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Career Notes, May 2017

Who's moving up?


Michelle Pinochet of Wilkins Miller LLC has passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination.


Dave Benham has joined Live Design Group. He has 30 years of experience.


The Mobile Airport Authority announced the resignation of Roger Wehner as executive director in February. Mark McVay is serving as interim director.


Erin Stephenson has joined PNC Bank as vice president and director of client and community relations for Alabama.

James Whitfield Bird III has joined Robertson Banking Co. as city executive of the Birmingham market.

Edward Stivers has been named to ServisFirst Bancshares Inc.’s board for Montgomery, and Michelle Rotton and Christian Ware have been promoted to senior vice presidents there.

Scott Killman has joined Trustmark as senior vice president and commercial relationship manager in Montgomery.

Renasant Corp. has opened a Mobile location and hired Mark Fillers as its South Alabama president. In addition to Fillers, Ryan New and April DePaola have been named senior vice president and commercial relationship managers. Others joining the team are Suzanne Chatten, Noel Turner, Deedee Webb, Lisa Stauter and Della Brewer


Jimmy Baker has been named Alabama Community College System chancellor, replacing Mark Heinrich, who recently retired.

Iowa State University President Steven Leath will become Auburn University’s 19th president in July. Leath replaces Jay Gogue, who is retiring.

Kim Ennis has been appointed interim president of Bevill State Community College.

University of North Alabama Assistant Athletic Director for Communication Jeff Hodges received the 2017 Arch Ward Award presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Financial Advisors

Alexander Jones III has joined Capital Strategies as business development manager.

Michael Mullis, managing partner and wealth manager for Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management, was recognized as one of Barron's 2017 America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors.

J. Sims Rhyne III



Clay Crenshaw has been appointed Alabama’s chief deputy attorney general, succeeding Alice Martin, who is rejoining the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts.

Lee Birchall has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a partner and member of the Public Finance Group in the firm's Birmingham office. In addition, Paul Kavinoky has joined the Birmingham and Washington, D.C. offices as senior advisor for government affairs and economic development.

J. Sims Rhyne III has joined the Birmingham office of Burr & Forman in the Corporate and Tax Practice.

Margaret Manuel and Zachary Weaver have joined Carr Allison as new associates.

Sara Turner, of Baker Donelson, was recognized in BTI Consulting Group's 2017 Client Service All-Stars list.

Anthony Willoughby has been named a shareholder with Dominick Feld Hyde PC.

Danielle Ward Mason, an attorney with Beasley Allen, was presented the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Leading Lady award.

Brandon Essig has joined Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC as a partner in the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations practice.

Alina Arbuthnot has joined the Public Finance Practice at Maynard Cooper & Gale. In addition, Gaines Brake has joined the Health Care Practice as of counsel. 


Sight Savers America has presented the Hall W. Thompson Hero for Sight award to Doyce Williams, president and CEO of the Alabama Eye Bank.


The Literacy Council has appointed Tinsley Van Durand, president of Lawler Ballard Van Durand, as board chairman and Jamie Gregory, executive vice president of finance and corporate development for Regions Bank, as vice chairman. Other new board members are Tom Cosby, Kathryn Eldridge, Seton Marshall, Robert Schoenvogel, Stephen Scott and Cynthia Todd

Joe Sandner III


Real Estate

Stan Bussey has joined Ponder Properties Commercial Real Estate LLC. He will handle commercial sales, development and leasing.

Peter Harrison has joined Sam Winter & Co. as an agent.

Randy Thomas has joined NAI Chase Commercial as senior vice president of brokerage.

Stirling Properties announced that Amanda Goldman has been named sales and leasing executive for its commercial brokerage division in Alabama.

Joe Sandner III has been named to the Colliers International's 2016 Everest Club for being in the top 10 percent of all the firm's brokers and top market performers.  


Sam McLeod has joined Orange Beach Concierge as chef de cuisine.

Sarah Frizzell has been named the general manager of Olive Garden in Trussville. 


Jason Bowra has been named vice president of operations at NetGain Technologies, which has an office in Birmingham. 


Mike Hardy has been promoted to branch manager of the Mobile location of Swift Industrial Power.

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