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    COMMUNITY
    Max Honors Baptist Health
    On January 17, MAX held its 16th Annual MAX Community Reception, an annual event that brings together business, political and community leaders to celebrate community successes and recognize organizations and individuals who have made a significant difference in the quality of life in Central and East Alabama.
     
    MAX honored Baptist Health for its efforts in contributing to a better River Region community by providing exceptional healthcare and striving to teach the community and local businesses how to stay healthy and reduce the risk of illnesses and diseases.
     
    Along with providing great healthcare, the Baptist Health Care Foundation is an essential part of Baptist Health’s work to provide better services and programs to the state. The Foundation holds fundraisers throughout the year to help provide scholarships, hospice care and other medical assistance. The organization as a whole supports philanthropic activities both internally and externally.
     
    ACHIEVEMENTS
    Alorica Named One of the World’s Best Outsourcing Service Providers
    Celebrating its 20th year in business, Alorica Inc., a global leader in customer experience solutions, recently announced it has secured a coveted spot for the fifth year on IAOP’s 2019 Best of The Global Outsourcing 100 (GO100). This list recognizes the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors from across all industries, areas of specialization and sizes.
     
    Featuring companies that have led the development of the out- sourcing industry, the Best of GO100’s results were centered upon an evaluation of The Global Outsourcing 100 program. The GO100 list is based on applications received, and judging is then based on a rigorous scoring methodology; this includes a review by an independent panel of IAOP customer members, with extensive experience selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organizations.
     
    Pate Landscape Co., Inc. Earns Recognition
    Pate Landscape Co., Inc was recently named the recipient of a 2019 BuildSouth Award by the Alabama Associated General Contractors (AGC) for its work on the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery. The BuildSouth Award honors projects that are difficult jobs, excel in project management, feature innovative construction techniques or materials and show sensitivity to the environment and surroundings.
     
    Established in 1982, Pate Landscape Co. is a commercial landscape and irrigation contractor known for completing high profile projects within budget and on time. Pate is proud to have partnered with the museum on this unique project that will be enjoyed for years to come.
     
    Local VP Named Next Top Credit Union Executive
    MAX recently announced that Vice President of Organizational Development Lynette Cupps was named the CUES 2018 Next Top Credit Union Exec. The Next Top Credit Union Exec is a competition that allows young credit union professionals under the age of 35 who have not yet reached the CEO level to pitch a current project or program they are working on at their credit union. The winner is determined through a four-part scoring process, including judging panel results, a measurement of social media engagement, audience and online voting.
     
    Cupps’ project provides insight on developing strategic partnerships with local nonprofit organizations by providing business training or processes to help support their mission. After being named one of five finalists, she presented suggestions on how credit unions of any size can implement their own strategic partnerships with local nonprofits. Cupps was announced as the winner of the competition at the CEO/Executive Team Network Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
     
    Rushton Stakely Announces New Shareholders
    Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett, P.A. announced that Amanda C. Hines and Philip A. Sellers II were made shareholders in the firm effective January 1, 2019. Hines joined the firm in 2012. She has significant experience in virtually all areas of civil law, with her primary focus on healthcare and medical liability, professional liability, labor and employment law, and general civil defense litigation.
     
    Sellers joined the firm in 2012 as well. His practice is devoted to civil litigation with a primary focus on medical malpractice, insurance defense, professional liability, and employment law. 
     
    AWARDS & HONORS
    Pigg Enterprises “Dealer of the Year” for Alabama
    In late January, Pigg Enterprises was awarded the 2019 DealerRater “Dealer of the Year” award, which recognizes auto dealerships across the United States and Canada that deliver outstanding customer service, based on consumer reviews written on DealerRater.com. “Car buyers have spoken and have identified Pigg Enterprises as the best used car dealer to do business within Alabama,” said DealerRater General Manager Jamie Oldershaw. “The quality and number of reviews for Pigg Enterprises speaks volumes about the top-notch experiences it provides to customers.”
     
    The DealerRater Dealer of the Year Awards are based on re- views by actual car shoppers over the past year. Reviewers evaluated Pigg Enterprises on its customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience.
     
    “The DealerRater Dealer of the Year Award is determined based on actual customer experiences, and we strive each and every day to provide a unique car-buying experience for our customers, one that is simple, hassle-free and enjoyable, the way car-buying should be,” said Robert Pigg, General Manager at Pigg Enterprises.
     
    Four Star Freightliner Awarded
    In February, Four Star Freightliner sent a team to Austin, Texas, for the annual Elite Support CIC summit, which included 325 Continuous Improvement Coordinators from across the country. Four Star Freightliner dealer principal Jerry Kocan, who is a member of the Elite Support Dealer Advisory Group, addressed the group and discussed the process in forming the 2019 Elite Support criteria. Two team members also received awards.
     
    “We are very proud of our group of leaders (CICs) that represent Four Star Freightliner,” said Jerry Kocan. “Two of our locations were awarded with special distinctions at the summit with our Montgomery leader, Sonny Hartley, and our Tifton leader, Jason Guess representing their teams.”

    Sonny Hartley, Montgomery Service Advisor, accepted the Achievement Award on behalf of that location for its commitment to operational excellence in pursuit of a superior customer experience.
     
    Beasley Allen’s Greg Allen Honored  
    Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Greg Allen was presented with the Southern Trial Lawyers Association’s “War Horse” award on February 21 during the group’s 31st Annual Conference in New Orleans. The award recognizes the nation’s most outstanding trial lawyers who have been active in practice for more than 30 years. Allen joins Beasley Allen founder, Jere Beasley, who was also honored with the “War Horse” award in 2011.
     
    “This award is well-deserved,” said Beasley Allen attorney and STLA president, Gibson Vance. “Greg is a true advocate for his clients and his character and leadership within the profession serve as guides to his colleagues, as well as aspiring attorneys. He has touched so many lives and is a pillar within the profession.”
     
    Award honorees are nominated by members of the STLA in recognition of their exceptional commitment to furthering the cause of justice, as well as demonstrating outstanding skill as an advocate and leader inside and outside of the courtroom. They also have the highest reputation in terms of ethics and honesty.
     
    Chambless King Honored
    On February 28, Chambless King Architects was honored by the Alabama Council of the American Institute of Architects for three de-sign projects. The awards were presented to Chambless King at the Council’s annual Excellence in Design award gala held at the historic Florentine building in downtown Birmingham.
     
    The renovation of Broun Hall at Auburn University and the DeKalb County E-911 facility were both awarded the Honor Award. An Honor-able Mention Award was also received for the Dexter Avenue Pocket Park in Montgomery. The Honor Award is the highest level of recognition that the Alabama Council AIA bestows to firms for projects displaying exemplary design.
     
    ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. Awarded Raymond James Community Bankers Cup
    ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. recently announced that it received the 2018 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup, which recognizes the top 10 percent of community banks. For the fifth year in a row, ServisFirst Bancshares has been ranked in the top five community banks. Additionally, ServisFirst Bancshares is the only bank in the South-east to receive the 2018 award. ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc., with its subsidiary ServisFirst Bank, is a full-service professional business bank headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices across the Southeast.
     
    ServisFirst Bancshares ranked fourth out of 258 community banks nationwide that are exchange-traded domestic banks with assets between $500 million and $10 billion as of December 31, 2018.

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