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Movers & Shapers, February 2015

Spotlight on Jefferson County

Mark Crosswhite 

Crosswhite is chairman, president and CEO of Alabama Power Co. Before being appointed, he served as executive vice president and COO for Southern Company, Alabama Power’s parent company, where he also was responsible for Southern Power. He started his career at Southern Company in 2004 as senior vice president and general counsel for Southern Company Generation. Prior to that he was a partner in the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP, where he practiced in the energy section for 17 years before joining Alabama Power in 2006 as senior vice president and counsel. He is chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and is the 2015 chairman of the Birmingham Business Alliance. A Leadership Alabama graduate, he serves on several corporate, civic and nonprofit boards, including Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. and the Virginia Samford Theatre. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Alabama School of Law. 

Ann D. Florie 

Florie is executive director of Leadership Birmingham, a program that brings civic and business leaders together annually to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the Birmingham area. She was previously the founding executive director of Region 2020 Inc., that led efforts to promote regional cooperation and citizen involvement in the areas of affordable housing, education, arts and culture, transportation and land use in a 12-county area in central Alabama. She is on the board of trustees for Brookwood Medical Center and serves on the Jefferson County Personnel Board and the Birmingham Water Works Board. She is on the executive committee of the BBA and is on the board of PARCA, Leadership Alabama, the Freshwater Land Trust, the Addiction Coalition and UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She served on the Mountain Brook Board of Education for 10 years and is a past president of the Junior League of Birmingham. She was a founding board member of the Children First Foundation, First Look Inc., Leading Edge Institute and the Women’s Fund and many others. She has received many awards for her community service. She is a graduate of the Newcomb College of Tulane University. 

George T. French Jr. 

French is president of Miles College. He recently completed a $30 million “Miles Ahead” campaign, with gifts and pledges exceeding $42.4 million, as well as the acquisition of the former Lloyd Noland campus, which more than doubled the land size of the college. French has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and attended the University of Richmond Law School before being recruited to Miles as director of development. He earned his law degree from Miles School of Law. He is working toward his Ph.D. at Jackson State University. He has been a pastor with CME churches around the country. French participated in the 2013 class of The Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents.  

L. Keith Granger


L. Keith Granger

Granger serves as president and CEO of Trinity Medical Center. He came to Trinity in 2009 after serving as CEO of Flowers Hospital in Dothan. Granger has led Trinity to achieve top quality scores. He has served as chairman of the Alabama Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and received its highest honor for hospital leadership. He has chaired the Association’s Quality Task Force since its inception in 2004. He serves on the board of governors for the Federation of American Hospitals and is a former delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board, along with many other state and national boards and agencies. He is a graduate of UAB and will oversee Trinity’s relocation to a new hospital currently under construction. 

Jay Grinney 

Grinney was named president and CEO of HealthSouth Corp. in May 2004, after 14 years in senior management with Hospital Corporation of America Inc. and its predecessor companies. Earlier, he worked in executive roles at the Methodist Hospital System in Houston. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, Grinney earned both a master’s in business administration and a master’s in health care administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Brian Hilson 

Hilson is president and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance and is responsible for all areas of the BBA, including economic development, public policy, communications and other programs designed to grow and diversify the Birmingham regional economy and enhance the quality of life for its citizens. He has been involved in economic development in Alabama since 1980. Prior to his joining the BBA in 2011, he was president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County and has held several leadership positions in other chambers as well as the Birmingham Metropolitan Development Board. Over the years he has worked with a wide variety of national and international companies’ economic development projects, such as Lockheed Martin, Toyota, LG Electronics, Sterilite Corp., UPS, Delta Air Lines and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute. He is active in state and national economic development organizations and has received awards for that work. He also serves on other state and local organizations. 

Gen. Charles C. Krulak

Gen. Charles C. Krulak


Krulak, retired commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is president of Birmingham-Southern College, though he has announced plans to retire this year. He has had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Marine Corps, being appointed the 31st commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995, a post he held until his retirement in 1999. As the senior leader of the Marine Corps, he was a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with overall responsibility for recruiting, training, operational readiness and welfare of more than 220,000 active and reserve forces and 20,000 civilian employees. Following his retirement, he worked in international banking. He is a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a master’s degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

T. Devon Laney

Laney is president and CEO of Innovation Depot Inc., the high-tech/biotech business incubator located in downtown Birmingham that was honored as the 2011 Technology Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association. Prior to joining Innovation Depot in 2005, he worked on a broad range of marketing, IT and strategic organizational projects with various Fortune 500 companies as an analyst with Accenture LLP in Atlanta. He serves on the executive committee of the Birmingham Venture Club and the executive committees of TechBirmingham and BioAlabama. He also serves on the local advisory board of BBVA Compass Bank and the Alys Stephens Young Patrons Board. He is a member of Leadership UAB and Leadership Birmingham, along with the Rotary Club of Birmingham. 

