Movers & Shapers, October 2016
Spotlight on Lauderdale & Colbert Counties
David H. Bradford
Bradford is mayor of Muscle Shoals. Only the second full-time mayor for the city, he has served since 2000. Born and raised in Colbert County, he was educated in local schools and attended the University of North Alabama. Since his election, he has earned Alabama League of Municipalities certification as a Trained Elected Municipal Official and the more advanced Certified Municipal Official. He has served as president and as vice president of the Alabama League of Municipalities. Before becoming mayor, Bradford served as the assistant chief of police. He is a 27-year veteran of the police department and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Among his government and community work, Bradford is president of the Shoals Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Collin is CEO of IPWatch Corp., which helps companies manage intellectual property assets. The firm has offices in Florence and in Kansas City, Missouri. Collin is licensed to practice law in three countries and has worked on IP issues in more than 70 countries as a partner in multinational law firms and as a consultant. Clients include international technology, energy and manufacturing companies. Collin earned degrees in economic and law at Otago University in New Zealand and an LLM from Georgetown University. He is assistant professor of business law at the University of North Alabama and is director of legal affairs at the UNA Institute for Innovation & Regional Development. He has lectured at several universities, has published a number of papers in the field, received multiple awards for his work, and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. He has been an accredited United Nations NGO representative in both New York and Geneva, Switzerland. He is involved in Native American and Indigenous non-profit activity and is a member of the Cherokee Tribe.
Hendrix is founder and president of Party Pros USA and an entrepreneurship graduate of the University of North Alabama. A Shoals native, he has been actively involved in the community for the past 30 years. Past and present boards include the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, past chairman; Shoals Home Builders Association; Northwest-Shoals Community College Foundation; Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments; American Rental Association of Alabama, past president; Selective Service System, County Board Member, and the American Red Cross. Awards and accomplishments include The Shoals Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award, SHBA Hall of Fame, and SHBA Associate of the Year. Hendrix is a graduate of Leadership Shoals. Hendrix led the successful endeavor to pass Sunday sales for the City of Florence on behalf of the local hospitality council. Most recently Hendrix worked on behalf of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce to draft and pass legislation to create the Alabama Craft Beer State Championship, held in Florence. Hendrix and his wife support local arts programs including the Shoals Symphony, Shoals Onstage, the Arts Alive festival and the Reader Riot book festival.
Ingle is purchasing manager for SBS Electric Supply Co., where she has worked for 21 years. She is a graduate of the University of North Alabama and a member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi. She is second chair elect of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce Board. Ingle serves on the boards of several community organizations and has been honored for her service to the community by UNA, United Way, Exchange Club and the Chamber. She has been involved in community theater and is a charter member of Florence Camerata.
Kitts became president of the University of North Alabama in the spring of 2015. A native of Waynesville, North Carolina, Kitts worked previously at Francis Marion University in South Carolina and at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Kitts holds BA and MA degrees from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina. He also earned a post-graduate certificate from Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. He is the author of an award-winning book on blue-ribbon commissions. Kitts and his family live in the President’s Home on the UNA campus and are next door neighbors to Leo III and Una, the two African lions that serve as the university’s mascots.
Lankford is superintendent of Sheffield City Schools. In his two years on the job, he has worked to create collaboration among students, parents, teachers, business and church leaders to raise expectations and achievement within the school system. One outgrowth of this teamwork is the Guided Pathways for Success Academy, which allows students to earn college credit through dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses, or sample career options in business, multimedia, health science, hospitality and tourism. These programs, funded through a local education trust fund, have raised achievement levels and increased attendance. Prior taking the helm of the Sheffield schools, Lankford was an administrator in the Jefferson County School System.
Humphrey L. Lee
Lee is in his 14th year as president of Northwest-Shoals Community College, a public institution with campuses in Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell. Lee has 42 years of experience in education, and holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Alabama. He has served as president of the Alabama Community College Association, chairman of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, regional coordinator of Phi Theta Kappa, and on the board of directors for North Alabama Industrial Development Association, Shoals Economic Development Authority and Shoals Entrepreneurial Center. Lee is a graduate of Leadership Alabama.
Logan graduated from UNA in 1984 with a B.A. in commercial art and a minor in marketing. In 2013, while attending a concert in downtown Sheffield, she noticed all the dilapidated buildings and approached the mayor about redevelopment. With the help of others, she opened Zoey Belle’s clothing store, which became the cornerstone of the city’s renovation. Since then, she has purchased other buildings to open Sheffield Hardware; The Rock, a conservative Christian bookstore, and Salon 310, a full-service hair salon. The second floors of the buildings have been converted to loft apartments. She is working on a restaurant called York Bluff 1818 (Sheffield’s original name and founding date) operated by Chef Alan Phillips, and plans to house a real estate agency in the same building. Logan is involved in local charities and projects in the Shoals area including Faith Baptist Church, Shoals Save-A-Life, Heavenly Grace Homeless Ministries, Samaritans Purse, A New Beginning, International Church Planters, United Cerebral Palsy and Crippled Children’s Foundation.
Parrish is customer relations manager for Alabama Interconnect, a telecommunications company based in North Alabama and serving the Southeast. He is a co-founder and current chairman of NextGen Shoals, a leadership-oriented young professional organization responsible for the implementation of The Shoals Area Mayoral debate and many other events and gatherings in The Shoals. He was recently appointed to the board of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, and is working to bridge the gap between established business leaders and young professionals.
Alan K. Phillips
Phillips, a native of Sheffield, is owner of Red Clay Epicurean catering company, with a focus on fresh and local products and produce, mingling Southern and international cuisines. He started at the incubator culinary center before opening his own production kitchen in Sheffield. He attended Pepperdine University, graduated first in his class from Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts and worked for 10 years in restaurants in Los Angeles and as a private chef. He returned to Sheffield in 2012, to help his mother care for his father, and decided to stay in the area. Along with his catering company, he was approached by St. Joseph Catholic School to help offer organic, homemade lunches daily, resulting in the Fresh Café program that buys fresh food in bulk from local farms.
Pigg is market president and CEO of Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. Pigg joined ECM in April 2012 and has been responsible for directing the facility’s growth and development into a regional provider of heart and stroke services. Under his guidance, ECM has received first silver, then gold recognition for stroke services by The American Heart/Stroke organization, along with Stroke Center recognition by the Joint Commission. In addition, he led the drive for the hospital’s Chest Pain accreditation in 2014. Pigg is now overseeing construction of a new, regional medical center for northwest Alabama. He led a similar project while serving as the COO in Clarksville, Tennessee. Pigg received his MSHA and MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is active in the community, holding several board positions, including participation with the Shoals Chamber of Commerce.
Wright is president of the Shoals Economic Development Authority, a position he has held since April 1991. As SEDA’s president, he coordinates and directs industrial and economic development for Colbert and Lauderdale counties and their municipalities. He has accumulated more than 38 years of service in the economic development field. Before coming to SEDA, he served as executive director of the 27-county Southern Kentucky Economic Development Corp. Before that, he was economic development training manager for the Barren River Area Development District in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a certified economic developer. He is past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, and is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council and numerous boards and committees.