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    ATLANTA- Multi-disciplined architecture and engineering firm Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc. (GMC) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Stevenson & Palmer Engineering (SPE).

    This merger combines two firms focused on serving clients, while growing our geographic reach and service offerings in Georgia; Jim Teel, GMC vice president of Georgia, said in a statement. We are committed to placing the interests of our clients first and ensuring they are provided with the most talented professionals in the Southeast.

    GMC's ability to provide local service in Georgia will be greatly enhanced through the relationships SPE has developed over 50-plus years as well as the offices the firm has located throughout the state. Additionally, integrating GMC's multiple in-house disciplines will enable SPE to expand the services offered to its client base and create more opportunities for growth.

    Stevenson & Palmer Engineering has worked closely with numerous Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood employees for almost two years,  Corkey Welch, former SPE president and now GMC senior client manager, said in a statement. "I am personally excited to complete the merger and finally be a part of the GMC family."

    The Stevenson & Palmer staff will remain in their current locations, operating under the Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood name. Employees in both the GMC and SPE Atlanta offices will move to a new location later this year.

    GMC and SPE have several collaborative efforts under way, including the St. Mary's Tabby Trail and Downtown Streetscape, Newnan Fire Station and the City of Jackson Pocket Parks.

    Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, which was founded in 1947, has its headquarters in Montgomery.


    MONTGOMERY- Baptist Health has partnered with UAB Health System to open the UAB Medicine Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South.

    The clinic, which was scheduled to open in early August, will initially offer four specialties: urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and rheumatology.

    The clinic will be on the first and second floors of the UAB School of Medicine building (formerly the MCI building) on the campus of Baptist Medical Center South. The clinic will house 10 new physicians who have been recruited by Baptist Health.

    We are excited to combine our medical experience and commitment to excellence with UAB's highly skilled and qualified health care professionals as we work together to continue to raise the bar for top-quality medical care, Russell Tyner, president and CEO of Baptist Health, said in a statement. I feel confident this will allow our organization to continue to meet its mission of providing the highest level of quality care to the residents of Central Alabama while allowing Baptist Health to meet the growing need for health care services and expand our services to those who matter most & our patients.

    The new physicians will increase access to specialty care in a convenient, centralized location that will lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of disease. In addition, patients will have access to clinical trials and research activities being performed at UAB that they otherwise may not have access to.


    MONTGOMERY- Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., was selected by Law360 as one of the 10 Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys in the U.S.

    The firm was recognized as having the highest percentage of African-American partners of any of the firms on the list.

    Tom Methvin, principal and managing attorney for the firm, said that being mindful of providing opportunities for African-American attorneys is part of the firm's business plan. The firm actively supports programs of the Alabama Lawyers Association, and each year takes two or more law clerks from that network. Creating a workplace where black attorneys can succeed is a win-win for everyone, he said.

    When you have diversity, you have different points of view, Methvin said in a statement. It helps attract clients. It helps us understand how juries feel. We wanted to have African-American attorneys in each section that we practice. We expect a lot out of all our lawyers, and we provide an environment where they can be successful if they want to be. Their success is the firm's success.

    Kendall Dunson is a principal in the firm's personal injury/products liability section. He was named Beasley Allen's Litigator of the Year for 2015.

    Beasley Allen is proud of its stance on diversity, but we're more proud of the success of our African-American attorneys, Dunson said in a statement. Each of us have distinguished ourselves as an excellent attorney and an asset to the legal field.”

    To compile its Top 10 list, Law360 surveyed more than 300 U.S. firms about their overall and minority headcount numbers as of Dec. 31, 2015. Only U.S.-based attorneys were included in the survey.


    MONTGOMERY-- The Lattice Inn received its sixth straight TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

    The award is presented to establishments that receive outstanding reviews from visitors on TripAdvisor.

    "Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for six consecutive years is a true source of pride and we'd like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review of their stay at The Lattice Inn on TripAdvisor," Jim Yeaman, owner/innkeeper of The Lattice Inn, said in a statement. "There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one's customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence."


    AUBURN -- Machen McChesney, LLP has been honored again with a When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.

    This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types in Alabama and across the country.

    Machen McChesney is among 351 organizations that have created effective workplaces based on six evidence-based components that are linked with positive employee and employer outcomes: autonomy; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement; opportunities for learning; and a culture of trust.

    "To be recognized with this award is quite an honor and in itself speaks to our dedication to return value at every opportunity for our clients, employees, and community," Machen McChesney Managing Partner Marty Williams said in a statement.

    The award is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify by ranking in the top 20 percent of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey.


