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Members on the Move - February 2012

Mike JordanALABAMA POWER NAMES JORDAN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MANAGER

MONTGOMERY – Mike Jordan has been named external affairs manager for Alabama Power’s Southern Division.

Jordan will be responsible for media relations, managing civic and community partnerships and contacting with local elected officials in connection with Alabama Power activities.

“We are excited to have Mike as a part of our team,” said Leslie Sanders, vice president for Alabama Power’s Southern Division. “His knowledge of Montgomery, communication skills and previous experience in the company’s governmental relations office make him a perfect fit for this position.”

Alabama Power’s Southern Division includes all or part of 17 counties in South-Central Alabama.

A native of Troy, Jordan joined Alabama Power in 2008 as the company’s legislative affairs manager, where he was responsible for monitoring state legislation and its potential impact on Alabama Power customers.

Prior to joining Alabama Power, Jordan served as director of public relations for the Alabama Nursing Home Association and public information officer for the Alabama House of Representatives.

He received a master’s degree in public administration from Troy University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Samford University.

Austin SaundersSAUNDERS RETURNS TO WNCF AS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

MONTGOMERY – WNCF/WBMM announced that Austin Saunders has returned to the company as an account executive.

Saunders, who has 11 years of sales and management experience, worked for The Montgomery CW as a local sales manager from 2006-2009. The Montgomery CW is an affiliate of WNCF/WBMM.

He received a degree in mass communications from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

Michael BeringerJustin ClarkLee ParksBERINGER, CLARK AND PARKS BECOME SHAREHOLDERS

MONTGOMERY – Wilson Price has announced that three professionals – Michael Beringer, Justin Clark and Lee Parks – were admitted as shareholders in the firm.

Beringer joined the tax department in 2004 and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He was previously with a Big 4 accounting firm in Atlanta, where he worked for nine years specializing in international and domestic tax planning and compliance. He specializes in international tax planning and domestic bankruptcy matters as well as federal and state tax compliance for individuals and their businesses.

Clark joined the firm in 2004 and has more than 11 years of public accounting experience. Prior to joining Wilson Price he was in public accounting with a Big 4 accounting firm in Montgomery. He specializes in accounting and assurance services for a wide range of industries. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Troy University.

Parks, who graduated from the University of Alabama, joined Wilson Price in 1997. He specializes in planning and conducting audits for clients in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. He is currently pursuing his designation as a certified government financial manager.

Chris BoutwellArchie GrubbBill HopkinsBill RobertsonBEASLEY ALLEN NAMES NEW SHAREHOLDERS

MONTGOMERY – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., announced Christopher D. Boutwell, Archie I. Grubb II, William E. Hopkins Jr. and William H. Robertson V are now shareholders.

Boutwell joined Beasley Allen as an associate in the toxic torts section in 2008. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1992 and his Juris doctor from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2005.

Grubb, who joined Beasley Allen in October 2009, practices in the consumer fraud section. Prior to joining Beasley Allen, he worked for the Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP, law firm, where he practiced defense litigation. He also practiced personal injury litigation at Gary O. Bruce, P.C.

He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he received a degree in history and political science. He is a 2003 graduate of the University Of Alabama School Of Law and was admitted to practice in Alabama in 2003 and Georgia in 2004.

Hopkins joined Beasley Allen in November 2010 in the consumer fraud section. His practice focuses primarily on class-action litigation. He attended North Carolina State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1988. He received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993.

He worked in the South Carolina law firm of Whaley, McCutchen, Blanton & Rhodes, LLP, where he became a partner and was elected managing partner in 2005. He later founded a law firm called McCutchen Blanton Hopkins & Campbell, LLP, before joining Beasley Allen.

Robertson joined Beasley Allen as an associate in 2005, practicing in the firm’s consumer fraud section. He currently focuses his practice on cases involving mortgage fraud, and specifically those involving fraud with the origination and servicing of mortgages.

He graduated from Auburn University in 1999. Robertson received his Juris doctor from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2005.

Steve RutledgeALFA INSURANCE PROMOTES RUTLEDGE TO EXECUTIVE VP, GM

MONTGOMERY – Steve Rutledge has been named executive vice president and general manager for the Alfa Insurance companies.

Rutledge, who has led Alfa’s business development team since March 2010 and marketing efforts since September 2011, will now oversee all phases of the insurance company. He will report directly to Alfa President and CEO Jerry Newby.

“Steve is a proven leader with experience in investments, finance, product development, risk management, customer service and marketing,” Newby said. “As executive vice president of business development and marketing, Steve has led efforts to make Alfa more competitive while providing enhanced service to policyholders.

“By placing Alfa’s operations, marketing and business development functions under a single executive vice president, we will improve communication among divisions and ensure all Alfa employees share the same mission, goals and vision for the future.”

Under Rutledge’s leadership, Alfa expanded its call center and website, developed new discounts and introduced an improved pricing system for auto insurance customers.

His team also has embraced technology that is helping Alfa better manage risk while continuing to provide exceptional customer service.

Rutledge said he is honored to serve Alfa and its policyholders in this expanded role, and he is excited about the opportunity to grow the company’s business.

“Having served alongside this great team at Alfa for many years it is with great pleasure and a strong sense of responsibility to our policyholders and our employees that I move into this expanded role,” Rutledge said. “Alfa is a great company made up of caring individuals who come to work each day and do their best to serve their customers and communities. I am proud to be associated with such an outstanding group of individuals.”

Rutledge began his career with Alfa in 1984 as a securities analyst in the investments department. He later served as Alfa’s chief financial officer and senior vice president of investments before being named executive vice president. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn University and is a certified public accountant.

Beau BoydWAKA ANNOUNCES LOCAL AREA SALES MANAGER

MONTGOMERY – Beau Boyd has been named local area sales manager for WAKA.

He previously worked at WNCF as an account executive in 2004 and was then promoted to local sales manager for WBMM in 2009.

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