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Career Notes, March 2014

Who's moving up?

Ann Cotton, Warren Averett LLC

Ann Cotton, Warren Averett LLC


Russell Thompson Butler & Houston LLP, of Mobile, has promoted Daniel Adams to supervisor. Kayli Carpenter and Tabitha Ankerson have joined the firm as staff accountants. In addition, Shelby Johnson, a senior accountant with the firm, has earned her CPA designation.

Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith LLC has promoted Scott Stevens and Patrick Bowman to members. In addition, the firm has hired Henry Denbo as a member.

Warren Averett LLC has promoted to members of the firm Lisa Billings, Ann Cotton and Justin Russell in its Birmingham office. Billings serves in the tax department, Cotton as the firm administrator and Russell in the asset management office.

Wilkins Miller Hieronymus LLC has added Bob Slaby to its Mobile office. Slaby has more than 13 years experience in public accounting.


Intermark Group Inc. has hired Brett Williams as a copywriter and Eric Chambers as an account executive. 


Daniel Schumacher, manager of the Science and Technology Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, has been honored with the 2013 Space and Missile Service Excellence Award-Government by the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association. 


Alabama Farmers Cooperative has chosen Rivers Myres to serve as its next president and chief executive officer. Myres will be the sixth CEO of the company since its founding in 1936. He replaces Roger Pangle, who died in December. Since 2005, Myres has served as president of Southfresh Aquaculture LLC, a Tuscaloosa-based majority-owned subsidiary of AFC.


Andreas Renschler, head of production for Mercedes-Benz Cars, has resigned. Renschler was the first president at the German automaker’s Alabama plant in Vance. Markus Schaefer, another former head of the company’s Alabama operations, will assume most of Renschler’s responsibilities.


ServisFirst Bank, of Mobile, has hired Bryan Neth as senior vice president, commercial banking. In addition, Henry Abbott has been added to the bank’s Birmingham office as senior vice president, correspondent banking.

United Bank has welcomed Liz Martin to its team as branch manager in Silverhill.

Regions Bank has presented the bank's Better Life Award to Lee Ann Petty, the leader of its paralegal team. Petty has been an employee of Regions for more than 12 years. 


Daniel Murray, president of Murray Building Co., has been appointed to a fourth term on the Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Board of Directors. In addition, Ron James has joined Murray Building as site safety and health officer. 

Construction Aggregates

James Rotch, a lawyer with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been elected chairman of the board of National Cement Co. Inc., a subsidiary of The Vicat Group.

Economic Development

The Alabama Department of Commerce has added Ted Clem as senior project manager. Clem has served as a recruiter in Alabama, Florida and Georgia in several positions dating back to the early 1990s. 


Alabama A&M University professor Duncan Chembezi has been presented an award for exceptional service on the USDA Advisory Committee on Small and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. Chembezi directs AAMU's Small Farms Research Center in the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences.

Diana Majerik is Wallace State Community College in Hanceville's new director of dual enrollment, fast track and off campus programs. Mejerik replaces Dale Palmer, who served multiple years in this position. 


Avion Solutions Inc., in Huntsville, has named Chad Donald its new president. Donald, who has served as executive vice president since 2010, takes over from his father, Gary Donald, who retired in December 2013. In addition, Evan Wagner has been appointed vice president and chief operating officer and Kerry Doughty has been named vice president and chief financial officer.

Thompson Engineering employees Andrew Edwards and Marshall Tucker have both earned their professional engineering licenses.

The Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame has inducted the following individuals for 2014: E. Glenn Bishop, William Craig, Kimberly Greene, H. Vincent Poor, Jeffrey Stone and Daniel Turner.

Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon has hired Tommy Alexy for the transportation department in its Huntsville office. Also, the firm has hired Rhett Baggett and Mike Williams in the firm's Environmental and Natural Resources Group. In addition, Ben Peck has joined the firm as an engineer intern.

Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc. has promoted Ryan Pearce to regional airport engineer in its Airport Planning & Engineering Department. Pearce has worked in GMC-Birmingham's Transportation Department for six years.

Teresa Shufflebarger, Baptist Health System


Teresa Shufflebarger has been promoted to vice president, strategic planning and business development for Baptist Health System.

