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Movers & Shapers, September 2014

Spotlight on Pike, Barbour and Bullock Counties

Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker 

Baker is director of market development for KW Plastics Recycling Division, the world’s largest plastics recycler, located in Troy. Prior to coming to KW Plastics, she worked with the Metropolitan Development Board and the Biotechnology Association of Alabama. She is active in the TroyFest community art festival, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Pike, Troy Arts Council, Relay for Life and Pike Liberal Arts School. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. 

Ralph Clark

Clark is CEO of Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula. Before coming to Barbour, he served in senior management positions at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Eastern Health System in Birmingham and Northwest Alabama Healthcare Authority in Sheffield. A graduate of Jacksonville State University with an MBA from Samford University, he is a board certified healthcare executive and a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He is board chairman of the Alabama Diversified Health Services board, the profit arm of the Alabama Hospital Association; former board member of the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Eufaula Rotary Club. 

Bob Dixon Jr.

Dixon is the president and owner of M.C. Dixon Lumber Co. Inc., a third-generation family business and Eufaula’s oldest industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College and MBA from Troy University. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having served as an officer in the First Infantry Division. Dixon is on the board of TrustMark Bank of Eufaula, Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, Eufaula/Barbour Health Care Authority, Eufaula Industrial Development Board, Wallace College-Sparks Foundation, Alabama Forestry Association PAC and The Lakeside School. 

Shelia Fayson Jackson 

A Troy native, Jackson has worked for the city of Troy for more than 20 years and is now the director of the public relations and tourism department. She is an accomplished vocalist and experienced actress. She has performed for President George Bush, governors throughout the Southeast and other VIPs. She was recently invited to sing at the opening of the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament in New York. She sings blues, jazz, gospel and country music and has appeared in plays and movies. She is active in professional and community organizations.

Blair Osmer


Blair Osmer

Osmer is CFO at Farmers Exchange Bank, based in Louisville, Barbour County. He earned his associate degree from Calhoun Community College and his bachelor’s from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has been involved in the community since 2008, especially in the arts scene. A graduate of Leadership Barbour, he has served the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce by chairing community development and currently presides over the executive board of the Eufaula Country Club. He has worked with the Barbour County Interpretive Center to host fundraising events for the local playgrounds and participated in numerous United Way and Relay for Life drives. 

Midge Padgett Putnam 

Putnam is executive director of the Tourism Council of Bullock County, the district area coordinator for the Bullock County Soil and Water District and a Spanish and arts teacher at Conecuh Springs Christian School. She works with the Red Door Theatre, local Field Trials events, beautification efforts and more. She serves on the Alabama Black Belt Tourism Alliance and works with the Bullock County Extension Service and 4-H development offices. She is chair of Bullock County’s Distinguished Young Women program, a troop leader for the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, a member of Kappa Delta sorority and a member of the Twentieth Century Book Club. She is a graduate of Troy University. 

John R. Ramage 

Ramage is president and CEO and vice chairman of the board of directors of The First National Bank of Brundidge. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he is chairman of the Pike County Economic Development Corp., treasurer and board member of the Troy Pike Cultural Arts Center, a member of the Pike Liberal Arts School Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce board of directors and a member of the Troy Rotary Club, among others. He has been named as one of Pike County’s Top 20 Under 40 twice and holds memberships in various national honor societies. 

Terry Spence


Terry Spence 

Spence is president of Southern Plastics Co. Inc. Upon graduation from Eufaula High School, he worked at Mann Bait Co., where he continued to advance into multi-level management positions and ultimately was promoted to operations manager. In 1984 at age 31, he purchased Southern Plastics Co., which was founded in 1971 by the late Don Mann. SPC was founded to produce all soft baits sold under the Mann’s Bait Co. name, as well as eventually producing soft plastics for Bass Pro Shops. The company has since grown from 10,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet.  

Christina Crow Wadsworth 

Wadsworth has been a partner at the law firm of Jinks, Crow & Dickson PC in Bullock County for 17 years. She practices primarily in the areas of products liability, personal injury, warranties and business litigation. She and her sister, Cathy Ellis, founded Dream Field Farms in 2008, an agri-tourism attraction that has one of the largest pumpkin patches in south Alabama, with more than 16,000 visitors last year. She and her husband helped a friend open the first legal distillery in Alabama, High Ridge Spirits. She is active in the legal community and with community and civic organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, the Bullock County Relay for Life and the baseball program at  Union Springs/Bullock County Recreation Center, where she is a coach. 

Benny Whitehead 

In 1963, at the age of 19, Whitehead bought his first truck and began hauling timber locally. In 1975, the Whitehead family purchased two older trucks and started hauling freight. Today, the Whitehead family owns and operates Benny Whitehead Inc. in Barbour County, which has 100 refrigerated trailers and tractors and 85 dry trailers and employs more than 200 people. 

Betty Youngblood 

Youngblood has worked at Bullock County Hospital for 35 years, 25 of them as assistant manager of radiology. She now works as community and hospital liaison. She conducts patient advocate work and also works with senior citizens, nurses, homes and health fairs. She serves on the boards of Union Springs/Bullock County Chamber of Commerce and East Central Mental Health, is active with Relay for Life and has just graduated the hospital’s first CNA class.  

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