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Movers & Shapers, May 2018

Spotlight on Baldwin County

Wade Bradford


Wade Bradford

Bradford is senior vice president and commercial banking manager of the National Bank of Commerce in Gulf Shores. In his 30-year banking career, he has also worked for First Gulf Bank and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. He is a graduate of Auburn University with additional banking credentials from Samford University and Louisiana State University. Active in the community, he has been president of the Gulf Shores Kiwanis Club, director of the Baldwin County United Way, and president of the Alabama Young Community Bankers Association.   

Vinson Bradley

Bradley is the statewide director of Huntingdon College Evening Studies Operations. A graduate of Baldwin County High School, Faulkner State Community College and Huntingdon College, he earned a master’s at Spring Hill College. Past chairman of the North Baldwin Chamber, he is on the boards of North Baldwin Coalition for Excellence in Education, North Baldwin Infirmary Foundation, 2018 United Way of Baldwin County and United Bank CDFI and a North Baldwin Relay for Life committee member. He is president of the Atmore Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc.

Hank Burch


Hank Burch

Burch is assistant director of the State Lands Division, which manages state-owned trust lands and submerged lands, including Forever Wild trust lands. During his 20 years in land management, he has worked at the Five Rivers Center, as a natural resource planner for the state lands division and as a natural resource planner for the Baldwin County Commission. He also worked as an associate for Lewis Communications/Bellwether Group in environmental public affairs consulting. He is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee and holds a master’s from Auburn University. He has been active in environmental and civic groups and is a member of the City of Fairhope Education Advisory Committee.

Jennie McNeill Campbell

Campbell is CEO/president of Stewart Steelwood Investments LLC, which created and manages The Stewart Lodges at Steelwood corporate retreat center in Loxley. She is a graduate of Tulane University, Michigan State University and George Washington University, and is attending the Babson College Goldman Sachs National Cohort Program. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, public relations and event planning and has earned honors for her professional work. She also has served as an adjunct professor.

Col. Steven D. Carey, USAF (Ret)


Col. Steven D. Carey, USAF (Ret)

A combat seasoned fighter pilot, Carey retired from the US Air Force after a 34-year career including leadership posts at the Air University in Montgomery. In 2008, he founded Domani Inc. and CertaPro Painters of Mobile and Baldwin counties. He is a graduate of Mobile’s Small Business Administration Emerging Leader program. He is president of the Mobile Veterans’ Day Commission and serves on boards of the Red Cross, Eastern Shore Chamber and Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame. Carey is chairman of the Daphne Industrial Development Board and responsible for the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex, a 75-acre professional and technology park being planned in Baldwin County.

Gale Croft

Croft is executive director of the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation. She works with local schools and manages programs such as Junior Ambassadors, Young Entrepreneurs Academy and Bridges to Success. She also has served as executive director of SEEDS, Daphne’s nonprofit education foundation, and as a site coordinator for Huntingdon College’s Daphne campus. She is a Huntingdon College graduate with a master’s from Spring Hill College, and is a graduate of Leadership Baldwin County. She is active with the Baldwin County Education Coalition.

Denise Curtis


Denise Curtis

Curtis is communications director for the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, working with the Chamber’s Eastern Shore Young Professionals and Explore Eastern Shore. Curtis has worked with publicity for the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival, Daphne’s Jubilee Festival of Art, the Delta Woods & Waters Expo and Spanish Fort’s concert and art show series. Earlier, she was executive producer for NBC 15 in Mobile. She is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama and on the media team at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church.

Ashley Jones Davis

Davis is executive director of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. An Auburn University graduate, she has been honored by Heritage Junior Women’s Club and the American Cancer Society and was chosen for the 2015 Mobile Bay Magazine’s 40 Under 40. She is a Leadership Baldwin County graduate and serves on its steering committee and is active in the Baldwin County Education Coalition, Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber, Regional Tourism Council and the board of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.

