Career Notes, June 2013
Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon has appointed Kevin Lindsay, RA as one of its new vice presidents. Lindsay, who has 29 years of experience, is a client services manager in the firm's Birmingham office.
BANKING & FINANCE
ServisFirst has named its board of directors and executive team for its new Mobile bank. William “Bibb” Lamar will serve as chairman and CEO. Other members of the board include Randy Billingsley, Stephen Crawford, Lowell Friedman, Barry Gritter, James Harrison, Ken Johnson and John Lewis. Joining the executive leadership will be Alex Arendall, Jay Weber, Bruce Finley Jr., Randall Adams, Becky Minto, Scott Patterson, Beth Cazalas and Sherry Coker. In addition, ServisFirst in Dothan has added John Peacock as vice president, commercial banking. And in Birmingham, Danny Dambro has joined the staff as mortgage loan officer.
Kyndle Huey has been promoted to assistant vice president of marketing and communications at America's First Federal Credit Union. Huey has been with the credit union since 2005.
Sterne Agee & Leach Inc., a privately owned investment banking and brokerage firm, has appointed Walter Robertson III as president and COO. Robertson has more than 36 years experience.
Transworld Business Advisors of Alabama has announced its affiliation with Warren Callaway as an advisory focused on medical practices and the general healthcare field. Callaway had a 30-year career as a healthcare executive.
Wedgworth Companies, a custom homebuilder, has hired Patrick Gilbert as project manager and Sean Ballinger as realtor to manage new projects in the Over the Mountain area of Birmingham.
Casey Stricklen has been named project manager for Murray Building Co. Stricklen is currently working on projects in Crestline Village, at UAB in Birmingham and a project in the city of Lincoln.
Marcia Hastings, assistant to the president of Masonry Arts Inc., has been recognized for being a 25-year member of the Greater Birmingham chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.
Marla Vickers has been named director of the Office of University Relations at Auburn University at Montgomery. Prior to the position at AUM, she served as general manager of the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team. In addition, Brad Moody, a professor of political science and public administration at AUM, has retired after serving 40 years at the university.
Robert McMains has been named University of Alabama at Birmingham chief facilities officer effective June 17. He held similar positions at Purdue University and Emory University.
Alabama A&M University has named Brenda Williams as registrar. In addition, one of the university's recent graduates, Afu Okosun, has produced a new book, “King Without a Crown,” which expresses his issues with self-identity, relationships and purpose.
Alison Grizzle, a math teacher at P.D. Jackson Olin High School in Birmingham, was named the 2013 Alabama Teacher of the Year. Grizzle has taught math in the Birmingham City Schools system since 1999.
Auburn University Professor Pradeep Lall, of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been presented the Southeastern Conference Auburn University Faculty Achievement Award for 2012-2013.
Fourteen University of Alabama at Birmingham professors are recipients of the 2013 Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship. They are: Anupam Agarwal, David Allison, Marcas Bamman, Dale Callahan, Karen Cropsey, Nita Limdi, Ludwine Messiaen, Andrew Pollard, Alan Randich, Jack Rogers, Sadeep Shrestha, Brain Sims, Murat Tanik and Robert Weech-Maldonado.
Carter Burwell, with Jones Lang LaSalle, was presented the company's Rising Star Award. Burwell is the primary broker for the company in the Alabama market.
Tommy Jackson, an advisor at Merrill Lynch in Birmingham, is the top Alabama-based financial adviser on Barron's magazine's annual "America's Top 1,000 Advisors" list for 2013. In addition to Jackson, Merrill Lynch has nine other Alabama advisors on the list. They are: Robert Runkie, Tony Smith, Mark Mantooth, Palmer Whiting, Martin Pois, Brad Osborne, Jerry Duncan, Al Desforges and Jordan Plaster.
Online meal planning service eMeals.com has appointed Julie Gunter to serve as senior menu editor. Gunter holds a bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition from the University of Alabama and has had an accomplished 20 year career at Oxmoor House.
