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Movers & Shapers, July 2013

Spotlight on Houston and Henry Counties

Scott Applefield, franchisee/president of Winco LLC in Dothan.

Scott Applefield, franchisee/president of Winco LLC in Dothan.

Scott Applefield
Applefield is franchisee/president of Winco LLC in Dothan, a franchise company of Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits. Earlier he served as managing member of Aero-One Aviation LLC and as vice president of Goldco Inc., both in Dothan. He is a licensed real estate broker, a licensed general contractor and an airline transport pilot. Civic memberships include Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center and Boys and Girls Club of the Wiregrass, and he is a reserve deputy and task force pilot for the Dale County Sheriff’s Department.

Jeff Coleman
Coleman is president and CEO of Coleman World Group, a family-owned moving and storage company founded in 1914. It ranks as one of the top 50 largest privately-held companies in the state. It operates two main divisions, Coleman American Moving Services, the largest agent for Allied Van Lines, and Covan Worldwide Moving, one of the largest independent moving and storage companies in the world. A graduate of Leadership Alabama, he is active within his industry, as well as in the community.

Mark Culver
Culver is a 27-year veteran of the Houston County Commission, serving the last 16 years as chairman. He was the first Republican ever elected to a Houston County local office. He is past president of the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama. He is a Leadership Alabama and Leadership Dothan graduate and a past president of the Dothan Rotary Club.

Tami Culver, president of the Dothan Education Foundation.

Tami Culver
Culver is president of the Dothan Education Foundation. A lifelong supporter of public education, she has been a vocal advocate for parental involvement and citizen engagement. Her career began in 1994 as a neuro-psychometrist, providing cognitive assessments and rehabilitation for patients with traumatic brain injury. She also served as director of field services for former U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright. She is a member of Leadership Dothan, elected president by her class.

Jonathan Grecu
Grecu is mayor of Ashford. After moving to Ashford in 2008, he became utilities director and building inspector for the city in 2009. He was elected mayor in 2012, and now serves a dual role as mayor and utilities superintendent. Grecu is active in the Ashford Recreation Program, where he has been a soccer coach for the past four years. He also is a member of the Ashford Planning Commission.

Chere Johnson
Johnson has served as business office manager in the Headland office of Alabama Power’s Southeast Division since 2008. She began her employment with Alabama Power in 1992, holding several positions of increasing responsibility in Alabama Power and Southern Nuclear offices. She chaired the 2012 Henry County United Way campaign and serves on the group’s board of directors. She is involved with the Henry County Economic Development Board, Henry County Advisory Board and is a member of the Headland area Kiwanis, where she was the 2012 president. She is a member of the Headland Area Chamber Board of Directors. 

Paul Lee
Lee, a state representative for Alabama House District 86, had a 31-year career with the Sony Corp. before retiring as a senior production specialist. He is a sales representative for WDHN-TV (ABC).  A former Dothan City Commissioner, he spearheaded the movement that now commits $1 million per year to the Dothan City School System. He was elected to the Alabama House in 2010. He is active in Wiregrass United Way, vice chairman of the Houston County Healthcare Authority Board for Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Municipal Electric Authority and a member of the Dothan Rotary Club.

Dr. Craig Lenz, dean and senior vice president of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Craig Lenz
Lenz is dean and senior vice president of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) in Dothan. He brings more than 30 years of experience in clinical medicine and medical education. Lenz also has served in leadership positions at three other osteopathic schools of medicine and founding director at one of them. In addition, Lenz has served as the director of medical education for family practice residency programs in Maine and California.

David Money
Money was elected in 2012 as Henry County probate judge and County Commission chair. He is a past member of the Abbeville City Council, past mayor of the city of Abbeville and is involved in community service. He served as president of David Money Ford in Abbeville from 1972 to 2011. He is a current board member and immediate past chairman of the Foundation Board at Wallace Community College Dothan.

Art Morris
Morris is director of the Dothan Regional Airport and a partner in Morris Realty Co., a commercial real estate management company.  Active in the aviation field, he also works in industrial recruitment. He is a member of the Dothan Rotary Club and a director of the Aviation Council of Alabama.  Morris serves on the Auburn University Aviation Management Advisory Board, and is on the board of directors for WIZB 94.3, The Joy FM Radio.

Ronald Owen
Owen has served as CEO of Southeast Alabama Medical Center since 1997. He began his career in hospital administration as an administrative resident with the Huntsville Hospital system and served in many roles there, including chief operating officer and senior vice president. He served on active duty in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Army from 1969-1972 and retired from the Alabama National Guard in 2001 at the rank of colonel.

James Rane
Rane is chairman, president and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc., the nation’s leading producer of pressure treated pine lumber. A former Henry County judge, he acquired the company in 1970, and it has grown from a single facility in Abbeville to include 15 plants with distribution to 27 states and other countries. Rane serves on the Auburn University Board of Trustees, and is a board member of the Henry County Historical Group and the Alabama Archives and History Foundation. He is an honorary member of the Auburn Letterman’s Association.  He is president of the Jimmy Rane Foundation, which raises funds for college scholarships.

Mandi Sowell, director of Headland Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mandi Sowell
Sowell is the director of the Headland Area Chamber of Commerce. She is recognized for organizing and facilitating more than 12 annual events for the chamber, which bring thousands of visitors to Henry County. She is responsible for public events, membership, business networking, advertising, educational and scholarship aspects of the Chamber. A Headland native, she is a graduate of Troy University. She is very active in community organizations in and around Henry and Houston counties.

Mike Schmitz
Schmitz was elected mayor of Dothan in 2009 with a historic margin of 86 percent of the voters in virtually every demographic. He owns the Hyundai, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz franchises as Mike Schmitz Automotive Group in Dothan. He led a citywide campaign against illiteracy, assisted in building parks in a disadvantaged
section of town, and provided funding for the Hawk-Houston Boys and Girls Club. He is a 20-year competitor in the Ironman Triathlon and has received awards for his community service.

Angelia Wade Turner
Turner is owner of her own freelance business, Angelia Turner Events, where she has planned an array of sporting and music events, fundraising dinners, grand openings and produced community theatre. Before launching her own business, she was a volunteer in many community organizations.

Suzanne Woods
Woods was appointed chief executive officer of Flowers Hospital in Dothan in 2011, having worked at Flowers since 1995. As CEO, Woods is responsible for the hospital’s strategic direction, its focus on clinical excellence and daily operations. She is active in community organizations, serving as president of the Southeast Alabama Hospital Council, a board member of the Wallace Community College Foundation and as a board member at First United Methodist Church.

Linda Young
Young has been president of Wallace Community College since 1999. She recently was honored at the American Association of Community Colleges for 25 years of service as a two-year college president. She formerly served as president of Sparks State Technical College, before it and Wallace were merged. She began her college career at then-Enterprise State Junior College. She also taught three years in the K-12 system. She is a member of the Dothan Rotary Club, Leadership Alabama, Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and more. 

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