Movers & Shapers, June 2013
Spotlight on Mobile County
Jerry Carl, District 3 Mobile County commissioner.
Blankenship is president and CEO of Coastal Alabama Partnership, a non-profit organization that provides a platform for regional leaders to build consensus on coastal Alabama’s top priorities. Prior to his CAP position, he was director of the Center for International Business and Economic Development at Troy University and president and CEO of the Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Authority in southwest Alabama.
Bostwick is the executive director of cultural and civic development for the City of Mobile, overseeing the city’s historic development department, Museum of Mobile, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Public Library System, Mobile Film Office, Cooper Riverside Park and Mobile Landing. Bostwick also is the contract administrator for the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center and the Mobile Civic Center and liaison to the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau and Fort Conde Welcome Center. He is also the founder and president of BayFest, Mobile’s music festival.
Carl is serving his first term as District 3 Mobile County commissioner. He has started, built and sold numerous businesses. He has been working to ensure that local small business owners understand the process for bidding for work with Airbus and is working with the state and other entities to develop St. Elmo Airport as an economic development site.
Christianson has served as president and CEO of Providence Hospital since 2000. Prior to that, he served 14 years as senior vice president and administrator of Memorial Health Systems, in Ormond Beach, Fla. He is the chair-elect of the Alabama Hospital Association.
Collier has served as mayor of Dauphin Island since 1998, after 10 years on the Dauphin Island City Council. He has served in public office since the town was incorporated in 1988. He was a PGA golf professional at Isle Dauphine Country Club for 20 years. He is a member of the Alabama Restore Act Committee and the Dauphin Island Foundation.
Cook is director of Gulf Coast Operations for Enterprise State Community College’s Alabama Aviation Center in Mobile, after serving as site coordinator of the aviation center in Decatur.
Dennis is president of Roberts Brothers Inc., Mobile’s oldest real estate firm, which has a network of more than 250 sales associates and five offices. Before moving into his present role, he served in management positions for Roberts Brothers’ parent company, HomeServices of America, the nation’s second largest real estate company and a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. He also has served as corporate counsel for The Merrill Trust, a real estate investment and asset management company based in Atlanta, Ga. In 2011, he facilitated the merger of Dauphin Realty into Roberts Brothers, resulting in the largest real estate brokerage firm in South Alabama.
Ephriam was elected mayor of the city of Prichard in 2012. A former city council member and president, he is the son of the late Prichard city council president and acting mayor Hank Ephriam Jr. A native of Prichard, he is an environmental consultant and contractor for Barry A. Vittor & Associates and has served as an executive board member of Mobile Bay National Estuary Program since 2009. He also worked as a biologist and governmental regulator for the Regulatory Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, and is a certified alternate dispute resolution mediator.
Hammack has served as vice president of the University of South Alabama Health System since 2006. He began his professional career at USA as a staff pharmacist before transitioning into administrative leadership positions in three USA hospitals. Gov. Robert Bentley appointed him in 2012 to the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission, where he also serves on the executive committee. An advocate for health care quality and accessibility in Alabama, he also serves on many other healthcare organizations and boards.
Hargrove is president of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, the largest privately held engineering, procurement and construction management firm in the state of Alabama. Founded in 1995, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is an employee-owned company with nine offices across the United States, with more than 770 professionals who provide specialized engineering, project and construction management, and technical services to the pulp and paper, chemical, pharmaceutical, refining, power, oil and gas and government and infrastructure industries. Hargrove serves as vice chair of the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association.
Hudson was elected District 2 commissioner of Mobile County in 2010 after serving three terms on the Mobile City Council. During her council tenure, she participated in major economic development initiatives and was the lead on the initiative to build the Mobile Regional Senior Community Center. She also led the effort to build another senior center that opened in April in Semmes and is moving to open a regional recycling facility for west Mobile County residents.
Jones is serving his second term as mayor of Mobile. A Mobile native, he served four terms on the Mobile City Council, where he helped pioneer the city-county partnerships for the construction of Metro Jail and Mobile Government Plaza. He spent nine years in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a flight deck troubleshooter for A-7 aircraft aboard the USS Forrestal and as an equal opportunity officer, race relations education specialist and community services coordinator. He also served as executive director of Mobile Community Action Inc.
Lowe has served as president of Bishop State Community College since 2008. He previously served as interim president of Bishop and also served in administrative roles at Northwest-Shoals Community College and Chattahoochee Valley Community College. He has served in several roles with the Department of Postsecondary Education, the Alabama State Department of Education and chief of staff to the state superintendent.
Ludgood is president of the Mobile County Commission, first elected to office as the District 1 commissioner in 2007. She has worked as an attorney in private practice. She has been honored for her public service by several professional, civic and church organizations, and is a member of the inaugural class of “Herstory of Mobile,” a project of the Museum of Mobile recognizing women who have made outstanding contributions to the social, economic and cultural heritage of the Gulf Coast region.
Lyons has served as director and CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority since 1999. His 38-year professional maritime industry career has encompassed marketing, financial management, transportation, stevedoring and terminal operations. He manages an organization of 607 employees with fiscal year 2012 revenues of $144 million and handling more than 25 million tons of cargo. He has overseen millions in infrastructure improvements, new facilities and other upgrades that total more than $60 million in new investment. He serves on the board of directors for the Birmingham branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council.
Moulton, whose career has spanned most of the University of South Alabama’s first half-century and culminated with 15 years as USA’s president, will retire July 1. Under his leadership, USA has achieved many significant milestones from student enrollment and graduation, academic program development, healthcare delivery to student life enhancement, campus environment, research funding, private sector giving, community involvement and economic enhancement. He joined the faculty of USA’s College of Business in 1966.
Nix is president and CEO of Infirmary Health System, Mobile’s largest private employer and the largest nongovernmental, not-for-profit health care system in Alabama. He joined Infirmary Health in 1987 and also served as president and COO of the system, executive vice president and chief financial officer, vice president of real estate and vice president of Infirmary Medical Clinics. He serves on the board of Mobile Arts and Sports Association, Regions Bank South Alabama, UMS-Wright Preparatory School and chairman of Leadership Alabama, among others.
Peek, a native of Bayou La Batre, is superintendent of Mobile County public schools. She has had a longtime career in the Mobile County system as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent, and led the system’s division of academic affairs. She is part of a family of educators that counts a total of 104 years of continuous school service, and she looks on her years as a teacher as the most rewarding experiences in her career. As superintendent, she works with area business and industry to pinpoint workforce and career needs, and is setting up “signature” high schools that allow students to choose certain career paths while working on their high school diplomas.
Dr. Howard Rubenstein
Rubenstein is serving his second term as mayor of Saraland in north Mobile County. Prior to that, he served four terms on the Saraland City Council and served as its first council president. He is co-founder of the Saraland Medical Arts Clinic and Rubenstein Family Medical Associates. He is an associate professor at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and is medical director of Coastal Hospice. He is a past president of the Delta School Association, which led to the formation of the Saraland City school system.
Sisson was named president of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in April after an eight-month search to succeed Win Hallett, who is retiring after 22 years as president. Prior to his new appointment, he served four years as executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority. This is his second position at the chamber. He served five years as the chamber’s vice president of economic development.
Wayman is vice president of economic development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. A certified economic developer, he was director of corporate development and recruitment for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce before joining Mobile.
Bridget McDonald Wilson
Wilson is the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s director of workforce development. In her role, she is leading the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs, including the Bay Area Healthcare Coalition’s Health Occupations Career Fair and Summer Scrubs. Wilson also is the chamber’s liaison to the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC).