Movers & Shapers, May 2016
Spotlight on Baldwin County
Brown is a retired educator who has been recognized for her expertise in science education and strategic professional development across the state during her 27-year career. She has worked in the Baldwin County School System as a Project Lead the Way robotics and computer design instructor and middle school science teacher, and as an education specialist in the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative for the State Department of Education. She has won several professional awards, most recently the 2015 Harry B. Still Sr. Distinguished Service Award from the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.
Boggs and her husband, Randy, own B&D Maritime in Orange Beach. Their business includes the marina at SanRoc Cay along with a charter boat and two head boats, charter office and fuel dock. Boggs serves on the board of directors for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and is the vice chair of Marine Trades. She was appointed to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism board of directors in 2015 and also serves on the board of directors for Charter Fisherman’s Association, a gulf-wide organization dedicated to strengthening fisheries while increasing access to all. She works closely with local elected officials and travels to Washington, D.C. working with members of Congress on fisheries policy in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bradley is director of professional development and site coordinator for Huntingdon College’s Evening Bachelor’s Program. He is a graduate of Faulkner State Community College and Huntingdon College, and holds a master’s degree from Spring Hill College. He is vice chair for the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and a member of the chamber’s Young Professionals, board member of North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education, North Baldwin Relay for Life, United Way of Baldwin County and Douglasville Advisory Committee. He also is a member of the Atmore chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. In January 2014, he was awarded the Harry B. Still Distinguished Service Award from the chamber, and in 2016 the Huntingdon bachelor’s program was awarded the chamber’s 2016 Small Business of the Year.
Byrd is materials manager at Quincy Compressors, where she oversees the company’s production supply chain and internal material logistics. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in engineering, she joined Quincy in 2010. She is coach of the Baldwin County High School Tigerettes and Tiger Guard, as well as the coach of the Bay Minette Middle School Dance Team. She is scholarship chair of the Heritage Junior Women’s Club and president-elect of the Rotary Club. Byrd is an officer of the TFL Alumni Association and serves on the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance board. She received the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award in 2014.
Cooley is senior vice president, co-founder and part-owner of Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach and executive vice president at Waldorf University in Iowa, CSU’s sister institution. Cooley also manages business development for Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of both Columbia Southern and Waldorf. Cooley is active in Liberty Church and South Baldwin Christian Academy.
Benton Sprayberry Cybulsky
Cybulsky is assistant chief executive officer at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, part of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. Cybulsky is a graduate of Auburn University and has a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She serves on boards for the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and Baldwin County’s Distinguished Young Woman’s program, and she advises the Kappa Delta sorority at the University of South Alabama.
Ashley Jones Davis
Davis is executive director of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. She is a Bay Minette native and a graduate of Auburn University. Davis is a member of Leadership Baldwin County class of 2014. A member of the Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber, Davis is active in the Heritage Junior Women’s Club and its Annual Chili Cook Off that benefits teacher grants in North Baldwin County. She also chairs the area’s American Cancer Society’s Relay. She received the American Cancer Society’s Leadership Award in 2014 and 2015 for her role with Relay for Life and in 2015 she was named the Heritage Junior Women’s Club Clubwoman of the Year. She is a Dale Carnegie Course graduate, and most recently became a member of the 2015 Class for Mobile Bay Magazine’s 40 Under Forty.
Dorsey is serving his second term as chairman of the Baldwin County Commission. For 19 years, he has served as chief of operations for Magnolia River Management, the largest residential development entity in Southwest Alabama, and he has consulted with many companies on their real estate and business development. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he started a home building company. Dorsey serves on the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama Legislative Committee. Dorsey founded and is the board chairman of the Red Text Foundation benefitting the BC Sheriff’s Boys Ranch. He serves on the executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America Mobile Council and is active with the Baldwin County Education Coalition, Strawberry Festival Board and the Mobile Navy League.
