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Members on the Move - Summer 2012

Jeremy ArthurCHAMBER OF COMMERCE ASSOCIATION OF ALABAMA NAMES ARTHUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MONTGOMERY – Former Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce President Jeremy Arthur has been named executive director of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.

“We are extremely pleased and fortunate to have a person with the unique blend of experience and professional ability that Jeremy Arthur brings to the executive directorship of the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama (CCAA),” said CCAA board member William J. Canary, president and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA).

“We have known and enjoyed working with Jeremy for the past eight years at the Prattville Chamber,” Canary said, “and we look forward to working even closer in our new partnership on all matters important to our state in his new capacity at CCAA.”

The BCA and the CCAA, which formed a relationship known as The Partnership, represent the combined interests of one million Alabamians through member companies and 120-plus local chambers of commerce.

Arthur brings years of experience in chamber of commerce work to the CCAA job. In 2004, he was named executive vice president of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce and subsequently was named president of the organization that has more than 875 members.

Before joining the Chamber, he was an outreach research assistant for the Economic Development Institute at Auburn University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science; a master’s degree in public administration; and is a doctoral candidate in public administration and public policy, all from Auburn.

“I am excited about the new opportunity that awaits me,” Arthur said. “Under the leadership of CCAA Board Chairman Jan Wood and the entire CCAA board of directors, I look forward to helping achieve the CCAA’s goal of ‘building a better Alabama through strong chambers of commerce.’ ”

Natalie PancieraHaley ScottGrace GarrettCOPPERWING DESIGN ADDS THREE TO STAFF

MONTGOMERY – Copperwing Design has announced the hiring of three additions to its media, account services and creative departments: Natalie Panciera, Haley Scott and Grace Garrett.

Panciera, who is a media planner and buyer, is responsible for the development of multimedia plans, strategies and campaigns. She previously served as an associate media buyer and planner for Birmingham’s Intermark Group, where she purchased traditional, digital and social media for various clients.

In addition to having drafted client budgets and strategies, she also brings to Copperwing experience creating competitive audits involving search engine optimization and search engine marketing within a branding context. Panciera graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Scott will serve as account coordinator, working closely with Copperwing’s account director to plan and implement projects. Her prior service as a branding specialist for LogoBranders included acquisition of new accounts in the utility, health care, manufacturing and travel/hospitality industries.

Her experience also includes event coordination, presentations and serving as a client liaison. Scott graduated from Faulkner University with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in journalism.

Garrett, a recent graduate from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, joins Copperwing as a graphic designer to design and execute collateral, branding, exhibits, presentations and other projects. Garrett is experienced in web development, concept and layout development for digital marketing and identity design.

Copperwing is a creative consultancy offering design, digital media and integrated brand management services.

Deborah LewisCANDLEWOOD SUITES – EASTCHASE PARK ANNOUNCES DIRECTOR OF SALES

MONTGOMERY – Candlewood Suites – EastChase Park has named Deborah Lewis as director of sales.

In her new role, Lewis will oversee corporate and group sales efforts at the 101-room hotel located at 9151 Boyd Cooper Parkway.

“I look forward to working at such a remarkable hotel in Montgomery,” Lewis said. “As the hotel’s new director of sales, I hope to continue enhancing our relationships with our various business partners and help Montgomery understand exactly what all Candlewood Suites has to offer the business traveler.”

With more than four years in the hospitality industry, Lewis most recently served as director of sales for TownePlace Suites. Lewis began her hospitality career in Montgomery after a teaching career in the Montgomery Public Schools district.

Lindsay ChapmanHOLIDAY INN EASTCHASE PROPERTY NAMES GENERAL MANGER

MONTGOMERY – Lindsay Chapman has been named general manager of Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – EastChase Park.

She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the hotel, which has 106 rooms. It is located at 9250 Boyd Cooper Parkway.

“I am very proud to be the new general manager at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites,” said Chapman, who is coming from Independence, Missouri. “Our exceptional team and the City of Montgomery have been very welcoming. I look forward to leading our hotel, providing exceptional service and being a part of the community.”

She has 15-plus years of experience in the hospitality industry and most recently was general manager of Staybridge Suites in Independence, Missouri.

Rebecca BakerALDRIDGE, BORDEN & CO. NAMES BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

MONTGOMERY – Rebecca H. Baker was named the director of business development and marketing for Aldridge, Borden & Co., P.C.

Since joining Aldridge, Borden in 2004, Baker has provided taxation and attestation services to clients in various industries and has also been involved in the firm’s recruitment of professional staff. She is a certified public accountant.

“We are very excited to have Rebecca step into the business development role for our firm,” said Rhonda Sibley, a partner at Aldridge, Borden & Co. “To have someone who has her accounting background and experience head up an accounting firm’s business development department is a rarity. Rebecca will be able to understand and analyze a potential client’s needs

and then match them with the expertise in our firm that meets those needs. She understands both sides of the equation.”