    MONTGOMERY-- Central Pump and Compressor is opening a new store at 2301 South Forbes Dr.

    Founded in 1988, the business originally focused on pressure washer sales and service, and has added air compressor, vehicle lift and lubrication/oil management products through the years.

    The company:

    Supplies, repairs, services and provides new equipment for pressure washers.

    Services, repairs, provides new equipment and installs compressors.

    Provides safety inspections, repairs, installs/relocates and provides new equipment for vehicle lifts.

    Services, repairs and provides new equipment for lubrication equipment.

    The company also has economical and biodegradable industrial cleaners.


    MONTGOMERY-- Southeastern Financial Group has been rebranded as Peachtree Planning of Alabama.

    Peachtree Planning owns Peachtree Planning Corp., Peachtree Planning of Georgia, Peachtree Planning of Tennessee and recently added Peachtree Planning North in Georgia. The firm began the year with a new CEO, new president and new president of distribution after two executives retired as ownership partners, and another will contribute as executive vice president who is the head of advanced planning.

    The Montgomery office, located at 4256 Lomac St., Suite 100, is operated by financial advisers Larry Crisp and Derek Grissett. The phone number is (334) 313-8736.


    MONTGOMERY-- Jackson Thornton announced that Keina C. Houser has been elected to the board of directors of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA).

    Houser is a manager with Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm. She oversees the firm's client accounting practice. Houser received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in business administration from Troy University. Houser is part of a 13-member ASCPA board and will serve a one-year term.

    "We are very pleased that Keina has been elected to the society's board for the coming year," Ned F. Sheffield, president and managing principal of Jackson Thornton, said in a statement. "It's certainly a milestone in her career and we're proud of her commitment to the profession."


    MONTGOMERY-- River Region Ethics and Public Service has announced the small, medium and large business finalists as well as the individual community leaders for the 2016 River Region Ethics and Public Service Awards.

    The organization began receiving nominations in November 2015 for this year's finalists. Earlier this year, the program worked in collaboration with Auburn University at Montgomery's Schools of Business and Sciences to interview and conduct research on all 2016 nominees. AUM business and public administration graduate students researched the ethics policies and practices of each of the nominees.

    Recently an independent selection committee made up of community leaders reviewed the academic reports and designated the following three finalists for each 2016 River Region Ethics and Public Service Award category:

    Small Business: Cloverdale Service Center, The Locker Room, Pure Barre.

    Medium Business: Balch & Bingham, LLP, Hans Heating & Air, Thompson Insurance.

    Large Business: Caddell Construction Co., Warren Averett, Bradley Plumbing and Heating Inc.

    Non-profit Organizations/Public Agencies: Tukabatchee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, River Region United Way, WVAS-FM.

    Individual Community Leaders: Lynn Beshear, The Honorable Charles N. Price, Dr. John Moorehouse.

    "This year's finalists truly represent the best in business in the River Region from a wide variety of products, industries and public service organizations" Nancy Thomas, executive director at the Samaritan Counseling Center, said in a statement."We're proud to be able to spotlight the great work done every day by small, medium and large businesses, nonprofit organizations/public agencies and community leaders in our area. Their commitment to ethical standards serves as an example to us all."

    The recipients will be announced at the 2016 River Region Ethics and Public Service Awards luncheon Oct. 17 at the Wynlakes Golf & Country Club.


    BIRMINGHAM-- Regions Bank has the top reputation, according rankings compiled by American Banker Magazine and Reputation Institute.

    Regions had the highest overall reputation score and had the highest score with customers while ranking No. 2 with non-customers. The survey scores are based on products and services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership and performance.

    "We are fortunate to have some of the best associates in the industry who dedicate themselves to providing an outstanding customer experience," Grayson Hall, president, CEO and chairman of Regions, said in a statement. "Our associates are making a positive difference for our customers and communities, and I am proud that our team was recognized for that."

    Regions was also ranked No. 1 last year.


    MONTGOMERY-- Pies & Pints, a craft pizza and beer restaurant, is set to open its first Montgomery location near Zoe's Kitchen at The Shoppes at EastChase later this year.

    Pies & Pints is a Columbus, Ohio-based concept offering artisan pizza, sandwiches and salads along with more than 30 craft beers on tap. In addition to offering traditional, gluten-free and build-your-own pies, the restaurant features such combinations as grape and Gorgonzola, chicken Gouda and Sriracha shrimp. All pies are hand-stretched and baked directly on a stone hearth with scratch-made tomato sauce and fresh herbs.

