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Movers & Shapers, February 2018

Spotlight on Marion, Fayette & Lamar counties

Margie Gray Ballard

Ballard is a broker and co-owner of Ballard Construction and Real Estate in Winfield. She and her husband, Phillip, opened the office in 1983 and have since developed subdivisions and sold numerous properties in Marion, Fayette and surrounding counties. She has been a member of the national, state and local associations of Realtors for 38 years and a member of the Walker Board of Realtors and MLS. Ballard received her GRI designation in 1988. She is a past member of the Walker board of directors where she served for 10 years chairing numerous committees. She is a longtime member of the Winfield Chamber of Commerce and now serves on the board. She is active with University of Alabama Patient Advisory Council in Tuscaloosa and C3 Economic Development Alliance of Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties.

Mark Brown


Mark Brown

Brown is a State Farm insurance agent in Fayette. He also worked as an auto claims adjuster for the company. He is board president of the Arc of Fayette, Lamar & Marengo counties, helping to better the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community and is a board member of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance. He is a past president and active board member of the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce and has coached park and recreation sports for many years.

Chris Carothers

Carothers is president, chief operations officer and vice chairman of the board of The Citizens Bank of Winfield. Earlier, he worked at AmSouth Bank. He attended Brewer State Community College and is a graduate of the University of North Alabama, with additional banking credentials. He enrolled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps while attending UNA, becoming a commissioned officer in 1991 and serving with the Army Reserves and the Alabama Army National Guard. He is a member of the Winfield City Schools Board of Education. He is treasurer of Winfield Community Christmas and chairman of the Winfield Park Board.

Don Cole

Cole is a retired Air Force officer who returned to his hometown of Millport after serving as senior national security policy officer at the State Department, where he served as executive secretary of the U.S. Delegation on Nuclear Security and Dismantlement. He is the founding director of the Center for International Peace and Justice at Lipscomb University and has served on the Secretary of State’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. He is a board member and former chair of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance, a board member of the Inter-American Restoration Corp. and the South Lamar Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of South Lamar Rescue Squad.

Allen Dunavant

Dunavant has served as mayor of Glen Allen since 2004. He attended Brewer State Junior College, where he obtained an associate’s degree in elementary education. He has completed training as a basic certified municipal official and as an advanced certified municipal official from the Alabama League of Municipalities. He is chairman of the West Alabama Regional Commission and past chairman of the West Alabama Mayor’s Association. Dunavant served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, obtaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer as an enlisted man, retiring in 2002. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm, as well as a survivor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He is active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5406 and is a founding member of the Hubbertville Community Foundation and the Hubbertville Band Foundation.

Kim Ennis


Kim Ennis   

Ennis is interim president of Bevill State Community College, which has campuses in Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper and Sumiton and an educational center in Carrollton. Ennis previously served as interim president in 2015. She also has served as the executive vice president at Bevill State since July 2016. Ennis is a graduate of Walker College and Birmingham-Southern College, with a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Ph.D. from UAB/University of Alabama. She is a graduate of the Mississippi Community College Fellowship Program and Leadership Walker County. Ennis has been an active member in the Alabama Deans of Student Affairs Association and served as the association president for 2009-2010. Ennis is a member and former board chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.

Phillip Harrod

Harrod has been COO and part owner of a specialty construction firm since 2004. He also has worked in healthcare financial management and for IBM. He has served on the board for the Community Development Foundation of Marion County since 2003 and is chairman of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance.

Tracy Kelly

Kelly is manager of the Fayette, Sulligent and Winfield business offices of Alabama Power Co. She currently serves on the board of the Winfield Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette Area Community Development Corp. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with an MBA from Samford University.

Barbara Reeves

Reeves is a retired banker, having been city president of First National Bank of Sulligent for 17 years. She has served on the WAEDA and C3 boards for approximately 20 years and serves on the Sulligent Public Library Board. Other areas of service to her community include coordinating the Sulligent Arts and Crafts Day for 12 years. She graduated from the banking school at the University of South Alabama.

Beth Roberts


Beth Roberts

A longtime resident of Winfield, Roberts is a graduate of Winfield City High School. She attended Brewer State Junior College, which is now Bevill State Community College, and graduated from Mississippi State University. She has a master’s degree from the University of Alabama. She is director of campus services for the Hamilton and Fayette campuses of Bevill State. Roberts also serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board for Hamilton.

Dannielle Roberts

Roberts is a financial representative with Modern Woodmen of America. Through her fraternal partnership with Modern Woodmen, she has helped raise money for local schools, rescue squads, fire departments, senior centers, community improvement projects, as well as organizing a backpack program to feed children in her community. She is a member of Business Networking International and the Sulligent Chamber of Commerce.

J. Brent Thompson

Thompson is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Birmingham School of Law. For more than 20 years, Thompson practiced law, and he is now president, general legal counsel and board member to First National Bank, a community bank in his hometown of Hamilton. Thompson is also active with the Shriners, Zamora Temple and Masons, and serves as a member of the Industrial Development Board to the City of Hamilton.

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