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  • November 2020

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    Austin Golson Joins Palomar Insurance
    Palomar Insurance announced the addition of Austin Golson as an Account Executive to its expanding sales team. He will specialize in the transportation industry. His in-depth knowledge of the industry and personalized service will help clients understand the risks for their specific industry and company.

    Trustmark Names Tod Etheredge President of Montgomery Market
    Tod Etheredge is the new President of Trustmark’s Montgomery market, where he previously served as Retail, Commercial and Private Banking Manager. Etheredge joined Trustmark in 2004 and has more than 29 years of banking experience.

    Jesse S. Vogtle Jr. Takes Helm on Alabama Wildlife Federation Board
    Jesse S. Vogtle Jr. was recently installed as President of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) for the 2020-2021 term at the organization’s Annual Meeting in August. Vogtle has served on the AWF Board of Directors since 2011 and brings a commitment to conservation of Alabama’s wildlife and related natural resources and outdoor pursuits to AWF.

    Alabama Power Announces Leadership Changes
    Alabama Power announced that Tony Smoke has been elected Senior Vice President of Marketing and Economic Development. Myla Calhoun has been named Vice President of Birmingham division. Tequila Smith has been elected Vice President of Charitable Giving.

    Manufacture Alabama Appoints New COO
    Manufacture Alabama announced the appointment of Jon Barganier as its new Chief Operations Officer, effective immediately. Barganier comes to Manufacture Alabama with more than 14 years of experience, including a decade of coordinating legislative agendas, developing policy priorities, establishing communication strategies and staff management. Before joining Manufacture Alabama, Barganier served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Kay Ivey.

    Hill Hill Carter Welcomes Paul A. Clark
    Hill Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black, P.C. announced Attorney Paul A. Clark has joined the firm in its Birmingham office. His practice will focus on civil defense litigation in the areas of transportation, insurance, healthcare and transactional law. Clark brings more than 20 years of experience and winning favorable outcomes for clients to Hill Hill Carter.

    Auburn Student Joins Alabama Farmers Federation For Internship
    The Alabama Farmers Federation welcomed Auburn University senior Dallas Nichols for a fall internship beginning August 27. The Monroe County native and senior in agricultural business and economics will assist the Federation’s Governmental & Agricultural Programs (GAP) Department through November.

    Vickers Joins Alabama Power Board of Directors
    Dr. Selwyn M. Vickers, Senior Vice President of Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has been elected to the board of directors of Alabama Power. Vickers is an internationally recognized pancreatic cancer surgeon, pancreatic cancer researcher and pioneer in the study of health disparities. As dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, he leads the medical school’s main campus in Birmingham as well as the regional campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa.

    Starke Agency, Inc. Announces New Vice Presidents
    Starke Agency announced its newest shareholders, Andy Flowers, CPCU, RPLU, ASLI and William H. Van Hooser Jr. Flowers came to Starke in 2013 and brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the insurance industry. Van Hooser Jr. started at Starke in 2016 as the Employee Benefits & Life Consultant of the Starke Life Agency after an underwriting career with Travelers insurance company.

    Jackson Thornton Announces Promotions
    Jackson Thornton promoted Kelly McGhee, CPA to Senior Manager. McGhee has served as the firm’s Controller since 2017. Jake Studdard, CPA was promoted to Senior Manager. Studdard, who started with the firm in 2013, helps lead Jackson Thornton’s automobile dealership industry niche in the tax line of business. Austin Gaines, CPA was also promoted to Senior Manager. Gaines joined the firm in 2014 and specializes in tax planning and consulting. Jackson Thornton also promoted Logan Remson, CPA; Candace Lawton, CPA; Frankie Wilbourne, CPA; and Mark Cooley, CPA were also promoted.
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