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Career Notes, January 2017

Who's moving up?

J. Adam Causey

J. Adam Causey


Dixon Hughes Goodman announced that Heather Wallace has joined the firm as a tax partner in the Birmingham office.

Jackson Thornton has selected James Marshall III and J. Adam Causey as the firm's newest principals.

Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, Moore PC has named Sarah Propper and Doug Uhler as partners in the firm. 


Alabama Extension System Specialist Dennis Evans received the Service to Agriculture award from the Alabama Farmers Federation.


Dan Gardner has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc. as an architect. 


The Port of Huntsville has added Phillip “Trey” Bentley III to the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority Board of Directors. This appointment filled the vacancy left by the late Dallas Fanning. 


Toyota Motor North America has named David Fernandes president of the Huntsville engine plant. Fernandes replaces Jim Bolte, who has been named a TMNA group vice president of manufacturing efficiency.  

The Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast has hired Matt Ward as director of government relations and field services. 


Cadence Bank has added Karly Allison as senior vice president, Business Banking executive group manager in Birmingham.

Schuyler Watrous has joined Synovus/Sterling Bank as a private wealth advisor.

Greg Walker has joined Synovus/Coastal Bank and Trust as a vice president and commercial banker. 


Brasfield & Gorrie Founder and Chairman Miller Gorrie was honored with Engineering News-Record Southeast’s Legacy Award. 

The Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders inducted its 2017 president, Clint Lovette of Lovette Construction. In addition, it presented its annual awards to: Associate of the Year Jeff Rodgers, Remodeler of the Year Clint Lovette, Builder of the Year Roddy Sample, Buddy Berry Lifetime Achievement Award Steve Lester and Roy Martin Lifetime Achievement Award Doris Trimm-Lewis.

DeAngelis Diamond has named its first advisory board members: Timothy Cartwright, Kelly Curry and Steve Walling

Alex Doleac


Economic Development

Alex Doleac has been hired as project manager of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance


The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous has presented the Robert I. Goldman Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education to Michael Gadilhe, a social studies teacher at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham. 

Auburn University has established the Center for Industrialized Additive Manufacturing, which will be led by Tony Overfelt, the William and Elizabeth Reed Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Samford University student Ashley Steiner won the Birmingham regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition, hosted by the Birmingham chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization. 


PNC Capital Advisors LLC has hired Ty Smith as managing director, leading the institutional asset management business for Alabama and Georgia. 


Albert L. “Bud” Cason, founder and chairman of Bud’s Best Cookies, was inducted into the Baking Hall of Fame by the American Society of Baking. 


Rea Schuessler, director of instruction for Gulf Shores Golf Academy, has qualified to participate in the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship held in May, 2017. 


Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown has appointed A.J. Clements as director of food and beverage. 


TruAssure Insurance Co. has hired Jeff Herman as sales executive for the Southeast region, including Alabama. 

Jessica Hayslip



Adams and Reese Partner Giles Perkins was recognized by the City of Birmingham in November for his work with the Railroad Park Foundation during the creation of Railroad Park.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was elected chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association.

Baker Donelson has added Forest Phillips to its Birmingham office in the firm's Real Estate and Finance Group.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Partner Marc James Ayers has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Alabama to the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee. In addition, firm Partner Donald Sweeney Jr. was presented with the Alabama Association of School Boards' Legacy Award for his service.

Jessica Hayslip has joined the firm of Burke Harvey LLC as an associate.

Burr & Forman LLP Partner Derek Meek has been named chair of the Chapter President's Council of the Global Turnaround Management Association for 2017.

Maynard Cooper & Gale has added M. Allison Taylor as a shareholder, retired Lt. Gen. Anthony Jones as chair of the Defense and Aviation Strategies Group and Craig Parker as the firm's first Entrepreneur-in-Residence. In addition, firm Shareholder Peter Fruin has been chosen as one of only five Law360 Securities Law MVPs for 2016.

Corey Gross Seale and Cayman Caven have joined the firm of Phelps Jenkins Gibson & Fowler LLP as associates. 


Charles Holmes, a veteran journalist, has been named the general manager of public radio WBHM 90.3 FM


Valerie Johnson, a doctor who has served 25 years with the Huntsville Breast Center, is retiring. The center is being transitioned to Outpatient Diagnostic Center of Huntsville.

Audie Woolley has been named chief of pediatric otolaryngology at Children's of Alabama. He replaces Brian Wiatrak, who held the position since 1993. Both doctors practice at Pediatric ENT Associates.

Senaca Walden has joined The Shoulder Center in Daphne as a nurse practitioner. 


Mark Tegan and Rusty Sutterlin, founders of Inventure Renewables, were named the H. Pettus Randall Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.

Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has won the Thompson/Seymour Leadership Award from the Business Council of Alabama and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. 

Real Estate

John Ruzic has joined Sam Winter & Co. of Mobile.

Stirling Properties Senior Sales and Leasing Executive Jill Meeks has been appointed president of the Mobile Commercial Investment Real Estate Club. 


Mike White has been named general manager of Riverchase Galleria in Birmingham by General Growth Properties. 


Vincari, headquartered in Birmingham, has hired John Burke as vice president of client relations. 

Wealth Management

Jordan Cole, of Nowlin & Associates, has been named to the Top Advisors Under 40 for 2016 by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Birmingham.

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