Shane Hadley

Hadley is owner of Baldwin Gulf Coast Pest Control Inc., serving 10 counties in south Alabama and northwest Florida. A graduate of Leadership Baldwin County and the first class of the Coastal Alabama Partnership program, he served as president of the Atmore Lions Club and chairman of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. He is on the United Bank Emerging Leaders Advisory Board, the North Baldwin chamber board, the Bay Minette Industrial Development Board and in North Baldwin Young Professionals.

Kristin Hellmich


Kristin Hellmich

Hellmich, a Baldwin County native, is director of marketing and public relations for Owa, a 540-acre resort destination in Foley, and owner of Pink Fish Marketing. She is a graduate of Columbia Southern University, with additional credentials in marketing. She is a member of the South Baldwin and Coastal Alabama chambers of commerce, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Women’s Advisory Board, CARE House, Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation and Wolf Bay Watershed Watch. She is active in Coastal150 and the Coastal Civic Masters program.

Michelle Hodges

Hodges is president of SH Enterprises – Meyer Vacation Rentals, Meyer Services, Starr Textile Services & CENTURY 21 Meyer Real Estate. She is a graduate of Rollins College, Leadership Alabama and Leadership Baldwin County. Earlier, she worked with Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando and the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is vice chair of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the Gateway Initiative’s Business Driven Talent Development and Recruitment Committee, and a member of the USA Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Board. She was active in the Coastal Resiliency Coalition initiative responding to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill.

Yolanda “Yo” Devine Johnson

A Baldwin County native, Johnson is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of West Alabama. She is a business advisor with the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network and earned the Alabama Star award in 2017. Other recent awards include the 2017 Central Baldwin Chamber Small Business Champion of the Year, 2015 Alabama Communities of Excellence Volunteer of the Year, 2015 Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s Distinguished Service Award and 2014 South Baldwin Regional Medical Center Outstanding Community Service Award.

Lee Lawson


Lee Lawson

Lawson is president/CEO of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, which leads all economic development efforts for one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S. Earlier, he did similar work for PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority and the Madison Chamber of Commerce. A Leadership Alabama alum, he was recognized in Mobile Bay Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2016. He is a graduate of Troy University, where he lettered in men’s basketball. He is active in professional economic development and workforce boards.

Daniel Meshad

After growing up in Mobile’s Oakleigh Garden District, Meshad spent many years in the Southwest, graduating from Northern Arizona University, before returning to Alabama in marketing with Southern Cancer Center. He is now director of The Anchor Cross Cancer Foundation, assisting cancer patients to navigate complex insurance issues and advocating on behalf of patients in need. Meshad also is active with the Eastern Shore Chamber’s Young Professionals and volunteers as an Eastern Shore Chamber Ambassador. The ESC named him Community Leader of the Year for 2018.

Karen Moore

Moore is CEO of Baldwin Electric Membership Corp. in Summerdale. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with additional credentials in electric cooperative management. She serves on the board of directors of Touchstone Energy, a cooperative federation composed of more than 750 local, member-owned utilities. She volunteers for Special Olympics, Heart Walk and Relay for Life, as well as Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She is on the executive board of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Nix


Mark Nix

Nix is president and CEO of Infirmary Health, which serves the healthcare needs of 11 counties and more than 600,000 residents along the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Mississippi. A native of Russellville, he is a University of Alabama graduate. Nix serves on the boards of Mobile Arts and Sports Association, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Regions Bank-South Alabama, UMS-Wright Preparatory School, Leadership Alabama (past chair), VHA-Southeast and Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center.

Blake Phelps

Phelps is economic development coordinator for the city of Gulf Shores. Under his leadership, Gulf Shores earned recognition as Google’s Digital Capital of Alabama, the Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park achieved EDPA AdvantageSite certification and Auburn University announced the establishment of a new education complex in the city. Phelps also manages special projects, facilitates community and governmental relations activities, and implements other critical initiatives to advance the city’s strategic plan. He is a graduate of Troy University and a member of the Alabama Leadership Initiative’s 2017-2018 class.

Rickie Richey

Richey is CEO and founder of Altaworx LLC, a telecommunications carrier with customers in 40 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico, and one of the first in Alabama to provide VoIP service. Altaworx was ranked the 11th fastest growing telecommunication company in the U.S., and the 13th fastest growing company in Alabama on Inc. Magazine’s 2017 list of privately held companies. He is on the advisory board for Fairhope’s new Hatch business incubator and for Connected Analytics. Richey is also race director for the Jubilee Kids Triathlon.