Katie Spratlin has been named marketing director of Robertsdale Dental Care. Spratlin is a 2002 graduate of the University of South Alabama and has experience in brand and reputation management and interactive marketing.
Alfa Insurance has named Jeffrey Frazee its new senior vice president and chief information officer. Frazee has more than 20 years experience in the insurance and financial services sectors. In addition, Alfa has promoted Russell Sinco to chief financial officer. Sinco has been with Alfa since 2005.
Mike Loncono, senior vice president with HUB International in Mobile, has become certified through the National Association of Health Underwriters' new professional development course on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This will allow him to better assist clients in complying with the new law.
ExpoDisplay has added Terri Parker and Joi Brown to its marketing team. Parker has 17 years of experience and will be the marketing director at the company's headquarters in Birmingham. Brown has a bachelor of science in graphic design from the University of Montevallo and will be a marketing designer for the company.
Neil Johnston, an attorney in the Mobile office of Hand Arendall LLC, has been elected a fellow to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Chief Judge Joel Dubina, of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, has received the 2013 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award. Dubina is a life member of the Alabama Bar Association, as well as a member of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Federal Judges Association, the Supreme Court Historical Society and the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society.
Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker LLC has added five new members. They are: C. McDowell Crook Jr., James Porter III, Reginald Jeter, Jennifer Kimble and Charles Price II. In addition, R. Scott Williams, an attorney with the firm, has been named vice president of membership by the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C. Shareholder Alan Enslen attended the 2013 Alabama Business Development and Trade Mission to Norway and Sweden as part of the state's economic development initiatives in the Nordic region. Enslen was one of 27 delegates to represent the state.
Red Mountain Law Group has had seven of its attorneys named 2013 Top Attorneys by Birmingham magazine. They are: Russell Cunningham IV, Brooke Everley, Paul Liles, N. DeWayne Pope, Elizabeth Ritter, John Steiner and Brice Johnston.
Starnes Davis Florie LLP has hired Jack St. John as an associate. His practice will focus on the areas of medical and healthcare and commercial litigation.
Parker Towing Inc., one of the largest barge lines in the Southeast and based in Tuscaloosa, announced that Terah Huckabee has been elected to its board of directors. Huckabee has been with the company for 36 years.
ASF Logistics, based in Mobile, has named Danny McCutchen its director for the company's Savannah office. McCutchen has almost 30 years of experience in international shipping and logistics.
Derek Everett has been presented the Award of Excellence at Evonik's Performance Polymers business unit. Everett has been with Evonik for five years and is chief operator M4 level in the methyl methacrylate plant in Mobile.
Beth Francis has been named vice president for human resources for Baptist Health System. Francis has served in the same position for DCH Health System in Tuscaloosa since 2010.
Brian Hardin has been named director of the department of governmental affairs for Alabama Farmers Federation. He will oversee state public policy issues and political activities for the federation.
Bill Sisson has been named the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce president. He will replace Win Hallett, who is retiring in July following 22 years of service as president. Sisson will continue as executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority until he starts at the Chamber in July.
Chris Wood, the managing broker for RealtySouth in Trussville, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists. In addition, RealtySouth has welcomed the following new agents: Shelly Anderson, Allison Thigpen, Donna Thigpen, Rosalie Pribbenow, Sarah Fisk, Phillip Hilley, Richard Young, Claude Hooks, Monica Sigler and Krissy Tant.
SpecAlloy Corp. Panhandle Converter Recycling, of Dothan, has named Deidre Frith as vice president of marketing and public relations. Frith has more than eight years of experience in the field.
Seamus Tuohy has been named the executive director of the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation in Huntsville. Tuohy replaces Marty Kress, who accepted a new position at Ohio State University.
Virginia Barnes, finishing a term as president of United Space Alliance, is returning to The Boeing Co. as space launch systems vice president and program manager in Huntsville. Scott Hartwig will succeed her at United Space Alliance.