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Career Notes, November 2013

Will Dismukes

Will Dismukes

Decosimo Solvability LLC's Jenny Clark, Candi Hillis and Terri Dempsey have earned Unanet Project Tracking Certification. This certification will help Clark, Hillis and Dempsey better serve clients on Unanet software.

Three of Jackson Thornton's principals have been honored by various organizations. Terry Mitchell was given an Award of Excellence by the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. Rod Ballard was inducted into the Troy University Accounting Hall of Honor. Jason Wells was recognized as a 2013 Top 40 Under 40 by CPA Practice Advisor.

Will Dismukes, an Autauga County native and Faulkner University graduate, has been named to the Governmental Affairs Department at the Alabama Farmers Federation.

A former leader of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, Ola Kaellenius, has been promoted to lead Mercedes' passenger car sales. Kaellenius led the Alabama plant from 2009 to 2010.

Regions Financial Chief Credit Officer Barb Godin has been named one of the 25 Women to Watch in Banking and Finance for 2013 by American Banker magazine.

First United Security Bank has hired Thomas Elley as executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and assistant secretary. Elley will also serve as vice president, chief financial officer, principal accounting officer, treasurer and assistant secretary of United Security Bancshares Inc. He is assuming the duties of Robert Steen, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

Nannette Sheaffer

Nannette Sheaffer has joined Aliant Bank as the manager of the bank's Prestige Program. Sheaffer, who has 15 years of experience, will work with customers over 50 who want travel and educational opportunities.

Lori Hall, Bank Independent assistant comptroller, recently graduated from the Alabama Banking School, a three-year course of study sponsored by the Alabama Bankers Association.

HomeServices Lending has hired Sue Bowman as a home mortgage consultant. Bowman has more than 20 years of experience in the banking and mortgage industry.

ServisFirst Bank Mobile has added Russell Allman as executive vice president. A Mobile native, Allman has more than 44 years of banking experience.

Chuck McMillan and William Culpepper have been promoted to senior marketing managers for Royal Cup. In addition, Lori Ivey has been promoted to OCS national account manager full time, Ronnie Echols has been promoted to branch manager and Tracy Richardson has been promoted to national account sales executive. 

John Sherman

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United has elected John Sherman to senior vice president and chief commercial officer. In that role, he will lead the reorganization of the company’s operating units, as well as the integration of new franchise operations in Alabama and Georgia.

Thomas Walters has associated with Transworld Business Valuation Services, a consulting service for business owners who are considering strategic alternatives to enhance their businesses' values, business succession and estate planning.

Di Guiseppe, former president of TD Government Solutions Inc., is now a director of Redstone Government Consulting, of Huntsville, as a result of the companies’ partnership.

Alabama A&M University assistant professor of management information systems Maurice Dawson has been named to the Fulbright Specialist Program. In addition, professor of agriculture and applied economics Duncan Chembezi has been re-appointed to a second term on the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

Charlene LeBleu has been elected to the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows. LeBleu is an associate professor of landscape architecture at Auburn University.

Auburn University has named John Jensen as interim director of the newly renamed School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences in the College of Agriculture. Jensen will succeed David Rouse, who is retiring after 32 years on the faculty.

Nitesh Saxena, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Security and Privacy in Emerging Computing and Networking Systems research group, has received a $50,000 Google Faculty Research Award to develop his work on contextual security, improving mobile-device security using contextual information gathered by device sensors. He will share the award with N. Asokan of the University of Aalto, Finland.

Cynthia Stephenson, an instructor in the Computer Information Systems department at Calhoun Community College, has been recognized as an Expert Level Instructor by the Cisco Networking Academy. The recognition places her in the top 10 percent of the more than 20,000 instructors globally.

Gary Donald, CEO and president of Avion Solutions Inc., has announced his retirement from the company he co-founded in Missouri in 1992. Effective January 1, 2014, Chad Donald, Gary’s son, will become president. Avion moved to Huntsville in 1997.

Stan Price

Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon Inc. is opening a new office in Macon, Ga. with Stan Price, PE as office manager. Price has 22 years of experience with project coordination and design.

Ginger Jefferson has joined the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham as director of marketing and communications. She will be responsible for marketing initiatives, public relations, advertising, social media and branding.

Miller Professional Counseling PC owner Matt Miller has been selected as an advisor to the American Psychiatric Association and a contributor to the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Miller has 17 years in the mental health field.

SourcePointe Inc., a human resources outsourcing firm, has appointed Kimberly Posey to the position of HR solution manager. Posey has more than eight years of experience in the field.


Palomar Insurance Corp. has hired Toni Jones as vice president of transportation marketing. She will be based out of the Troy office.

Jennifer Howard has joined Baker Donelson's Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions group in Birmingham. In addition, the firm has hired Brent Rosen in its Montgomery office. Rosen will work in the firm's Advocacy Department.