T.J. Rosandich

After 40 years with the United States Sports Academy, Rosandich was named president and CEO in 2015. He follows his father Thomas P. Rosandich, who founded the sports specialty school and served as president for 43 years. The younger Rosandich, who has written about sport and taught sports management at USSA, has been active in sport, civic and social organizations in Baldwin County, the Gulf Coast region, the United States and internationally.

Tuerk Schlesinger

Schlesinger is CEO of AltaPointe Health, which owns and operates mental and behavioral healthcare facilities in Baldwin, Mobile and beyond. Its Baldwin County operations include EastPointe Hospital, plus counseling offices, day treatment centers and four adult group homes. As CEO, Schlesinger established AltaPointe’s partnership with the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine, through which AltaPointe’s psychiatrists train medical students and young physicians. Schlesinger is a graduate of Auburn University with a master’s from Spring Hill College. He is active in many professional and civic organizations.

Marina Simpson


Marina Simpson

Simpson is executive director of United Way of Baldwin County. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with additional banking credentials, and worked many years in banking before turning to Chamber work. She received the 2011 FDIC Chairman’s Award for Excellence, was a member of Mobile Bay’s 2015 Class of 40 under 40, and is a graduate of Leadership Baldwin County. On the board of Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and United Ways of Alabama, she also serves on advisory boards for United Bank and BancorpSouth and the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, and serves on the Baldwin County Underage Drinking Task Force. She is vice president of the local Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae group.

Greg Strachan

Strachan is president of the Baldwin County market for Bryant Bank. He is an Auburn University graduate with an MBA from the University of South Alabama. Strachan is treasurer of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, chaired last year’s Baldwin County Heart Walk and is active in Knights of Columbus. He also is past president of Baldwin County Auburn Club, past finance chairman for Christ the King Catholic School Board, a former instructor for the American Institute of Banking and past president of the Jubilee Optimist Club.

Ken Styron

Styron is president of Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach as of May 1. He has used his background in software development, information systems and research and development to guide the online school. During his tenure with CSU, Styron has served as chief operating officer, chief of staff, chief information officer, vice president of instructional design and director of information technology. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with an MBA from CSU. He serves on the Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts of America Board.   

Scott Tripoli


Scott Tripoli

Tripoli is general manager of The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa. He joined the hotel in March 2016. Under his leadership, the 405-room resort is in the final phase  of a multimillion-dollar transformation. Once the two-year project is complete, the hotel will become Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, an Autograph Collection Hotel. Tripoli earlier worked for 16 years as general manager of the 1,000-room Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando. He is on the board of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Drew Wenzel

Wenzel is a partner at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana PC, primarily representing individuals and small businesses in dispute resolution cases. A Foley native, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Following graduation, he served seven years as an Army aviation officer and cargo helicopter pilot including two combat tours in Iraq. Wenzel graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, the Foley Museum and Archives board and works with the South Baldwin Education Foundation.

Casey Gay Williams

Williams is president of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, which her father, Charlie, managed for 14 years. A Daphne native, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University. Before joining the Chamber, she worked in banking for 30 years, most recently as executive vice president and director of retail for United Bank Atmore. She has twice chaired the Jubilee Festival, and held leadership roles with the Daphne Redevelopment Authority, the National Auburn MBA Advisory Board, the Baldwin County Humane Society, the Fair Ballot Commission of Alabama and The Refuge residential recovery home for women.

Chris Yokley

Yokley became a full-time entrepreneur in 2014 when he launched Altegra Technologies, a company specializing in custom software and technology solutions. He also co-founded and serves as the CTO of CigarClub.com, a tailored cigar subscription service. In addition to his business endeavors, Yokley co-founded Delta Dash — an off-road obstacle race held in Stockton that has raised more than $100,000 for the North Baldwin community. He is involved with several organizations and charities, including the North Baldwin Young Professionals, the North Baldwin Chamber Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters and CityHope Church. He has a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University and several professional certifications.

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