    "Montgomery and EastChase are a perfect fit for Pies & Pints - Craft Pizza and Beer," Rob Lindeman, owner of Pies & Pints, said in a statement. "The city is vibrant and the center creates a draw and destination for our high-quality, high-flavor concept featuring a menu of made-from-scratch items."

    "We are thrilled to bring Pies & Pints, another market-exclusive restaurant, to The Shoppes at EastChase," Jeff Branch, general manager of The Shoppes at EastChase, said in a statement. "The combination of artisanal food and craft beer is perfect for the Capital City and will be a fantastic addition to the current restaurant mix at The Shoppes."

    Pies & Pints, which was scheduled to open a Birmingham location this summer, currently has nine locations in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.


    MONTGOMERY-- Hartzell Engine Technologies announced a new-generation 24V/60A direct-drive alternator created for six-cylinder Continental engines.

    "This new unit is based on the highly-reliable, field-proven 100A ES-10024, and our extensive certification testing has demonstrated a marked increase in efficiency and performance compared to the legacy Continental Crittenden unit it replaces," Hartzell Engine Technologies President Mike Disbrow said in a statement.

    "Aside from the improvement in reliability, two additional advantages offered by the new alternator that owner/pilots will really appreciate are improvements both in cut-in and idle speed performance with over double the power output at idle," he said.

    The E-6024D is now available from HET distributors and the introductory list price is $1,299. It has a warranty of 36-months/1,000-hours, whichever occurs first.


    COLUMBUS, Ga.-- American Banker and the Reputation Institute have again named Synovus as one of America's most reputable banks in the magazine's annual Survey of Bank Reputations.

    Of 33 banks included in the survey, Synovus ranked second overall and was one of four in the top 10 among both customers and non-customers.

    "Synovus' second place ranking in this year's Survey of Bank Reputations is further validation of our locally-focused, relationship-based business model," Kessel D. Stelling, chairman and CEO of Synovus, said in a statement. "Synovus team members have deep roots and a strong desire to make a difference in every market in which we operate, and the progress we're making is a direct result of their success in serving customers and communities."

    Now in its seventh year, the annual Survey of Bank Reputations provides a detailed analysis of the components that together formulate corporate reputations, and how different banks rate on those measures. Synovus ranked sixth with customers and first with non-customers.


    MONTGOMERY-- The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers Market will be held Saturdays through Saturday, Oct. 22. The 12th annual farmer's market is open 7 a.m. until noon.

    Since opening in 2004, The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers Market has grown every year and is now one of the top five largest markets in Alabama. On the last Saturday of each month, the market will feature artisans and craftsmen from the Southern Makers event; Zumba and Pure Barre classes; live cooking demonstrations hosted by Wind Creek Casino, and Williams-Sonoma and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill chefs, as well as the Garden Cart Giveaway that includes prizes from featured vendors and a $50 gift card to The Shoppes at EastChase.

    "Our Farmers Market has become a Saturday tradition for families," Suzanna Wasserman, marketing manager at The Shoppes at EastChase, said in a statement. "We try to offer something for the entire family, whether that be shopping, live music, cooking demonstrations or fitness options."

    For information about The Shoppes at EastChase Farmers Market, contact guest services at (334) 279-6046.


    MONTGOMERY--  Alabama News Network received two awards and four honorable mentions from The Associated Press, honoring achievements in television news operations.

    "It's a great honor to be recognized for all the hard work these reporters, anchors, photographers and producers put in day in and day out," News Director Glenn Halbrooks said in a statement. "Thanks to the support of our viewers, we were able to cover more of the local news that directly impacts the River Region."

    Alabama News Network received awards for:

    Best Coverage of a Planned Event- Bloody Sunday: 50th Anniversary

    Best News Feature- Elise Roberts, Social Media Protesting

    Alabama News Network received honorable mentions for:

    Best News Feature- Darryl Forges, MLK Organist

    Best Documentary- Alabama's Journey

    Best Sports Feature- Ben Bolton, Donta Hall

    Best Investigation Reporting- Tim Lennox, Time Served

    "We are very proud of the work the news department does for telling the stories our viewers want and need to know,"General Manager Jesse Grear said in a statement. "Our hard work is paying off and the best is yet to come"


    MONTGOMERY-- The Central Alabama Aging Consortium has moved to 2500 Fairlane Drive, Building #200. The previous address was on South Perry Street.


    BIRMINGHAM-- A global financial magazine has named BBVA Compass the Best Digital Bank in North America.

    Euromoney wrote, "Whereas large North American banks have pushed back against disruptors, BBVA Compass exemplifies what can happen when a bank embraces them."

