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Career Notes, January 2013

A month of career climbs

April Harry

April Harry

ACCOUNTING
Leighanne Faught, a JamisonMoneyFarmer PC shareholder, has been elected to serve as vice chair of the Alabama State Board of Accountancy for 2012-2013 term. She is the first shareholder from JMF to serve on the board.

Warren Averett LLC has announced that Sandra Coaker, April Harry, David Salters and Randall Wells have been named members of the firm. Coaker serves in the Outsourced Services practice group. Harry is chief financial officer for the firm. Salters serves as director of sales and operations. Wells serves as director in the Tax Services division.

AGRICULTURE
Jimmy Parnell, of Stanton, a fifth-generation farmer, has been elected president of the Alabama Farmers Federation. Parnell raises timber and beef cattle.

John Zippert, director of program operations for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, was inducted into the George Washington Carver Hall of Fame, for his dedication to improving the quality of life for rural communities across the nation.

BANKING AND FINANCE
America’s First Federal Credit Union has named Audra Weber its new vice president of human resources and training. Weber is SPHR certified and has 23 years of experience.

Auburn National Bancorp Inc. Vice Chairman Emil Wright has retired, effective December 31. Wright has been on the bank’s board of directors since 1973.

Cadence Bank, in Birmingham, has promoted Gary Wright to senior vice president, small business banking executive. Wright previously served as retail executive, Central Alabama.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Kevin Crenshaw, a legal family educator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, has been presented the 1890 Regional Award for Excellence in Extension for the development of a program for aging adults in underserved urban and rural communities in Alabama. The Successful Aging Initiative program offers educational materials on finance, health and legal matters.

Jada Hilyer and Morgan Place, of McKay Management Corp. Inc. in Birmingham, recently were recognized by the Community Associations Institute Alabama chapter. Hilyer received the Volunteer of the Year award and Place was presented the Rising Star award.

CONSTRUCTION
Rogers & Willard Inc. has hired Ivy Mitchell as a project manager. Mitchell, an Auburn University graduate, most recently served as a senior estimator for Doster Construction Co.

EDUCATION

John Veres III

John Veres III, chancellor of Auburn University at Montgomery, recently attended the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. He was one of only 40 civilians invited to attend the bi-annual event. The conference is the DOD’s oldest outreach program.

Snead State Community College’s Director of Grant Development Melissa Rice was elected president of the Council for Alabama Resource Development (CARD). Rice has been an active member of CARD since 2003. 

Wallace State Community College industrial electronics instructor Joe Hendrix was named the Alabama Community College System Technical Faculty of the Year for 2012.  Hendrix was instrumental in developing the automotive manufacturing technology degree at Wallace State. 

ENGINEERING
James LaMoreaux, chairman of PELA GeoEnvironmental of Tuscaloosa, served as editor of the environmental geology section of the recently published Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. The section takes a holistic approach to land use planning and utilization, exploring several topics that impact the environment. 

GOVERNMENT
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox was recently named 2012 Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County. The recognition was presented in an article detailing Maddox’s commitment to his community after tornadoes devasted his city in 2011.

INSURANCE
MetLife Financial Group of the South has named Kurt Rahe as an agency sales director. Rahe has eight years of experience and is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

CNA Financial Corp. has appointed Rocco Orlando as the vice president for its Birmingham branch office. Orlando comes to CNA from The Hartford, where he served as a regional vice president.

Regions Insurance Group, an affiliate of Alabama-based Regions Bank, has opened its first office in Georgia and named Mike Breedlove as its leader. The office, located in Atlanta, also will employ Frank Glenn, Greg Mosley and Dave Cox initially, the first of an expected 10 employees.

LEGAL
John “Jay” Saxon Jr. has joined Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker LLC as an associate in its litigation practice group. R. Scott Williams, an attorney with the firm, recently moderated at the annual American Bankruptcy Institute Winter Leadership Conference in Arizona. In addition, attorney Frank Young III was the featured speaker at TAGLaw’s Professional Skills Course in Florida.

Redden, Mills & Clark LLP has announced that William Clark was included in the 19th edition of Best Lawyers in America for his work in the categories of Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, DUI/DWI Defendant, and Family Law.

Ann Taylor, an associate with Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings LLP, was presented the 2012 Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award by the Birmingham Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Program. In addition, the BVLP honored Rick Fernambucq and Heather Fann, both of Boyd Fernambucq & Dunn P.C., for their work in opening the Attorney of the Day Help Desk in the Domestic Relations Courthouse in Birmingham.

Thomas Oliver II

Thomas Oliver II, founding shareholder with Carr Allison, has been elected to serve as emerging markets director with USLAW Network. Kathy Davis, also a shareholder in the firm, has been reappointed as vice chair of the Defense Research Institute's Construction Law Committee. In addition, firm shareholder Brett Ross has been selected for a second term as chair of the Lawyer's Professionalism and Ethics Committee for the Defense Lawyers Association.

Maynard Cooper & Gale P.C. attorneys Lee Bains Jr., John Bolus and H. Thomas Wells Jr. were listed as "Local Litigation Stars" by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. In addition, Maynard Cooper announced that Jaime Betbeze has joined the firm's Mobile office as a shareholder in its general litigation practice group.

Dana Vickers Shelley has joined the Southern Poverty Law Center, in Montgomery, as its director of public affairs. Shelley has more than 20 years of experience in communications, serving numerous foundations and committees.

MANUFACTURING
Edwin Stanley, vice president of GH Metal Solutions in Fort Payne, was elected second vice chair of the board of directors of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. He will serve a one-year term. 

MARITIME
Austal USA has promoted Craig Perciavalle to president. Perciavalle had been serving as senior vice president of operations. In addition, Brian Leathers, who had been serving as interim president and CFO, has been promoted to senior vice president and CFO.

OIL & GAS
David Godsey and David Minor have been elected by Energen Corp.’s Board of Directors to head the oil and gas exploration and production unit, Energen Resources Corp. Godsey, who was named senior vice president of exploration and geology, will succeed Ronald Tisdale, who retired at the end of 2012 after 25 years with the company. Minor, who was named senior vice president of operations, succeeds Paul Sparks, who assumed new duties as senior vice president of resource development and technology.

REAL ESTATE

Cindy Denney

RealtySouth has named Cindy Denney its new managing broker for its Tuscaloosa branch office. Denney is a certified residential specialist, Accredited Buyer's agent, GRI and certified new home specialist. In 2011, she served as president of the Tuscaloosa Association of REALTORS.

TECHNOLOGY
Dale Jobes, of Magnolia River, was presented the Association of Energy Engineers Young Energy Professional of the Year Award at the 25th World Energy Engineering Congress. Jobes, a vice president for Magnolia River, performs program management and business development for the geospatial and energy sectors, and won the award for his work with Huntsville. 

TOURISM
Affiniti Golf Partners has named Brian Moore general manager of the Huntsville Country Club. Moore brings extensive experience to the role and has been involved in the Club Managers Association of America.

Dana Lee Jennings, director of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, was honored with the Gilmer Blackburn Legacy Award for 2012, which recognizes an individual who has shown a lasting contribution to the tourism and travel industry. Other awards presented by the Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau were: Julian Walker "Mr. Tourism" Award to John Woller of Decatur; Tourism Professional of the Year to Sandee Sartain of Decatur, and the Good Neighbor Award to Stanley Johnson of Moulton.  

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