Movers & Shapers, February 2017
Spotlight on Shelby County
Brocato recently was elected as the tenth mayor of the city of Hoover. He worked for the Hoover Fire Department for 42 years, serving as EMS chief, operations chief and fire marshal. Brocato was Hoover’s first paramedic and when he retired in 2015, he had the longest career in the Hoover Fire Department. Brocato has a fire science degree from Jefferson State Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Birmingham-Southern College. He serves on the board of directors of the Literary Council of Alabama, Leadership Birmingham Advisory Board and the Prostate Research Foundation of Alabama. He is an active member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church.
Brown was named interim president of Jefferson State Community College in July 2014, after serving as dean of campus development and legal services. He began his career in educational administration at Jefferson State in 1999. He also began his college career at Jefferson State, where he was the college’s only USA Today First Team, AACJC Academic All-American. He graduated with honors and received the junior college honors transfer scholarship at the University of Alabama. He earned a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and practiced law at Johnston, Barton, Proctor & Powell LLP. Brown also has served in the Alabama Air National Guard for 26 years, currently holding the rank of lieutenant colonel and the position of staff judge advocate. He is chair-elect of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and Kiwanis Club Downtown Birmingham. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Birmingham and a 2007 graduate of Leadership Pell City.
Coefield is superintendent of the Pelham City Schools. He served as an elected superintendent in Cleburne County and the superintendent of Oneonta City Schools, before joining Pelham. Coefield has mentored seven new superintendents throughout the state of Alabama and has worked with 22 different principals and 22 different board members. He is a frequent presenter to educational leaders and others on topics ranging from executing a strategic plan to system finances and raising student achievement. In his 28 years of educational experience, all in Alabama, Coefield has served as a high school history teacher and coach, principal at both the elementary and high school level, superintendent and worked at the State Department of Education as a principal coach where he provided focused assistance in 40-plus schools.
Dedes has served as executive director of the Shelby County Economic & Industrial Development Authority (SCEIDA) since August 1996. His responsibilities include business recruitment, countywide marketing of industrial sites, demographic research and existing industry retention and expansion efforts. He holds the designations of certified economic developer from the International Economic Development Council and economic development finance professional from the National Development Council. He is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County and has served as president of the organization’s board of directors. He has served as the county campaign chairperson for the United Way of Central Alabama, on the board of the Southern Economic Development Council and is active in the Economic Development Association of Alabama.
Dudchock has been Shelby County manager for more than 23 years and with the county for 27 years. He is responsible for development services, finance, juvenile detention, license offices, airport, water services, community services, environmental services, IT services, facilities and general services, economic development and tourism initiatives, including the construction of public facilities and parks. He has directed many construction projects, including the new Sheriff’s Operations Center and Adult Jail, major additions to the courthouse, Shelby West Corporate Park, Juvenile Detention Facility, County Services Building in Pelham, Community Corrections Work Release Facility, Sheriff’s Training Center and Firing Range Complex, Fire Training Tower and Complex, Animal Services Building, a new airport terminal and additional hangars at the Shelby County Airport, South Water Treatment Plant and 23 public park projects. He currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Central Alabama, the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Alabaster Medical Clinic Board and the Alabama Association of County Administrators.
Fuller, who began his third term as superintendent of Shelby County Schools in 2015, has been an Alabama educator for 38 years — from his early days as a teacher and coach to his current system leadership. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has post-graduate degrees from the University of Montevallo. He was hired by Shelby County in 1998 to oversee the construction of Oak Mountain High School, which opened in 1999. He helped Shelby County schools through its first accreditation process, receiving a “model school district” designation by the AdvancEd Quality Assurance Review Team. He also implemented a five-point safe school initiative. He oversees about 20,000 students and 2,600 employees in the school district. He is a member of School Superintendents of Alabama and was nominated for School Superintendent of the Year in 2016. He is a charter member of the Superintendents’ Leader Network. He has served as chair for the State Chemical Awareness Program Steering Committee. He is a graduate and active alumnus of Leadership Shelby County and serves on the board of the Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Gardner is the director of health and wellness services for St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. In that role, she oversees the daily operations of the fitness, spa and wellness departments and physician timeshare relations. She has been a member of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce board since 2014 and is the chair elect for 2017. She serves on the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama board of directors and was the board development committee chair for 2015. She previously served as director of capital campaigns for St. Vincent’s Foundation, leading fundraising efforts for building projects from 2003 to 2012. Gardner earned undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Alabama.
Granados is the tenth president of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, leading administratively and pastorally among diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender, disability and ethnic communities. He has held administrative positions in both domestic and international for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and attended The Master’s Seminary and graduated with M.Div. and Th.M. degrees. He received his Ph.D. in intercultural education at Biola University.