Don Logan 

Logan and his two sons, Jeff and Stan, own the Birmingham Barons LLC baseball team. They purchased the franchise from the Elmore Sports Group Ltd. in 2005. The Barons now play in a new baseball complex, Regions Field, in downtown Birmingham. Logan had a 22-year career with Southern Progress Corp., moving to New York in 1992 where he became CEO of Time Inc. In 2006, he stepped down from day-to-day responsibilities as the chairman of Time Warner’s Media and Communications Group. He continues to serve as chairman of the board for Time Warner Cable. Since his return to Birmingham, he has joined the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Auburn University Foundation and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 

Fred McCallum

Fred McCallum


McCallum is president of AT&T Alabama, a position he has held since 2008. Prior to joining AT&T (then South Central Bell) in 1987, he began his career with the Birmingham law firm of Lange, Simpson, Robinson and Somerville. At AT&T, he has served in various leadership positions, both in Birmingham and Atlanta, including general counsel and vice president. He received the 2014 A.G. Gaston Award by the A.G. Gaston Conference for community service, and was awarded the Significant Sig Award in 2014 from Sigma Chi fraternity, which recognizes alumni members whose achievements have brought honor and prestige to the fraternity. He is chairman of the Business Council of Alabama, the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Birmingham Education Foundation and United Way of Central Alabama. McCallum is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Alabama School of Law. 

Craft O’Neal 

O’Neal is chairman and CEO of O’Neal Industries. Based in Birmingham, O’Neal Industries is the parent company of the USA’s largest family-owned group of metals service centers including O’Neal Steel, also headquartered in Birmingham. He is the grandson of O’Neal Steel founder Kirkman O’Neal and was born and raised in the steel business. He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. In 1984, he began his career at O’Neal Steel as a member of the Birmingham district’s inside sales department and worked in several O’Neal departments in locations from Atlanta to Houston. In 2003, he became senior vice president of sales, purchasing and product development. In December 2004, O’Neal succeeded his father Emmet O’Neal as chairman of O’Neal Steel, and now O’Neal Industries. He serves on the board of directors of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital, Emmet O’Neal Library Foundation and is a member of the Birmingham Business Alliance executive committee.

Yolanda Sullivan 

Sullivan was appointed CEO of YMCA Central Alabama in December 2014. A former YMCA board president, she had served as interim CEO since January 2014. Sullivan had a 30-year career with Vulcan Materials before taking the interim position. Sullivan, who worked in the areas of finance and corporate human resources at Vulcan, has been a volunteer with the YWCA for 20 years. She served as board president during a successful $15 million capital campaign. She also was treasurer, vice president of finance and president of the Junior Board. She also serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and is a member of the Women’s Network and Zonta International. She also has served on the boards of the United Way, Birmingham Museum of Art, St. Vincent’s Health System and the Bell Center. She is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Alabama, Momentum and Project Corporate Leadership. 

Betsy Postlethwait


Betsy Postlethwait

Postlethwait is president of Princeton Baptist Medical Center. She joined Baptist Health System as chief operating officer of Princeton BMC in 2004. During her 25-year health care career she has held numerous senior leadership positions, serving in the roles of chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief executive officer. Prior to joining BHS, Postlethwait served as chief operating officer/chief financial officer of Christus St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas. Postlethwait earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and completed a master’s level executive development program with American Medical International Hospital Corp.

Arthur J. Tipton

Tipton is president and CEO of Southern Research Institute. He has worked in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry for 25 years, participating in the growth of three start-up companies. The company he founded in 2005, Brookwood Pharmaceuticals, was acquired by SurModics in 2007 and then by Evonik in November 2011. At Evonik, he served as senior vice president for the Birmingham division and also led the company’s global drug delivery program. He also worked in several positions at Durect Corporation, as well as Atrix Laboratories (now part of QLT Inc.) He serves on multiple boards including the Birmingham Venture Club, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, the Biotech Association of Alabama and the Southeastern Medical Device Association. In 2013, he was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College and a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 

Andrew Westmoreland 

Westmoreland is president of Samford University. During his tenure, Samford raised $200 million by 2014 advancing the mission of Christ-centered higher education among the nation’s most respected universities. Prior to his selection as president, he served eight years as president of Ouachita Baptist University, and prior to that, on the school’s administrative staff for more than 19 years in various positions, including vice president for development and executive vice president. He is a graduate of Ouachita, with a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is chair of the board of trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 

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