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    BESPIN Earns Top Air Force Award
    The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced the winners of the Acquisition Excellence and Leadership Awards for FY19. These awards recognize top performing individuals and teams in the leadership of Air Force acquisition programs. The Acquisition Innovation Award (Large Team) went to Business & Enterprise Systems Product Innovation Team; Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate; Air Force Life Cycle Management Center; Air Force Materiel Command; Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama.

    MGM Director Named to Airport Minority Advisory Council
    Marshall J. Taggart Jr., Executive Director of the Montgomery Regional Airport, has been named to the board of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC). As a member of the Board of Directors, Taggart joins senior leaders from the nation’s leading airports and aviation vendors at the helm of the association. He will also serve as the Chair of AMAC’s Leadership Collective initiative.

    ASU Professor Coin Design Chosen by U.S. Mint
    Alabama State University Assistant Professor and artist Elana Hagler was speechless when her obverse (heads) design for the George H. W. Bush Presidential $1 coin was selected by the United States Mint. The George H. W. Bush Presidential $1 Coin features his smiling portrait with the inscriptions “George H.W. Bush” above his head with “In God We Trust,” “41st President,” and “1989-1993” at the bottom. The reverse side features a rendition of the Statue of Liberty, designed and sculpted by former Mint sculptor-engraver Don Everhart.

    Starke Agency Receives 2020 “Best Practices” Award
    Starke Agency, Inc. is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies selected for inclusion to Best Practices Study Group. More than 1,300 independent agencies throughout the United States were nominated to take part in the annual Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) study, but only 267 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories.

    Wheeler Crook Named a Civil + Structural Engineer’s 2020 Rising Star
    Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC) announced Vice President of Engineering Wheeler Crook has been selected as one of Civil + Structural Engineer’s 2020 Rising Stars in the AEC Industry.

    Huntingdon Ranked “Best”
    Huntingdon College has been named a 2021 Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review. In all, 655 colleges were named to the annual guide, entitled The Best Colleges: Region by Region. The Princeton Review states that inclusion in the guidebook designates colleges the organization deems to be “academically outstanding” and worthy of consideration in a student’s college search. The Princeton Review states that inclusion in the guidebook designates colleges as “academically outstanding” and worthy of consideration in a student’s college search.

    Huntingdon Fraternity Achieves New Status
    The Huntingdon College Nu Beta chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity has been honored with the national fraternity’s Rock Chapter Award for the 2018–2020 biennium. Huntingdon’s chapter was among 24 exceptional chapters to receive the recognition for having “overall chapter operations that have sustained a level of excellence for the past two or more academic years,” according to the General Fraternity, headquartered in Lexington, Virginia.

    Huntingdon Named a Best Value, Recognized for Undergraduate Teaching
    The 2021 annual College Guide issue of U.S. News and World Report names Huntingdon College among the top five regional colleges focused on excellence in undergraduate teaching; among the top 10 Best Values in Regional Colleges—South, and among the top 15 colleges in the region. Huntingdon is the only Alabama college to be listed among the top 10 Best Values.

    Harmon Dennis Bradshaw 5th Largest Commercial Insurance Agency in Alabama
    Harmon Dennis Bradshaw, Inc. (HDB) is ranked as the fifth largest Commercial Insurance Agency/Provider in the state by the latest Business Alabama publication, and HDB is the second largest independently owned insurance provider in Alabama.

    Bradley Alabama Attorneys Honored
    Six Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partners in Alabama have been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading product liability defense practitioners. They are: Lindsey C. Boney IV, James W. Gewin, Tripp Haston, Kim Bessiere Martin, Charles A. “Chuck” Stewart and R. Thomas Warburton. Boney, Gewin, Haston and Warburton are based in the firm’s Birmingham office. Martin is based in the firm’s Huntsville office, and Stewart is based in the Montgomery office.

    Additionally, six Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP attorneys have been appointed to new leadership roles with the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation for the 2020-2021 bar year. The firm’s attorneys newly appointed as ABA Section of Litigation leaders are Dylan C. Black, Tiffany J. deGruy, Tiffany Graves, Robert Emmett Poundstone IV, Anne Marie Seibel and Ethan T. Tidmore. Managing partner of the firm’s Montgomery office, Poundstone will serve on the Access to Justice Committee.

    ASE Credit Union Awarded in 2020 WebAwards
    ASE Credit Union won the award for 2020 Outstanding Website for Credit Unions in this year’s WebAwards, which are given by The Web Marketing Association. Now in its 17th year, the WebAward program is the longest running annual website award competition dedicated to naming the best web sites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development.

    Beasley Allen Lawyers Recognized
    Twenty Beasley Allen lawyers were named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2021. Founding Attorney, Jere Beasley; Lead Products Liability Attorney, Greg Allen; Principal, Mike Crow; Managing Attorney, Tom Methvin; Personal Injury Section Head, Cole Portis; Consumer Fraud Section Head, W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III; Mass Torts Section Head and Executive Committee member, Andy Birchfield; Toxic Torts Section Head and Executive Committee member, Rhon Jones; Managing Attorney – Atlanta, Chris Glover; Executive Committee members LaBarron Boone, Leigh O’Dell and Gibson Vance; and firm Principals Ben Baker, David Byrne, Kendall Dunson, Graham Esdale, Ben Locklar, Roger Smith, Navan Ward and Frank Woodson were all named to the 2021 list.

    Three Beasley Allen lawyers were also recognized for their individual practices. Greg Allen was selected for The Best Lawyers® 2021 Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs category; Leigh O’Dell was selected for The Best Lawyers® 2021 Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs category, and Ben Baker was selected for The Best Lawyers® 2021 Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs section.

    For the first time, The Best Lawyers in America© has recognized lawyers who are early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice. Beasley Allen lawyers named “Ones to Watch” are: Ryan Kral, Parker Miller, Stephanie Monplaisir and Brittany Scott.

    Black Belt Bounty Racks Up Awards at Regional Outdoor Media Conferences
    Black Belt Bounty, Alabama Black Belt Adventure Association’s (ALBBAA) coffee table book celebrating the Black Belt’s rich hunting and fishing heritage, was recently presented with the top awards at two different regional outdoor media conferences. The commemorative, deluxe hardcover book took home first place in the Industry Public Relations Category from the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s (SEOPA) annual Excellence in Craft awards. It was also awarded third place in the Outdoor Book Category by SEOPA. Additionally, the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) presented Black Belt Bounty with its featured award for the Best of Industry Public Relations during its annual Awards-In-Craft presentation.

    Hill Hill Carter Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® List
    Six Hill Hill Carter lawyers were included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Those named are Jesse K. Anderson, Elizabeth B. Carter, Shawn Junkins Cole, Felicia A. Long, Randall C. Morgan and James R. Seale.
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