Movers & Shapers, February 2014
Spotlight on Marion, Fayette and Lamar Counties
Scott Williams, CEO of Northwest Medical Center
Atkinson is a former mayor of Winfield and served as district attorney for the 25th Judicial Circuit of Alabama. He is a partner in the law firm of Atkinson, Atkinson and Burt LLC. He was instrumental in founding the Marion County Community Development Foundation and C3 Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance. He is a member of the Alabama Law Institute and a member of the Alabama Pattern Jury Instruction Committee.
Boman is serving his third term as mayor of Sulligent, a city in Lamar County. He served on the Sulligent City Council before being elected the city’s youngest mayor at age 35 in 2004. He currently is senior executive vice president of First State Bank of the South, where he has worked since 1987. He also serves on the bank’s board of directors.
Cochran has served as administrator of Fayette Medical Center, a part of the DCH Health System, since June 2007. He has more than 30 years of experience as a health care executive. He served on the chamber of commerce board in both Cherokee and Cullman counties, and is an honorary lifetime member of Centre Rotary Club. He served on the Alabama Hospital Association board from 1993-2000 and was chairman from 1999-2000. In 2004, Cochran was awarded Alabama Hospital Association’s Gold Medal Excellence Award. He is a Fellow with American College of Healthcare Executives, received the Regents Award 1999 and currently serves on the boards of both Coastal Insurance Group and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.
Cole is vice president of the South Lamar Chamber of Commerce. After her husband’s retirement from the Air Force, they moved to his hometown of Millport and became involved in reviving downtown, working with relatives to open a gift and florist shop and a consignment shop, and they bought an additional building that is available for business. She is vice president of the West Alabama Service Club and secretary/treasurer of the Millport Sports Hall of Fame. The chamber recently purchased the local National Guard Armory and is developing it as a business incubator. She and her husband also work to raise awareness for Dandy-Walker Syndrome, a brain malformation that their 8-year-old grandson has.
Cooper is director of the Alabama Technology Network office in Jasper. A resident of Guin, he is active on the C3 Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance, currently serving as co-chair of its retention committee, which works to create jobs and economic investment through expanding industry. He also is co-founder, board member and past president of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Alabama. He also serves on the state board of the Alabama Association of Habitat for Humanity Affiliates, where he has been recognized as Alabama Habitat Affiliate Leader. He also is a board member for the United Way of Marion County.
Davis is superintendent of Winfield City Schools. He has worked in education for 29 years, 22 of them in administrative posts. His educational experience includes high school English teacher, middle school assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Davis works with the Alabama Commission on Educator Preparation and Licensure. He serves on the Winfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of the Winfield Lions Club.
Marla Avery Minter
Minter is president of the board for the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce, elected to the board in 2005. She and her husband, Ed, own Minter Court Reporting in Hamilton, which they founded in 2001. She was employed by the state of Alabama for 16 years, working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General. She is a charter member of the Northwest Alabama Arts Council and serves as the public relations chairman, and serves as the Marion County representative for the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association.
Nelson is serving his fourth term as mayor of Fayette. A native of the city, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama. Under his leadership, the city was designated as an Alabama Community of Excellence, and he was honored in 2013 as the Mayor of the Year. In 2012, the Alabama Planning Association honored him for leadership. He coordinated with area leaders and US Media TV to produce a marketing segment on Fayette for the “Today in America” series hosted by Terry Bradshaw. He has overseen a comprehensive community master plan that identifies and performs activities for growth and development. The city has an expanding water park to draw tourists and has developed a 100-acre industrial park with a 52,000-square-foot spec building that is rated as one of the top sites in the state.
Northam has served as plant manager at 3M in Guin since 2003. A native of Fayette, he joined 3M after graduating from the University of Alabama in 1985. He is co-chairman of industry/education committee for C3 of Northwest Alabama, implemented career fairs for C3 area high school juniors and is treasurer of the Fayette County High School Football Boosters. He also is a member of the Fayette Gas Board, the Guin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette Economic Development Advisory Board.
Oswalt has served as Fayette County probate judge since 1988. He is past president of the Alabama Probate Judges Association and received the David M. Cochran Award in 2002. He is chairman of the Fayette County Courthouse Foundation and chairman and president of the Fayette Community Development Foundation. He served as the local American Heart Association president from 1989 to 1991.
A native of Lamar County, Johnny Rogers now serves as probate judge and chairman of the Lamar County Commission. He serves on numerous boards and committees in conjunction with the two offices. Prior to his election as probate judge, he owned and operated Rogers Auto Parts in Sulligent for 27 years.
Segraves is mayor of Guin and a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual. Prior to his 2000 election, he served as a city council member for four years and 20 years as a park and recreation board member, 16 of those as chairman. During his tenure, Guin developed modern parks, adult and youth programs and the city’s first strategic plan. To date, the city has been awarded more than $4 million in grants. Segraves is past president of the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments, and is a member of the Alabama League of Municipalities, the Northwest Alabama Gas District, the North Alabama Mayor’s Association, the Alabama League of Municipalities Executive Board and the Economic Development Association of Alabama. The Alabama Communities of Excellence Program named him Mayor of the Year 2005.
Thornell is president, CEO and founder of the C3 Economic Development Alliance. He is a chamber and economic development professional with more than 30 years of experience. He also has led a local chamber through the U.S Chamber of Commerce accreditation process, has developed and managed industrial and research parks, local industry retention and expansion programs, managed a business incubator and has been directly involved in projects resulting in the creation of more than 12,000 new jobs and $1.5 billion in capital investment. He holds several professional designations, including a real estate license, and is creator and manager of his own grant-writing business, Southern Grant Solutions.
Williams has been CEO of Northwest Medical Center in Winfield since 2012, after working as COO of Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, and at health care facilities in Tennessee. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a master of science in health administration. He is a member of C3 of Northwest Alabama and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Williams was elected mayor of Hamilton in October 2012. Prior to his election, he was an independent insurance adjuster with a license in property and casualty, health and life insurance. He also served on the Hamilton City Council from 1992 to 2004. He is a full-time mayor who actively works with C3 Northwest Economic Development Alliance and supports the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, area leaders and civic organizations.
Icie Weir Wriley
Wriley was elected mayor of Millport in Lamar County in 2012. A graduate of Stillman College and the University of Alabama, she served as supervisor of adult education in Lamar County for eight years and was a teacher in the Lamar County school system for 31 years. She is a state Advanced Certified Municipal Official. She is very active in her church and community and is president of the West Alabama Service Club. She also has a cosmetology license and a culinary arts certificate from Mississippi University for Women.