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Movers & Shapers, July 2014

Spotlight on Calhoun and Talladega counties

Don Hopper

Don Hopper

Col. Brent T. Bolander
Bolander is commander of the Anniston Army Depot, which overhauls and repairs vehicles and small arms for the military. The depot is the largest employer in Calhoun County. He earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, master’s in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology and a master’s in national strategic studies from the National War College.

Greg Brown
Brown is chairman and CEO of B.R. Williams Trucking, an Oxford company that started with two Mack trucks in 1958 and grew into a fleet of more than 165. The company has expanded to include warehousing, program management, crate-building and brokerage services. Brown oversaw the company’s work with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. He had just six months to structure the project and organize a $6 million investment in new equipment. He serves on the Noble Bank & Trust board of directors and is a board member of the Knox Concert Series. He has bachelor’s degrees in accounting and mathematics from Jacksonville State University and a law degree from the Birmingham School of Law.

William Fielding
Fielding is dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration at Jacksonville State University. He also has held other administrative positions at JSU, including acting vice president for administrative and business affairs, department head of the economics and finance department and professor of finance. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina and his MBA and bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. He has published several academic articles both personally and through the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at JSU. He serves on several JSU committees, as well as civic, professional and community boards. 

Don Hopper
Hopper is executive director of the Calhoun County Economic Development Council, a position he has held for more than a decade. He has been in economic development for more than 25 years. He serves on many local and statewide economic development committees and is a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama. He has a BS in economics and finance from Union University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Mississippi.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson
Johnson became city manager of Anniston in September 2013. Before coming to Anniston, he was city manager of Garden City, Ga. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a cryptologist and as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Georgia. He is currently one of only five in Alabama to have earned the prestigious Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Savannah, Leadership Georgia and Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

Billy Jones
Jones is department manager of facilities for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, where he supervises the facilities team and manages HMA’s building and grounds maintenance and operations. He also is responsible for HMA’s environmental program and plant expansions. Prior to joining Honda in 2002, he was an electrical superintendent for BE&K industrial services and an electrical superintendent for Beacon Construction, a subsidiary of Bechtel Global. A graduate of Wharton College in Texas, he has served on the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and the Calhoun County American Red Cross.

Patricia King
King is president of Sunny King Automotive Group in Anniston, a position she has served in since her husband’s death in 1990. For 35 years, her business has sponsored the Sunny King Charity Classic golf tournament, which raises about $100,000 a year for charities, and also the yearly Sunny King Criterium cycling races in downtown Anniston. She is a board member of Noble Bank & Trust, Anniston’s Knox Concert Series, Alabama Power and the Business Council of Alabama. She is involved with Relay for Life, the Public Education Foundation of Anniston, JSU and the United Cerebral Palsy Center.

Grant Lynch

Grant Lynch
Lynch has served as chairman of Talladega Superspeedway since July 2009. He joined the staff of Talladega Superspeedway in 1993 as general manager and was promoted to vice president of International Speedway Corp. He has held several other leadership positions at Talladega and other speedways in Kansas and Chicago. He serves on the Alabama Wildlife Federation Board and has served on the boards of directors at Regions Bank Talladega County, Antique Talladega, the local Boy Scouts Council and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and the Blind (AIDB) and served as chairman of the Talladega Economic Development Authority for 15 years. He has been instrumental in Race Fever, an annual fundraiser for the AIDB Foundation. 

William Meehan
Meehan is Jacksonville State University’s 11th president. He completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at JSU and was a member of the faculty and an administrator. He completed a doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Alabama in 1999 and became JSU’s president that same year. During his tenure, JSU has increased enrollment, added its first doctoral program and moved all 16 university sports to Division I. He is on the board of the Alabama Partnership for Children and the United Way of East Alabama and is chair of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Calhoun County.

L. Calvin Miller Jr.
Miller is executive director of the Talladega County Economic Development Authority.  He has been involved in economic development since 1983 and has worked in Talladega County since 1990. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Alabama and an MBA from the University of South Alabama. He is a Certified Economic Developer by the American Economic Development Council and a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

Brian Muenger

Brian Muenger
Muenger is city manager of the city of Talladega. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia College and State University. He also worked as a community development planner for the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha Regional Commission, specializing in grant writing and administration, long-range planning and disaster planning for FEMA. He was honored by the State Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities with the 2013 Public Service Award. He also earned a Credentialed Management Candidate designation from the International City/County Management Association. Under his leadership, the city has earned the 2013 Alabama League of Municipalities Quality of Life Award, and ranked as a top 25 “Business Friendly City” by the Alabama Policy Institute. He is a member of the Talladega Kiwanis Club, the Citizens Baptist Medical Center Advisory Council and the Samaritan House, a nonprofit food pantry.

Julia Harwell Segars
Segars is vice president of Alabama Power’s Eastern Division, where she manages a team of 130 workers providing power for 12 counties. A graduate of the University of Alabama, she has served as chair of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. She serves as chair of the chamber’s Foundation Board and of the Anniston Museum Endowment Committee, along with numerous other boards and civic groups. 

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