Movers & Shapers, February 2013
Spotlight on Coffee and Dale Counties
Basinger, a 12-year veteran of economic development, was appointed in September 2012 as executive director of the Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corp. He came to Ozark-Dale, after a stint as executive director for the Manatee Economic Development Corp., part of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, where he worked more than 50 economic development expansion and relocation projects. Earlier, he served as executive director of the Elmore County Economic Development Authority in Wetumpka. In that post from 2003-2009, he worked to generate 1,292 jobs and more than $97 million in capital investments in the community through corporate relocation and expansion of local businesses. He also secured nearly $3 million in grant awards, raised $1 million through a capital campaign that he organized and quadrupled the number of investors for the organization.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Blackwell is a lifelong resident of Ozark and is serving his second term as mayor. He retired from the city of Ozark in 2008 after 33 years, having worked in the engineering and inspection department, as assistant director of public works, director of public works and as city clerk/treasurer for 22 years. He has been very active in the Wiregrass community, with past and present memberships in professional, civic and community organizations. He received the W. Kelly Mosley Environmental Award for Achievements in Forestry, Wildlife and Related Sources given by Auburn University.
Boswell, mayor of Enterprise since 2003, has been recognized on the state and national level for steering the city through recovery from a devastating tornado in 2007 and on the state level for economic development efforts. A former Enterprise Man of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, he owns an insurance agency and a development company. He is a former Enterprise city councilman and served with the Alabama Army National Guard. He is active in many civic and community organizations.
Chandler has served as president of Enterprise State Community College since July 2008. Before joining Enterprise State, she worked at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Lurleen B. Wallace State Community College in Andalusia and Southern Union State Community College in Opelika.
Davis, a 12-year employee, is the business development officer for Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union. Prior to working for AACFCU, Davis worked for several years overseas with Merchants Bank and National City Bank. She currently serves on the board of directors for several area chambers, as well as on the board for the Association of the United States Army. She is a Rotarian and serves on the advisory council for the Medical Center Enterprise’s Healthy Woman Program. She is a member and trustee of the Veterans of Foreign War Women’s Auxiliary and a member of Eastern Star. Davis recently helped complete the establishment of the first Wiregrass Dog Park in Daleville.
Dooley is CEO of Elba Healthcare. A native of Clearwater, Fla., he has been in the healthcare business for more than 30 years. He has a broad range of experience, including work as chief financial officer at both non-profit and for-profit healthcare systems.
Jones is the operating partner of Pofolks Family Restaurant in Enterprise, where he has been in business for nearly 30 years. He is first vice president of the executive board of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the boards for the Lions Club, tourism and the advisory council for Enterprise High School. Jones is involved in fundraisers for the community and schools, and has raised more than $5,000 annually for more than 12 years selling bears for Relay for Life. His business has received many awards, most recently Coffee County Business of the Year in 2008 and 2012.
Kirkland, director of the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce, is a former newspaper editor, writer and photographer. She has received numerous Alabama Press Association awards. The chamber recently received its first Alabama Department of Tourism grant, celebrated the state’s “Year of Small Towns” with a variety of new special events and established its first “sister community” program with Daleville, Miss.
McLean is business office manager of Alabama Power Co. in Enterprise and has been employed for 34 years. In addition to working at Alabama Power, he is currently the chairman of the Enterprise Coffee Geneva Economic Development Corp. He also serves on the board of directors at the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Chamber Foundation and Friends of Fort Rucker. He is the first vice president of the Daleville Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Enterprise City School Business/Marketing Education Advisory Committee and the Daleville City School Business/Marketing Education Advisory Committee. He is treasurer of Fort Rucker/Wiregrass Chapter-Association of the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Southeast Division APSO, the Enterprise Rotary Club and the city of Enterprise Planning Commission.
Murdock is mayor of the city of Elba and serves as superintendent of the Water Works and Electric Board. He retired as senior vice president of National Security Group Inc. and currently serves on its board of directors. Murdock earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Alabama and is a retired certified public accountant. He is a member of the Elba Rotary Club and First Baptist Church in Elba. He also serves on the PowerSouth Energy Cooperative Board of Directors.
Rand is an administrative assistant in the Raytheon Co. Fort Rucker field office. In this role, she strives to be a single point of focus for the company’s military customer and a good neighbor in the community. She currently is pursuing her bachelor’s degree, which she will earn in the spring 2013. As part of her community involvement, Rand donated more than 200 hours in the establishment of a dog park that will be available to more than 500 families in the local community. She works with the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, and was recently awarded the Carl Berry Service Award as the volunteer of the year for 2012. She and her family reside in Enterprise.
Roberts is the new executive director of the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce. She worked for General Cigar Co. for 25 years, working her way up from a customer service representative to the director of operations in charge of an 80,000-square-foot distribution center with 35 employees in the state of New Jersey while still residing in her hometown of Ozark. She traveled and commuted extensively in order to continue to raise her family in Ozark. With her roots firmly planted in the Wiregrass, she appreciates having the opportunity to promote the area in which she has such a strong connection.
Roberts was named dean of aviation for the Alabama Aviation Center in Ozark in May 2012. He previously was president and CEO of the Covington County Economic Development Corp. for nearly 12 years. He also is president of Tucson/Atlantic Consulting and serves on many professional boards and organizations, including the Region 10 Workforce Council.
Wigglesworth is the newly elected mayor of Daleville. She served one term on the Daleville City Council. She believes that Daleville is a “City of Possibilities” with all the key ingredients for a strong community and economic growth. She is a career military officer, retiring from the U.S. Army at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2005. Her military career spanned 22 years with a wide variety of assignments, both in the United States and abroad. She is a Gulf War veteran, a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6020 and a life member of the Military Officers Association of America, Fort Rucker Chapter. She is a member of the Daleville Lions Club, where she was named the Melvin Jones Fellow in 2011. She serves on the board of the Alabama Lions High School Leadership Forum. She also serves on the board of the Tri-State Community Orchestra.