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Career Notes, September 2017

Who's moving up?

Mary Elliott



Warren Averett has named Mary Elliott CEO. Elliott succeeds Jim Cunningham, who is retiring at the end of 2017.

Wilkins Miller LLC has made Stacy Cummings, Erin Jones and Leigh Knosher partners in the firm.


Progress Financial Corp. has named Elam Holley, Kevin Kynerd and Charles “Chip” McCallum III to the board of directors.

Tony Robbins has been named senior vice president and mortgage loan officer at NobleBank & Trust in Birmingham. 


Reginald Sykes has been named president of Bishop State Community College in Mobile.

John Estorge has been named president of Fortis College in Foley.

William Ashley has been named president of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.

Todd Greer, CEO of Exchange202, has been named dean of the School of Business at University of Mobile.

Jeff Newman, a retired superintendent of education of the Lamar County School System, has been appointed to the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees to replace Mary Scott Hunter.

Jacksonville State University alum Jeremy Straub has been named the founding associate director of the North Dakota State University's Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research.

J. Doug Barrett has been appointed the LaGrange Eminent Scholar of Business in the University of North Alabama College of Business. 


Mark Patterson has joined Birmingham-based Southern Research’s Engineering Division, to lead business development efforts in the aerospace industry.

Thompson Engineering has named John Baker its new president and CEO. Baker has served as president since 2004. He succeeds Jimmy Shumock, who served as CEO for seven years. Shumock will now serve as transportation market leader.

Taylor Schmidt, with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc., is now a licensed professional engineer in Alabama.

Isaac Smith has joined PPM Consultants as manager of environmental compliance in the firm's Mobile office. 


The Alabama Hospital Association recently installed Will Ferniany, of UAB Health System, as chairman; Owen Bailey, of University of South Alabama Health System, as chairman-elect; Luke Standeffer, of DCH Health System, as secretary/treasurer; and board members Andy Davis of St. Vincent’s Health System, Peter Selman of Baptist Medical Center South, and Suzanne Woods of Medical Center Enterprise. In addition, awards of service were presented to Ralph Clark – Gold Medal of Excellence, Keith Granger – American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion, Stan Hammack – 2017 Special Citation Award and David Spillers – Immediate Past Chairman.

Arthur Kendig, a cardiac electrophysiologist, has joined the Heart and Vascular Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan.

Paul Barber



Paige Phillips, of Birmingham, has been named region five vice president to the National Association of Health Underwriters Board of Trustees.

S.S. Nesbitt & Co. Inc. has appointed Paul Barber its president. Barber has 25 years of leadership experience.


Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC Partner Brooke Garner Malcom has been honored as a 2017 Young Professional of the Year by This Is Alabama.

Anne Moses, of Moses & Moses PC, has been selected as one of B-Metro Magazine’s Top Women Lawyers.

Adams and Reese's Birmingham Of Counsel Richard Carmody has received the 2017 Albert Vreeland Pro Bono Award from the Alabama State Bar Committee on Volunteer Lawyer Programs.

Seven litigators with Balch & Bingham LLP were included in Benchmark Litigation's annual Under 40 Hot List for 2017. They are: Conrad Anderson, Geremy Gregory, Adam Israel, Anne Kaufold-Wiggins, Lane Knight Brant Pettis and Jason Tompkins.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Partner Tripp Haston has been appointed the 2018 dean of the Corporate Counsel College. Partner Jimmy Long has been appointed to the board of trustees of the American Institute on Federal Taxation. Also Partner Marc James Ayers has been reappointed to the Alabama Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Maynard Cooper & Gale has added James Pickle to its Corporate, Securities and Tax Practice Group.


Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of Coleman Worldwide Moving, has been named civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Alabama (South). Coleman succeeds Mack Dove, of AAA Cooper Transportation.


Tim Smith has been named vice president of business development for defense and aerospace for ARCH Global Precision. Smith was formerly part owner of Smiths Machine in Cottondale, before it was sold to ARCH in 2015.


J.D. Flynn has been appointed editor-in-chief of Catholic News Agency in Irondale.


The Alabama Hospital Association has named Will Ferniany, CEO of UAB Health System, as chairman of the board of trustees; Andy Davis, COO of St. Vincent's Health System a board member; and Keith Granger, CEO of Grandview Medical Center, was presented the American Hospital Association Grassroots Advocacy Award.

Baldwin Bone & Joint has added orthopaedic surgeon Michael Chamblee to replace Rhett Hubley, who has started a non-surgical practice. 


Ashley Babb has been named Mobile Arc’s first full-time public relations director.

Real Estate

Sloss Real Estate has named Tom Walker Jr. as chief operating officer.

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