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Career Notes, September 2014

Who's moving up?

Amy deGruy

Amy deGruy

Russell Thompson Butler & Houston has promoted Amy deGruy to manager and Wallace McKinney to senior accountant. In addition, Micah Pointer has joined the firm as a staff accountant.

Blake Ethredge, a senior accountant with Wilkins Miller Hieronymus, has completed the certification process with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to earn his designation of CFE.

The Alabama Bankers Association has named James Ramage III its new chairman. Ramage is the chairman of First National Bank of Brundidge.

Nations Equipment Finance LLC has added Jerry Claret as senior vice president-sales overseeing lease and loan origination activities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Tom Dierdorff has been appointed senior vice president and group head of Regions Financial Corp.’s new corporate investment banking group and managing director of Regions Securities LLC.

Mark Wethington has been named branch manager for Aliant Bank's Alabaster location. J. Samuel Henderson III has been named senior vice president, Alabama Commercial & Industrial manager and Birmingham area executive and Sue Bowman has been named mortgage loan originator for Aliant.

Beth Bonhaus has joined BankFirst's Tuscaloosa Loan Production Office as mortgage originator. Bonhaus has been a mortgage banking officer for 17 years. 

Employment Screening Services, a national background screening provider based in Birmingham, has hired Todd Higey as general counsel.

Bobby Allfrey, former chief operations officer of M&D Mechanical, has retired. He joined M&D in 1989 as a project manager and became president in 1992. In addition, two employees of M&D, Danny Dean and Nathan Terry, have recently completed the apprentice program offered by the North Alabama Craft Training Foundation.

Alfa Insurance has been named Bryan Hubbard senior vice president of the company's Claims Department. Hubbard's promotion follows the retirement of Jerry Johnson

Judith Crittenden, Laura Montgomery, Kelli Hogue Mauro, Paige Yarbrough and Rachel Stewart Martin have formed Crittenden Partners, a law firm specializing in domestic relations and family law.

Jeffrey Hartley, of Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse PC, was appointed to the United States Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules.

Wayne Morse

Wayne Morse, a partner in Waldrep, Stewart & Kendrick LLC, has authored a chapter for the American Bar Association’s newly published Trial Practice Notebook. Morse was the only Alabama-based attorney to contribute to the guide.

Lea Richmond IV, a shareholder in Carr Allison's Birmingham office, has been appointed to the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee – Civil for a three-year term.

Christian & Small LLP Partner Richard Smith has been inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In addition, Partner Kenneth Simon Esq. has been appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee – Civil.

Sirote & Permutt Shareholder Katherine Barr has been appointed by the American Bar Association for a one-year term to the Commission on Disability Rights. Sirote Shareholder J. Mason Davis Jr. has been inducted into the Alabama Lawyers Association's Hall of Fame. Firm Shareholder Marcus Maples has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the University of North Alabama Board of Trustees for the at-large position previously held by Richard Cater. Shareholders George "Jack" Neal Jr. and Barry Ragsdale have received the Alabama State Bar President's Award. Firm Partner Sharon Stuart Esq. has been elected to the board of directors of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. 

James Dixon has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Thermal Corp. in Madison. He joined the firm in 1989. 

The Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation recently honored Lisa Hammitte, of the anesthesia department, with the Healing Hands tribute, part of SAMC Foundation’s Grateful Patient program. The program allows former patients a way to say thank you to a caregiver who provided exemplary care.

HealthSouth Corp. has appointed Timothy Patten as regional president for the company’s Northeast region. Patten has more than 30 years of healthcare management experience.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has chosen Heiko Einfeld to be its new executive director. Einfeld most recently has been serving as interim director. Einfeld has been a chamber member for 18 years.

The Human Rights Campaign has named Ashley Jackson as state director of HRC Alabama. She will lead the organization’s Project One America effort.

Carmen Smith, vice president of Creative Development Inclusive Strategies for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Rick Schostek, executive vice president of Honda North America Inc., have been named to Birmingham-based The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation’s board of directors.

David Mowery, founder and president of Mowery Consulting of Montgomery, has been honored by the University of Georgia Alumni Association as a 40 Under 40 Class of 2014.

KC Projects has added Kelsea Russo as digital media strategist. Before joining KC Projects, Russo worked in media relations at Southern Living magazine and the Birmingham Zoo.

Joseph Welden III

StoneRiver Co. LLC, of Birmingham, has named Joseph Welden III president of the real estate development company.

Chris Lee, of RealtySouth, has been named Realtor of the Year for the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors. Robin Owings, of RealtySouth’s Crestline office, has been awarded the certified residential specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists. In addition, the following agents have joined RealtySouth offices: Tara Albright, Bill Price, Christian Elizer, Jeremy Turner, Laura Chancellor, Teresa Cosby, Mike LaFave, Kendra McFarland, Misty Dodson, Jeanette Walls, Ashley James, Laura Parmely, Charles Graham, Blake Lee, Lance McKinley and Melanie Peeler.

RealtyBid International LLC, of Rainbow City, has
promoted Jenny Atchley to president from operations manager. Atchley has been with the company since its founding more than 15 years ago.

Jay Shendure has been presented the 2014 HudsonAlpha Life Science Prize for his innovative work in the development and application of genomic technology, including completing a detailed sequence of DNA from HeLa cells, the first “immortal” human cell line grown in a lab.

Austal USA, in Mobile, has appointed Lawrence Ryder to the position of director of customer relations (Navy Programs). Ryder is a retired Marine with over 20 years of service. 

Justin Wasden, vice president of operations of Information Transport Solutions Inc., has passed the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification. Cisco introduced the CCIE certification in 1993 to assist the industry in distinguishing the top echelon of internetworking experts worldwide.

DST Health Solutions LLC, a provider of technology solutions and services to health plans and providers, has chosen Teri Mullaney as its new president and chief executive officer. Mullaney has 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

J. William McFarland Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley as a designee to the Southern Rail Commission. McFarland is the special assistant for business development to Judson College President David Potts. The commission is charged with advancing passenger rail planning, safety and service implementation in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Southern Nuclear’s Charles Nesbitt has received American Nuclear Society’s 2014 Robert L. Long Training Excellence Award. Nesbitt currently works at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Georgia, but previously held several positions at the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan. 

The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association has honored Lorraine Alexander, of Wannabe Rescued in Valley Grande, as the Layman of the Year. Alexander raises awareness and manages available resources at the shelter. 

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