Balch & Bingham has hired several new associates. Those serving the Birmingham market are Kim Bell, Kerra Hicks, Lauren Thornton and Steven Corhern in the Litigation Section; Dan Ruth in the Business Section and Kelly Walker in the Financial Industries Section. John Naramore will serve in the Litigation Section of the Montgomery office.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP has added Richard Trewhella as a partner in its Birmingham office. Trewhella focuses on litigation prevention and defense of employers, FMLA and ADA cases.

Heninger Garrison Davis has added Rene Vazquez to its Washington, D.C. office. The firm is headquartered in Birmingham and focuses on business litigation, class actions, mass torts, intellectual property and personal injury.

Caroline Walker

Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP has added the following attorneys to its firm: Sarah Canzoniero Blutter in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Anna-Katherine Bowman in the Health Care and Labor & Employment Practice Groups, Katie Boyd Britt in the Corporate and Business Law Practice Group, and Caroline Walker in the Health Care and Litigation Practice Groups.

Maynard, Cooper & Gale PC Associate Vanesa Hernandez has been nominated to the executive committee of the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section for the 2013-14 term. In addition, the firm has added five new associates in its Birmingham office. They are: Bo Bledsoe, Ryan Brooks, W. Wesley Hill, Patrick Mulligan and T. Brannon Parker. Two new associates, Matthew Moore and Matthew Parker, have been added to the firm's Huntsville office.

Christopher “Casey” Reid Cooper, a partner in Covington & Burling LLP and a co-owner of Christian Benevolent Funeral Home in Mobile, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Houston County Health Care Authority Board Member Theodore Long has joined the board of the Alabama Council of Hospital Trustees, an affiliate of the Alabama Hospital Association. Long will fulfill the remainder of a term that expires in June 2014.

A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club has appointed Sandi Gornati and Bingham Edwards Jr. to its board of directors. Gornati is in the transportation industry and founder of SGI Delivery Solutions. Edwards is a partner in the Birmingham office of Balch & Bingham LLP.

Make-A-Wish Alabama has selected its Junior Council for 2013-14 term. Those appointed are Polly Allen of Regions Financial Corp., Alan Lackey of Eternal Word Television Network and Amanda Veach-Cook. In addition, the organization has appointed its board members to three-year terms ending in 2016. Board members are Steve Belcher of Triad Isotopes, Scott McArdle of McArdle & Whitman PC, Anna Buckner of Cabanis Johnston, Jennifer Wilson of Oakworth Capital Bank, Curtis Fessler of Prudential, William Johnson Jr. of Johnson & Co., Trey Schaefer of EBSCO Creative Concepts, Scott Kimel of First National Bankers Bank, Drew Lawton of New York Life Investment Management LLC, Tom Read, and John Walker of Cumulus Media Inc.

Timothy Costello, district manager of the Alabama District of the United States Postal Service, is the recipient of the National Postal Customer Council District Manager of the Year Bronze award. Costello is a 27-year postal veteran, who has served as Alabama’s district manager since 2011.

Jared Hughes

Big Communications has added four positions in its interactive, public relations and account service departments. Robert Brodrecht and Jared Hughes will serve as interactive developers. Amanda King was hired as assistant account executive. Marty Swant was hired as digital content writer.

Chris Mann has rejoined Intermark Group Inc. as executive producer where he will be responsible for integrated broadcast, radio and print production for various clients.

Walls Media has hired Haley Bagwell as its public relations and social media coordinator.

Oakstone Publishing, a provider of multimedia continuing education for healthcare professionals, has appointed Amy Skiff as vice president, marketing.

RealtySouth and HomeServices Lending have announced that J.R. Reed and James Whitley have joined HomeServices Lending as home mortgage consultants. In addition, RealtySouth has welcomed the following new agents to its offices in Alabama: Courtney Bailey, Dae Bice, Mark Bremer, Susan Bremer, Alan Burdick, Teresa Collier, Michael Cox, Trey Davis, Helen Drennen, Benjamin Epps, Judy Freeman, Joyce Frey, Patrick Galloway, Thomas Hacker, Kay Hagood, Christine Headley, LaTonya Heard, Jim Hiley, Angel Leonard, Randy Manzella, Sarah McNeill, Janie Molliston, Erle Morring, Rhonda Mosley, Kathy Peterson, Karen Schille, Janice Self, Chantel Shamsuddin, Steve Stamp, Kerri Tanner and Alice Williams.

Gus Mayer has promoted Nichole Cummins to store manager for its Birmingham location. Cummins has more than 11 years of experience in the retail industry, and joined Gus Mayer in 2007. 

Ret. Cpl. Chad Pfeifer, an alumnus of Golf Academy of America, has won the Warrior Open, topping the field of 23 retired servicemen wounded in combat who participated in the event. It was Pfeifer's third consecutive win at the event. 

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