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Career Notes, September 2013

Who's moving up in Alabama business?

Mary Sandlin, Aliant Bank.

Mary Sandlin, Aliant Bank.

Warren Averett LLC has appointed Maddox Casey, Ryan Chaffin, Sae Evans, Carolyn Jeff and Jared Sharp to senior manager positions. Warren Averett has 15 office locations, including seven in Alabama. 

Banking and Finance
Alabama State Employees’ Credit Union Executive Vice President Brooke Covington is the first recipient of the Young Professional of the Year award from the League of Southeastern Credit Unions.

Mary Sandlin has joined Aliant Bank, of Montgomery, as a mortgage loan officer. She has more than 20 years of management and sales experience.

Grandbridge Real Estate Capital announced the retirement of company President and Chief Operating Officer David Roberts in November. Roberts has been with Grandbridge since it was formed in 2007 and has nearly four decades of experience in mortgage banking.

Sterne Agee & Leach Inc., a privately owned investment banking and brokerage firm, has added several sales professionals to its team, including Edward LaScala, Chris Sanford, Paul Cappelli, Cindy Hellman, Mike Maresca, Kevin Maxwell and Robert Dudley. All will focus primarily on investment grade and high yield bonds.

Luke Graham has been named managing director of the newly created Lender Finance Division of AloStar Business Credit. AloStar Business Credit is the asset-based lending arm of Birmingham-based AloStar Bank of Commerce. 

Kevin Boughner, Royal Cup Inc.

Royal Cup Inc., an importer, roaster and distributor of coffees and teas based in Birmingham, has named Kevin Boughner as vice president of operations. Boughner has been with Royal Cup for more than 10 years, most recently serving as director of operations.

Andrzej "Andy" Nowak, a professor of civil engineering, has been named chair of Auburn University's Department of Civil Engineering. He succeeds Michael Stallings, who is returning to the civil engineering faculty after 11 years as department head. In addition, the Department of Agronomy and Soils has been renamed as the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and will be headed by John Beasley Jr., a professor and Extension peanut agronomist. He will succeed Joe Touchton, who is retiring after 33 years on the Auburn faculty and 24 years as department head.

Auburn University at Montgomery has named Brenda Mitchell, former chief of staff for the Montgomery Police Department, as director of police operations. Mitchell served the City of Montgomery for 25 years.  In addition, AUM School of Business associate dean and accounting professor Keren Deal has been appointed to three national leadership roles within the Association of Government Accountants. Deal will serve as vice chair of the editorial board for the Journal of Government Financial Management, regional vice president for the Gulf Region of the AGA and as one of nine U.S. members of the AGA Professional Ethics Board.

Beth Bownes Johnson has been appointed dean of academic affairs at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. Johnson has been in the position on an interim basis since August 2012.

Yvette Clayton has been named the new director of Career Development Services at Alabama A&M University. In addition, A&M's director of development, Archie Tucker, has joined the board of directors of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District III, where he will serve as HBCU liaison.

Caitlin Williams, Sain Associates Inc.

Caitlin Williams, E.I., has been hired as designer for Sain Associates Inc.’s Site Division. Her duties will include design and preparation of site development projects for the civil engineering firm.

Stovall Marks Insurance, of Decatur, has added Chad Steadman and Jordan Brown to its staff. Steadman is of Steadman Insurance in Town Creek and Jordan is an account executive working in Stovall’s Decatur office.

Former Chief Judge Joel Dubina has received the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics by the American Inns of Court. Dubina has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit since 1990.

Anthony Joseph, a shareholder in the Birmingham law firm of Maynard Cooper & Gale PC, has been installed as president of the Alabama State Bar for a one-year term. Also, Edward Sledge IV, a shareholder with the firm, has received the Alabama State Bar President’s Award for his leadership roles with several entities. In addition, the firm has welcomed Stephen Shaw to its Huntsville office as of counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

The Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Coordinator Louis Zook has been honored by the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police with the Chief Bill Waites Memorial Award for his outstanding public service. Zook joined the Attorney General’s office in 2011 after serving 17 years as police chief of Sylacauga.

Michael Jackson has been named Alabama District Attorney of the Year by the Alabama District Attorneys Association. Jackson serves as the district attorney for Bibb, Dallas, Hale, Perry and Wilcox counties and is the first African-American to win this award.

G. Thomas Sullivan, an attorney with Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal LLP, has been appointed by the American Health Lawyers Association Board of Directors as chair of the association's Dispute Resolution Service Council.

Richard Glaze Jr., Balch & Bingham LLP

Balch & Bingham LLP has added Robert Ellerbrock III as an associate and member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Affordable Care Act Strategists, Corporate, Employee Benefits, Wealth Management and Employee Benefits Practice Groups in its Birmingham office. In addition, firm member Richard Glaze Jr. has co-authored the recently released Practicing Law Institute EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2013.