Einfeld is the executive director for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. He has spent nearly 35 years working in Alabama’s tourism industry. He got his start in tourism as a part-time counselor with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp, and began working there full time after graduating from the University of Alabama. During his 10 years as operations and programs manager, he developed educational programs on four different continents, bringing in $11 million annually. He currently serves on the Alabama Department of Tourism Board, president of the Alabama Travel Council, vice president of the Alabama Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, founding entities member of Coastal Alabama Partnership, Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Daphne Industrial Development Board and the Baldwin County Education Coalition. He was named the Alabama Tourism Department 2015 Executive of the Year.
Elliott is serving his first term on the Baldwin County Commission. He is president and owner of The Elliott Companies Inc., which owns and operates ServiceMaster Restore franchises in Mobile and Baldwin counties. He also is vice president of the Catastrophe Restoration Services Division of Elliott Builders Inc., a family-owned general construction firm and is the managing partner in Elliott Development LLC, a real estate holding company. A graduate of the University of Richmond, he is active in Republican politics and is a member of St. James Episcopal Church of Fairhope.
Godwin, a Loxley native, is the director of public relations and marketing at Faulkner State Community College. She earned degrees at Faulkner State, Troy University and the University of South Alabama and is a graduate of the Alabama Community College Leadership Academy. Godwin has worked at Faulkner State since 2008 and has continuously served on the Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association Board of Directors. In 2014, she was named the organization’s Communicator of the Year. Godwin is a member of Faulkner State’s Sun Chief Community Volunteer Committee, which raises money for local nonprofits. She is also active in the Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the North Baldwin Relay for Life.
Charlene Wrape Haber
Haber is owner of Wolf Bay Lodge, an iconic seafood restaurant on the Gulf Coast that her parents founded in 1973, which now has locations in Orange Beach and Foley. Wolf Bay Lodge has been recognized on both local and national levels including “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” and Coastal Living’s “Best Seafood Dives.” She is a board member of the United Way of Baldwin County, the City of Foley Sports Commission Advisory Board and the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, where she works with education and workforce development, the BBQ & Blues Festival and the City of Foley’s Uptown Revitalization Project.
Hammele is regional president for the Southern Loan Production Office of Capstone Bank in Foley and will oversee opening of the bank’s new Fairhope location. He serves on the boards of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Baldwin County United Way, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, the Fairhope Point Clear Rotary Youth Club and the Fairhope Sunset Rotary Club. Hammele is a Leadership Baldwin County graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University.
Hodges is owner and board chairman of SH Enterprises, the umbrella company for Century 21 Meyer Real Estate, Meyer Vacation Rentals and Meyer Services and Starr Textile Services, a commercial laundry and textile rental business serving customers in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana. Hodges began her real estate career at Meyer Real Estate in the summer of 1978 as one of six sales agents with the company. She progressed to managing partner and then sole owner more than 30 years ago. Meyer Vacation Rentals and Meyer Services manage more than 1,200 vacation rental houses and condominiums on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast. Hodges is chairman of Coastal Alabama Partnership and was appointed to the Alabama Coastal Recovery Commission by former Gov. Bob Riley.
Jenkins is president of JJPR LLC, a public relations consulting firm in Daphne. A graduate of the University of Alabama, she has grown her business in less than five years from a solo public relations consulting firm with one client to serving dozens of clients with a team of six. Jenkins has earned top honors from the American Advertising Federation, Public Relations Council of Alabama and the Southern Public Relations Federation. Jenkins serves on the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Baldwin County Public School Community Advisory Task Force, Baldwin County Education Coalition Leadership Team and is the 2016 president of the Southern Public Relations Federation.
Kitchens is vice president and general manager at Furniture City in Robertsdale. He is a member of the Robertsdale Planning Commission, the Robertsdale Zoning Board of Adjustment, incoming chairman of the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of trustees for Alabama Gulf Coast Christian Academy. He is a graduate of Faulkner State Community College, and active in Robertsdale Church of Christ.
Lawson is president and CEO of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance. Earlier, Lawson was an economic development representative for PowerSouth Energy Cooperative in Andalusia, and has worked with the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority in Birmingham and the Madison Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Troy University. Lawson is 2016 Mobile/Baldwin Chair of the Business Council of Alabama board, Baldwin County Career Tech Education Council chair, secretary/treasurer of the South Alabama Workforce Development Council and the Economic Development Association of Alabama and chair of the South Alabama Economic Development Association. He also serves on the South Alabama YMCA board.
