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Career Notes, July 2015

Who's moving up?

Bill Bach

Bill Bach


Kassouf & Co. has welcomed new shareholder William Bach III, who will serve as the firm’s director of assurance services, working with the audit team. Bach has 15 years’ experience in the industry. 

Wilkins Miller LLC has added Carley Cash, Simon Fox and Lindsay Taylor to its Mobile location. 

James Hart, a senior partner with Dent, Baker & Co., has been reappointed and confirmed for another four-year term on the Alabama Securities Commission as chairman. 


TAG/The Architects Group Inc. has added Kim Cain as financial manager. She replaces Cecile Sparks, who retired after 32 years with TAG. 


Guy Hunt has been named assistant vice president and relationship manager at NobleBank & Trust. Camille Mace and Theresa Davis have been named the bank’s newest client representatives for its Birmingham branch. 

Cadence Bank has appointed Tom Clark as executive vice president and chief information officer. 


Southern Research has named its inaugural Junior Board members. They are Stephen Black, Jay Brandrup, Nick Irvin, Santhosh Keshavan, G.T. LaBorde, David Perry, Liz Pharo, Danny Markstein, Shannon Riley and Mitesh Shah

Business Consulting

MTI Business Solutions Co-Owner Randall Olson has earned the designation of Everything DiSC Certified Trainer.

Transworld Business Advisors has announced its affiliations with Byron Shaw and Mark Richenderfer as merger and acquisition advisors. 


Robins & Morton has named Robin Savage president of the company, in addition to his current role as chief operating officer. Bill Morton will continue in the role of CEO and will assume the role of chairman of the board. Eric Groat has been named operations manager and Daren Freeman has been promoted to controller.


Sue Cato Winter has started Great Ideas Inc., a consulting company specializing in small business in Mobile. Before launching her own business, she worked in real estate and coached real estate professionals on sales and service. 


The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund Board has appointed Cornelius Blanding as executive director. He replaces Ralph Paige, who retired earlier this year. 

Tony Graydon


Credit Unions

America's First Federal Credit Union has made the following promotions: Christy Richardson, Courtney Moten, Elma Tolbert and Libby Moore to branch manager II; Jimese Harkley to philanthropy and community relations manager; Barbara Self to records manager; Tammy Harry, Rod Winston and Sharon Richardson to senior collections counselors; Craig Hipp to indirect specialist III; Kakiyia Green and Christy Radney to branch specialist II; Rejunda Lucas to call center rep II; Tameka Parrish to teller I and Sandy Reese to accounting specialist I.

MAX has named Montgomery native Tony Graydon as vice president of business services and commercial lending. 


Tony Ingram has been appointed to the Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees by Gov. Robert Bentley. Ingram, a Dothan native, is a retired executive vice president and COO of CSX Transportation Inc. 

John Jones III has been named vice president for student affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His first day will be July 15. 

University of Alabama in Huntsville Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and Chairman of the Department of Space Science Gary Zank will receive the AOGS Axford Medal, the highest honor given by the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society. 

Wallace State Community College instructor Leigh Ann Courington has been named the recipient of the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, presented by the League for Innovation in the Community College. 


Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. announced that three of its employees, Justin Barrett, Michelle Conway and Matthew Walker, have obtained their professional engineering licenses upon passing the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. 


Forensic Strategic Solutions Inc., a financial investigation firm, has hired Kelly Schmid as a valuation director.

Harbor Financial Services LLC has added Dane Meyer. Meyer is the owner and president of Meyer Financial Inc., in Birmingham. 


Jaime Bryan and Pat Gibbs have been recognized as employees of the month at Wesley Manor Methodist Homes of Alabama & Northwest Florida

Joseph Oros



Joseph Oros has been named president of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. Oros succeeds Jim Smither, who retired after 21 years as head of the Birmingham CVB. 


Allen Chapman, executive vice president with HUB International Gulf South Limited, has been awarded the 2015 Anna S. Loding Insurance Professional of the Year award by the Insurance Professionals of Mobile for his dedication and service to clients and the community. 


Retired Gen. Carrol "Howie" Chandler has joined Baker Donelson's government relations and public policy group as a strategic advisor. David Hall, a shareholder in the firm's Birmingham office, has received the Transportation Lawyers Association's 2015 Distinguished Service Award. David Silverstein Jr. has joined the firm's Birmingham office as an associate in the real estate and finance group.

Kevin Turner, Alabama's former chief deputy attorney general, has joined Venable LLP in its new State Attorney General practice.

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP has added Michael Staley and Charles Prueter to its Birmingham office. Staley will serve as senior policy advisory and Prueter as an associate. 


Joseph Parsley has joined Yulista Holding LLC as director of business development, responsible for marketing, communications and business development.


Patrick Lynch


The Hiller Companies, with locations in Mobile and Pelham as well as other out-of-state offices, has appointed Patrick Lynch as its new CEO and president. Lynch succeeds Dan Romanchuk, who retired in April. 


Dean Mitchell has been promoted to executive director of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce. Mitchell joined the chamber in 2014 with more than 20 years of experience in management, communications and policy. 

The Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway Association has re-elected the following officers: Charlie Haun as chairman, David Carroll as vice chairman, Tom Leatherbury as secretary/treasurer and Larry Merrihew as president, joined on the executive committee by Allen Henry, Horace Horn, Charles Ivey, Jimmy Lyons, John McClelland and John Stokes. New board members are Steve Brewster, Mike Grayson and George Barber


Dean Parker, of Mobile, will lead the national financial operation for Carson America, the political campaign for presidential hopeful Ben Carson. Parker is the founder and CEO of Vita Capital, an early stage investment firm.

Public Relations

Libby Romano has been promoted to director of content and digital strategy for Big Communications. In addition, Erin Shaw Street has been hired as lifestyle editor.

KC Projects, of Birmingham, has hired Madison Miles as its content and engagement coordinator.

Verge Pipe Media has promoted Piper Donnelly to director of research and content. 

Real Estate

Stirling Properties Vice President/Regional Manager of Alabama and Florida Will Barrois has been appointed an industry-specific member of the advisory board of trustees of the Alabama Center for Real Estate.

RealtySouth has added these new agents to its offices in Alabama — Kendreia Bibbs, Marlene Brown, V.J. Brown, Ally Dye, Leslie Edwards, John Governale, Beth Harris, Kendra Hayes, Christi Jensen, Sarah Johnson, Margaret Jones, Cheyenne Mangum, Dale Massey, Eric Paradise, Shameaka Pippen, Marilyn Purdy, Mary Reding, Edward Valencia, Nicole Valentine, Patrick Vick, Anthony Warren and Barbara Whetstone


Fiesta Hispanic Cultural Festival has announced its 2015 board members. They are Matt Ennis, Carlos Alemán, Cristina Almanza, Ashlee Jones, Chris Miller, Orlando Rosa, Freddy Rubio, Teresa Zúñiga-Odom and Vanessa Vargas


Johnnie Cobb, a truck driver for Boyd Bros. Transportation, has achieved 3 million safe miles driven over his 28 years with the company. 

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