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  • May 2018

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    Warren Averett New Additions
    Warren Averett, LLC recently announced that Sellars McCurdy has joined its team as a Business Development Manager. Warren Averett, Alabama’s largest accounting and advisory firm, welcomes McCurdy’s extensive experience in building strong relationships and his knowledge of the financial industry. At Warren Averett, McCurdy will employ outreach techniques to highlight the firm’s many services, including those outside of traditional accounting, so that clients and the community are aware of, and enriched by, the firm’s business offerings and meaningful relationships. Warren Averett Asset Management recently welcomed Barry Prim as a Senior Client Consultant. Prim joins the firm with an extensive background in asset management, trust administration, banking, client relationships, management and marketing. Prim will focus on building client relationships in the Montgomery area. He is an active member in the Montgomery community, and serves on the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Board, as well as the board of trustees and Vice Chairman for St. James School. He is also a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and former board chair for Family Sunshine Center.
    Alfa Executive Vice President of Operations Retires
    Alfa Insurance Executive Vice President of Operations Steve Rutledge retired in February after more than three decades of dedicated service. Alfa® President Jimmy Parnell said while he was excited for the next chapter in his friend’s life, it was bittersweet. “We will miss Steve’s smart, conservative management philosophy and faithful Christian example,” Parnell said. “We have been blessed to have him as our representative for the past 33 years.” It was Rutledge’s “conservative management philosophy” that helped protect Alfa’s financial strength through numerous challenges, including Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Katrina and the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. He was also the chief architect of Alfa’s reinsurance program, limiting the company’s exposure to ensure Alfa could always do right by its policyholders. “He often says our first focus is delivering Alfa’s promise to customers, and being profitable allows us to do what’s right for them, for our employees and for our company,” Parnell said. Rutledge plans to remain active in the Montgomery community. He is past chairman and currently serves on the Goodwill of Central Alabama’s board of directors. Additionally, he has been named a vice chair of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce for 2018 and was recently asked to serve on the board of directors for Children’s Harbor. Rutledge and his wife, Amy, are members of First Baptist Church in Montgomery. They have three adult children.
    Mia Mothershed Joins Jackson Hospital
    Jackson Hospital recently announced the hiring of Mia Mothershed as the hospital’s marketing and public relations director. Mothershed will oversee internal and external communications, media relations, and digital marketing and reputation management for the hospital. Mothershed has leveraged her marketing and public relations experience in Montgomery for 18 years and is excited to join Jackson Hospital in its commitment to a healthier River Region. She holds a dual degree in communications and business from Alabama A & M University and is active in the community, volunteering her time with organizations including the Junior League, Leadership Montgomery and currently serving as ambassador chairman for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
    Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Hires Director of Operations
    Montgomery-based Anzalone Liszt Grove Research recently announced that Andrea Screws joined the firm as Director of Operations. Screws will manage Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Finance and Marketing for ALG Research in their Montgomery office. Screws has extensive executive experience in the corporate sector with service companies such as HealthSouth, ARAMARK and Kinder-Care Learning Centers. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Foundation.
    Alfa Announces New Senior VPs
    Alfa Insurance announced the promotion of Beth Chancey to Senior Vice President of Property & Casualty (P&C) Operations effective February 1. Chancey replaces Tommy Coshatt, who was promoted to his current position as Executive Vice President of Operations following the recent retirement of Steve Rutledge. “It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Beth Chancey to Senior Vice President of P&C Operations,” Coshatt said. “A 30-year veteran of Alfa, Beth has earned the respect of management, coworkers, agents, the Alabama Farmers Federation Board of Directors and industry colleagues for her knowledge, work ethic and positive attitude.” Coshatt said he was confident the company’s P&C operations would excel under Chancey’s direction. Alfa Insurance® President Jimmy Parnell had equally positive things to say about Coshatt’s promotion. “It is my pleasure to announce Tommy’s promotion to Executive Vice President of Operations,” Parnell said. “He is a natural leader and proven team builder with experience in all areas of the insurance business, which will continue to prove valuable as we work to develop products and corporate initiatives that surpass company and customer expectations. Tommy’s experience, coupled with his innovative vision, will complement the skills of Alfa’s leadership team and strengthen the company’s position for future growth.”
    River Bank & Trust Expands Team
    River Bank & Trust has added Mobile native Karen Morris to its team. Morris will serve as Vice President and Relationship Manager for the Coastal Region. She brings extensive financial expertise and exceptional customer service as a well-regarded lender in Baldwin and Mobile counties. “Karen Morris is a wonderful banker and community supporter” said Jimmy Stubbs, River Bank’s CEO. “We are so excited to have her on the River Bank team.”
    Capell & Howard P.C. Announces New Shareholder
    Clinton A. Richardson has been named shareholder of Capell & Howard P.C. “Richardson has made a positive impact on the firm and our clients, and I know he will continue to be a valuable member of Capell & Howard. We consider being a shareholder of the firm to be an honor and are happy to have Clinton join us,” said Courtney Williams, managing director of the firm. Richardson concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation and criminal defense. Clinton currently serves as the vice-president of Clefworks, Inc. and was recently selected as a Super Lawyers 2017 Mid-South Rising Star.
    Lyons HR Names Business Development Manager
    Lyons HR recently brought Melanie Rainey Cain on board in the Montgomery office as Business Development Manager. Lyons HR is dedicated to providing smarter workforce management strategies for businesses, and Cain brings a strong sales background and a dedication to strategic problem solving to the labor procurement process in Montgomery. As part of her focus at Lyons HR, she will match high-quality employees to area businesses after strategically considering all business needs. “We are very excited to welcome Melanie to our team at Lyons HR. She brings more than ten years of business-to-business sales experience and a strong customer relationship focus to our Montgomery team,” said Alan Ridgway, President of Lyons HR’s Staffing Division.
    Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, Inc. Announces New CEO
    Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, Inc. (GMC) is pleased to an­nounce Jeffrey Brewer as its new CEO. Brewer has led the architecture and engineering firm’s Birmingham office since its inception in 1998. For the past three years, he has served as president of GMC’s north region, encompassing north Alabama and Tennessee, and on the board of directors. Brewer succeeds Bill Wallace, who announced last year that he would step down after three years as CEO. Wallace will continue leading in the firm as an executive vice president. “It’s an honor to be appointed to this position following Bill’s leadership. We have spent the last year working together to ensure a smooth transition,” Brewer said. “The men and women we get to work alongside every day are some of the best and brightest in the A/E industry, and the opportunity to serve in this new capacity is truly humbling.” In addition, GMC has named Galen Thackston as chief operating officer and Amanda Davis as chief financial officer. Thackston founded the firm’s environmental division in 1993 and has served for the past three years as GMC’s south regional president and on the board of directors. Davis has been with GMC for more than 20 years, most recently as vice president of finance. Kristen Gulino has been promoted to fill Davis’ previous role as vice president. Lastly, the firm announced two new board members. Executive Vice President of Architecture Chris Engel from the Birmingham office and Regional Vice President Kevin Laird from the Greenville, S.C., office have been appointed to the 2018 board of directors alongside David Reed (chairman), Cedric Campbell, Steve Cawood, Galen Thackston and Lee Walters.
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