    The magazine pointed out that BBVA Compass partnered with Dwolla, FutureAdvisor and eCredable. The bank invested $360-plus million in a three-year project to upgrade its technology.


    MONTGOMERY--The nonprofit Triumph Services has opened an office at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Business Resource Center on South Court Street.

    The organization, which opened in 2007 in Birmingham, helps adults with developmental disabilities get jobs through life and employment coaches. Triumph Services raised $25,000 for its Montgomery operations, which was matched by the City of Montgomery.

    There will be three full-time employees at the Montgomery office as well as part-time employees.


    Montgomery-- Turenne PharMedCo and Healthcom announced a care transition initiative that provides patients a direct mobile link to their health care nurse.

    CareLink Connect is designed to help home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities improve care transition services, reduce unnecessary readmissions and improve patient outcomes by making communications between health care provider and patient easier.

    The initiative is designed for patients who are transitioning from acute care settings (such as a hospital or skilled nursing facility) to their home. Each patient will receive a free mobile nurse help button, which can be used to connect them immediately to their home care nurse, family caregiver or medical authorities 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

    With the mobile connection device, a trained call center staff member can directly access the patient's nurse, family caregiver or medical authorities whenever the patient requests it. This is in addition to having access to family, friends and emergency services, which medical alert services typically provide.

    "Our new partnership with Healthcom strengthens our commitment to provide meaningful solutions and valuable clinical resources and tools for our health care partners," Craig Miller, vice president of operations for Montgomery-based Turenne PharMedCo, said in a statement. "Healthcom's CareLink Connect program helps bridge the care transition gap that sometimes occurs when a patient is discharged to the home"


    MONTGOMERY-- The Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama is having a casino night Oct. 20 at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club. The fundraiser, scheduled for 6 p.m.-10 p.m., will feature music, food, drinks and an auction.

    Prices range from $50 for an event ticket and food to $5,000 for a high-roller package that includes 12 event tickets, two drawdown tickets, $12,000 in play money, reserved seating for 12, advertising at a gaming table; one-page ad in the event program; signage at the event; and recognition of sponsorship on the organization's website and promotional materials. Other packages are $2,000, $500 and $100.

    Registration forms are available at the organization's website: cancerwellnessfoundation.org.


    MONTGOMERY-- Three Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., attorneys were honored at the recent American Association for Justice (AAJ) meeting.

    Principal and Founder Jere L. Beasley was selected as a 2016 recipient of the AAJ Tonahill Award. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service to and support of consumers and the trial bar. The Tonahill Award is named in honor of Joe Tonahill, a respected defender of the civil justice system.

    Principal C. Gibson Vance was selected as a 2016 recipient of the AAJ Wiedemann & Wysocki Award. The award is presented annually to lawyers who demonstrate a deep commitment to the highest standards and who are passionately committed to the principles of the civil justice system and the mission of AAJ: To promote a fair and effective justice system and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America's courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

    Principal Danielle W. Mason was selected as a 2016 recipient of the AAJ F. Scott Baldwin Award. The award was established to honor and recognize F. Scott Baldwin of Marshall, Texas, a world-renowned trial lawyer, whose efforts have produced outstanding awards for injured victims and their families, according to AAJ. The award is presented in recognition of the legendary degree of excellence and compassion that Scott Baldwin has brought to the profession and the significant time he has invested in training, preparing and encouraging lawyers to the profession of trial law.


    MONTGOMERY-- Sterling Bank announced the appointment of Britton Henig, Daniel Hughes, Clay McInnis and Riley Roby to its local advisory board.

    Henig is senior vice president with The Frazer Lanier Co., an investment banking firm headquartered in Montgomery. Hughes is chairman of LEDIC Realty Co., LLC, an owner, developer and manager of affordable and workforce housing with a portfolio of approximately 38,000 units in 13 states. McInnis owns and manages Commerce Consulting, and is executive director of Montgomery's chapter of the Angel Investment Management Group. Roby is managing partner in Balch & Bingham, LLP's Montgomery office, where his practice focuses on transactional, tax, trusts and estates, administrative law and legislative matters for emerging and established businesses and individuals.

    "We are excited and proud to welcome these highly respected business leaders to our local advisory board," Mark Snead, president and CEO of Sterling Bank, said in a statement. "Britton, Daniel, Clay and Riley have extensive business and financial services experience and a strong passion for the River Region, and we look forward to their counsel as we continue to grow our business in Montgomery."

    Sterling Bank, a division of Synovus Bank, operates three branches in the River Region.


    MONTGOMERY-- Hunter Wilsford has completed requirements to become a certified fastener specialist for Store Room Fasteners Inc.