Thomas Oliver II, founding shareholder with Carr Allison, has been elected president of the Alabama Law Foundation. Jeremy Taylor, an attorney in the firm's Mobile office, recently was selected to the Greater Mobile Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Class Advisory Council. In addition, Frelon Abbott and Patrick Flynn have joined the firm's Birmingham office as associates.

Ralph Smith II, CEO of The Ralph Smith Group and special counsel at the Birmingham office of Jones Walker LLP, has been appointed by Queen Elizabeth to the Order of St. John, an international charity whose organizations provide first aid, healthcare and support services in 40 countries around the world.

Robert Turnipseed, a partner at Armbrecht Jackson LLP in Mobile, has been appointed chair of the Closely Held Business Committee - Tax Section of the American Bar Association.  

The Alabama State Port Authority has two new representatives on its board of directors, appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to five-year terms. They are Angus Cooper III of Mobile, who was appointed to the board’s at-large seat, and Tim Parker III of Tuscaloosa, who was appointed to the board’s Central Region seat.

Management Consulting
McKay Management recently celebrated founder, CEO and President Joe McKay’s service to the company. McKay is retiring this year. In addition, the company has announced its new CEO Tom Freeley. Freeley has more than 20 years of experience in community association management.

Transworld Business Valuation Services President Sally Hawley has earned her Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Transworld offers a calculation of the current market value of operating businesses whose owners are considering their strategic alternatives to enhance the business' value. 

Rich Scott, Quality Filters Inc.

Quality Filters Inc. President Rich Scott has been appointed to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership advisory board. Scott has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

The Society of Marketing Professionals Services Alabama Chapter has announced its board of directors for 2013-14. They are President Cathy Isbell, Immediate Past President Cleo Kathryn Gorman, President-elect Beth Gibbs, Secretary Kelley Duncan, Treasurer Sandra Cox, Director of Programs Blair Hayes, Director of Education Farrah Mote, Director of Arrangements Dana McDonald, Director of Membership Jennifer Duren, Director
of Communications Lindsey Malke and Director of Sponsorships Sarah Ramsey.

Marketing 24/7 Inc. has named Candie Price as senior marketing communications manager. Price will be responsible for managing integrated marketing communications.

Robert Granfeldt Jr. has been named president and publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser, a Gannett Co. Inc. newspaper. Granfeldt comes to Montgomery after serving as vice president of digital media at Southern Community Newspapers Inc. 

Greater Mobile Laser and Aesthetic Center has named Richard Hwang, M.D. and Jill Ringold, M.D., as physicians for the practice. Hwang is a general surgeon and Ringold specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics. In addition, Lauren Niemeyer, CRNP and Crystal Hartley, a certified laser technician, have joined the staff.

Bettie Borton, a licensed audiologist and director of Doctors Hearing Clinic, has assumed the office of president of the American Academy of Audiology, the world's largest professional organization of, by and for audiologists.

Jonathan McNeal, Southeast Alabama Medical Center

Jonathan McNeal, a neurosurgeon, has joined NeuroSpine Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. McNeal specializes in conditions of the brain and spine and is a native of Dothan.

The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association has installed its officers for 2013 — President Bill Bledsoe, President-elect John Hammons, Vice President T.C. Branch, Treasurer Winston Pirtle, Board Member at Large Harold Pate and Immediate Past President Bill Allen. Also, Jack Goodman, of Athens, was presented the ALVMA's Distinguished Service Award. In addition, Charles Hendrix, a professor of parasitology at
Auburn University, was presented a Special Award for his outstanding service to the veterinary medical profession.  

The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Board has hired Cecelia Smith as its tourism director. She previously worked as a private marketing consultant in Decatur.

The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama has added two new members and announced the return of one to its board of trustees. The new members are W. Spencer South, partner of Lazarus Capital Partners, and Danny McKinney, president of Pixsys and CEO of Satellites Unlimited. The returning member is Marquita Davis, executive director of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity.

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (Federation) honored C.T. Vivian with its Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award for Vivian's stand in regards to voting rights in 1965. 

Anne Wright has been appointed interim executive director of The Firehouse Shelter in Birmingham. She replaces Steve Freeman, who resigned in July after serving as director since 1996. 

Real Estate
RealtySouth has welcomed nine new agents to its Alabama offices, including Becky Poe Brascome, Hailey Brudi, Karen Jackson, Tara Martin, Sharon McCreary, Davinia Moorer, Sara Nichols, Brenda Porter and Donna Robinson.

Momentum Telecom, of Birmingham, has appointed its new President and CEO William Fox. He takes over the position formerly held by Momentum founder Alan Creighton, who will remain on the company’s board of directors. 

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