Movers & Shapers, July 2017
Spotlight on Houston County
Benton is the president of LBA Hospitality, a hotel development and management company. By the end of 2017, LBA will manage more than 70 Marriott, Hilton and IHG hotels in 10 Southeastern states and will employ more than 2,000 people. He serves on the Home2 by Hilton owners’ advisory board. He has been selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Leadership Alabama program. Locally, he serves in leadership positions on the Wallace College Foundation board, the Dothan Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Covenant United Methodist Church. In October, Benton will become chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.
Green has served as director of development since 2008 at Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center Inc., a nonprofit organization providing training and employment for individuals with disabilities. She supervises the center’s secure document destruction division, adult care centers and The R.E.A.L. (Refurbished Equipment Assisting Lives) Project. Her career spans nearly three decades in marketing and public relations, serving as public information officer for the city of Dothan and in marketing and development at Troy University Dothan and Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Green serves on the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce board and is secretary of the Dothan Rotary Club. She is a Leadership Dothan graduate, past president of the Southeast Alabama Advertising Federation Dothan Chapter, and volunteers for the Wiregrass Area United Way, Wiregrass Works, the Jon Lee Foundation/JonJam, AMBUCS of the Wiregrass, Dothan Business Hall of Fame and the Houston County Spirit of Service Day. She is a graduate of Troy University.
Johnson is director of workforce development for Wallace Community College. After graduating from Wallace, he worked in the construction industry for 17 years before returning to the school in 2010, where he led programs in welding technologies, air conditioning and refrigeration and small engine repair. Johnson has worked on multiple grant projects for Wallace, bringing in approximately $10.5 million. He was nominated for the Alabama Community College System Chancellor’s Award for most outstanding technical faculty member at WCC in 2014. Johnson attends Southside Baptist Church and serves on the executive advisory committees for Dothan City Schools and Eufaula High School. He is an active member of the Wiregrass Works committee that helps introduce eighth graders to technical careers.
Kimbro is COO of Wiregrass Electric, responsible for the cooperative’s marketing, communications and PR, customer service, energy services and safety and compliance departments. Kimbro is a graduate of Troy University, with industry credentials from the National Rural Electric Cooperatives management internship and certified key account executive programs. He serves on the boards of Dothan Area Botanical Gardens, Dothan-Houston County Library and Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and is immediate past chairman of Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity. Kimbro also is secretary of the Dothan-Tuesday Rotary Club and a member of Dothan’s Memphis Baptist Church. Kimbro and his wife own The Courtyard Gift Shop/Boutique in downtown Ashford.
Maloy is career and technical director for the Houston County School System. Earlier in his 25-year career with Houston County Schools, he was an agriscience teacher, baseball coach and principal. In 2012, Maloy was selected to serve on the governor’s commission to improve workforce development and education in Alabama. He has also served as state president of the Alabama Career Technical Directors Association. Maloy oversaw development of the Houston County Career Academy, already recognized as one of 14 best practice sites in the state. Maloy has implemented the simulated workplace model in all programs to help better prepare students for the workforce. He also serves as chairman for the Houston County Farm City committee and is a member of the Southeast Alabama Wiregrass Works planning committee.
Mitchell is executive director for the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center in Dothan, which is Alabama’s first and largest Family Services Center, where she has been employed for 23 years. She has also worked with the Montgomery Mental Health Authority, the Dothan City Schools Systems and the U.S. Army in West Germany. She attended Alabama State University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Minnesota Graduate School of Theology and Bethany Seminary. She is a Certified Family Life Educator. She was appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley to serve as an examiner on the Alabama State Board for Marriage & Family Therapists. She also is author of a book “Xandy’s Choice,” promoting healthy relationship choices.
Morris is president and CEO of ServisFirst Bank Dothan, which has the leading bank deposit market share for Houston County. Morris has nearly 20 years of banking experience, with more than 10 years in the Dothan community. He serves as chairman of the Wallace Community College Foundation, trustee of the Dothan-Houston County Library System, trustee of Houston Academy, board member of the Houston County Industrial Development Authority and board member of the Wiregrass United Way, where he is past chairman and past campaign chairman.
Phillips is CEO of Flowers Hospital and also has served as CEO and COO at other hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Alabama and Florida, most recently serving as CEO of Medical Center Enterprise. In his previous role as COO at Flowers Hospital in 2014 and 2015, Phillips helped establish Flowers Medical Group and supported the recruitment of more than 20 physicians to the community and medical staff. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He serves on the board of the Alabama Head Injury Foundation and Wiregrass United Way and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mary Beth Reynolds
Reynolds is senior executive vice president at Personnel Resources, where she has spent more than 20 years helping companies devise staffing and recruiting strategies. At 19, she was the president of her hometown chamber of commerce, is the current treasurer for the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and also is a two-time nominee for Small Business Person of the Year. Reynolds is president of Dothan Rotary Club, a former board chair for the Wiregrass Area United Way, serves on the Cooperative District for ACOM and is the treasurer for Southeast Alabama Works.
Saliba is a builder with his family business, Alfred Saliba Corp. He is active in the National Association of Home Builders and in local building associations, and in 2012 was inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame. He is past chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and chairman of Grow Dothan and Crimestoppers for Houston and Henry counties. His company has supported the Adopt-a-School program, the Bright Key Initiative and is a Dothan Technology Advisory Board member. He is chair of the United Methodist Children’s Home board, is a Leadership Alabama graduate, and is the campaign chair for the 2016-17 Wiregrass United Way. He is a University of Alabama graduate and a member of First United Methodist Church in Dothan.
Santora is a professional engineer and professional land surveyor. He graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1993 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. In 1998, Santora opened Northstar Engineering Services Inc., a civil engineering and surveying firm in Dothan, and serves as president. In 2014, he purchased AllMetal Roofing and Siding and AllMetal Building Systems and recently purchased Coastal Metal Roofing in Panama City, Florida — steel-fabrication companies providing pre-engineered buildings, metal roofs, structural steel and accessories for commercial and residential building. He is a board member of CB&T Bank and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors and New Hinson Baptist Church. He is a former chair of the Alabama Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Young is president of Wallace Community College. A product of the community college system, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Troy University and her doctorate from Auburn University. Some of her major accomplishments include developing special education programs for adult women, which have been designated as exemplary models nationally. Under her leadership and in conjunction with the Wallace Community College Foundation, the first-ever major gifts campaign was held, raising more than $4.3 million for scholarships and programs. The college also has gained national recognition for instructional programs and initiatives. Active in civic and professional groups, she is on the board of Leadership Alabama.