    Wilsford, who has grown up in the family business, joined the company full-time in June 2011. His responsibilities include customer service and continuous improvement.

    The firm was founded in Montgomery 32 years ago and now has five offices, including three in Central Alabama, one in LaGrange, Ga., and another in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.


    MONTGOMERY-- The American Cancer Society has scheduled two October events: the inaugural Montgomery's Best Dressed Ball, and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

    The Best Dressed Ball, set for 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 1 at The Shoppes at EastChase, will have a live performance by The Good Doctor and will feature restaurants, wines, beer and spirits. There will be a fashion show, featuring 10 men and women who will be honored, as well as an auction.

    "Montgomery's Best Dressed Ball is an opportunity for friends, family, caregivers and survivors to join the fight and help the American Cancer Society in its goal of saving lives by helping people stay well, get well and fight back," Meredith Wills, manager of distinguished events at the American Cancer Society, said in a statement.

    General admission tickets are available online until Sept. 30. For tickets or sponsorship information visit http://montgomerysbestdressed.org or call Wills at (334) 612-8177.

    The walk is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Riverwalk Stadium in downtown Montgomery. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. The free event is open to the public. The walk had 1,600 participants last year.

    For information, visit makingstrideswalk.org/MontgomeryAL or contact Maggie Kuykendall at (334) 612-8170 or MontgomeryALStrides@cancer.org.


    MONTGOMERY-- The Renfroe family has announced a new name for their three Alabama-based grocery stores.

    The McGehee Road Super Foods, Dadeville Foodland and Renfroe's Foodland location in Montgomery are now called Renfroe's Market.

    In addition to the new name, Renfroe's Market will be rebranding each store with new interior decor and signage as well as new exterior signage featuring a new logo. Renfroe's Market is planning to roll out a number of new services as well.

    "We have always strived to make our stores as customer service oriented as possible," Renfroe's Market founder Robert Renfroe said in a statement. "We treat our customers with personal service in a family atmosphere and they have responded to those principles. Therefore, we feel that all of our stores should bear our family name with that idea in mind."

    The Renfroe family took ownership of their first store on McGehee Road in Montgomery in 1997. In 2008, they expanded to a second location in Dadeville. They opened their largest location in 2014 at Chantilly Corners in Montgomery.

    "We want people to know that although there will be a new name on the building, each store will continue to be owned and operated by the same family with the same core values that our customers have grown accustomed to over the past 19 years,"  Rob Renfroe, son of Robert Renfroe, said in a statement."The new name is just the beginning of more exciting changes in our future such as e-commerce and mobile shopping."


    BIRMINGHAM-- ServisFirst Bank was ranked 13th by Bank Director magazine out of 102 mid-sized banks in its 2016 Bank Performance Scorecard.

    The rankings were based on profitability, capitalization and asset quality. ServisFirst Bank, which has branches in Montgomery, has more than $5.6 billion in assets. The bank last year ranked 26th out of 130 on the list of small banks with $1 billion to $5 billion in assets.

    ServisFirst Bank was ranked No. 8 in American Banker's list of Midtier Performers with $2 billion to $10 billion in assets in the United States.

    Nearly 220 financial institutions were reviewed based on three-year average returns on equity for 2013-2015


    MONTGOMERY — Seventeen Capell & Howard, P.C. attorneys have been listed in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and two of these attorneys have also been named a Best Lawyers & Lawyer of the Year in their practice areas.

    Attorneys included in the Best Lawyers listing who receive the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location are awarded 'Lawyer of the Year.' Capell & Howard shareholder M. Courtney Williams was named the 2017 Tax Law 'Lawyer of the Year' for Montgomery, and shareholder Robert T. Meadows III was named the 2017 Family Law 'Lawyer of the Year' for Opelika.

    Listed in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America are Capell & Howard shareholders Barbara J. Wells (labor and employment); Bruce J. Downey III (labor and employment); D. Kyle Johnson (corporate, employee benefits, tax, and trusts and estates); Debra D. Spain (tax and trusts and estates); Frank H. McFadden (arbitration, mediation and construction); Henry C. Barnett Jr. (labor and employment); Henry H. Hutchinson (corporate and tax); J. Lister Hubbard (construction); James M. Scott (tax); James N. Walter Jr. (commercial, banking and finance, and securities); K. Palmer Smith (real estate); Williams (tax); R. Brooke Lawson III (construction); Robert F. Northcutt (commercial); Meadows (family and commercial); Shapard D. Ashley (real estate); and William D. Coleman (arbitration, mediation, construction, commercial and environmental).

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