Balch & Bingham Has New Of Counsel
Balch & Bingham recently welcomed Samarria Dunson to the firm’s Montgomery office as of counsel in its Health Law Practice. Dunson has more than 15 years of experience providing counsel on all aspects of compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) with a broad range of health care providers, including hospitals, freestanding health care providers and individual physicians.
Jackson Thornton Names COO
Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, has announced that the firm
has hired Alan Alexander as its Chief Operating Officer. Alexander comes to Jackson Thornton from
RSM US where he was a Strategic Project Director/Senior Manager. He had served as the Chief Operating Officer for Sellers, Richardson, Holman & West prior to their acquisition by RSM US. Alexander is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of Alabama Birmingham and holds a Master of Accounting with a tax concentration.
Reese Dismukes Joins Palomar Insurance
Palomar is announced the addition of Reese Dismukes to its expanding sales team as an Account Executive, specializing in the trucking and construction industries. Prior to joining Palomar, Dismukes served commercial clients in the trucking and construction industries for an insurance brokerage in Mobile. He graduated from Auburn University, where he played football as a starting center and earned the Rimington Trophy along with consensus All-American status. Dismukes also played NFL football for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.
Katie Boyd Britt Named BCA President
The Business Council of Alabama has selected Alabama native Katie Boyd Britt as the organization’s next president. Britt was formerly Chief of Staff to United States Senator Richard C. Shelby and is the first female president of the BCA, a non-partisan, statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.
Britt was born and raised in Enterprise and attended The University of Alabama. Over the past decade, she has served in a number of senior positions for Senator Shelby in Washington. She previously led state governmental affairs for the Butler Snow law firm in Montgomery and also practiced corporate law.
MBJ asked Britt to share a bit about why she joined the BCA team and what she hopes to accomplish in her role.
What motivated you to take your new position at BCA? I am a true believer in the Business Council of Alabama. It is one of the leading voices in Montgomery with the ability to positively impact Alabama’s future for generations. As the mother of two young children, I want the Alabama they inherit to be a place where they can find good jobs and want to raise their families.
What are your thoughts on being the first female in this position at BCA? I am certainly proud of this milestone for the BCA because it underscores the rising number of women
leading in the business world. I recently read an article that said you don’t hear male CEOs described as being male CEOs, only females. So, in this way, I am proud to be a small part of helping shift that dynamic.
What are your main longterm goals for BCA? I would like to see the BCA focus on our membership and how we can better meet their needs. The BCA has an incredibly diverse membership – businesses of all sizes, across all industry sectors, and in every region of the state. We need to leverage the strength and diversity of our membership to build consensus and create conditions where businesses, both large and small, will flourish. If we can accomplish this, our state will flourish, too.