Holmes is responsible for audience and brand development for Shelby County Newspapers Inc. and also leads an advertising call center that serves a number of newspaper operations located in the Southeast. Shelby County Newspapers Inc., based in Columbiana, publishes five weekly newspapers, two monthly lifestyles magazines, several niche magazines and a variety of websites and other web-based media. He serves as the 2016 South Shelby Chamber of Commerce board president and also serves on the Leadership Shelby County board. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama.
Mancer joined the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce in July of 2012 as its president and CEO, following eight years as president of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce. In his current role, he is the team leader of a five-person staff that works with hundreds of volunteers from more than 1,000 investor organizations. The chamber’s program of work includes business development and support, community and workforce development, governmental affairs and communications. Last August, the chamber was one of the first seven organizations to achieve the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama’s “Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce” designation. This prestigious program sets standards of excellence for chambers in the state of Alabama and recognizes those chambers that have achieved those standards.
Morris is a lifelong resident of Chelsea, who graduated from Chelsea High School in 2005. He opened his own business in 2008 and currently manages Ground Up Coffee and Smoothies, located inside Snider’s Pharmacy. In August 2016, he was elected to Place 5 on the Chelsea City Council, and in 2017 he will be the chair of the South Shelby Chamber of Commerce. He also is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County Class of 2011.
Picklesimer, a resident of Chelsea for 10 years, was recently elected as the city’s second mayor since its incorporation 20 years ago. He owned Picklesimer & Limbaugh Ford-Mercury in Sylacauga for 14 years. He is a former two-term member of the Chelsea City Council, one of which he served as mayor pro tempore. He works in outside sales for Besco Steel Supply.
Rogers is senior executive vice president and market president of NobleBank & Trust, a community bank based in Anniston. A longtime community banker in the Birmingham region, he joined NobleBank two years ago to establish the bank’s presence here. Rogers has been involved in numerous community activities throughout his career including the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, where he recently completed his second stint as chair of the board of directors. He also has served on the boards of the Shelby County Economic and Industrial Development Authority, Lifeline Children’s Services and as president of the Birmingham Tip-Off Club. A Shelby County resident for more than 25 years, Rogers recently has been involved in creating a new collaborative economic development effort that will launch later this year.
Smith has held leadership roles in the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years. A past president, he now serves on the chamber’s board and as the Entrepreneur in Residence who leads the Grow-and-Go training luncheons. For several years, he has served as chair of the Harrison Regional Library Board, on the board of the American Marketing Association, and leader of the Executives Sales Training Workshop for Samford University. He also is a graduate of Leadership Shelby County and is a past president of the Alabaster/Pelham Rotary Club. In business, Smith has won local, national and international awards as a salesperson, manager and entrepreneur. Today he serves as the acting VP of sales and marketing at AHI Corporate Housing. He is an executive sales coach and motivational and inspirational public speaker who writes the newsletter “The GREAT, the Good and the Gone.” He is a graduate of Auburn University and numerous sales and management programs.
John Stewart III
Stewart is the 15th president of the University of Montevallo. As president, he has been successful in raising the national profile of UM by improving the university’s marketing, advancement and enrollment operations. UM has increased first-year student applications by 44 percent, resulting in a 17 percent increase in the number of students living on campus. He also was instrumental in securing the first $1 million gift in the university’s history and in investing $26 million into campus capital projects and deferred maintenance. Stewart’s focus on the financial health of the institution has resulted in Standard and Poor’s upgrading the university’s bond rating until it reached A+ in 2016. Stewart has focused on the development of new academic programs and promoting increased opportunities for interdisciplinary studies. This focus has included faculty support and the completion of a faculty salary study resulting in more than $1 million in faculty raises over the last two years. Stewart earned his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University, an M.A. from Washington College in Chesterfield, Maryland, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Vickers has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in public school districts throughout Alabama. He has served as principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels in a variety of settings, with additional experience at the district and state level. He has a reputation for increasing student achievement and stakeholder involvement in all areas. In July 2013, Vickers was introduced as the first superintendent of education for the newly formed Alabaster City School System, with more than 6,000 students across six campuses. Since that time, the district has completed a five-year strategic plan to guide the system through its Advanced District Accreditation. Vickers is currently leading a $100 million construction project with plans for a new high school, including career technical academies and athletic complex. Vickers earlier served as superintendent of the Saraland City Schools and the Demopolis City Schools and has experience in several other school systems in Alabama and Kentucky. He is an adjunct professor of school law at the University of West Alabama.
Williams is regional director of legislative and external affairs for AT&T Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a member of the Shelby County Economic Development Initiative Task Force, an honorary member of the state chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, past chairman and current board member of the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation, an advisory council member of the Shelby County Arts Council, president of the Shelby County Economic Industrial Development Authority, past Shelby Council United Way chair and past president of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.