Little is owner/operator of his family farm, William A. Little and Sons, which has expanded throughout generations since 1860 — even including a 25-year venture in shrimping until 2014. In 2001, he and his family opened Oak Hollow Farm, an “agritainment” venue with barn, bunkhouse, dining hall and stables on 300 acres. Little is on the board of the Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride Foundation and is an active member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the board for the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, where he was awarded the 39th Walton M. Vines Free Enterprise Person of the Year award for 2015.
Mack is co-owner and manager of Mack Funeral Home. She began working at the firm in 1987 and is a licensed funeral director. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, a member of Robertsdale United Methodist Church, Central Baldwin Sunset Rotary Club and Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.
Neal, a Baldwin County native, is director of marketing and provider relations for South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama. Neal is active with the Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center, Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation and Coastal Baldwin Education Foundation boards of directors and Baldwin County Impact 100 and is a Leadership Baldwin graduate.
O’Connor is community bank president of BancorpSouth Bank in Fairhope. He also has served as market president for the bank, as well as other management positions for Whitney Bank, The Peoples Bank, Altus Bank and Florida Property Management Group. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama. He is board member and past chairman of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and the Coastal Alabama Partnership, and works with the Senior Bowl, Baldwin County Homebuilders Association and USA gift planning.
Rosandich is president and CEO of the United States Sports Academy, where he has worked for 34 years. He was appointed to the post last year, when the institution’s founder, Thomas P. Rosandich, retired to president emeritus. The new president has served in a wide range of sport, civic and social organizations in Baldwin County, the Gulf Coast region, the United States and internationally.
Schlesinger is CEO of AltaPointe Health Systems, which owns and operates behavioral health care facilities serving nearly 24,000 people annually in Baldwin, Mobile and Washington counties. Schlesinger serves on the Alabama Region E Regional Care Organization Board and is the 2015-16 president of the Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards. He is a member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board. Schlesinger is a graduate of Auburn University with an MBA from Spring Hill College.
Spottswood is CEO and owner of Quality Filters Inc. in Robertsdale. His company employs more than 120 and is the exclusive North America manufacturer and distributor of Lysol® Triple Protection air filters. Spottswood is a graduate of Auburn University. He is a two-term past president of National Air Filtration Association Associate Council, and active with Alabama Technology Network advisory council, and Young Life/Eastern Shore. He is past president of Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, past director of South Baldwin United Way and a former member of the Bayside Academy board.
Thompson is the president of Thomas Hospital and has served Infirmary Health in multiple capacities since joining the organization in 1991. Thompson is a graduate of the University of South Alabama. He serves on boards for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and the Baldwin County Economic Alliance, is a volunteer for the Angel-Ride Foundation and a graduate of Leadership Mobile, class of 2006.
Watkins is president and partner at Watkins Acy Strunk Design Inc., a landscape architecture and land planning firm with offices in Foley, Mobile and Jackson, Mississippi. He started the company in 2005 with his business partners, Jared Acy and Troy Strunk, who were also classmates from Mississippi State University. Watkins is a member of the boards of South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and Youthreach Gulf Coast, and is active with the Leadership Baldwin County Steering Committee, the Foley Beautification and Revitalization Committee and the Graham Creek Nature Preserve Advisory Committee.
Watts is president and CEO of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and South Baldwin Chamber Foundation. She is a graduate of Faulkner State Community College with additional coursework in economic development. She is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and Baldwin County Leadership. She is on the boards of the Business Council of Alabama and the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance. She is treasurer of the GUMBO board and serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Council, the Baldwin County Education Coalition Board and the Foley High School CTE Advisory Council.
Wright is the nature tourism specialist for both the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, working with nature-based tourism operators. Wright serves as a founding director and secretary of the nonprofit Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundation. She is also the co-founder of the nonprofit Nuisance Group, which works to raise awareness of potential uses — including culinary uses — for nuisance and invasive flora and fauna from wild hogs to kudzu. A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, Wright previously practiced law full-time, and she is a graduate of Leadership Baldwin County. Wright recently received the 2015 Clean Coast Award from the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.