He is a board member of Athens Limestone County United Way and served 13 years as a Dixie Youth Baseball manager. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1973-1976 and is a graduate of Auburn University.

Jason Houston

Houston is executive director of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, joining the chamber after working as communications coordinator for the Lawrence County school system and as a journalist at several area newspapers. In his role as director for the growing chamber, Houston oversees the Youth Leadership Lawrence training program for local students. He is a graduate of the University of North Alabama and working toward a master’s. Houston also manages a marketing, PR and political consulting firm called Edge Communications and works in music leadership at his church.

John Joseph

Joseph is director of Decatur Corridor Development and recently launched the Best and Brightest Initiative for young professionals in science and technology careers. He is a graduate of the Birmingham Venture Club’s Entrepreneur Accelerator Program and worked with an education technology startup while writing Success in College and Beyond. A Truman Scholar, Joseph attended the University of Mississippi, where he was student body president and was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame. He also holds a law degree from the University of Alabama. He has been a board member with Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center, Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Decatur Kiwanis Club and a Nashville health care company. Speaking engagements include the TVA Economic Developers Forum, Delta Air Lines Headquarters, The National Symposium on Student Retention and several local venues.

James Klauber

Klauber is president of Calhoun Community College. He has many years of experience in military, legal, legislative and academic leadership. Before coming to Decatur, he was president of Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky. Earlier in his higher education career, he served as vice president and general counsel, adjunct faculty member and executive assistant to the president. Klauber served in the South Carolina Army National Guard for more than 27 years, in the South Carolina House of Representatives for a decade, practiced law and served on the city council in Greenwood, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel, and earned a law degree and a Ph.D. in higher education administration, both from the University of South Carolina. He is a licensed private pilot and scuba diver.

Jeremy Nails


Jeremy Nails

Nails is president and CEO of the Morgan County Economic Development Association and executive director of the Decatur-Morgan County Port Authority. He helps businesses with location and expansion decisions and oversees the public port facilities along the Tennessee River in Morgan County. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He is past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, a past president of the Rotary Club of Decatur and a graduate of Leadership Morgan County and Leadership Alabama.

Rick Paler

For the last nine years, Paler has served as the first executive director for the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority. A Decatur resident for more than 35 years, he has been involved in a number of business partnerships in corporate and commercial real estate development and the food industry in both Decatur and Huntsville. He is the past chairman of the Decatur General Hospital Foundation Board and the Decatur Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and past president of Decatur Rotary Club and is a current member of the Library Leadership Board for the University of Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and an alumnus of Leadership Alabama.

Sherye Price

Price is interim executive director of the Franklin County Development Authority, where she has worked since 2006. She is responsible for financial matters, marketing, recruiting and consulting with local municipalities, industrial development boards and industry leaders. She attended Northwest-Shoals Community College and the University of North Alabama.

David Pryor

Pryor is president of Athens-Limestone Hospital. He is a veteran health care administrator, having served leadership roles at several Alabama hospitals and at ones in South Carolina and West Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a master’s degree in health service administration from St. Francis University in Joliet, Illinois. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Nat Richardson

Richardson is CEO of Decatur Morgan Hospital, which includes the Decatur Campus, Parkway Campus, Decatur West Campus, Danville Road Campus and the Surgery Center of Decatur. He is a board member for United Way of Morgan County, Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, Hospice of the Valley Palliative Care Partners and is a Decatur Rotarian. He holds degrees in radiological sciences, business administration, health administration and healthcare management, with specializations in management and leadership. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He has 32 years of health care experience and has been with the Huntsville Hospital Health System for more than a decade.

Tony Stockton


Tony Stockton

Stockton is executive director of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board. Earlier, he worked 26 years for Lockheed Martin in Huntsville in the fields of finance, logistics, facility management, project management and strategic planning. He also worked as a choral director at Brookhaven Middle School in Decatur. He is a graduate of Auburn University. He is a member of Rotary International, Economic Development Association of Alabama, Lawrence County Children’s Policy Council, International Economic Development Council, Auburn Alumni Association and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Williamson

Williamson is president of the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce. Earlier, she served as the Chamber’s director of membership. Williamson also serves on the board of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. Locally, Williamson is a member of the Athens Rotary Club; serves on the Limestone County Economic Development Board, the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association Board, and the Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation Board, and volunteers with several community organizations. She is a 2006 graduate of Auburn University and has completed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organizational Management program.

Mark Yarbrough

Yarbrough is in his first term as chairman of the Limestone County Commission. Born and raised in Limestone County, Yarbrough has nearly 34 years of experience in real estate development. During Yarbrough’s leadership of the commission, economic development has been the main focus. Since taking office in 2014, the total economic investment in Limestone County has exceeded $400 million with some 2,400 new jobs anticipated. This has helped Limestone County become the third-fastest growing county in Alabama.

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