Movers & Shapers, March 2013
Spotlight on Pike, Barbour & Bullock Counties
Teresa Grimes, CEO of Troy Medical Center
Ralph H. Clark
Clark is CEO of Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula. A board certified healthcare executive, he serves on the board of the Alabama Hospital Association. He is chairman of the Alabama Diversified Health Services Board, is active with the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Eufaula Rotary Club.
Cope is executive director of the Bullock County Development Authority. He began his career in education, working as a school principal and superintendent in Georgia. He is a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama and other professional groups.
Grimes, CEO of Troy Medical Center, is a veteran in the health care field, building on a background in nursing.She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and other organizations.
Gaylard is president and CEO of the Pike County Economic Development Corp. Working in economic development for 24 years, she helps recruit businesses and works with existing industries. She was instrumental in opening the Troy/Pike Cultural Arts Center.
Jack Hawkins Jr.
Hawkins has served as chancellor of Troy University since 1989, overseeing an era of change and growth at Troy. He led the merger of the worldwide Troy State University System into the unified Troy University. More than $250 million has been invested in capital improvements during his administration, including new academic buildings on all four of Troy’s Alabama campuses.
Little is founder and CEO of Southeast Alabama Rural Health Associates, a Community Health Center organization, established in 1983. He has overseen an era of growth at SARHA, which now has 20 physicians, 10 mid-level providers and 10 locations. He serves as a deacon at First Baptist Troy and chairman of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce.
Powers, president of the Eufaula City Council, is president and co-owner, with John Martin, of The Eufaula Agency, an insurance and real estate agency, which has been honored four times as a Eufaula Citizen of the Year. Powers is active with Alabama Technology Network, Family Service Center/Clearing House Barbour and Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. He is co-chair of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance PreK Task Force and serves on numerous boards including Alabama Power Co., Business Council of Alabama, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation and Character Council of Alabama.
James Ramage III
Ramage, mayor of Brundidge since 1986, is president, CEO and chairman of The First National Bank of Brundidge. He has served as chairman of the board of trustees of PowerSouth Energy Cooperative in Andalusia and chairman of the board of the Charles Henderson Memorial Association in Troy.
Reeves is serving his first term as mayor of Troy. He was first elected to public office in 1996 at the age of 24, and served 16 years on the Troy City Council, where he worked toward the city’s recreation center, public library, senior complex and Trojan Plaza.
Savage is a certified public accountant and controller of American Buildings Co., a Nucor Co. that makes custom-engineered construction products. She is president of Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and active in a partnership among the Chamber of Commerce, City of Eufaula and Eufaula City School system. She is active with the food bank and Pregnancy Resource Center and served on the Eufaula Community Playground Committee.
Smart is vice president of the Bullock County Board of Education, president of the Union Springs/Bullock County Chamber of Commerce, a Union Springs Housing Authority commissioner, and works with several community groups. She has owned her own business, Fa’Chaes Coiffures, for 35 years.
Tibbs is serving his first term as mayor of Eufaula and is the city’s 32nd mayor. He has more than 35 years of business management and marketing experience, most of which was in Barbour County. He worked for 20 years with Boyd Transportation where he was director of operations. He is founder and owner of Strikezone Lure Co. and is an avid outdoorsman.
Saint T. Thomas Jr.
Thomas is serving his first term as Union Springs mayor. A former city councilman, solid waste officer and Bullock County school superintendent, he is a member of the Bullock County Voters League and the E911 Board, and is on the board of the Black Belt Community Foundation. He also is the Bullock County coordinator for the National Incident Management System.