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Movers & Shapers, March 2014

Spotlight on Coastal Gateway

Jeff Brannon, CEO of Monroe County Hospital

Jeff Brannon, CEO of Monroe County Hospital

Jeff Brannon
Brannon became CEO of Monroe County Hospital in February 2013. Before coming to Monroeville, he was CEO of Medical Center Enterprise from 2002 to February 2013, where he had oversight of 450 employees and was in charge of several expansions and improvements at the hospital. He also worked as vice president of clinical services and nurse manager of the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Flowers Hospital in Dothan. He is a member of several professional organizations and community boards, and was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to serve on the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission and by former Gov. Bob Riley to serve on the Alabama Hospital Services and Reimbursement Panel.

Malcolm “Bub” Gideons
Gideons is a realtor for Atmore Realty and is Atmore Advance advertising manager. He is a former criminal defense attorney. He is president of Leadership Atmore, 2014 president of United Fund of Atmore, vice president of Concerned Citizens of Atmore, planning committee member for Artmore 2013, treasurer of the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, member of the Atmore Lions Club, Leadership Alumni Committee and the Downtown Revitalization Committee. He also is executive director of Pride of Atmore, Save the Strand.

Chris Griffin
Griffin is administrator of D.W. McMillan Hospital in Escambia County. He has held that position since 2008, having joined the hospital in 2003 as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. He has 28 years of experience in various roles in public accounting, industry and healthcare. He is a member of the Brewton Rotary Club, a board member of the local American Red Cross, city of Brewton zoning board member, chairman of the city of Brewton’s Alabama Community of Excellence Economic Development committee and past board member of the Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kelvin J. Hill, vice president of operations and mill manager at Georgia-Pacific's Naheola Mill

Kelvin J. Hill
Hill is vice president of operations and mill manager at Georgia-Pacific’s Naheola Mill. The mill employs about 1,000 people and annually produces more than 500,000 tons of bleached board and tissue paper. He is executive board member of Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council for Region 9. He has served on the boards of the Community Foundation of South Alabama and Coastal Gateway Economic Development Alliance. He also supports missions in Choctaw, Baldwin and Mobile counties and the Republic of Uganda in East Africa.

John A. Johnson
Johnson was named executive director of the Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance in November 2013. He has worked as interim executive director since July 2013 and previously served on CGEDA’s executive board. He is former president of Alabama Southern Community College, where he served for 20 years and led the college to be ranked in the top 20 of 1,200 American community colleges. He is founding executive director of the Monroeville/Monroe County Economic Development Authority and serves as vice president and Alabama director of community and economic development for The Montgomery Institute, a private nonprofit committed to building up west Alabama and east Mississippi. He also led the designation of Monroeville as “The Literary Capital of Alabama” and created the Alabama Writers Symposium, recognized as Alabama’s premier annual literary event.

Rick Kimble
Kimble joined Georgia-Pacific at the company’s Alabama River Cellulose mill in Monroe County in November 2012 as public relations manager. After spending most of his professional career in the nuclear power industry, he switched to the pulp and paper industry and moved from North Carolina to Alabama. GP and the Alabama River Cellulose mill recently donated a new amphitheater to the city of Monroeville for the annual “To Kill a Mockingbird” production.

Bill Perkins, Atmore Community Hospital administrator and Baptist Health care vice president

Bill Perkins
Perkins was promoted to Atmore Community Hospital administrator and Baptist Health Care vice president in 2008. Perkins joined Baptist Health Care in April 1990 and has held a number of leadership positions. Perkins earned his master’s in health services administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida.

Ricky Powell
Powell is CEO of the Monroeville Area YMCA. He is board chairman of the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Monroe County EFS Board of Directors, the 2013 United Way campaign chairman, secretary of the YMCA State Alliance Board, and has served on many other community and civic boards. He is a member of the Monroeville Kiwanis, LeadershipNOW and is a member of the Association of YMCA Professionals.

Bob Sawyer
Sawyer is owner of the general contracting business Hammer Inc. of Monroeville. Hammer Inc. began working in the fields of commercial, industrial and specialty construction in 1983. Throughout the years, Hammer has established itself among the top construction companies in the state of Alabama. He has served as a director of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, is a corporate sponsor of the Kings Kids Foundation and has served on the board of Monroe Academy. He also is a farmer and is heavily involved in the family’s timber and land management. When not building and maintaining his construction business, he enjoys participating in wildlife management.

Paul South
South is mayor pro tem of the Jackson City Council. He has served on the council for 22 years. He also has worked for Boise Cascade for 34 years. He serves on the city’s water and sewer board and the Salvation Army, and has served on the city’s airport board and library board. He was the driving force behind the city’s senior center in Jackson.

Mel Ann Sullivan, marketing and communications director and community development/CRA officer for First United Security Bank in Thomasville

Mel Ann Sullivan
Sullivan joined First United Security Bank in Thomasville in 2000 and is currently the bank’s marketing and communications director and community development/CRA officer. She has worked in sales and marketing since 1986. Sullivan is very active in the region and community. She is an advisory board member of the Choctaw County Career Technical Center, a board member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, board member of Lifelines Counseling Services Inc., and has been a long-time supporter and advocate of United Way and many nonprofit organizations. She also is skilled in website and intranet design and development, budget management and forecasting, event planning and all areas of public relations, marketing and advertising.

Reginald Sykes
Sykes is president of Alabama Southern Community College. He served in administration at Meridian Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College – Jefferson Davis Campus. He also worked for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning as assistant commissioner for community and junior college relations. He is active on many local boards, including the Monroeville/Monroe County Economic Development Authority; the city of Monroeville Education/Workforce Development Plan Committee; the Monroeville/Monroe County Area YMCA; the Vanity Fair Golf and Tennis Club, and the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, of which he is vice president. In addition, he is a Monroeville Kiwanis Club member and a Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity - Atmore Chapter member. Nationally, he serves on the Rural Community College Alliance Board of Directors and the Community College Advisory Council for the American Public University System.

Larry Woods
Woods is business office manager for the Brewton office of Alabama Power. He also has worked for Gulf Power and Georgia Power, all Southern Co. entities. He is chairman of the board of Coastal Gateway Economic Development Alliance. He has been involved in economic development since 2007 and is a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama. He is chairman of the board of Escambia County Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Brewton Development Authority Board, the Castleberry Community Development Center, the Greater Brewton Rotary Club and the Tree and Beautification committee for the city of Brewton. Through Alabama Power, he teaches the company’s “Safe-T-Opolis” and  “Choices” programs to school-age students. 

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