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Movers & Shapers, January 2015

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Greg Allen

Greg Allen

Greg Allen 
Allen is a principal and lead products liability attorney at Beasley Allen law firm in Montgomery. He has been involved in many product liability cases that have resulted in substantial verdicts and settlements. He is past president of the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Association and has served on the executive committee of the association for several years. He is a graduate of West Georgia College and the Jones School of Law. He has taught a number of seminars at Jones, and in October 2010, the school announced it would name a new addition to the law school in his honor.

Anita Archie 
Archie is chief of staff to Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange with supervision of planning and risk management departments. She also is responsible for human resource matters, special project management and mayor-city council relations. She previously held the position of senior vice president of intergovernmental affairs and advocacy and legal advisor at the Business Council of Alabama. Archie previously served two governors and is one of the most sought-out advisors to businesses and educational and government organizations. She is a graduate of UAB and the University of Alabama School of Law. She has served on many professional and community organizations and is principal attorney in negotiating incentives agreements between the Tier 1 suppliers of Hyundai and the State of Alabama. She is an appointee of Gov. Robert Bentley to the Alabama Women’s Commission and chair of the Alabama Child Abuse and Neglect Board, a member of the Art in Education Task Force and Leadership Alabama, and a member of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Women in Business committee.

Gwendolyn Boyd 
Alabama State University’s 14th president and first woman president was appointed in February 2013. Boyd is very active in Alabama and across the nation in her field, having served more than 33 years in a leadership position at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and as the nationwide president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She also is slated to deliver the keynote address at The King Center’s 47th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service. Boyd is an ASU alumna and the school’s first African American graduate to receive a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, which she earned at Yale University. 

Barrie Harmon III
Harmon is president of Harmon, Dennis, Bradshaw Inc. and founded the original insurance agency, The Harmon Co., in 1977. After forming a partnership with David Dennis and Charles Bradshaw, the new company was established in 2003. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.  

Andrea Jean


Andrea Jean 
Jean is marketing and communications director for Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc., one of the Southeast’s largest privately held architecture and engineering firms. She has more than 15 years of marketing experience in several industries, specializing in corporate branding and identity. She developed the Can Do Good Design-Build Competition, which teaches high school students about the industry and the importance of social responsibility. She is the founder of Southern Makers, an annual event created and curated by GMC, Matter and Southern Accents Architectural Antiques that benefits EAT South. She also is involved with local organizations, such as Teach for America and EAT South. 

Ellen McNair
McNair is senior vice president of corporate development for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. She has worked in the economic development field for more than 25 years and was a member of the negotiating teams that brought both Hyundai Motors Corp. and Hyundai Heavy Industries to Montgomery. She has recruited dozens of national and international projects to the state. Prior to the chamber, McNair worked for the Alabama Department of Commerce as project manager and as director of research. She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. While attending graduate school in economics at Auburn University, she received a fellowship through the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has earned credentials as a Certified Economic Developer, awarded by the International Economic Development Council. She is a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and is involved in the International Economic Development Council. She is the 2014 recipient of the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for exemplary achievement in economic development, presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Joe Riley 
Riley has served as CEO of Jackson Hospital since 2012. He was formerly CEO of McAllen Medical Center in Texas. A registered nurse, he received his bachelor’s degree from West Texas State University and his master’s in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is currently on the Chairman’s Circle of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Alabama Hospital Association and the Montgomery Area Business Committee on the Arts. 

Lance Tatum


Lance Tatum
Since August 2014, Tatum has been vice chancellor of Troy University’s Montgomery campus. He is a Troy alumnus, having earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Troy. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University. He has served Troy in a number of leadership capacities, including vice chancellor of global campus, dean of the college of education, interim dean of the college of education and chair of the department of kinesiology and health promotion. He joined the Troy faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor of sport and fitness management and later became an associate professor in the field. He has served on many civic and professional organizations, including the Pike Road School Development Committee and the Troy City Schools Partnership.

John George Veres III
Veres is chancellor of Auburn University at Montgomery. He has held many administrative positions at AUM before becoming chancellor, including executive director of university outreach, professor of information and decision sciences and director of the Center for Business and Economic Development. He serves on the boards of the Auburn University Foundation, the Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership, and is active with community, civic and church organizations. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Auburn University, and has written or co-written many academic articles. He was named Montgomery Police Department Citizen of the Year in 2014. 

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