Movers & Shapers, January 2014
Spotlight on Autauga and Elmore counties
Connie Bainbridge, manager of community and economic development for the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative in Prattville.
Bainbridge is manager of community and economic development for the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative in Prattville. Prior to her appointment in January 2011, she was president of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly 14 years. She has been active in recruiting several major manufacturing, retail, tourism and industrial/business park developments in Prattville. She also is active in her community in the Autauga County United Way and is a graduate of the Leadership Alabama.
Devers has been a licensed property and casualty and life and health insurance agent for seven years and is owner/principal of Devers Insurance Agency LLC. A graduate in business from Troy University, he also earned the Certified Professional Insurance Agent designation. He is the business division chairman of the Autauga County River Region United Way and is active in the Prattville Chamber and other local organizations.
Fain is the managing principal of Jackson Thornton’s Wetumpka office, which he opened in 1987. His focus includes tax planning, small business consulting and helping clients plan for college expenses. A former president of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, he is a board member of the River Region United Way and a member of the Wetumpka Downtown Revitalization Committee. He is a Paul Harris Fellow with the Wetumpka Rotary Club and was honored by the Chamber for community involvement.
Ferguson is an account executive for Brink of Design, a small business in Autauga County dedicated to growing businesses by providing effective marketing and advertising solutions in website and print design. Ferguson is active in the Chamber of Commerce, serving on the small business committee, and is active with many local agencies.
Finley is the executive director for the Elmore County Economic Development Authority. She previously served as project manager for ECEDA for seven years. Active with the Southern Economic Development Council, she is the organization’s director for Alabama and for the Southeast Region. She serves as chair of the Region 7 Workforce Development Council and president of the Elmore County Technical Center Advisory Council, and has completed specialized studies at Oklahoma University and Troy University-Montgomery.
Ginger Henry, RN
Henry, CEO of Prattville Baptist Hospital, joined the hospital in 1998 and served as emergency department manager until 2003, when she was promoted to chief nursing officer. A year later, she was appointed CEO. She serves on the boards of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA and United Way, and is involved
in several civic organizations that support the Prattville community.
Lewis is CEO and general director of the Prattville YMCA. He began his career in banking, working with Peoples Bank and Trust, AmSouth Bank and River Bank & Trust. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Leadership Autauga County. He is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, Prattville Lions Club, United Way, Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as president of the Prattville-Autauga Character Coalition and the Industrial Development Board of the city of Prattville.
Lynch is executive director of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce. In her first year, she launched the chamber’s first rebranding initiative in more than 10 years. She also planned the chamber’s first ever membership campaign, welcoming a total of 74 new members to the chamber. She came to Wetumpka after 10 years in Nashville’s music industry as both a self-published songwriter and staff writer for BMG Music Publishing. She is an artist and owner of Hello Heart Designs and is active in her community. She has worked as a whitewater raft guide
Myers is general manager of GKN Aerospace – Alabama Fuel Systems in Tallassee. After graduating from Auburn University with a master’s in engineering, he worked for seven years in R&D and manufacturing engineering in South Carolina and the UK before returning to Elmore County. He began as engineering manager for GKN Aerospace, working with a small group to start what is now GKN Aerospace – Alabama Fuel Systems, which represents a major technology transition. The company builds and designs fuel tanks and systems for civil and military aircraft that can survive crashes and withstand fire. He volunteers in workforce development.
Pitts was the first American hired to assist in launching YESAC Corp. 10 years ago, when it became the first automotive supplier in Elmore County. Pitts is a liaison in transitioning and relocating Korean families to the American culture in Tallassee. She has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, customer service, negotiation, problem solving and administrative management. YESAC has grown into a global company with several branches throughout the U.S. and Mexico and is a preferred vendor at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and Kia Motor Manufacturing Georgia. Pitts is active in industry development and was awarded Outstanding Service to the Elmore Business Community from the Elmore County Economic Development Authority.
Stubbs has worked as a community banker in Alabama for the past 28 years. He is currently a director, president and CEO of River Bank & Trust. Stubbs began the process of organizing a locally-owned and operated community bank in February 2005 and opened in 2006 with $25 million in common stock to local investors. Today, the bank has total assets exceeding $420 million, with five locations in Montgomery, Prattville and Wetumpka. He is very active in civic and community organizations and is a member of Leadership Alabama.
Williamson has been general manager of Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Wetumpka for about five years. Earlier, he was the director of purchasing for PCI Gaming and a lawyer in the Poarch Creek Tribal Legal Office. Community service includes working on the board of the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce and being a member of the Wetumpka Rotary Club, the Montgomery Lions Club and the Wetumpka Gateway Commission.