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Movers & Shapers, March 2015

Spotlight on Dale and Coffee Counties

Meredith Brunson

Meredith Brunson

Cynthia Anthony 
Anthony is interim president of Enterprise State Community College. Prior to her appointment, she served as dean of students and director of the Bessemer campus at Lawson State Community College. She has been involved in post-secondary education for nearly 24 years, always with a focus on increasing educational opportunities for students. She is a graduate of Talladega College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and earned her doctorate in educational leadership from a joint program at UAB and the University of Alabama. She is past president of the Alabama College Association, and serves on the American Red Cross Advisory Board, Bold Goals Coalition Education Workgroup and the Open Door to History Foundation. 

Stephanie Blankenship 
Blankenship is director of aviation services for the Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corp. and executive director of the Aviation Council of Alabama Inc., a position she has held since 2004. She also has served as executive vice president for ODEDC. Prior to coming to ODEDC, she was director of economic development for the city of Headland and executive director of the Henry County Economic Development Authority in Abbeville. She is involved with United Way and other community groups.  

Neal Brown Jr. 
Brown is executive vice president of Alfab Inc., a metal fabrication company. He also worked with Wilco Truck Rental Inc. as district manager and Garwood Enterprise Truck Equipment as a general manager. He is a graduate of Auburn University and attended Jones School of Law. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is a retired lieutenant colonel for the Alabama Army National Guard. He is active in many professional and civic organizations, including the Enterprise Rotary Club. He chairs the board of the Wiregrass Economic Development Corp. 

Meredith Brunson 
Brunson is tourism director for the city of Enterprise, where she works to bring in visitors, events, meetings and activities to the area. A graduate of the University of Alabama in hospitality management, she returned to Coffee County after graduation to help her family open and operate a bed and breakfast in Elba. 

Billy Cotter

 

Billy Cotter
Cotter is president and owner of Billy Cotter Construction, Billy Cotter Appraisals, Century 21 Regency Realty and Regency Management; co-owner of Regency Multifamily Services, and a member of several other real estate development partnerships throughout the Southeast. He has worked in the real estate field for more than 40 years. He is a general certified board appraiser and represents Congressional District 2 on the Alabama Real Estate Appraisal Board. He currently sits on the Enterprise Industrial Board, Coffee County Equalization Board, Enterprise State Community College Foundation, Coffee County Habitat for Humanity, Enterprise YMCA and Friends of Fort Rucker. He is a Vietnam veteran.

Veronica Crock
Crock is dean of planning, information services and institutional effectiveness at Enterprise State Community College and has been employed at the college for 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Troy University, and is completing dissertation requirements for a doctorate from Alabama State University. She serves on the board of directors at the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce and the Enterprise Rotary Club and the advisory board of the Ozark Technology Center. She is a member of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Alabama Association for Institutional Research, Council for Resource Development, Regions 2, 9 and 10 Workforce Development Councils, Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aviation Council of Alabama. 

Denise Ellis 
Ellis is community marketing director for the city of Ozark. She represents the city and works with area hospitals, schools, economic development, chambers of commerce, media outlets, surrounding cities, Fort Rucker, vendors and suppliers, local businesses and the general public to coordinate the marketing message for the Ozark community. She served as division manager of programs for the city, promoting and marketing the Ozark Civic Center, and is owner of Rattlesnake Ridge Inc., a trucking business. She has served in several marketing positions for the city of Eufaula and as property manager for St. James Plantation in North Carolina. She is a member and graduate of Leadership Barbour.

Chris Goode 
Goode is president and CEO of Enterprise Electronics Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer of high-tech weather radar systems and satellite ground stations. He was raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Montana. He has long had a passion for weather and developed a broad range of experience working in the meteorological field for more than 20 years. He served in the United States Air Force and Washington Air National Guard as a weather forecaster. Prior to joining EEC, he was a sales and marketing executive for The Weather Channel Companies based in Boston.  He leads EEC’s business activities from its headquarters in Enterprise, while managing satellite offices in Oklahoma, Germany and Australia.

Eddie Kelley

 

Eddie Kelley 
Kelley is president and CEO of Kelley Foods of Alabama Inc. in Elba. He began his formal career with the family business in 1979, though he frequently worked there part-time earlier. He held numerous positions in the company before being elected to the top role in 2002. He is director of ECGEDC, director of the city of Elba Industrial Development Board, past chairman of the Elba City School Board, member and past chairman of the Alabama Grocers Association and member of the Food Safety Advisory Committee of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. He is a graduate of Troy University. 

David H. Lyons Sr.
Lyons, a 15-year veteran of economic development, was appointed in December 2014 as executive director of the Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corp. He came to Ozark-Dale County after being executive director of the West Point Development Authority and project manager for the Valley Partnership, part of the Columbus, Georgia, Chamber of Commerce. In that position from 2011 to 2014, he worked to generate 2,300 jobs and more than $168 million in capital investment in the community through corporate relocation and expansion of local businesses.

Bobby Michael
Michael was named president and CEO of Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union in April 2014. He previously was president of CORE Credit Union in Georgia for nine years and has been involved in the credit union industry for 20 years. He is active in political affairs for the credit union industry and is a member of the Friends of Fort Rucker. He is a graduate of Florida State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Townsend 
Townsend is president of Townsend Building Supply, a full-line lumber and building material dealer with five lumberyards, one window and door showroom and one truss plant. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in finance from the University of Florida. He has held numerous positions in the company. He is active in many professional and civic organizations, and is or has been on the board of directors of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, the Enterprise Rotary Club, Enterprise Home Builders Association, Construction Suppliers Association and Allied Building Stores, a co-op of independent lumber dealers across the southern United States.      

Jonathan Tullos

 

Jonathan Tullos 
Tullos is executive director of the Wiregrass Economic Development Corp. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. After graduation, he was stationed at Fort Rucker, where he attended and completed helicopter flight school. He served as an active duty aviation officer in the U.S. Army. He also has worked as a Department of the Army civilian working for the Aviation Technical Test Center, Redstone Test Center and the Directorate of Simulation. During this time, he earned an MBA from Auburn University. He also has helped establish three private companies. He is a youth basketball coach and is a member of Disabled American Veterans, the Association of the United States Army, the YMCA Board of Directors, United Way and more. He also is involved with the charitable organization Team Red, White and Blue, which assists disabled war veterans as they return to civilian life and with the SOS Animal Shelter.  

Camille Wright 
Wright is superintendent of education for Enterprise City Schools. She has more than 30 years of experience in public education, including 10 years as a classroom instructor and 21 as an administrator in elementary, middle and high school. She recently was named as the Outstanding Curriculum Leader of the Year by the Alabama Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. She has served on several state and local committees and is a speaker for professional and career technical education. She is a leader in the state in removing the barriers between K-12 and post-secondary transition.

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