Children's of Alabama has named its 2014 Committee for the Future class. The members are: Tracey Adams, Jeremy Arthur, C. Reynolds Anderson, Patty Cobb, Alexia Borden, Mitchell Dubina, Wendi Boyen, Mark Jones, Christopher Berdy, Wesley Britt, Margaret Coffman, Sarah Paulk, Margaret Brooke, Ragan Cain, Ed Christian, Glenn Drennen, Caroline Ezelle, Katie Gaston, Andrew Gearhart, Bo Hartsfield, Emily Holmes, Ashley Jackson, Emily Jensen, Marguerite Johnson, Emily Levine, Ashley McGrane, Colin Mitchell, Kathryn Ottensmeyer, Kelly Rainer, Carson Robinson, Trent Scofield, Will Thuston, Clayton Trotter, Paul Vercher, Sarah Warburton, Lauryn Walker, Drew Weil, Joy Parker, Ann Sims and Julie Wall.


Amanada Sathchakham has been promoted to general manager for the Mobile I-10 West Hampton Inn, replacing the retiring Ed Murphy. Sathchakham started at Hampton in 2007.

Information Services

EBSCO President and CEO F. Dixon Brooke Jr. has announced his upcoming retirement at the end of June. Brooke joined EBSCO in 1973 and has spent the last eight-and-a-half years as president and CEO. In January, the board of directors selected Tim Collins, president of EBSCO Information Services, to succeed Brooke beginning July 1. Collins has 27 years with the company. 


ProAssurance Corp. has elected Samuel Di Piazza Jr. to the board and he will serve as a member of the Audit Committee.

Investment Management

Leavell Investment Management Inc., of Mobile, has appointed Andrew Grinstead as president and chief executive officer. Grinstead succeeds Tom Leavell, who founded the firm in 1979 and will continue in his role as chairman of the board.


Maynard Cooper & Gale shareholder Thomas Brinkley has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the board of directors for the AlabamaGermany Partnership. Drayton Nabers, also a shareholder in the firm, has been appointed as the new director of the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University. Also, the firm welcomed Melissa Marler in its Huntsville office as of counsel.

Starnes Davis Florie LLP has added Allison Adams and C. Clayton Bromberg Jr. as new partners. Adams practices in labor and employment law and medical malpractice defense, while Bromberg will concentrate on business litigation, legal malpractice defense and NCAA compliance.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has been inducted into the Fellows Program of the Alabama Law Foundation. He was nominated by 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Bill Pryor, who also has served as attorney general for the state.

W. Daniel Miles III and Rhon Jones, shareholders of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC, have been included in the 2013-2014 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Jones Walker LLP has elected James "Lee" Birchall a partner in the firm. Birchall operates in the Business and Commercial Transactions section of the Birmingham office.

Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler LLP has named Charlye Adams as partner and added Jessica Boyd as an associate to the firm. 


Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch has been presented the Joe Littlejohn Award by the National Motorsports Press Association. Lynch has been a part of the team at Talladega Superspeedway since 1993. 

Ashley Fulmer, Big Communications

Public Relations

Nell Rankin has announced her retirement in June from Copperwing, a creative consultancy firm in Montgomery. Rankin joined the firm in 2000 and has been an integral part of the firm’s development. Brian Key, principal and account director, will take on Rankin’s duties.  

Big Communications has hired Ashley Fulmer as a senior public relations account executive. Fulmer has more than a decade of experience in the communications industry.

Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Commercial Moore Co. Realty has added Carol Hendrix to its property management team, Beau Young to its sales and leasing team and Annabeth Greene to its Montgomery office as an assistant to the property management and accounting teams.

RealtySouth has added the following new agents: Caroline Ezelle, Megan Kincaid, Joyce Ratliff, Jason Turner, Sheila Smoot, Jan Milstead and Mary Jehle. In addition, RealtySouth Senior Vice President Jim Dye has been presented the Robert Jemison Award by the Alabama Association of Realtors.

Stirling Properties has added Jeff Barnes to its commercial brokerage division as sales and leasing executive in the company's Mobile office. Barnes has more than 25 years of real estate experience.

Sign Industry

David Watson, national accounts director for Watchfire Signs by Time-O-Matic based out of Birmingham, will continue on the board of directors for the International Sign Association.


ADTRAN Director of Marketing Communications Kevin Morgan has been elected 2014 vice chairman of the Fiber to the Home Council Americas board of directors. The FTTH is a non-profit association devoted to expanding the availability of ultra-high speed broadband.

Business Information Solutions Inc., of Robertsdale, has welcomed Christi Kannapel to its marketing department. BIS provides managed IT services to small and medium businesses.


Georgia Carter Turner has joined the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism staff as communications manager. Turner has worked in the industry since 1985.


Fontaine Parts Connection, a fifth wheel aftermarket parts, training and support company, has named Craig Chicks as sales and marketing manager. Chicks has more than 30 years experience. 

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