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Career Notes, May 2015

Who's moving up?

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson


Warren Averett LLC member Irby Thompson has been approved as an Accredited Estate Planner, a designation awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

Amanda Jones, senior accountant with Wilkins Miller, has been awarded the Certified in Financial Forensics credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 


Hummingbird Ideas has merged with WeAreSick Inc., with WeAreSick co-founder Matt Whitfield being named executive creative director for HI. 

Luckie & Co. has formed a board of advisors and named Ken Trush, of Ken Trush LLC, and Ken Ferrell, formerly of Galderma Laboratories, as members. 


Caleb Bristow, of Henry County, is the new executive director for the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, a division of the Alabama Farmers Federation. In addition, Matt Wilson has joined the AFF as a broadcast production assistant. He will work to produce stories for Simply Southern, a rural television show presented by AFF and the Alabama Farmers Cooperative. 


Gresham, Smith and Partners has promoted Jennifer Carr to lead the industrial market in GS&P's Birmingham office. Carr is an architect and senior associate with eight years of experience. 

Richard Inge



ServisFirst Bank has added Vince DiChiara, Mike Thomas, Nick Petelos and Will Hawkins to its leadership positions. In addition, it has named Richard Inge, of Inge & Associates Inc., to its Mobile board of directors. 

AloStar Bank of Commerce Chairman and CEO Michael Gillfillan has retired. Andrew McGhee has been appointed as CEO and has joined the company's board of directors. 


Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama President Jay Reed has been elected a trustee of the Trimmer Construction Education Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that funds efforts to train and retain the construction industry workforce. 

Don Brown, David Hare, James Harbison and Uday Bhate have been inducted into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame for 2015. 

Doster Construction Co. has promoted Tom Reynolds to president of multifamily construction. Reynolds has been with Doster for 10 years. 

DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group has hired Brian McCarley as project manager and Eric Tipton as superintendent. 

The Mobile section of the Associated General Contractors of Alabama has named White-Spunner Construction Safety and Compliance Manager Ross Moyer the 2014 Safety Leader of the Year. 

Credit Union

Navigator Credit Union, which has locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties, has appointed to Richard Schenk and Dorothy Todd to its board of directors. 


The Wiregrass Foundation and Dothan City Schools have named Melanie Hill program developer for Bright Key, a program to energize public schools into centers for services by adding programs focusing on the whole child. 

Wallace State Community College President Vicki Hawsey Karolewics was named a 2015 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. She is a former board member of the Girl Scouts. 

The Alabama Community College System has appointed Ullysses McBride to serve as interim president of Bishop State Community College


Thompson Engineering President John Baker has joined the board of directors of the Alabama chapter of the Associated General Contractors and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama

Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Inc. has added Matt Thomason as airport planner in the company's aviation department. 

Michael Mullis



Butler Snow Advisory Services LLC, a subsidiary of law firm Butler Snow, has expanded into the Birmingham market with the addition of C. Scott Stone. Stone has more than 20 years of experience, serving in both CFO and COO roles. 

Michael Mullis, managing partner of Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management, has been recognized as one of Barron’s America’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors. 


Former Congressman Glen Browder was recognized with the National Association of Secretaries of State Gold Medallion Award for his work on campaign finance reform in Alabama during his tenure as secretary of state (1987-1989). 


Perry Grice has joined Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center as director of sales. Grice has more than 20 years in the industry. 


Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP has added Donald Prophete to its firm and changed its name to Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP. In addition, the firm is adding 11 other attorneys across the country and opening offices in Denver and New York. r

Lacey Smith has been named a partner with Armbrecht Jackson LLP. She practices in general civil litigation and has been with the firm since 2007.

Timothy Lupinacci, a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Birmingham office, has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Ralph Smith II, president and CEO of the Ralph Smith Group LLC and special counsel at Jones Walker LLP, has been named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford, one of only a small group of Americans that have been honored by the University of Oxford.

McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge LLC has added Matthew Griffith to the firm's construction, medical malpractice and professional liability groups.

Gilbert Steindorff IV and J. Heath Loftin have been named partners in the firm Reynolds, Reynolds & Little LLC


Ann-Katrin Wilson has joined the staff of Pediatrics East. Wilson has 27 years of experience.


Cmdr. Bobby Brown, a native of Mobile, has been named commanding officer of the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49.


Cornelius Blanding, a native of Montgomery and graduate of Stillman College and the University of Florida, has been named the executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

David Mowery


Public Affairs

Mowery Consulting Group Chairman David Mowery has been honored with the "40 Under 40" award by the American Association of Political Consultants. 

Real Estate

Mt. Laurel, a master planned community, has added Ray Jackson as vice president of sales and marketing, Julianna Vance as marketing and communications manager and Nick Dawson as financial analyst. 

Stirling Properties has added Andrew Dickman to its Commercial Brokerage Division in the company’s Mobile office. 

Liberty Park Joint Venture LLP has named Vickie Reid as its qualifying real estate broker. Reid has more than 23 years of experience in real estate. 

RealtySouth has added the following agents to its Alabama offices: Joe Bryant, Susan Burdine, Stephanie Floyd, Brandi Gann, David Long, Marco Requena, Kris Robinette and Kim Robinson.

Sports Marketing

Bruno Event Team Senior Officer Sean Sovacool has been promoted to president of the golf division. 


Bellingrath Gardens and Home has hired Sally Pearsall Ericson as director of marketing and public relations. 


Ken Smith has become president of Alagasco, after the retirement of Dudley Reynolds. Smith will report to Steve Lindsey, COO of distribution operations for The Laclede Group

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