Movers & Shapers, November 2013
People making a difference in Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb and Cherokee counties
Kirk Day, chairman of the Cherokee County Commission and Cherokee County probate judge.
Arnold is president and CEO of the Marshall County Economic Development Council. He came to Marshall in 2001 after working in economic development with the Bibb County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, a past board member of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama and has taught at the Auburn Intensive Economic Development Training Institute. Community service includes work with the Boy Scouts of America, the Whole Backstage Community Theatre, Rotary Club of Guntersville and the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association board of directors.
Chesser was elected mayor of Fort Payne in 2012. He worked for 24 years in the hosiery business, building and running the first modern high-speed machinery knitting mill in the United States. He was a district plant manager for the former Bell Telephone Co. in Memphis, managing 650 people. He is a certified lay speaker for the United Methodist Church.
Day serves as chairman of the Cherokee County Commission and as Cherokee County probate judge in a county where the elected probate judge holds both positions. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point and served nine years as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is chair of the city of Centre’s Industrial Development Board and served as the economic recovery coordinator for Rainsville/DeKalb Long-Term Community Recovery Committee after the tornadoes of April 2011. He also worked in his family’s business, Trinity Casket Co.
DeMuth is director of economic development for the city of Guntersville. Prior to that, he was vice president of the Marshall County Economic Development Council and business development manager of Kappler Inc. He also was owner of Industrial Supply Products Inc. He served in the U.S. Navy, is a Vietnam veteran and a barefoot water skier. He is a member of Leadership Alabama Class XX.
Dollar became the city of Guntersville’s first female mayor in November 2012, 40 years after her father was elected mayor. A CPA, she opened her accounting firm, Dollar & Watson, in 1999. She is a past chair of the Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Guntersville Board of Education’s title, career tech and sports facility committees. She serves on the Marshall County DA’s Committee on Drug Awareness and Snead State Community College Accounting Technology Advisory Board. She is a marathon runner.
James Durham Jr.
Durham has served as executive director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority since its creation in 1994 and teaches in the business departments at Northeast Alabama Community College and Athens State University. Earlier, he served on the Fort Payne City Board of Education and the Fort Payne City Council. He is a former president of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, is active in many local civic organizations and is a licensed pilot. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and TVA Valley Leadership.
Ewing was named CEO of DeKalb Regional Medical Center in July. He brings 15 years of hospital experience and served as COO of Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, Tenn. and other administrative positions at hospitals in Tennessee.
Harcrow is president of the DeKalb County Commission. A native of Rainsville, he grew up on his family farm. He worked for TVA’s fossil-hydro division and nuclear division. He also served as a pastor. He is a former mayor and city councilman. He is president of the Alabama County Commission Association, DeKalb County tourism director and is involved in child advocacy.
Hayes is the campus director/director of economic development at the Gadsden State Community College-Cherokee campus, where she is the senior administrator integrating economic development initiatives with college academics. She is chairman of the Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport Authority. She is a graduate of Leadership Cherokee, TVA Valley Leadership, program coordinator of Youth Leadership Cherokee, secretary of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and member and past president of the Rotary Club of Centre.
Hulgan has served as the executive director of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism since 2003. She currently holds board positions for the Cherokee County Industrial Development Authority, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and Friends of the Preserve at Little River Canyon National Preserve. She is coordinator of Leadership Cherokee, and serves on the advisory council for Youth Leadership. She is past president of the Rotary Club of Centre and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Parsons is vice president of destination marketing and tourism for Jackson County. He is a recent graduate of Leadership Alabama and is immediate past president of the Alabama Association of Destination Marketing Organizations. He is a member of the Alabama Bass Trail Board and serves on the Mountain Lakes Tourism Board. He is a long-time Rotarian and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Roden is president/CEO of The Greater Jackson County Chamber of Commerce in Scottsboro. During his tenure, he has tripled chamber revenue and moved the chamber from an events chamber, involved in workforce development and education, retail/commercial development, destination marketing/tourism and business advocacy. He is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, Leadership Alabama, Leadership Jackson County and a member of the Scottsboro Rotary Club. He is on the board of directors of the Business Council of Alabama.
Rogers has served as president/CEO of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority since 2001. He is a 1986 graduate of Auburn University and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1991. He is a graduate of the New South Economic Development course from the University of Southern Mississippi and similar courses at Auburn and the University of Oklahoma. He is past coordinator and a graduate of Leadership Jackson County and a graduate of Leadership Alabama. He is chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Regional Energy Resource Council. He is retired from the Alabama Army National Guard/U.S. Army Reserves.