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Career Notes, January 2016

Who's moving up?

J. Adam Causey



S. Hobie Frady has rejoined the firm of Beason & Nalley Inc. in Huntsville. His focus will be on businesses that contract with the federal government. 

Jackson Thornton, of Montgomery, has selected J. Adam Causey as its newest firm principal. Causey has worked in the firm’s Montgomery office for more than 10 years. 


NASA has appointed Steven Miley director of the Office of Procurement at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. In addition, Todd May has been named acting director of Marshall Space Flight Center. May succeeds Patrick Scheuermann, who retired in November after 27 years with NASA.


Heyward Gould, president of FNB of Central Alabama in Tuscaloosa, has graduated from the Executive Development Institute for Community Banks. Gould was one of eight community bank executives from around the nation to be recognized for completing the 19-month program. 

Regions Bank has named John Boles as manager of international and cyber investigation. Boles comes to Regions after serving 20 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 


Royal Cup Inc. has promoted Ben Pitts to president of its Foodservice and Hospitality Division, Howard Chapman to president of Office Beverage Division and Mark Kirkendall to vice president of human resources. In addition, the company has hired Marc Schonland as vice president of coffee strategy and innovation. 

Joe Fuller, Jason Spikes and Eric Hull, of Black Warrior Brewing Co.; Elliott Roberts and Bo Hicks of Druid City Brewing Co.; and Jeremy Donald, Jeremiah Donald and Quintin Brown of Band of Brothers Brewing Co. were presented the Rising Star award from the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. 


Debra Nelson, of Brasfield & Gorrie, was recently honored at the 35th anniversary gala of the Urban Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, Nevada, for her past service as board chairman. 

Fite Building Co. Inc. has appointed Chuck Reep as business development manager. Reep has more than 35 years of construction experience. In addition, Fite has hired Heath Roeber as an assistant project manager. Roeber is a 2015 graduate of Auburn University. 

John Gary Wyatt, president of Wyatt General Contractor LLC, was honored posthumously by Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama with a special Excellence in Construction Industry memorial award. 


Lynn Collyar, recently retired from the U.S. Army as commander of the Aviation and Missile Command, has joined Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice as a director within its Defense Sector.  

Credit Unions

Jimese Harkley, philanthropy and community relations manager at America’s First Federal Credit Union in Birmingham, has been named the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. CUES is an independent, not-for-profit, international membership association for credit union executives. In addition, America’s First has added Stacy Almond-Eads as mortgage loan originator. 

Kembra Chambers



Kemba Chambers, dean of mathematics, natural sciences and pre-engineering at Calhoun Community College, has been appointed acting president at Drake State Community and Technical College. 

Larry Ferguson has been named the new president for Bevill State Community College. Ferguson has more than 20 years of postsecondary education experience. 

Lela Taylor has been named administrative assistant at the Alabama Community College System’s Chancellor Office and the Executive Division. Taylor has held multiple positions within Alabama’s higher education institutions. 

Tim Vines, an executive with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, has been elected chair of Samford University’s Board of Trustees. Vines succeeds William Stevens, who had served the maximum four-year term as chair. 


Palomar Insurance Corp. has hired Betsy Styles as an account executive for aesthetisure, specialized coverage of cosmetic surgery procedures. Styles has more than 12 years of experience in the insurance industry. 

Lad Drago, an insurance agent with State Farm, marked his 10th anniversary with the company in November. He serves the Spanish Fort and Daphne areas. 


John Davidson Jr. has joined the Mobile office of Adams and Reese as an associate in the transactions practice group. In addition, Anna Davis has joined the firm as an associate in the special business services practice group.

Stan Gregory, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, received the Cultivator Award from the Alabama Farmers Federation. The award honors those who cultivate good government and foster economic growth. In addition, partner Bradley Lard was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Jenna Bedsole, a shareholder of Baker Donelson, was recognized by the Alabama Diversity Council as among the Top 15 Business Women in Alabama.

Burr & Forman LLP Partner Derek Meek was named vice-chair of the Global Turnaround Management Association Chapter President's Council. Meek currently serves as president for the Alabama chapter of TMA.


Cory Zwolinski has joined McWane Inc. as manager of international trade compliance. Zwolinski has 14 years experience in import/export logistics and trade compliance. 


Lauren Ashburn has joined EWTN News Nightly team as chief White House correspondent and political director. EWTN Global Catholic Network is based in Irondale. 

Alvin Benn, a reporter with the Montgomery Advertiser, was awarded the Communications Award from the Alabama Farmers Federation for his coverage of Alabama agriculture. 


Business Council of Alabama’s Board of Directors has named its officers for 2016. They are Thomas “Tommy” Lee of Vulcan Inc., chairman; Jeffrey Coleman, of Coleman World Group, first vice chairman; Perry Hand, of Volkert Inc., second vice chairman, and Mike Kemp, of Kemp Management Solutions, secretary. Fournier “Boots” Gale III, of Regions Financial Corp., was re-elected legal counsel and Charles Nailen, of BBG Special Foods Inc., was re-elected treasurer. Marty Abroms, of Abroms & Associates PC, becomes immediate past chairman. 

Maureen Mack, senior director for marketing and communications at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, was elected to BioAlabama’s board of directors. 

Mobile native Juanita Duggan has been named the new president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB represents more than 325,000 small and independent business owners. 

Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama was presented the Jamie Wallace Award from the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama/Business Council of Alabama. 

Public Relations

KC Projects, of Birmingham, has added Megan McIllwain as an executive. 

Real Estate

RealtySouth has welcomed the following new agents to its Alabama offices: Sharon Colley, Kelli Bell, Melissa Garrett, Farrar Murray, Matthew Lepore, Jennifer Tarr, Steve Armstrong, James Hillegass, Michael Parker, Jonathan Stewart, Jennifer Welch, Kevin Jones, Nichole Reeves, Tony Blaha, Ken Borders, Brandi Feagin, Holly Scoggins and Tiffany Collins.

Rock Apartment Advisors, of Birmingham, has added Micah Dodd to its financial analysis team. 


Rod Wilkin, founder, president and CEO of Taco Casa, was named the H. Pettus Randall Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Taco Casa has seven locations in Alabama. 


Adtran Inc. has appointed Roger Shannon as its senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer. He has financial expertise over a broad array of industries. 

The National Training and Simulation Association posthumously awarded AEgis Technologies Co-founder and Chairman Bill Waite with the NTSA Modeling & Simulation Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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