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Career Notes, December 2017

Who's moving up?


Wilkins Miller LLC has promoted Karah Champion, Simon Fox, Bridget Ollis and Michelle Pinochet.

Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors announced the induction of James Cason III to the 2018 Leadership Birmingham class. 


Jared Calhoun has joined Nequette Architecture & Design as a licensed and NCARB certified registered architect with more than 18 years of experience. 


Verna Gates, a former freelance writer for Business Alabama and current commentator for Troy Public Radio, has written a book, “100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die.”


Hall Bryant III, a partner of the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has joined the board of directors of Bryant Bank.

PNC Bank has appointed Nick Willis regional president of its greater Alabama region. He succeeds Brian Bucher, who was promoted to regional president of the bank’s Port Cities market.

United Bank President and CEO Bob Jones has been appointed by President Donald Trump to serve for a four-year term on the Community Development Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Treasury. 


Judy Holland, managing director of High Socks for Hope, was named Northport Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama

Brian Hood



Brian Hood, of DeAngelis Diamond, has been promoted to vice president of field operations. 


ThreatAdvice, of Birmingham, has hired Tracy Crane as director of intelligence.


Motion Industries has named Stacy Lenard vice president/general manager of the company’s Dallas Division. In addition, Jim Williams, vice president corporate purchasing and supplier relations, was elected 2018 Power Transmission Distributors Association president.


The University of Mobile has appointed Travis Grantham as vice president of advancement.

William Ronald Graham, Lenus Perkins and Margie Malone Tuckson were appointed to the University of South Alabama board of trustees. In addition, Steven Furr and Steven Stokes were reappointed to the board. Bettye Maye, Bryant Mixon and John Peek were named trustee emeritus.


Building & Earth has promoted Marco Vincente Silvestre to its regional vice president.

LBYD Engineers has promoted Landon Dalton, Lee Tharp and Matt Coe to assistant project manager; Logan Gandy, Cori Austell and Rebecca Russell to project engineer, and
Patrick Lyons and Tim Roberts to senior project manager.


Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance Inc. has opened a Birmingham office, which is being headed by Trey Fry.

Seth Clapper



Christy Jones and Orlando Richmond Sr., of Butler Snow, have been recognized as Life Sciences Stars in the area of Product Liability Litigation by the 2017 LMG Life Sciences Awards.

Chris Richard, a former assistant general counsel for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, has joined Gilpin Givhan’s health care practice group. In addition, Seth Capper has joined the firm in the taxation practice group and the business organizations and transactions practice group.

Sara Turner, of Baker Donelson, has been reappointed to a second one-year term as vice chair of the DRI Retail and Hospitality Committee.

Dorothy Daigle Pak, a partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, is the recipient of the firm’s 2017 Diversity Leadership Award.

Melody Hurdle Eagan has been named Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC's managing partner. She will be the first woman to lead the firm. She succeeds Wynn Shuford, who is returning to his litigation practice.

Maynard Cooper & Gale has added 15 associates to its ranks. They are: Scott Connally, Baker Findley, Chris Friedman, Carling Nguyen, Kacey Weddle, Carmen Chambers, Michal Crowder, Alison Dennis, Hannah McGee, Jennifer Moore, Riley Murphy, Grace Posey, Alyson Smith, Jennifer Stanley and Millard V. Young.

McCallum, Methvin & Terrell PC has added Brooke Boucek Rebarchak as an associate.

Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys PC has appointed Sara Williams its managing attorney. 


Southeastern Freight Lines has promoted John Fuentes to service center manager in Mobile. 

Charles McCrary



Charles McCrary, former president, CEO and chairman of Alabama Power Co., has been elected to the board of directors of Great Southern Wood Holdings Inc.

O’Neal Industries has appointed Kent Brown president and CEO of O’Neal Manufacturing Services, a supplier of fabricated metal components and welded assemblies.


David Chupp, a pediatrician at Marshall County Pediatrics in Guntersville, and Waldemar Carlo, a neonatologist at UAB and Children’s of Alabama, were honored with the Children’s of Alabama Master Pediatrician Award and the Wallace Alexander Clyde Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Pediatrics, respectively.

Wyndi Strength has been named director of quality outcomes for Southeast Alabama Medical Group.

The American College of Rheumatology has awarded John Mountz with the ACR Master Designation and W. Winn Chatham the ACR Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award. Both work for UAB. In addition, Ellen Eaton, an assistant professor in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases, has been selected for the 2017 National Academy of Medicine Fellows and Mona Fouad, director of the Division of Preventive Medicine in UAB's School of Medicine, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine. 


The Women’s Business Enterprise Council South has awarded ESS CEO Sheila Benson a scholarship to the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Energy Executive Program.

Public Relations

Debra Nelson has launched Elevate Communications, a professional development and communication services firm. 

Real Estate

Newcastle Homes has added Jami Nelson as a sales agent on site for Camellia Ridge in Pelham. 

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