Aldridge, Borden & Co. is a full-service certified public accounting firm founded in 1918 and is located in downtown Montgomery.

Matt GriffithGOODWYN, MILLS & CAWOOD APPOINTS GRIFFITH GENERAL COUNSEL

MONTGOMERY – Matthew Griffith has joined Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood (GMC) as general counsel.

Griffith was at Hinton & Herndon, where he worked as an associate attorney on cases in defense of civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout Alabama, focusing on medical malpractice, professional liability (engineers, architects, etc.) and environmental law.

Griffith’s arrival to the firm coincides with GMC’s expansion into the Atlanta market and addition of a federal services division. He will counsel the firm in areas of risk management, growth, human resources, insurance, corporate law and management.

“We see adding the legal talent and expertise that Matt Griffith has to offer as an important measure to meet our growth goals,” said Galen Thackston, executive vice president of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood.

K. Blake HornUNITED METHODIST CHILDREN’S HOME ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT/CEO

MONTGOMERY – K. Blake Horne has been named the president/CEO of United Methodist Children’s Home.

A native of Hawkinsville, Georgia, Horne has served as the executive director of The Samaritan Counseling Center since its founding in 1999 by First United Methodist Church of Montgomery. Under his leadership, The Samaritan Counseling Center has grown into one of the largest private providers of mental health services in Alabama.

“I am truly humbled to have the privilege of serving the children and families of Alabama and Northwest Florida through the United Methodist Children’s Home,” Horne said.

Horne holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Christianity; a master of family therapy degree from Mercer University School of Medicine; and a doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from Florida State University. He also completed a three-year course of post-doctoral study at the Georgetown Family Center in Washington, D.C.

The United Methodist Children’s Home has helped transform the lives of thousands of abused, neglected and traumatized children, young mothers and struggling families through residential group homes, foster care programs and family preservation services.

United Methodist Children’s Home Board Chair Terry McCartney said, “Dr. Horne exceeds the criteria set for this position and has the skill set and personal traits to be an inspirational leader in this ministry’s efforts to continue to meet the needs of children and families in Alabama and Northwest Florida.”

Jim DunklinHANCOCK BANK HIRES COMMERCIAL AREA MANAGER

MONTGOMERY – Jim Dunklin has joined Hancock Bank as commercial area manager for Montgomery, Prattville and Greenville.

Dunklin began his career as a commercial loan officer before leading the marketing efforts of a national architectural manufacturing company. Later, he owned and managed his own private commercial supply and general hardware business for 10 years. He returned to the financial services industry as a regional president, chief executive officer and executive regional president, respectively, for three banks in Central Alabama.

“As the area manager for Hancock Bank’s Central Alabama commercial banking group, I look forward to partnering with our local bankers and customers and using my experience as a business owner and a commercial banker to help local businesses achieve their financial goals with products and services best suited to their needs,” Dunklin said.

Dunklin holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University.

“Jim Dunklin is uniquely qualified to manage our commercial banking business in the Central Alabama region as both a veteran financial leader and a business owner,” said Hancock Bank Alabama Regional President Robbie Baker. “He understands what it takes to run a successful business and he is a talented banker committed to serving other businesspeople in the region. We are very excited to have him join our team.”

Shelly PittsWARREN AVERETT WILSON PRICE ADDS FAMILY OFFICE CLIENT SPECIALIST

MONTGOMERY – Warren Averett Wilson Price Division announced that Shelly Pitts recently joined the firm.

She is a family office client specialist with Family Office Services. She works closely with retired clients and their adult children to provide oversight and assistance with household financial matters. She also manages payroll for domestic help and caregivers.

She brings a strong background in detail-oriented experience to this position. Prior to joining Warren Averett Wilson Price, she was an administrative assistant with Krebbs Architecture & Engineering firm. Before that career, she was the purchasing manager for GenPak, LLC at its Montgomery plant.

Warren Averett Family Office is designed to assist executives, retired executives and the elderly with their personal financial needs by developing a customized plan that fits their specific financial situation and objectives.

HAYES JOINS CENTURY 21 BRANDT WRIGHT REALTY

MONTGOMERY – Spencer Hayes and Kenny Hayes Custom Homes, LLC, have joined Century 21 Brandt Wright Realty Inc.

“We are thrilled to have Spencer Hayes and Kenny Hayes Custom Homes, LLC join our team,” said Brandt Wright, owner of Century 21 Brandt Wright Realty. “We believe their experience in custom home building will greatly enhance the services we provide to our customers.”

Kenny Hayes Custom Homes, LLC, builds custom homes, working one-on-one with home buyers. Hayes may be contacted at (334) 495-2100.

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