Movers & Shapers, March 2017
Spotlight on Coffee, Dale & Geneva Counties
Boswell is owner and dealer principal of Sam Boswell Honda in Enterprise. Born in Hawaii while his father served in the Army, Boswell was raised in Enterprise, earning an associate degree from Enterprise State Community College before heading to the University of Montevallo to study finance and accounting. While at UM, he worked full time for Bart Starr Motor Co. in Birmingham. After college, he worked as a commodity trader and then at Crown Automobile in Birmingham, where he helped launch the Infiniti brand for the company. He also is owner of Performance Solutions, a company that specializes in finance and insurance products used and sold by automobile dealers, banks and credit unions. Boswell is a board member of the ESCC scholarship foundation and the Wiregrass Economic Development Commission, and active in the Wiregrass Wounded Veterans Committee, a corporate sponsor of Fort Rucker Moral Welfare and Recreation and a former board member for the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce. The dealership also is involved with several veterans’ organizations.
Cowen, a Coffee County native, is general manager and chief financial officer of Troy Cablevision Inc. He is a graduate of Troy University and a licensed certified public accountant in Alabama and Florida. Cowen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA). He is a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a past Young CPA board member for the ASCPA. Since 2013, Cowen has served as a board member of the Wiregrass Economic Development Corp. and is currently the secretary of the Executive Committee. A Leadership Pike County graduate, he is on the boards of the Wiregrass United Way and the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Industrial Development Board of the City of Enterprise and the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the City of Elba.
Harris is president of Harris Security Systems Inc., which he founded in 1993 shortly after graduation from Auburn University. His firm specializes in security and life safety systems, fiber and copper communications and various other fields of low-voltage construction. The new Thompson High School under construction in Alabaster is the company’s largest low-voltage construction project to date, following projects at several other schools. Harris is also president of Encore Technologies, a professional AV installation company, and a managing member of Hamilton Station LLC and G. Harris Farms LLC. Harris Security Systems sponsors college scholarships for siblings of first responders, and Harris is involved in numerous professional organizations. He enjoys introducing school age children to hunting, wildlife management and forestry.
McInturf is in his third year as superintendent of Ozark City Schools. He holds both a master’s and a doctorate from East Tennessee State University and an undergraduate degree from Milligan College in Johnson City, Tennessee. Following a 31-year career, mainly in public school administration in Tennessee, McInturf retired and moved to Pelham to teach in the educational leadership department at the University of Montevallo. After one year at the university, he was employed as federal programs director for Ozark City Schools, and then served as the system’s associate superintendent for seven years. Under his leadership, the school system upgraded facilities, including a new high school opened in 2013 and a $4.1 million renovation program at all of the other schools. All Ozark schools are accredited by AdvancEd, and Carroll High School was the first school in the state of Alabama to earn accreditation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) instruction. McInturf is active in numerous community organizations and serves on the Dale County United Way board.
John Mitchell Jr.
Mitchell is president and CEO of Mitchell Family Management, which owns and operates auto dealerships Mitchell Nissan, Mitchell Hyundai and Mitchell Mazda Lincoln in Enterprise. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and a 1998 graduate of NADA Dealer Academy. His community service includes board membership for Enterprise Christian Mission and Enterprise City Water Works, advisory board membership for State Bank & Trust and Nissan Regional Dealer, and he has twice chaired the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce.
Ohlson has been interim president of Enterprise State Community College since October 2015. She is a native of the Wiregrass area and herself a product of ESCC. Ohlson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Troy University (Dothan) and a doctoral degree in mathematics from Auburn University. She has more than 23 years of experience, having worked in various two-year colleges as a math instructor, department chair and director of distance education. Before moving to ESCC as interim president, Ohlson served as director of academic affairs for the Alabama Community College System. She serves on the board of directors of the Wiregrass Economic Development Commission in Enterprise, regularly speaks at civic organizations and volunteers with local charities. Last year, she participated in the local “lock-up” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Phillips is CEO of Medical Center Enterprise, a 131-bed progressive acute care hospital in Enterprise. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and earned a master’s at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before joining Medical Center Enterprise, he worked as COO at Flowers Hospital and CEO of HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital. Phillips has served on the board of directors for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation and Wiregrass United Way. He was named to Birmingham Business Journal’s 2013 list of “Who’s Who in Healthcare” and recognized in 2014 by Birmingham Business Journal as a “Top 40 under 40” in the Birmingham business community.
Tullos is executive director of the Wiregrass Economic Development Corp. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he was stationed at Fort Rucker, where he attended and completed helicopter flight school and served as an active duty aviation officer in the U.S. Army. He transitioned into federal employment 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, Tullos earned an MBA from Auburn University, as well as his Economic Development certification, completed the required courses and sat for the state exam to earn his real estate license. In the private sector, he has helped to establish three private companies that deal primarily with real estate and natural resource investment.
Young is president of Wallace Community College-Dothan. A native of Elba, she received an associate degree from Enterprise State Junior College, both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Troy University and a doctorate from Auburn University. After teaching three years in K-12 education, she began working in the Alabama Community College System in teaching and administrative jobs. During her tenure as president of WCC, the college has gained national recognition for instructional programs and initiatives, and the first-ever major gifts campaign raised more than $4.3 million to offer scholarships and enhance instructional programs. Young has served on numerous community and civic boards and organizations, and has received several awards for her efforts professionally and in the community. She was recently inducted into the Dothan Business Hall of Fame by the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.
Zapata is vice president of operations for Commercial Jet Services. He has 20 years of aerospace experience and is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His experience includes five years as an aircraft technician and eight years working for the space shuttle program at Kennedy Space Center, where he worked on more than 10 shuttle missions, won several awards for technical performance and worked on the Columbia space shuttle recovery and reconstruction as an accident investigator. He holds several licenses, certifications and affiliations, including private pilot, project management professional, certified quality engineer and lean six sigma black belt. He is a member of Project Management Institute and the American Productivity and Quality Center.